Instructions for a bodum coffee press

Updated February 21, 2017

Bodum manufactures several sizes of coffee presses, also known as French presses because Bodum is a French company. Because the Bodum press does not use paper coffee filters, this helps the coffee have full flavour because it keeps its oils that would get caught in the paper filter in a traditional drip coffee maker. Making coffee in a Bodum coffee press only takes four minutes, plus the time to heat water.

Inspect the glass beaker for scratches, cracks or chips. If you find any of these, do not use the coffee press because glass particles could end up in your coffee. Bodum sells replacement beakers on its website.

Set the coffee press down on a heatproof, nonslip surface and pull the plunger straight up out of the beaker.

Grind coffee beans coarsely. Do not use finely ground coffee because it might clog the filter.

Pour one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee into the beaker for each 113gr. of coffee you plan to make.

Heat water separately in a teapot, saucepan, electric water boiler or microwave. The water should be hot, but not boiling.

Pour the hot water into the Bodum coffee press beaker, being careful to keep the water level at least one inch from the top of the beaker.

Stir the coffee and water with a plastic spoon. Metal spoons might break or chip the beaker.

Set the plunger on top of the beaker and twist the lid so the plastic portion covers the opening at the beaker's spout.

Wait at least four minutes while the coffee brews.

Turn the beaker so the spout faces away from you and hold it firmly by the handle. With your other hand, press down gently on the knob at the top of the plunger and lower it slowly into the pot. Make sure to press the plunger straight down.

Twist the lid to position the opening in the plastic over the beaker's spout and pour the coffee into cups or mugs.


Add more hot water after brewing your coffee if you prefer a weaker brew. Unscrew the filter parts from the plunger after each use and wash all parts of the filter and the beaker by hand or in the dishwasher. If washing by hand, be careful to not cut yourself on the edge of the filter.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder
  • Tablespoon
  • Hot water
  • Plastic spoon
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