Hello from Contigo HQ –

Since we make travel mugs, we obviously like to try out a variety of different brews and techniques.

We know there are a ton different ways to make and take your coffee. Sometimes they can seem daunting, overwhelming or just plain time consuming.

In this blog, we’ll cover how to make French Press coffee in less than 5 minutes.

So why use a French Press?

The short explanation: That paper or plastic filter you use absorbs the natural oils and sticks to the machine to create a residue that stales your coffee with old oils from previous uses. In a French Press those oils and residues are easily washed away during cleaning. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that short, but now you know.

A French Press is a great way to get a flavorful mug of coffee in the morning. You can use a travel mug to take it with you on-the-go during the work week, or it’s a nice little luxury for a relaxing Sunday morning.


  1. Boil your water.
  2. Grind your beans. If you buy your beans from a local coffee shop, they’ll likely be able to grind your beans for you and you can ask for them to be ground for a French press. If not, grind your beans so that they are coarse to medium coarse.
  3. Scoop in your coffee grounds. We do about three to four scoops* (roughly 27 grams) but depending on how strong you like your coffee, you may want to do more or less.
  4. Two minutes after the water stops boiling, pour the hot water into the press. Make sure to get all of the coffee grounds wet so the flavor begins to come through.
  5. Let it stand for one minute, then top off the French Press with water and put the lid on. Don’t push the plunger down yet. Allow it to sit for two minutes so that you can let the grounds flavor your coffee.
  6. Push the plunger down (our favorite part of the process). It should be firm when pushing down but not impossible to move. If the plunger does get stuck pull it back up a little and push down again.
  7. Pour your coffee into your mug

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*This recipe is for a four cup French Press. There are a variety of French Presses available so adjust your recipe to the size of your press.


If you’re looking to take it to go, try a coffee travel mug with double-wall vacuum insulation and spill-proof technology. That way, the temperature and flavor will stay locked in for you to enjoy on your trip to work, and you’ll walk into work free of coffee stains, ready to take on the day.

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