How-To: French Press Coffee

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7 Steps To Making The Perfect French Press Coffee.

Less “finicky” then most methods, French press brewing is an ideal way to make coffee, producing a full-flavored cup with a delicious sweetness. It retains the oils that a paper filter naturally soaks up.

But it’s not just about the method. There’s 2 things to remember when making sure your coffee grounds are all they should be: freshness and consistency.


Bottom line? Buy whole beans and grind them moments before you use them. A whole bean naturally protects the coffee oils by keeping them right where they should be: in the bean. Coffee oils are water soluble, and oxidize easily, so as soon as you break the protective shell, the delicate oils are then opened to the air and can make them deteriorate quickly, losing flavor.


Consistency in grind is especially important when using a French press. Because the grounds steep in hot water for an extended period of time, will release extra bitterness (Not to mention, you could potentially end up drinking them, due to the built-in filter being made for a coarse grind.) 

Consistency is best achieved with a burr grinder, so if you don’t already own one, you can always ask our staff to grind it for you! However, in doing that, you sacrifice freshness for a consistent grind. Which is more important? You’ll have to experiment and decide for yourself.


Ready to make coffee?

Step 1:

Clean your French Press. Anything left from last time can give your coffee a bitter flavor.

Step 2:

Coarse Grind your coffee. Think “Hawaiian Sea Salt” size, however, this is a personal preference so grind it a little finer if you prefer a stronger brew.

Step 3:

Bring water to a boil (filtered is best). Wait 20-30 seconds after pulling water from it’s boil, before pouring it over your coffee grounds. If you’re using a dark roast or decaf, aim for 190-200*.

Pro tip: Boil extra water, to “preheat” your french press with. This will keep your water from cooling too fast.

Step 4:

Add your coffee grounds. 

Coffee Ratio:

Let’s get technical for a minute. For french press, a good ratio of coffee to water is between 60-70 grams of coffee per liter of water. If you don’t have a scale to weigh your coffee, that’s about 12 TBS per 36 oz of water (4.5 cups)

Step 5

Brew Time. Ever heard of coffee bloom? It’s the fast release of gas that occurs when hot water hits coffee grounds, and you want it. In fact this is a good way to tell how fresh your coffee is. More gas = more flavor, fresher coffee, and a bigger “bloom”.

To start the bloom, begin by pouring just enough water over the grounds to get them evenly wet, and wait 20 seconds before pouring the rest of the water in.

At this point it’s easy to walk away and guess the amount of time it’s rested, but don’t do it! Set a timer for 4-5 minutes depending on your brew preference. 

Step 6

Take the plunge. You don’t want to disturb the coffee grounds, so push it down slowly. If you feel it getting tight this could be due to small coffee particles clogging the filter. Pull it up a little and try again.

Step 7: Enjoy.

Serve the coffee immediately. If you let it continue to sit in the french press, the grounds will continue to release bitter flavors. Pour it into an insulated container if you don’t plan on drinking it right away.

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Spotlight On The Menu: Teapigs Tea

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We're all about coffee here at Coffee Gallery, but there's nothing quite like a good cup of tea when you want it!

We chose Teapigs because they select their teas based on taste and quality. Not only is the end result superior, but they take care to source Fair Trade and Green-Friendly farms.

We offer all of our teas hot or iced. [And you can always tap into our "secret menu", by adding any of our milks or fruit juices.]

We currently carry the following tea blends:

Everyday Brew
From Teapigs: "A perfectly balanced blend with a malty, zesty, rich strength."

Darjeeling Earl Grey
From Teapigs: "The exotic, floral tones of Darjeeling tea are balanced with the zesty citrus taste of bergamot."

Mao Feng Green
From Teapigs: "This tea has a delicate natural taste of fresh summer air, peaches and apricots. The infusion will turn clear pale green (not the murky brown you often see with standard green teas)."

