Why is my French press coffee watery? 5 easy ways to make it stronger!

A good cup of French press coffee is the best way to start your day. But it’s not that easy to reach a level of perfection in making a good French Press Coffee. If you are a beginner, you might end up with a too light or too acidic cup of coffee through French Press.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to Why my French Press is watery, you must know the reasons for this problem.

Why is my French Press coffee watery?

There could be many possible reasons for the watery French Press Coffee. You are not steeping it for enough time; you might not be using adequate coffee grounds; maybe your grind size is not correct; the temperature of water you are using is not hot enough, or the roast and the quality of your coffee beans are not good.

Too short steeping time

Too short steeping time can cause your French Press to be watery. Recommended time before pushing the plunger down is 4 minutes.

If you give less than 4 minutes, most coffee grounds will remain unextracted, and your French Press will be too weak.

Use a timer for this process if you are not good at remembering time.

Using fewer coffee grounds

It might be possible that you are not using enough coffee beans. I recommend using 14-16 grams of coffee grounds for an 8 oz cup

The golden coffee to water ratio for French Press is 1:15; 1 gram of coffee for 15 grams of water. So, adjust the amount of coffee grounds according to the size of your cup.

Using wrong ground size

If you’re like me, you’re probably using the wrong ground coffee size for your French Press. But what exactly is the right size? Usually, a coarser ground size is recommended for making French Press. But achieving perfection in grinding coffee beans is not an easy thing.

If you are already using coarser coffee beans, I recommend making it a little fine. I am sure that it will help as this also solved my problem.

Using the wrong roast

If you are using light or medium-light roasted coffee beans for making French Press, then this is where you are doing it wrong. 

Medium-dark or dark roasted coffee beans are recommended for French Press.

Water temperature is not adequate

The right water temperature for making a French Press is 190 to 200 degrees. This is the temperature of the water right after boiling when the bubbles from the water disappear.

If the water temperature falls below 190 degrees, your coffee grounds will remain unextracted, and your French Press will be watery.

Quality of coffee

If you want an excellent cup of French Press, Never compromise on the quality of coffee beans. Always buy coffee beans from well-reputed brands.

Some bad quality coffee beans or coffee grounds might make your coffee weak, watery, or overly bitter.

And for ultimate freshness, I always recommend that you should invest in a coffee grinder and grind your coffee beans by yourself. You can also use pre-ground coffee for french press, but they stale very quickly.

Some people complain that they get a muddy cup of coffee with stoneware Le Creuset French Press Coffee. But that’s not the case if you use it properly. Read a detailed review of Le Creuset French Press Coffee maker.

How to make strong French press coffee | 5 easy ways

Here are the 5 easy ways you should follow to make your French Press as French Press is meant to be strong and robust.

1. Use more coffee

As discussed above, the ideal coffee to water ratio for French Press is 1:15. That means for a standard 8 oz cup (225 grams), you should add 15 grams of coffee.

Sometimes, When I am in the mood for a more robust cup of French Press, I even increase the amount of coffee up to 20 grams. 

But it entirely depends on your taste. Try different amounts of coffee, and you will surely find the ideal tradeoff for yourself.

The ideal way to measure the amount of coffee beans is by calibrating the coffee scoop you use with some standard weighing machine.

2. Increase the steeping time

It would be best to give enough steeping time to your coffee grounds before pushing the plunger so that the water extracts the flavor from the coffee grounds completely. 

As discussed above, the ideal steeping time for French Press is 4 minutes. For a more robust flavor, you can also increase the time.

I sometimes increase the steeping time up to 5 minutes for myself when I am in a mood for a stronger cup of coffee.

But never increase this time from 6 minutes. Because then the coffee grounds can get over-extracted, and the brew will become very bitter.

french press steeping time

 

3. Select dark roasted and good quality coffee beans

Don’t use medium roast or medium-dark roasted coffee beans if you are a fan of strong coffee like me. Always buy a bag of fresh dark roasted coffee beans.

For ultimate freshness, I always recommend never to use pre-grounded coffee beans. There are two reasons behind this. The pre-grounded coffee beans stale more quickly, and the second is you have no control over the grind size.

So, if you want a rich cup of coffee with a flavorful aroma, never hesitate to buy a coffee grinder.

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4. Select the right grind size

Selecting the right grind size for French Press is way more complicated than it seems. You can only achieve perfection in it with experience.

Usually, coarser grounds are used for making French Press. But if your grind size is too coarse, your coffee will become watery or weak. So you have to experience different grinds to find the perfect flavor for yourself.

As fine grounds get extracted more readily, I recommend making your grind a little finer than coarse, just like table salt to make your French Press strong. 

But never use extremely fine coffee grounds with French Press, as it will make your drink muddy.

Select the right grind size

5. Select the proper water temperature and create turbulence

Selecting the proper water temperature is the most crucial step while making French Press Coffee. Because if the water is too hot, it will over-extract the coffee grounds, and your coffee will become bitter. If the water is not hot enough, the coffee grounds will remain unextracted, and your coffee will taste watery.

The ideal temperature for making any hot coffee drink is 190 to 200 degrees as only at this temperature water extracts the perfect amount of flavors from the coffee grounds.

select the proper water temperature

Now the question is how to achieve this temperature? Just put the water in a saucepan and wait till it starts boiling. Remove the water from the heating source and wait till bubbles disappear no longer than 15 to 25 seconds.

Creating turbulence by stirring can make the extraction process quicker as the coffee grounds will be exposed to water more readily. So, stirring also helps to make your French Press stronger.

Stirring two to three times after adding the hot water is enough.

If you are also looking for grinders for French Press. Then check our guide on the Best electric coffee grinders for French Press

Final Thoughts

I hope that this article will solve your problem of watery French Press and you can easily make a strong cup of French Press Coffee by following these five easy methods.

If you are facing any other issue with your French Press, Please mention that in the comments.

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Why is my French press coffee too weak?

There could be many reasons for a weak french press coffee.
1. Steeping time is not enough
2. You are using fewer coffee grounds
3. You are using the wrong grind size
4. Temperature of water is not hot enough
5. You are using low quality or lightly roasted coffee beans

How long should you brew French press coffee?

4 minutes is the ideal brewing time for French Press. You can increase this time up to 6 minutes if you want a stronger cup of coffee. But never go beyond 6 minutes.

What is the ratio of coffee to water in a French press?

The ideal Coffee to water ratio for a French Press is 1:15. That is 1g of coffee for every 15g of water. For a standard 8 oz cup (225g) you should add at least 15g of coffee. You can also add a little more coffee than it if you like to have a stronger cup of coffee.