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  •  For those who have never used one, here's (8+ / 0-)

    a video tutorial on using a French Press.  After watching this, I just might have to get one and give it a try.

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    by Keith930 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 07:45:00 PM PDT

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    •  Very helpful tips in this video (4+ / 0-)

      that I hadn't known:

      * The water added to the press shouldn't be boiling, but closer to 200o, or boiled water that has sat for a minute.

      * Add water halfway to the top of the press, then let it sit before adding the rest (filled to the bottom of the metal ring)

      * Let sit for 3 1/2 minutes before pressing the coffee.

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      by bsmechanic on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 08:18:00 PM PDT

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      •  The water should be boiling. (3+ / 0-)

        It won't be boiling by the time you take it off the fire and put it into the french press, and unless you pre-heated the press, it will lose several degrees immediately from contact with the glass.  

        NO MATTER what the guy in the video says.

        Since there's no heater on your french press, it's also getting progressively cooler throughout the three to four minute brewing process.  

        He doesn't tell you in the video that as soon as the brewing process is done you need to remove the coffee from the press.  You can't just leave it sitting there.  The beans are going to continue extracting, and you're going to get a nasty overextracted flavor.  So dump it into a thermos bottle or serve it to guests as soon as time's up.

        •  Heat trick ... (2+ / 0-)
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           -- Do not put ground coffee into press first.
          -- Pour boiling water into about 1/3 of the press to warm the glass.
          -- When water has cooled for 1 minute, empty the water in the press, add the ground coffee.
          -- Follow the rest of the instructions as indicated.

          I like my coffee hot and this gives me a great pressed coffee with the little bit extra warmth that the pre-heated glass offers.

          I learned to drink french pressed coffee in Greece many years ago and returned to the states with my favorite press carefully wrapped. All was well until about 3 years ago when a friend's dog counter-surfed the press onto the brick floor. I have been thru several of the Bodum  presses and just recently found one to my liking.

          Also ... do not be cheap buying your press. Once you find 'your' press the cost will be worth it.


          French pressing for more than 30 years.

          •  Very important to wash it right away, too (0+ / 0-)

            and make sure the oil and grounds get off the press.  I used to wash mine and then give it a rub with a damp cloth or paper towel.

          •  If you pour it into a thermos... (0+ / 0-)

            preheat the thermos jug as well.  The coffee will stay hot longer.

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            by Josiah Bartlett on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 12:18:54 PM PDT

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        •  The water should be at 195 degrees (0+ / 0-)

          when it hits the grounds.  Or so I'm told.

          •  The boiling point of water is 212 degrees. (1+ / 0-)
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            It won't get any hotter than that because boiling caps the temperature through evaporation.  Transferring the water to the grounds takes a certain amount of time.  I used to struggle to find a way to get the hot water to the coffee in time to NOT get a weak cup of coffee.   I found it was better to use a covered tea pot to boil the water to keep it hot.

            Despite what they say about temperature, I think it's far better to err on the side of too hot than too cold.  Too hot, you get bitter notes.  Too cold, you get lame coffee.  I'd rather risk a little bitterness and then scale backwards.

    •  Moody household coffee: (0+ / 0-)

      - Boil water.

       - When water boils, check with child for coffee grinding.

       - Child volunteers to grind fair-trade, dark roast Trader Joe's coffee. Enjoying noise, she grinds it fine.

       - By this time, water has cooled enough for French pressing. Grounds, then water in the French press for the length of one or three Apoptygma Berzerk songs while I check email and argue with RWNJs on Twitter.

       - Yes, grounds are too fine for French pressing. FRENCH PRESS ANYWAY. Two tablespoons of turbinado sugar and fill the rest of the mug with milk.

       - When Mrs does this, she makes it double-strength, puts half as much stronger coffee in and replaces milk with ice cream.

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      by Moody Loner on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 10:37:25 AM PDT

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