Jasmine Pearl
From Teapigs: "Very delicate green tea with a light, floral, refreshing, natural jasmine taste."

Lemon & Ginger
From Teapigs: "A ginger kick with refreshing lemon."

From Teapigs: "Pure mint - so, as you’d expect a strong minty taste, then. Very refreshing, very light."

From Teapigs: "Super and fruity - this cheeky drink is a little tart!"

From Teapigs: "Refreshing, light and aromatic – think peaches and apricots. Very pure. We have chosen to bring you genuine white rather than green tea masquerading as white tea. If your white tea looks green in the cup, then it is green tea - watch out for fakes."

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DIY: Coffee Body Scrub

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So why a coffee scrub?

Well, simply put, caffeine is good for your skin! So much so, that there’s a huge study going on leading the authors to believe that it suppresses cells that turn cancerous in the sun.

But aside from that, in a scrub, it can be incredibly helpful in reducing the appearance of uneven skin, and cellulite. It helps stimulate blood-flow and tightens the skin. Who doesn’t want that?

So here’s how you do it.



3 tablespoons finely-ground coffee 

2 tablespoons oil (see note below)

1 tablespoon sugar (I like regular white sugar)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


Step 1: In a medium bowl, measure and mix all your ingredients.

Step 2: Put it in your jar, and tie a ribbon on it. That’s it!


  • Use what oil you have around, but here’s some recommendations if you want to take it up to the next level! 
    • Almond: excellent penetrating qualities, perfect for all skin types.
    • Coconut: for oily skin types. It does a good job of cleaning, but can feel drying to some people.
    • Jojoba: Very compatible with human skin, this is my favorite oil to use. It is said to help fight acne and aids in healing dry and damaged skin.
    • Olive: A moisturizing oil, good for most skin types.
  • In place of vanilla extract, you can use 3-5 drops of an essential oil of your choice
  • You can use recycled grounds, but then you don’t get as much of the benefit of the natural coffee oils in it.
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Explore Oahu: Shark’s Cove

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Sharks Cove Oahu

One of the North Shore’s gems. Don’t let the name keep you away! Well known for it’s great snorkeling, Shark’s Cove is a beautiful protected cove that sharks don't enter. The water is usually very clear (the exception being the end of summer), making it easy to spot the many fish that find refuge in the cove.

fish at sharks cove, Haleiwa

During the summer months, snorkeling and cave diving on the outside of the cove is a popular attraction. But when the winter waves are rolling through, don’t venture outside. It can be pretty dangerous!

Sharks Cove Pupukea

Stick around for the sunset, if you have time! It made my list of top places to view the sunset!

Sharks Cove Sunset



The Details:


Located at Pupukea Beach Park, right on Kamehameha Hwy.


Yes. Restrooms are located near the Pupukea Beach Park parking lot.


No. There is no lifeguard at this beach, so keep a watchful eye on your children.


There is limited parking at Pupukea Beach Park, but just a short distance away (to the left of the Pupukea Fire Station) is an additional parking lot.

Insider Tips:

- The exposed coral at the cove is very sharp, so water shoes or flippers are recommended. Watch little children, as a fall on them could cause some serious injury. 

- Theft is common here, so don’t leave valuables in your car. I recommend you use a good waterproof container and take your keys/camera/cash with you.

- Even though this is a protected cove, avoid when there are large waves forecasted at Waimea and Pipeline.  

- There are some GREAT food trucks right across the road, the Elephant Truck (Thai) being my favorite.

Pupukea Food Trucks

Fuel for the road:

Stop by Coffee Gallery and pick up an Aloha Smoothie, to complete your North Shore tropical experience!

Aloha Smoothie North Shore Oahu

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Happy Mother's Day from Coffee Gallery!



Don't forget Mother's Day is right around the corner!
Here's a free printable Mother's Day Card for that coffee-loving mother in your life. [blank inside]
FREE Mother's Day Printable Coffee Card
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