The Complete Guide to French Press Sizes

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/04/21 •  7 min read

The Short Anwer:

There are four different French Press sizes, 3 cups, 4 cups, 8 cups, and 12 cups. The French Press coffee maker comes in different shapes and sizes, with the 3 cups size being the smallest, and 12 cups being the largest.

The French Press is a simple coffee maker which is made from glass and metal (depending on the model). The coffee maker, also known as the cafetière in French, is available in a wide range of different sizes.

To make coffee with the french press you simply fill the coffee maker with water (around 195°F), add your coffee beans, and press down on the plunger to separate the grounds from the brewed coffee.

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In this article, we will talk about the different sizes the French Press coffee maker comes in, from the smallest 3 cups to the largest 12 cups.

1. The 3 Cups Size French Press (0.35 liters)

The smallest French Press coffee maker is the 3 cups size . It is widely used for 1 or 2 people, but can also be used by 3 people. The 3 cups size French press can make up to 3 standard cups of coffee (1 cup = 115 ml).

It is used mostly by people in need of coffee on the go, or early risers who don’t want to make a whole pot.

2. The 4 Cups Size French Press (0.5 liters)

Most French Press coffee makers come in the 4 cups size. This is the standard French Press size , and is used by most people. The 4 cups size of the french press makes up to 4 standard cups of coffee.

This size is used by most people who drink a few cups of coffee throughout the day, or people who want to make a full pot. I recommend getting this size for the French Press. It is best for everyday use as it makes enough coffee but not too much.

3. The 8 Cups Size French Press (1 liter)

The 8 cups size is not too common, and you won’t see it that much in regular stores. This French Press coffee maker makes up to 8 standard cups of coffee.

The 8 cup size French Press is used by people who need to make quite a bit of coffee at once, or people who drink coffee all day long. The 8 cup French Press is more expensive than the smaller sizes, and can be harder to find in some stores than the other ones.

4. The 12 Cups Size French Press (1.5 liters)

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The largest French Press coffee maker comes in the 12 cup size, which is only used by very demanding and espresso style coffee drinkers. It makes up to 12 standard cups of coffee, which is quite a lot. The 12 cup size French Press is the most expensive one.

It is harder to find than the smaller sizes, and it’s only really useful to people who need to make a ton of coffee at once.

Don’t Get Confused With Cups

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Cup size is different from mug size. Mug size is obviously a lot more than the standard smaller cup size. So, when you brew your French Press keep in mind that a cup of coffee is about 115ml, and that a mug is larger than a cup.

Use the table above to quickly convert from French Press cup size to mug size or vice versa.

Quick Guide to Clean your French Press

French press is an easy way to make coffee or tea, and it’s also much more environmentally friendly. Follow these steps for a quick and clean French press:

1) Fill the french press with water.

2) Add 1-2 tablespoons of mild soap to the water in the french press. This will soak up any gunk in your mesh filter.

3) Place the mesh filter into your French Press, add coffee grounds, and cap off the lid tightly.

4) After about 3-5 minutes of brewing time, turn off your French Press and let it sit for 10-12 minutes before removing the lid and enjoying your fresh cup of coffee or tea!

Other Uses for the French Press

In addition to steeping your coffee grounds, tea leaves or milk frothing, the French Press can also be used for making cocktails and infusing your teas and coffees with flavor.

The French press is a versatile kitchen tool that requires little effort – just place the ingredients inside and wait for them to steep. It has a wide range of uses such as brewing tea, milk frothing, infusing water with flavor herbs or fruits, muddling limes or lemons and making cocktails among many others.

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

What Size Is A Standard French Press?

The standard French Press is the 4 cup size, which is good to use for 2-3 people. You can use it for 1 person as well, but you’ll want to have the smallest size to make less coffee.

What is the Recommended French Press Ratio?

The recommended french press coffee ratio is 1:15. Meaning that you need 1 gram of coffee for every 15ml of water. This ratio will yield a strong cup of coffee without it being too bitter.

What grind size should I use for the French Press?

Grind size is a key factor to achieving the proper coffee grounds extraction with a French Press. The grind size should be in between medium and coarse. The coarser the grind size, the more surface area there is for extraction.

And since the French press has a long brewing time, it’s advisable to go with medium to coarse grind sizes. If you go too fine you are risking over-extraction which means your coffee will end up tasting bitter and burnt.

Different variables such as your desired strength of coffee and brew time will also determine what kind of grind size you should go with.

Last Thoughts

French Press coffee is easy to make, all you need is a bit of patience and the right size. If you want to make a lot of coffee at once the 12 cup size is your best option.

If you want to save some money and only make one or two cups of coffee then the 3 cups size french press will be best for you.

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Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.