The Secret To Making The Perfect French Press Everytime

Ruben from Zaza shares his secret!

May 18, 2020
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There's nothing better than taking a sip of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee first thing in the morning. But what makes it so perfect and how do you make sure it's not too dark or too bitter? Well, we enlisted the help of Ruben from Zaza Cuban Diner to share his secret to making the perfect dark roast French press. When it comes to amazing Cuban food and great coffee, he's the expert!


Zaza Dark Roast Coffee (La Negra Tomasa) French Press Recipe


  1. Don’t Be in a hurry
  2. Use Delicious Fresh Roasted Zaza Dark Roast Coffee
  3. About 3 Tablespoons of Medium to Course Ground Zaza Dark Roast Coffee for every 8 ounces of water.
  4. Important to use filtered water. Bring water to a boil then pour over the grounds in your French Press. Then let it sit for about 4 minutes.
  5. Grab two spoons. With one of them stir the crust of coffee that forms on the top of the coffee. A lot of those grounds will begin to fall away and some will stay on top with the foam. You can scoop those grounds that stayed on top out with both spoons.
  6. Now relax and do nothing for at least five minutes. This can seem frustrating, but it is too hot to drink anyway, and the longer you let it rest the better it will taste. As you sit all the floating bits of coffee will fall down and rest at the bottom of the press. That is what we want. We do not want those bits in our coffee we want them stuck at the bottom.
  7. Now put the plunger in and let the screen set on top of the coffee. Do not plunge it all the way down because that will just cause all the sediment to stir up. You can just use the screen as a strainer when gently pouring your coffee through it.

Zaza Dark Roast
(Photo provided by Zaza Cuban Diner)