Cafetiere Coffee

25 January 2014

Hello from our little coffee roastery in Stratford upon Avon

A really simple and easy way to make a great cup of coffee is to use a Cafetiere sometimes called French Press or Plunger. We're often asked how to brew coffee with this method so here are a few tips.  Just remember to brew the coffee and drink it straight away. If you leave it stewing in the pot the result can be quite unpleasant! 

  • Bring the water to the boil and allow it to cool while you get everything ready for your brew!
  • Using water slightly off the boil ensures that the flavour of the roasted coffee is not altered
  • Preheat the Cafetière
  • Similar to a teapot, in order to get the best brew heat the cafetière using a small amount of hot water.
  • Use medium to coarse ground coffee
  • Using the correct grind of coffee is essential to getting a great brew in a cafetière.  If your grind is too fine the drink will be cloudy and maybe even a little powdery in taste.  Too coarse and the drink will be weak
  • Use one heaped dessert spoonful of ground coffee per cup, obviously add more if you are using large mugs.
  • Place the ground coffee into the cafetière and pour a little water over the grounds and swirl them through it.
  • Pour in the rest of the water and stir gently, if needed, to cover the coffee grinds.
  • Place the lid on the cafetière with the plunger fully raised
  • Allow the coffee to brew for four minutes
  • Gently press the plunger down all the way
  • Be careful to press the plunger down straight, if you try to push from an angle some coffee grains may escape into the brew.
  • Pour and enjoy!

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