How to make a Cafetière / French Press
Updated: October 2021
So here is one of my favourite ways of making coffee - it tastes good and its simple to make.
A French Press coffee, also known as a cafetière, cafetière à piston, a coffee plunger and press pot to name a few, is a simple and effective way to make a delicious cup of coffee at any time of day. What ever you know it by, it's a heatproof jug and lid, with a strainer section, delivering a faff free and convenient way to make your brew!
So, to make your own cafetière you need… Your French Press (mine is 70cl), a grinder and beans or ground coffee.
In this instance, I'm in the mood, and dressed for(!) Fancy Cat coffee, which is ground and ready to go. You could also pick Partied out Panda, Hectic Hamster or Brilliant Raccoon. All of them come pre-ground and and are suitable for this method.
If you want Intrepid Baboon, that works, but you'll need to buy beans and grind them yourself. This is because the Intrepid Baboon pre-ground is fine so it's suitable for espresso - you'll end up with grinds in your coffee and no one likes that!
Anyway, I digress, you'll also need:
- A dessert spoon
- The kettle
- A stirrer
Off we go…
- Boil the water and let it cool a little while you measure your coffee.
- Scoop around three heaped dessert spoons of ground coffee into your clean pot (that works for me but simply adjust to suit your taste)
- First, saturate the coffee with 2 x the volume of hot water (not boiling) – this gives the coffee a “bloom” (hard to explain but when you do it you’ll see what I mean!)
- Then pour in the rest of the water and give it a stir. Put the lid on and wait for 3-5 minutes for the coffee to steep - don't plunge yet, just rest it on top.
- After the few minutes wait, press the plunger down – slowly and steadily
- Serve immediately into your favourite cup or mug, or decant it into another container to avoid over-brewing (oh yeah, baby – we’re SERIOUS here!)
Now, a little bit about the plunger… If it feels too hard when pushing down, and you've ground this yourself, your grind may be too fine, or, you have too much coffee in the press. But if it feels too soft and easy to push down, your grind is too coarse or there’s too little coffee in the press.
And you can play with steeping time and the coffee:water ratio to get the perfect cup for you.
Sit – or lie – back, relax, soak up some sun and enjoy!
Shhhh now, can't you see I'm rather busy being fancy...
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