How to Assemble a French Press Coffee Maker: The Quick and Easy Way to Clean Your Press 

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The invention of the first publicly sold French Press dates back to a little less than a century ago. In the year 1929, Milanese designer Attilio Calimani patented the first French Press. Thereafter, this press went through a ton of modifications in its design. The companies Melior and Bodum were amongst the first ones to sell it. Today, there are a lot of French presses, and we will tell you exactly how to assemble a French press coffee maker.

You may have heard several coffee aficionados speaking extremely highly about the French press coffee maker. In fact, several of them even recommend this over the regular drip coffee maker. The reason why is that coffee from the French press is full bodied, smooth and extremely rich. Almost no other coffee brewing equipment is capable of making such coffee.

In order to always have a strong and rich cup of coffee from the French press, it is imperative that you constantly maintain it. An integral part of the press’ maintenance is to disassemble the entire equipment and clean it thoroughly and reassemble it back appropriately. This task, although easy, can be daunting at times. That is why in this article we aim to give you a step by step guide on how to assemble a French press coffee maker which will, in turn, let your French press last you for a very long time.

How to Disassemble and Assemble French Press Coffee Maker: A Step-by-Step Guide 

Disassembling and reassembling a French coffee press is an integral part of maintaining the equipment. A clean French press will last you very long. In addition, having a clean French press will ensure that your next batch of coffee is perfect and not rancid.

Below, we will give you a step-by-step procedure on how to disassemble and reassemble the French press while cleaning it.

How to Disassemble a French Press Coffee Maker

  • Step 1: Removing all the grounds of coffee:

Before you even begin the cleaning process, you will first need to take out all of the coffee grounds. You may think that this is an easy task, but don’t be fooled. Removing the grounds from the inside will prove to be quite a bit of a task.

In order to get the grounds out, begin by gently tapping the bottom of the press either over your garbage bin or compost. This will ensure that the majority of all of the coffee grounds gets out of the press.

No matter how strong you tap the bottom, you will find that there are always going to be some remnants of the grounds still inside. These remaining grounds can be scooped out with the use of a wooden spoon or a spatula. You should never use a metal spoon since this will cause scratches or damages inside the press.

  • Step 2: Disassembling the press and washing it:

Begin washing the coffee press by placing the press under running water, rinsing the plunger and the beaker for any remaining coffee grounds. Carefully remove the beaker too and place it under the running water to clean in between and the outside.

Carefully disassemble each part of the French press. The components from the press include the lid, the disks, filter screens and lastly, the coffee plunger.

Some of the grounds will also get stuck in between the retaining and spring disks. To get rid of them, you first need to separate each of them and rinse it thoroughly with water. If you want to take it a step further, you can use a mild dishwasher soap along with a soft scrub. However, many coffee experts are against using dishwasher soap as they believe it alters the taste of the coffee when you use the press. Instead of the soap, use baking powder to clean the press.

  • Step 3: Scrubbing it clean:

With the help of a soft cloth, brush or sponge, scrub all the components of the French press clean. This also includes the plunger and the filters. Clean thoroughly so that there isn’t any residue left behind. Once all the remnants are visibly out from the components, make sure you give it a thorough rinse so that there is no soap or baking powder left anywhere.

  • Step 4: Using a towel to dry or Air Drying

Now you will have to very carefully spread all of the parts open on a clean cloth. Take a clean, dry towel to wipe every component dry. Alternatively, you can place all of the parts on a drying rack so that the press can be air dried.

How to Assemble a French Press Coffee Maker:

It may seem easy, but it is actually a little more complicated than it seems. To start off, you need to slide the clean and dry beaker back into its holder. The next step is for you to place the retaining disk on a flat surface. You will notice that this has a screw which attaches itself to the plunger.

To fix it back up, you need to start by placing the filter over the retaining disk and then follow it along with the spring disk. So, what you should ultimately end up with is the spring disk, then the filter, and lastly, the retaining disk. Always maintain this sequence.

Once you have stacked up all of this, you now need to screw the rod and lid combination to the disks and the filters. That’s it! You have now cleaned and reassembled your French press.

Some French coffee presses are capable of being cleaned in a dishwasher. However, we recommend that you wash it by hand. This will allow you to get rid of any coffee ground remnants which the dishwasher may be unable to remove. Moreover, washing the coffee press by hand will also ensure that there will be less or no damage to the equipment if any at all.


As you can see, it is absolutely essential that you clean your French press regularly in order for it to last longer. It is indeed a bit tedious to disassemble and reassemble the entire French press, to begin with. However, we can assure you that over time, you will get the hang of it and you will be thankful that you hand-washed your French press.


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