Cafetiere

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Also known as ‘French Press’ or ‘Press Pot’.

Using the Cafetiere is an easy and convenient way to brew coffee at home. As always you will need to be using high quality fresh beans, a good grinder set correctly, and filtered or bottled water for best results.   

Required

20g Freshly Ground Coffee/Filtered Water/Cafetiere

Method 

Fill your kettle and start it to boil.

Check the Cafetiere plunger and make sure it’s clean with no old coffee oils or grounds present.

Weigh out 20 grams (about 2-1/2 heaped desert spoons) of coffee beans for a 3 cup (small) Cafetiere or double that for a 6 cup (large) one. Grind the beans using a coarse setting. The coarseness should be like sea salt-like.

Preheat the Cafetiere by pouring hot water inside and plunge once. Empty the water.

Add the ground coffee to the Cafetiere.

Pour in water that is just off boiling (about 30 seconds off the boil) to about a third of the way up your Cafetiere. Allow the coffee about thirty seconds to expand or “bloom” and then gently stir with an appropriate stirrer. Pour the rest of the water to about an inch below the top of the Cafetiere, and gently place the plunger on top.

Wait about four minutes then plunge and serve. (Note that if it’s hard to press it means your grind is too fine; if the plunger drops straight down it means your grind is too coarse. The sweet spot is in the middle.)

Enjoy your beautifully brewed coffee.