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French Press

What is a French Press?

The  French press, also known as a cafetière, or plunger pot is a coffee pot with a built-in filter screen that prevents the ground coffee from escaping. Once the coffee is infused with 94c water, the piston is pressed down gently to prevent further brewing 

The earliest known plunger pot was patented in 1852 in France by Jacques-Victor Delforge and Henri-Otto Mayer - hence the name French press

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 How to use a French press plunger pot 

  1. Place the plunger pot on a weigh scales
  2. Add 7 grams of preground coffee per cup size Ie for a 8 cup Bodum pot add 7grams x 8 cups = 56 grams
  3. Next, add just off the boil hot water - 88-94°C is the best brewing temperature - lower temperature for 100% arabica coffees
  4. Gently stir. the coffee.
  5. Reinsert the plunger into the pot, stopping just above the water and ground coffee (do not plunge yet), and let stand for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Lastly, press the plunger down slowly, exerting steady pressure - not apply too much pressure.
  7. When the pot is empty - pour spent coffee grinds through a sieve and dispose into the compost bin.
  8. After each use, wash the pot with water and mild detergent, and dry thoroughly.

How much coffee do you put in a French Press?

Ideally - you should use a weighing scales

  • For 2 cup plunger pot use 14 grams - adjust coffee qty for taste.
  • For 8 cup plunger pot use 56 grams - adjust coffee qty for taste.

Use 7 grams approx for each cup size.

What kind of coffee is best for the French press?

Most supermarkets offer Ground coffee with a suitable grind for French press - typically they can also be used with V60 or filter. For fresh coffee grind your own beans using our inexpensive hand grinders - all ways better to use fresh coffee.  Our pre-Ground coffee is very handy for a lazy Sunday morning.

Very coarse grinds may clog the filter, while very fine grinds will pass through the filter, muddying the results.