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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 an simple coffee maker which is made from glass and metal (depends 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)
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
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.
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.
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.