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Brew guide - Cafetiere

French Press, Cafetiere, ‘Plunger’. Whatever you call it, this beautifully simple brewing method is a staple in most homes. Its merits are in its simplicity. As a ‘full immersion’ brewing style, you get big, bold flavours in every cup and the secret is not to overcomplicate things.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A Cafetiere / French Press
  • A portable grinder
  • Scale
  • Timer
  • Mug / Vessel of some kind
  • Oh, and some bloody good coffee

Weigh & grind your coffee

This is key to getting your brew tasting consistently good. Have a look at ‘The Golden Rules’ to find out more. If you’re brewing for 2 people, you will need 35g of coffee, and 500ml water. Aim for a coarse grind.

Water in

Pour gently and slowly the full 500ml onto the coffee grounds. Start your timer, and after 30 seconds agitate and stir the grounds that have settled on the surface of the water. These need re-introducing to the body of liquid for even extraction. Leave for 4 mins total.

The plunge

Pop the plunger and lid onto the pot of coffee and slowly press down. You shouldn’t feel too much resistance.

Serve & Enjoy

Surprisingly, this is one of the most important steps with this method, and typically the step most forgotten! Decant the entirety of the coffee as soon as you’ve plunged, it will limit the amount of fines or sludge in your cup, and reduce over extraction.

Still feeling a bit unsure? Or maybe you prefer things to be a bit more visual? No need to sweat it, we have our Golden Rules to keep you on the straight and narrow AND our friends Boston Tea Party took over the roastery to film their own Brewing Guides. Here’s the cafetiere instalment to view at your leisure…

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