The Mechanics behind Your Perfect Cup of Coffee

There is something about this black cup of caffeine that makes everyone eyes shine. The aroma, the heavenly taste, the rush! I am talking about a hot cup of coffee. A good cup of coffee takes a lot of effort, patience, and practice. One of the most classic methods of making a coffee is French Press. While some people prefer to make a cup of coffee in their own way, it is always better to know the mechanics behind your perfect cup of French press. After all, you can only break rules if you know them. Why did I choose French press? Because it is simple and elegant, far better than the ostentatious stuff. This might be a weird way of describing a cup of coffee. But that is the way I feel. Let me tell you the simple steps involved in making a single cup French press:


First of all, you need to know the equipment.

A French press contains a glass beaker (it can also be made of plastic or metal), with a plunger, the plunger has a piston on it which is made of mesh. It blocks larger coffee beans but allows liquid to pass through it.

You will also need:

  1. kettle
  2. stirrer
  3. coffee beans
  4. water

Using a scale will make it easier rather than guessing:

  • 6-gram coffee
  • 92mL water plus some extra for preheating


  • Take a little water and bring it to a boil for pre-heating.
  • Fill the French press with boiled water. Swirl it around and push the plunger all the way down.
  • Throw away the rinse water.
  • Weigh out coffee beans about 6 grams as mentioned earlier and grind them coarsely.
  • Put the coffee beans in the French press and fill it halfway with water.
  • This where the magic happens. The boiled water forces the coffee to releases gasses, which causes wonderful aromas coffee is known for.
  • After a while pour the remaining water into the French press and pull the plunger all the way up.
  • Now, push the plunger all the way down and pour your French press into another mug.
  • Make sure to not keep it in the container for long as the coffee beans will further brew it giving it a bitter taste.

That covers the basics but the French press is so versatile. You cannot go wrong with it. The extraction method is simple, slow and steady without any need for the additional pressure. The coffee can prepare itself while you’re busy doing other jobs.  It is perfect for languid mornings. You can try changing each variable every time you brew coffee to find your perfect blend. After all, who makes coffee by the book. Each cup of coffee is as different as its maker.