How To Make French Press Coffee Stronger? (5 Easy Steps)

Audrey Harrison
Home brewer

Imagine this: you wake up early in the morning, bleary-eyed and groggy, and all you want is a strong, bold cup of coffee to give you the kickstart you need. You grind your favorite beans, add them to your trusty French press, and eagerly wait for the first sip. 

But alas, the coffee is weak and lacks the bold flavor you crave. What went wrong? Let's explore the reasons and the solution you need to make your French press coffee stronger and more flavorful than ever before.‍

Why does French press coffee remain weak?

There are a few reasons why your French press coffee may not be as strong as you'd like. Perhaps you're not using the right coffee-to-water ratio, or maybe your grind is too coarse.

It's also possible that you're not steeping the coffee for long enough or not using hot enough water. And let's not forget about the impact of using old or stale beans. All of these factors can lead to a less-than-satisfying cup of coffee.

Is it possible to make your French press coffee stronger?

Now, the moment you've been waiting for. Of course, you can! You don't have to settle for weak coffee just because you're using a French press. With these five easy steps, you'll be brewing the perfect cup of strong and flavorful coffee.‍

How to make French press coffee stronger?‍

Here are five easy steps to make French press coffee stronger:

Step one

Grind your coffee finer. A finer grind means more flavor extraction, leading to a stronger cup of coffee.

Step two

Use more coffee. The simplest solution to weak coffee is to add more coffee to your French press. But don't forget to keep the ratio in mind.

Step three

Use hotter water. If your water isn't hot enough, your coffee will suffer. Make sure the water is between 195°F and 205°F to achieve the perfect brew.

Step four

Steep for longer. Let your coffee steep for 5-6 minutes instead of the usual 4 minutes. This will give it the extra time it needs to create a bold and robust flavor.

Step five

Stir your coffee. Once you've added the water, give your coffee a gentle stir to ensure all the grounds are fully immersed. This will help to extract maximum flavor and create a stronger cup of coffee.

Wrapping up

Making French press coffee stronger is easy once you know how.

In short, if you want your French press coffee even stronger, steep the coffee longer for around 5 minutes, and press the plunger down slowly. This will lead to more extraction of coffee and make you brew a stronger french press coffee than a regular one.

Don't be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you. So go ahead, grab your French press, and start brewing that bold and delicious cup of Joe you deserve.


Audrey Harrison

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I am a coffee aficionado based in Seattle. I have devoted my passion and expertise to perfecting the art of home coffee brewing. I became known for my exquisite pour-over and espresso creations. I source coffee beans from local roasters and explores ...