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)
- French Press
- Stirring utensil
- Cup (s)
Grind size: Grind should be medium-coarse roughly the size of coarsely cracked pepper. Let’s do this:
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 Cafetière 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
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