How to Clean French Press Coffee Maker: Everything You Need to Know

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For all those coffee addicts out there, we know how obsessed you are with the French press coffee maker, and why wouldn’t you? The French press always delivers the strongest, flavorful and unique tasting cup of coffee. However, there’s one thing we can all agree on. Cleaning the French press is quite a task and something that not most of us are good at. Hence, in this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to clean French press coffee maker.

It is important to remember that in order to get a perfect cup of coffee from your French press; it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Regularly cleaning a French press will produce a pristine and pure cup of coffee every time. So, let us tell you how to clean French press coffee maker.

How to Clean French Press Coffee Maker: A Step by Step Guide

It does not matter what kind and brand of French press coffee maker you own. They are definitely going to be in the shape of a cylinder and will be either made out of glass or stainless steel. The components within will always be the same.

Step One: Removing the Coffee Grounds

It goes without saying that the first step in cleaning the French press is to remove the ground coffee within. This may sound pretty easy, but don’t be fooled. It can prove to be quite a task. To do so, very gently tap the bottom of the beaker and get rid of the contents, in your garbage or compost. This will get rid of the majority of it.

To get rid of the rest which is stuck, use a spatula or a wooden spoon. You can scoop out the remaining coffee grounds. Never use a metal or steel spoon. This will damage the press by causing scratches or breakage.

Step Two: Disassembling the French Press and Washing It

Rinse the coffee plunger along with the beaker with water to remove all the bits of the coffee grounds. Alternatively, you can remove the beaker too to rinse it from the outside and also in between of the press stand. Make sure to disassemble the French press into different and separate components which are the disks, filter screens, the plunger and the lid.

It is very natural for the coffee grounds to be trapped between and within the disks. So ensure to separate them and thoroughly rinse them. If you are not too convinced with just a water rinse, you can use a soft sponge too. It is recommended not to use dishwasher soap to clean. Instead, you can use baking soda.

Step Three: Scrubbing the French Press

Along with a soft sponge or cloth, you can begin to gently scrub the French press and all the disassembled parts to get rid of any remaining coffee grounds. Once you have done this, rinse it again with water thoroughly so that no baking powder is left behind. If you skip this step, you will definitely alter the taste of your coffee.

Step Four: Dry the Equipment with Air or a Towel

Very carefully lay down the French press along with all of its parts on a dry and soft towel or even a drying rack. Leave it there for a while to air dry or use the towel to wipe everything down gently.

Step Five: Reassembling the French Press Back Together

Now that everything is clean and dry, it’s time to reassemble the French press. This is harder than it looks. Begin by sliding the clean beaker into the holder. Then slowly place the mesh filter over the disk which is then followed by the spring disk. After that, screw the lid and rod duo back on tightly into the disks and filters.

There you have it. A clean and fully reassembled French press is now ready for use.

General Tips

  • Use coarse grounds, or else it will clog the filters.
  • Avoid putting the grounds in the sink as it will clog the drain.
  • If you are not using the press for a while, ensure it is dry and pack it well in a bag to store in a cabinet.


We hope this step by step guide has given you the necessary information on how to clean French press coffee maker. It does take a while getting used to it, but having a clean press will ensure that all the flavors within the coffee are intact and that there are no alterations in the taste due to the poor cleaning of the press.

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