How To Clean French Press

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Here’s a lesser-known fact—a French press also goes by several names like Cafitiere, Caffettiera a Stantuffo, press pot, and coffee press. And the only good thing about a French press is not just its fancy names, it is actually way better than electronic coffee makers and other methods. 

I recently purchased a french press as I wanted to try out a new way to brew my coffee, and needless to say, this has been one of the best purchases of my life.  

But all of us French press users are aware of the most evident problem associated with every cup of coffee brewed—“how do I deal with these coffee grounds?”

Read on as I have a bunch of effective ways to clean a French press and protect you from being deprived of an excellent cup of coffee!  

Step-by-Step Tutorial to Clean French Press

1. Dismantling The French Press 

On dismantling the French press, we come across the different functionalities associated with each part –

 1. The beaker will hold your freshly brewed coffee.

 2. The plunger is used to press the filter to the bottom of the beaker.

 3. The mesh filter is the most innovative part of the French press! It is attached to the bottom of the plunger and will help separate the coffee grounds from the liquid coffee.

 4. The handle will help to disseminate the heat.  

TipTake due care while following this process as certain parts of the French press are fragile.

2. It’s All about the Grounds! 

Not cleaning the coffee grounds stuck to the bottom of my beaker properly gradually spoilt the taste of my morning energizer. Without my delicious cup of morning coffee, I’m just unable to function and if you’re anything like me, then you’ll find these cleaning methods helpful.

1. Diligently dismantle the French press by removing the plunger and separating the filter attached to it.

2. Keep the beaker separately under running water until it is half-filled. Water will help in the breaking up of the grounds.  

3. After about a few minutes, the grounds will automatically detach from the base of the beaker. Rinse it out and that’s it! 

TipUse coffee groundwater for eco-friendly purposes. I usually retain the water for my plants as it is a natural fertilizing element.

3. For a Deeper Cleaning

Sometimes, cleaning the beaker with water is not just enough. Here are some methods to thoroughly clean a French press-

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Using soap, citric acid, and hydrogen peroxide

All you have to do is combine 2-3 teaspoons of the ingredients mentioned above with 2 cups of warm water in a bowl. After this, submerge the parts in it and let them soak away for at least 5 hours. Rinse it with water and let them dry.

Using white vinegar

You can clean the filter with the help of white vinegar too. First, make a solution with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water and then soak the filter in it overnight. In the morning, rinse it with fresh water.

Urnex Powder

Urnex Coffee Machine Cleaning Powder will get rid of the coffee oils from coffee pots and beakers. Dissolve the powder in some warm water and submerge the parts of your French press in it for about 30-60 minutes. After this, rinse them with fresh water and dry them.

4. Things To Avoid While Cleaning

1. Avoid using a stainless steel scrubber as it might form scratches on the beaker.

2. Do not drain the grounds in the drain or flush it off as these are usually stubborn and might give you some clogged nightmares!

3. Try not to be harsh on the mesh filter as it is very central to the process that produces well-brewed coffee.

4. Do not leave the grounds stuck to the base for too long as the stubbornness of the grounds will increase and will become more difficult to clean.

5. Easy And Hassle-Free Maintenance Of A French Press  

Although cleaning the French press might make you droop, with regular maintenance you can easily escape the long procedural cleaning tasks. 

1. Maintain the French press by using coffee filters to protect the mesh filter. These filters are useful in keeping the processing of grounds and efficiency of the mesh filter optimum.

2. Use medium-sized granules of coffee grounds in your French press.

3. Don’t be too harsh on the plunger, be gentle while pressing it down.

4. Also, use a scale for measuring the water required and subsequently add coffee grounds as per the water measurement. This will not exert unnecessary pressure on the French press and will also give the added benefit of a well-brewed coffee. 


How often should I clean my French press?

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You have to clean it after every use but a deep cleaning is required only once a week. Clean all parts of the French press using the methods given above for deeper cleaning.

How often should I replace the French press filter?

You don’t have to replace the filter unless it gets damaged. Keep it clean daily and it can last well over a year.

What are the advantages of French press coffee?

It’s more rich and delicious than normal coffee! You also have complete control over how you would like the coffee to taste—things like brewing time and water temperature are totally up to you.

In conclusion, a delightful cup of coffee can keep you charged for the day ahead. The power of being fully caffeinated is something that should never be underestimated.  Enjoy a cleanly brewed coffee and share these easy yet interesting methods with your friends! Happy brewing!

Written by Pulkit D

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