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How to brew coffee by using a French press (cafetiere)

Many people believe French press makes the best coffee. It is dense and heavy and  it has its own classic distinction. However be serious with the details: To achieve a full expression of the coffee, decant it immediately after brewing so it doesn’t become bitter or chalky. Don't brew it beyond four minutes. 

Step 1

Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil. For a 17-oz press, you'll need about 350 grams (12 ounces).

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Step 2

While the water is heating, grind your coffee. French press coffee calls for a coarse, even grind. We recommend starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. If you're using 350 grams of water, you’ll want 30 grams of coffee.


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Step 3

To start, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 30 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 60 grams of water.

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Step 4

Give the grounds a gentle stir with a bamboo paddle or chopstick. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.

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Step 5

Pour the remaining water and place the lid gently on top of the grounds. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes. Four. Don’t guess.

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