The 8 Best Ground Coffees For French Press

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in October of 2017. If you won't settle for anything less than the pure joe that comes out of a French press, or cafetière, then you're probably also particular about your blends. We’ve rounded up a collection of delicious, coarsely ground coffee well suited for this hands-on brewing method, so whether you like smooth, mild java or need the punch of a strong, bold variety, we've got you covered. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Stone Street Reserve

2. Stone Cold Jo

3. The Coffee Fool Coconut Dream

Editor's Notes

August 18, 2019:

The French press is a relatively affordable, simple method of brewing great-tasting coffee at home. Its manual operation requires more work than simply pouring in the grounds as you would with automatic drip, but the fresh, delicious results will prove well worth the small amount of extra time and effort.

Stone Cold Jo is a new addition that features a unique combination of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and grape flavors. The dark-roasted, course grounds will produce a cup of joe that’s silky smooth, with low acidity levels. This organic choice contains no artificial flavors and is non-GMO and Fair Trade certified. It can be prepared hot in your French press with a couple of tablespoons of grounds for every six ounces of water, and steeped for four to five minutes. If you prefer to drink it cold, use a ratio of 4:1, and then refrigerate it for at least 12 hours before you press and filter it.

For another versatile choice that tastes great hot or cold, look to the Stone Street Reserve, and you can go ahead and enjoy multiple cups without worry of it upsetting your stomach, thanks to its low acidity. The package comes with a one-way degassing valve to help the grounds maintain freshness and aroma. (After roasting, coffee releases carbon dioxide into the air. The valve actually stops that gas from building up inside the bag, allowing it to escape instead. It also prevents oxygen from entering the package and making the grounds stale.)

Leaving our list in this update is the peach- and brown sugar-flavored B.G. Coffee Chanchamaya, due to issues with availability.

Special Honors

Sleepy Monk French Roast Sumatra This smooth, heavily bold choice is perfect for anyone who likes a full-bodied, blackish cup of coffee. It’s grown in 4,000-foot altitudes, where it’s wet-hulled and dried in the sun during its harvest time of June through September. It’s certified organic and roasted in small batches in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It’s also sold in whole beans as well as finer grains for automatic drip machines.

4. Texas Lonestar Blend

5. The Chosen Bean Cold Brew

6. Ceremony Roasters Variety

7. Gevalia Special Reserve

8. Primos Specialty

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

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