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Brew guide: Plunger

The plunger (also known as a French Press) is a simple way to prepare coffee at home and requires no extra filtration as the device does this for you.

A plunger can produce smooth, rich and full-flavoured coffee. 

Plungers are great if you're looking for an affordable, quick and elegant solution for making coffee at home or on the road. 

Learn how to make a delicious Merlo coffee in a plunger by following the video guide below.

Video guide


  • Plunger. We recommend the Bodum Chambord Plunger
  • Freshly ground coffee (6.2 rating). We recommend our Private Blend, Espresso Blend and Arriba Arriba Blend for plunger coffee. 
  • Spoon.
  • Kettle. 

    Step 1
  • Scoop ground coffee into your plunger. We recommend one rounded dessert spoon per cup as a good ratio to follow.

    Step 2
    Fill the plunger with hot water. Water should always be hot but not boiling, as boiling water will burn the coffee grounds. Aim for 92°c.

    Step 3
    Stir gently and avoid tapping the sides of the plunger as the glass beakers may crack.

    Step 4
    Plunge immediately. You will know you have the correct grind and amount of coffee when it is firm to plunge. Use one hand to steady the plunger with the spout pointed away from you and plunge straight down with firm and steady pressure for 20 seconds.

    Step 5
    Pour and serve immediately.

    Remember, when making coffee at home:

    • Fresh is best when it comes to coffee – we recommend buying your coffee in smaller quantities, more frequently.
    • We custom-grind for all brewing methods – just tell our staff how you make your coffee at home, or select your brewing method when you order online.
    • Use filtered water where possible.