Plunger coffee remains one of the most simple and tasty ways to brew coffee. It's still one of our favourites, despite so many different manual brew methods available today. With the ability to brew for many people at once, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

It’s a common mistake to just wing it when it comes to Plunger. Brew ratios, as always, will make all the difference to this humble method. Weigh it out people!

Essential Gear
  • Coffee Beans
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Plunger
  • Scales/timer
  • Kettle
  • Water (filtered if you can, it's worth it!)

person pouring grinds into plunger

Starting Recipe

Black Coffee*
  • 16g coffee
  • 250ml water
  • 96 degree water

Milk Coffee*
  • 25gm coffee
  • 250ml water
  • 96 degree water

*These recipes are for 1 person. If brewing for more, use the same ratio and scale up.


Grind size for Plunger is quite coarse. Use the size of sand granules as a good rule of thumb.

Let's Brew!

  1. Preheat your plunger! Fill with boiling water for around 1 minute to heat up the glass and discard before brewing. Skipping this step will lead to a loss of heat, meaning a lot less extraction in your final cup. Pre-heating. Is. The. Best.
  2. Grind your coffee and add it to the plunger.

    person pouring ground coffee into plunger

  3. Add your water! Pour vigorously, making sure every bit of coffee is saturated with water.

    person pouring hot water into plunger

  4. Now we wait…. set a timer for four minutes.
  5. Stir the top of the brew at the four minute mark and allow all the grinds to sink to the bottom.

    Stirring coffee grinds in plunger

  6. PLUNGE! But very, very slowly. The slower your plunge, the less coffee grinds will end up in the final cup. Patience young grasshopper.

    Person plunging coffee

  7. Pour and enjoy!

pouring milk into a cup of coffee

Brew Tips!
  • If your coffee tastes too weak or watery, try adding more coffee and a finer grind size
  • If your coffee tastes too acidic, try a longer brew time or a finer grind size
  • If your coffee tastes bitter, try a quicker extraction or a coarser grind size

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