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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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      Keith930, LSophia

       -- 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.

        I screwed up with a careless uprate so I'm a "No Rate" pariah. When I give a comment "+1 n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround to participate here). Roar louder!

        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.

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