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Plunger Coffee Brew Guide


Plunger Coffee - The Definitive Guide

Plunger coffee is loved worldwide, and rightly so! Plungers are easy to use, ideal for brewing coffee for groups and result in a distinctively rich, full-bodied cup.

Plunger coffee is what we call a ‘full-immersion’ brew method, meaning the coffee and water are in contact for the full brew time. This is different to pour over brew methods - such as V60 or Chemex - and it’s this extended contact time that results in the unmistakable full-bodied brew. The fine metal filter on the plunger allows the coffee oils and some of the fine coffee particles to pass through, resulting in a bolder taste and fuller mouthfeel to coffee filtered through paper.

You can brew plunger coffee with either filter roast or espresso roast coffee. For a fruitier, lighter brew to drink black, we prefer a filter roast coffee; for a richer brew with lower acidity and for those who want to add milk to the brew, we recommend using espresso roast coffee.

The recipe is scalable, so that you can brew anywhere from one to ten cups, depending on the size of your plunger. Perfect for brewing for guests at home! You can also adjust the recipe by increasing or decreasing the amount of coffee and the brew time, or play around with the water temperature, to make the brew exactly as you like it. See our easy-to-follow guide below for more hints and tips on how to brew plunger, and if you have any unanswered questions, see our FAQ.

How to make plunger coffee

How Long? About 4 minutes

How Much? Premium coffee plunger prices start at around $20

What You'll Need: Coffee plunger, Ground coffee, Boiling water

Master the art of brewing fresh coffee at the table, resulting in a richer taste and delicious aroma to delight your guests. Follow these seven simple steps to find out how to make coffee in a plunger perfectly.

Here's the step-by-step guide to Plunger Coffee

1. Preheat the coffee plunger

Remove the lid and plunger, and fill the glass jug with boiling water to preheat it.

2. Grind your coffee beans to a medium coarse consistency

While leaving the jug to warm, grind your coffee beans. Aim for a medium coarse consistency - if the grind is too fine, the coffee can become over extracted and release bitter flavours. You can also use pre-ground coffee but, for a cup bursting with freshness, you should grind the beans yourself.

3. Add the correct measure of coffee to the plunger

Pour away the hot water from the glass jug and add the required amount of ground coffee - 70g per litre or one heaped teaspoon per cup (approximately 240ml).

4. Add hot, not boiling, water

Add hot, but not boiling, water. Pouring water that is too hot risks burning your ground coffee which will add a nasty bitter taste to your brew.

5. Put the lid on and let it brew

With the plunger pulled all the way up, place the lid back on top of the glass jar. Wait four minutes to allow your coffee to infuse properly.

6. Plunge your coffee carefully

Push the plunger down to separate the coffee grounds from your brew. Make sure you don't press or crush the grounds at the bottom of the jug - this can also release a bitter taste.

7. Pour and serve

Pour and serve your delicious fresh coffee. Add milk or sweeteners if required.

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Your Plunger Coffee Questions, Answered

Here are the most common questions we receive regarding Plunger Coffee. If you have any more questions, please get in contact!

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