Best Coffee For Your French Press

With the help of my sister, I have tested out the very best coffees to bring you the best coffee for your French press! The French press is such a simple and easy way to make your coffee and I am sharing everything you need to know to make the very best cup of coffee.

The best coffee for French press is easily Purity Coffee. Answering that question required a lot of coffee testing, which I didn’t mind at all. And, after trying many different kinds of coffee in my French press, I narrowed it down to Purity. And, this is coming from a girl who likes her coffee. All kinds. I live in Washington state where the unspoken agreement is that you must like coffee in order to live here.

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Over the years I have experimented with different kinds of coffee machines, brew methods and coffee beans but my heart beat a little faster when I discovered French press. From this caffeinated corner of the world, I’m going to share with you the best coffee to use in your French press in hopes you’ll enjoy this form of coffee as much as I do. If you enjoy a strong, robust cup of coffee, then the French press method of brewing coffee is the best way for you to enjoy your coffee.

Purity Coffee

Purity Coffee has been a long time favorite of mine. And in test tasting, it constantly comes out on top for me. Using it in my French press was no different and I did find it to be the best coffee for a French press!

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What Is A French Press?

A French press is a manual process of brewing coffee using an immersion brewer. The ground coffee beans are essentially steeped and strained into a perfect cup of coffee. With this brewing method, coffee grounds and water are steeped together, whereas, with a drip coffee maker, the water flows over the coffee grounds. Unlike coffee filters, the metal mesh filter in a French press allows the natural oils of the coffee beans to pass through to your coffee cup for a rich flavor profile. 

A French press is simple to use, but you still will want to avoid a couple common mistakes!

How Does A French Press Work?

The French press method is quick, convenient, and requires only 3 things – coarse ground coffee, hot water, and of course your choice of French press brewer. Simply add your freshly ground coffee beans to the carafe, add hot water then brew (or get happy) for four minutes and then separate the grounds from the coffee by plunging to victory!

Newbie French press mistakes:

  • Using too fine of coffee grounds – the grind size does matter!
  • Brew time. Allowing coffee and water to steep for too long will result in bitter flavors in your cup of coffee.

Tips For Getting The Best Tasting Coffee From Your French Press

Filtered water is a non negotiable no matter how I am making my coffee!
  1. Use filtered water: Water may seem benign but it can affect the taste of coffee. Do you really want chlorine to be a part of your coffee’s flavor profile? I use a Berkey water filter because it addresses over 200 typical contaminants (even those I can’t taste or smell) found in tap water and other freshwater sources. Check out my full Water Filter Guide here!
  2. Use freshly ground coffee beans: It is best to use fresh coffee beans and grind just before use. Grind coffee beans to a sea salt consistency, otherwise if they are too fine they will pass through the mesh filter and into your coffee. 
    • Note: coffee aficionados may want to invest in a burr grinder.
  3. Use a high quality French press: A French press is an all-around great choice for great coffee, because it’s convenient, it doesn’t take up a lot of space, and there’s minimal clean-up required. While some French press coffee lovers say that it’s all about the type of coffee beans used and not as much about the type of French press coffee maker used, I beg to differ.

The coffee may be similar in taste but two factors that I would consider in a French press coffee maker are the material used for the carafe and how effective it is at keeping coffee sediment from escaping into your coffee cup.

  • Look for carafes made of borosilicate glass or another type of glass aren’t going to interfere with the taste of your coffee nor are they going to leach plastic into your brew unlike plastic varieties. Thankfully, there are many glass carafe options that are budget-friendly and if you plan to brew for a crew, you can find bigger, stainless steel models that will take your brew to the next level. 
  • Look for an airtight coffee plunger with a steel, fine double mesh filter to keep coffee grounds in the carafe instead of in your cup.

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Step By Step Instruction For Using a French Press

1. Measure coffee bean to water ratio

The general consensus and my own taste buds agree that a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:15 or 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds to 1 cup of water is a good ratio to follow. Find the ratio that suits your taste buds and the amount of caffeine needed for your day! 

2. Boil water

It is recommended to heat water to a temperature of 200° F and then allow it to sit for a minute before pouring over the coffee grounds. Get my favorite Cosori Hot Water Kettle here.

3. Grind your coffee beans

Grind coffee beans to a course sea salt consistency or use the medium setting on your coffee grinder, if you have it. Grab my favorite coffee grinder here.

4. Add coffee grounds to the French press

5. Pour filtered water in a circular motion over the coffee grounds until fully saturated.

Then let sit for 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom. 

6. Stir crust at top

7. Fill French press with the rest of the water and let steep for 3-4 minutes

8. Plunge and enjoy!

What Types Of Coffee Works Best In A French Press?

After this deep dive into the world of coffee, I have extra appreciation for what it takes to produce a good cup of coffee. And by good, I don’t just mean good tasting but also good for you in terms of health benefits. 

  • Coffees from Central and South America and Indonesia generally pair well with the French press method of brewing because they tend to have a nutty, chocolate profile.
  • For the best brew, grind your coffee beans to a coarse, sea salt consistency, or a medium grind.
  • Medium roast coffee beans to dark roast beans are the best choice for your French press. I am going to share top picks for both medium and dark roast below.
You will want to stick with a medium or dark roast coffee bean when using your French press.

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Best Coffee Brands To Use In Your French Press (dark roast)

**My sister Rose helped me out with the taste testing for this post. As you may know I don’t tolerate caffeine so I recruited her and she was more than happy to help me out:)

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Best Coffee Brands To Use In Your French Press (medium roast)

I know not everyone is going to want to use a dark roast, even though I would argue that dark roast coffee beans do work best in a French press. So, I took it upon myself to also test out medium roast coffee beans;)

Conclusion: What Is The Best Coffee Brand To Use In A French Press?

With so many truly delicious and healthy coffees on the market today, it was a tight race. However, Purity coffee continues to win me over with the care they take in every aspect of the coffee process and its strong, balanced flavor profile is second to none. Give Purity a try and see if you don’t agree that it is the best coffee to use in a French press or really any coffee maker for that matter!

What’s your favorite coffee brand to use in your French press?

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


  1. Brooke

    I drink Kion coffee, but I’m always looking for alternatives to try. I think Purity might be up next. Thanks for this list!

    • Suzi

      Hi Brooke,

      Yes, it’s so good!

  2. Kathleen

    Hi! My husband and I used your guide to ditch our Nespresso and set up a new coffee station. So far so good! Thanks for sharing!

    • Suzi

      Hi Kathleen,

      Aww thanks for commenting- love hearing that! 🙂


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