How to clean a French press

Nolan Killey

June 1, 2023

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A french press is a simple device used to make coffee. The coffee grounds are placed in the bottom of the press, hot water is poured over them, and then the plunger is pushed down to trap the grounds at the bottom and stop the brewing process.

The problem with a french press is that the coffee can often become bitter and over-extracted. This happens when the grounds are steeped for too long and the resulting coffee is strong and unpleasant.

One way to avoid this is to make sure you use fresh, coarsely ground coffee. Another way to avoid bitterness is to clean your french press after each use.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Disassemble the french press by removing the plunger and the metal filter screen.

It’s really important to clean the coffee press after every use. First going to start by pulling out the filter. We’re going to rinse the chamber out by dumping the grounds out. We’ll take that strainer with those coffee grounds and dump them into a compost bin. You should do the same with other coffee makers like Moka Pot or Aeropress (see

2. Wash all of the parts in warm soapy water.

3. Rinse well and dry all of the parts thoroughly.

Disassemble the filter. There are three separate filters. The spring, the mesh, and the cross. So we’ll start by rinsing each one of these off and drying them with a dry cloth.

The glass chamber will need to be cleaned by rinsing it out with soapy water.

Drying the chamber just ensures that the next time we brew a cup there is no water mess up any of the coffee that we’re going to brew for the next time.

Dry everything off

Reassemble everything,Your french press is now clean and ready to use!

We’ll assemble the filters back into place in reverse order. And this will be placed at the top of the chamber of the coffee press. And plunge down. Of course, if you used a coffee grinder, you have extra cleanage to do, but it worth it. You can read to discover the benefits of using a coffee grinder.


So there you have it – a simple guide to cleaning your french press. By following these steps, you can ensure that your coffee maker stays in good condition and that your coffee always tastes its best.

About Nolan Killey

Nolan is a keen traveller who loves to explore the world and taste new cuisines. She’s also a coffee lover, and enjoys sampling different blends from all over the globe. Her blog chronicles her travels and culinary experiences, as well as providing helpful tips for travelers and foodies. Anna likes to inject a healthy dose of humour into her writing, making her blog an enjoyable read for everyone.

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