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
  • Stirring utensil
  • Cup (s)
  • Timer

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 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

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