Coffee presses, or French presses as they are often called, are a basic, no-fuss method of making coffee. Consisting of few parts and requiring no electricity, a coffee press can be used in the kitchen and on camping trips. Depending on the size of the press, it can make one or two cups of coffee, or as many as eight.

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Simple coffee press

Step 1

Place 2 tbsp. of coffee grounds for each cup of coffee you wish to make in the bottom of the coffee press.

Step 2

Bring enough water to a boil to make the desired number of cups of coffee. For instance, if you are using 8-ounce coffee cups and want to make 2 cups of coffee, boil 16 ounces of water.

Step 3

Pour the boiling water into the press and place the plunger of the coffee press into place, pressing down to remove any air from the press.

Step 4

Gently shake the press to distribute the coffee grounds throughout the water. Place the press on a level surface and allow the coffee to steep for five minutes.

Step 5

Press the plunger of the press to the bottom of the pot. This will force the grounds to the bottom and out of the drinkable coffee. Serve the coffee while it's hot.