French Press Coffee Too Weak? Here's How to Fix it!

French Press Coffee Too Weak? Here's How to Fix it!

Jake Bonneman
4 minute read

If you're a true coffee lover, there's nothing quite like a piping hot cup of French press. The simplicity and unique qualities are part of why it's enjoyed the world over. Of course, the real reason French press coffee is so beloved is because of the way it tastes; with a rich, full-bodied flavor that can't be beat.

Sure, using a French press takes a little bit more time and effort than just throwing a pod in a Keurig. But the end result is definitely worth it. And hey, there's something undeniably cool and sophisticated-feeling about serving coffee that's been made in an elegant glass or metal carafe, like the Espro Press—the top of the line when it comes to the French press world.

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It's such an amazing feeling to take that first sip of rich, flavorful French press coffee, and—

Wait a minute... hold the francophone.

Why is my French press coffee so weak all of a sudden?

There are a few potential reasons why your French press coffee might be coming out weaker than you'd like. Let's take a look at a few of the most common ones:

#1 You're not using enough coffee grounds (Or you're using too much water)

If you're finding that your French press coffee is weak, the first thing you should check is how much coffee you're using. A general rule of thumb is to use about 1 part coffee to 12 parts water.  If you're using much less than that, your coffee is probably going to come out pretty weak.

Of course, the amount of coffee you use is going to depend on your personal preferences. Some people like their coffee stronger than others.

But don't worry—if you're using the proper ratio of coffee to water and it's still coming out weak, there are a few other things you can try.

#2 You're not brewing long enough

Another common reason French press coffee can come out weak is if you're not brewing it long enough. The ideal brewing time for French press coffee is usually around 4 minutes.

If you brew your coffee for less time than that, the grounds won't have had enough time to fully steep and release all of their flavor. As a result, you'll end up with a weaker cup of coffee.

Of course, 4 minutes is just a guideline. Depending on the type of coffee beans you're using and how finely they're ground, you may need to adjust the brewing time slightly.

But in general, 4 minutes should be enough time to produce a rich, full-flavored cup of coffee.

#3 The brewing water is too cold

Another common mistake people make when brewing French press coffee is using water that's too cold. An ideal brewing temperature for French press coffee is somewhere around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your water is too cold, it won't be hot enough to extract all of the flavor from the coffee grounds.

#4 Your grind is too coarse

If you're using the proper ratio of coffee to water and brewing for the recommended amount of time, but your coffee is still coming out weak, the next thing you should check is your grind.

Coffee grounds that are too coarse will result in weak coffee. This is because the larger grounds won't have as much surface area to release their flavor.

On the other hand, coffee grounds that are too fine will result in coffee that's overly bitter and astringent (and a rough time pushing the plunger down). So you'll want to avoid that as well.


If your French press coffee is coming out weak, the most common culprits are:

  • Using too little coffee
  • Not brewing for long enough
  • Using water that's too cold, or
  • Using a grind consistency that's too coarse

But don't worry—with a little trial and error, you should be able to figure out what the problem is and get your French press coffee tasting delicious once again. Bon appetit!


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