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How to Make Tea in Your French Press: Simple Recipe & Tips

french press tea
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The French press is a classic coffee maker, but it’s more versatile than you might think. You can do a lot more than brew coffee — like make a tasty pot of tea!

Here’s our guide to French press tea brewing, plus a few tips on other creative ways to use your French press. By the end of this article, you might want to toss out the rest of your kitchen gadgets! Let’s get started:

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Can you make tea in a French press?

Yes, you can, and it’s a very similar process to making regular coffee or cold brew. You can stop buying wasteful and pricey tea bags and switch to loose leaf… without having to invest in extra brewing equipment! Replace your usual coffee grounds with loose leaf tea and brew as usual. Here’s the easy recipe:

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French Press Tea Recipe

Here’s the simple recipe for brewing French press tea. Before you get started, make sure you thoroughly wash your French press -- no one wants tea that tastes like coffee!
5 star average
Prep Time 2 minutes
Steep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 2 kcal


  • French press
  • Kettle
  • 2 teacups
  • Spoon


  • 2 tsp loose tea leaves
  • 2 cups filtered water


  • Remove the lid and plunger from the French press.
  • Measure and add tea leaves to the French press.
  • Boil filtered water. You can use an electric or stovetop kettle.
  • Pour the water into the French press and give it a good stir.
  • Replace the lid and let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Press the plunger down and pour the tea into two teacups. Enjoy your tea!


Calories: 2kcal
Keyword French press, French press tea

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Top 5 Other Creative Uses for Your French Press

Tea and coffee aren’t the only things you can make in your French press! This brew is great for anything that needs steeping, and you can also use it to aerate or mix some foods. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Froth Milk

handheld milk frother

The filter attached to your French press plunger is perfect for aerating milk! Heat the milk in the microwave or on the stovetop and then pour it into your French press. Push the plunger up and down rapidly until you have a good amount of milk foam.

2. Shake Up a Cocktail

If you want a cocktail that’s shaken, not stirred (just like James Bond), you don’t need a cocktail shaker. Add your ingredients to the French press and push the plunger up and down quickly. Then push it down and pour your well-mixed cocktail into a glass.

3. Infuse Oil

infuse oil with French press
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You can infuse oil with all kinds of delicious flavors — and your French press will make this simple process even easier. Add chopped garlic, chilis, or rosemary to the press. Pour in warm oil and let the mixture infuse. Then push down the plunger and pour your infused oil into a bowl! Delicious with fresh bread.

4. Rehydrate Dried Vegetables

Rehydrating dried veggies can be a pain — they tend to float, resulting in uneven hydration — which is why the French press can be very useful! Add dried vegetables to the press, pour in the water, and put the lid back on, pushing the plunger below the surface of the water. This will keep all of your veggies underwater, where they will rehydrate quickly.

5. Whip Up a Broth

Broth doesn’t have to be made with meat! You can whip up a tasty herbal broth by steeping hot water with your favorite seasonings. Ginger, garlic, and green onions all make tasty infusions. Add salt and use it as a base for a tasty soup!

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French Press Tea: The Bottom Line

There are quite a few ways you can use your French press, and brewing tea is just one of them. We hope this guide has helped you find fun new uses for your favorite coffee brewer, like infusing oil or whipping up a shaken martini. Enjoy your versatile coffee maker — and don’t forget to try making cold brew in it, too.


Featured Image Credit: Artem Oleshko, Shutterstock


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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