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Cafetiere Brew Guide

The Cafetiere, otherwise known as the French Press is a deep dark way of brewing your coffee. If well prepared this can make a fantastic brew! Just a warning though, this isn't great for a light bright coffee.

Step 1 - Water

You want your water to be just under boil, never burn your bean! Once your kettle has been brought up to temperature, give it a quick swirl to release some steam or leave it to cool for about 30 seconds. If you have a temperature controlled kettle your looking for about 90C.

Step 2 - Grind

A Cafetiere calls for a coarse, even grind. We recommend starting with a 1:10 coffee to water ratio. Rule of thumb for a normal 2 serving Cafetiere is about 40 - 45 grams or 2 heaped table spoons.

Step 3 - 1st Pour

Pop your coffee grounds in. Now to start, gently pour twice the amount of water that you have coffee, onto your grounds. So if you have 45 grams of coffee, you'll want to start with 90 grams of water.

Step 4 - Bloom

Give the grounds a gentle stir. You want to let the coffee bloom for around 30 seconds.

Step 5 - Fill It Up

Add the rest of your water and place the pot’s lid gently on top of the grounds. Do not plunge yet. Let the coffee brew forexactly four minutes.

Step 6 - Plunge

Press the filter down. If it’s hard to press, that means your grind is too fine, if the plunger thunks immediately down to the pot’s floor, it means your grind is too coarse.

When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately! Do not let it sit, as this will cause it to continue brewing.

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