How to Make the Perfect Plunger Coffee in 8 Simple Steps



Is there any better way to start the day than with a delicious hot coffee? The aroma of a strong rich coffee slowly brewing at the table provides a welcome wake-up call that can really set you up for the day ahead.

Using a coffee plunger is a simple yet incredibly effective way of making a delicious brew in minutes. No expensive espresso machines needed here - a plunger is an easy and cost-effective solution for making fantastic coffee anywhere.

The key to a successful plunger coffee is getting the right balance of grind and hot water. The cafetiere design allows the coffee to brew slowly without exposing it to the boiling process. It is this slower brew time that ensures a richer taste, not to mention that delightful smell.

How you brew your coffee is entirely up to you - you're in charge of the amount of ground coffee and water you use, so you can create a richness and strength tailored to suit your tastes. However, to find out how to use a coffee plunger to its full potential, we've put together eight simple steps to follow.

  1. Fill the plunger with boiling water to preheat the glass 
  2. Grind your coffee beans and aim for a medium coarse consistency
  3. Empty the hot water and add around 70g of ground coffee (one heaped teaspoon) for every litre of coffee you want to make
  4. Add hot water, but ensure it is not boiling - this will burn the coffee and leave it tasting bitter
  5. Put the lid on with the plunger pulled up to the top
  6. Let the coffee brew for four minutes
  7. Push the plunger down, but don't crush the grounds at the base - it will release a bitter taste
  8. Pour into a coffee mug (add milk or sweeteners if needed)

Check out our guide How to Make Plunger Coffee for even more professional tips and advice on using a cafetiere, along with an in-depth look at the pros and cons of using different types of plunger.

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