Getting the best from your Cafetiere

The cafetiere is one of the most commonly recognizable brewing methods and an easy way to make full-bodied coffee. The French press process allows the grounds to soak in water for longer allowing for a stronger taste and bolder flavours.

Things you’ll need to make three cups of coffee

  • Fresh-roasted coffee
  • Scale (optional)
  • Grinder (optional, if you don’t have a grinder you will need pre-ground beans)
  • Kettle
  • French Press – You can buy the Bodem French Press from our store here. 
  • Stirring utensil
  • Cup (s)
  • Timer

Grind size: Grind should be medium-coarse roughly the size of coarsely cracked pepper.


Follow this step by step guide to get the best from your Cafetiere or watch the video at the bottom of the page:

1. Either boil your water in a standard or gooseneck kettle and then set it aside to cool

2. Half fill the press with hot water to pre-heat your container, discard the used water afterwards.

3. Add around 60g (or 10 level tablespoons if not using scales) into the press and give it a gentle shake to evenly distribute the coffee.

4. Evenly pour the water, just off the boil, over the grounds filling the press about halfway with hot water; Stir the grounds to encourage even brewing this helps to release CO2 gas.

5. Fill the Cafetiere to about 4cms off the top. If you have a scale then it should be around 1000g of water.

6. Place the lid on top to retain the heat, do not plunge yet

7. After 4 minutes has passed press down slowly to avoid overly-agitating the coffee. Align the spout so it’s ready to pour.

8. Pour and enjoy


Or watch this video:


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