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Cafetiere Brewing Guide


March 22, 2017

Cafetiere Brewing Guide

The Cafetiere Brewing Guide but first, a bit of cafetiere history...

This device is also known as a French Press, Caffettiera, Stantuffo & Coffee Plunger...

Though the French claim to be the inventors of this press it was actually patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. In 1965 Michael Caine used in a film called the The Ipcress File - this added to its popularity - and it was suddenly considered a revolutionary way to make a great cup of coffee at home. the simplicity and speed of this device is its greatest appeal.

How to use a Cafetiere

Firstly you need start with good materials - You can’t make a the best cup of coffee from second-rate coffee beans, so make sure you buy coffee beans from a reputable supplier. We like to use 1 litre press so that we can make 8 cups of coffee, but you can use a smaller or larger one.

 

This is really simple and quick.


1. Fill the cafetiere with boiling water - the purpose is to heat the container to keep the coffee hot (you will pour this water out in a minute)

2. Grind your coffee beans so they are coarse - if your making 1 litre of coffee you should use about 60 grams (perhaps 3 heaped table spoons) - this should be goods for 8 small cups of coffee at 125ml per cup.

3. Boil some water - it should be about 95°C (boil your kettle and let it stand for a 1-2 mins) The brewing temperature of the water used is very important. Boiling water (100°C) should never be used, as it will burn the coffee and it will taste bitter - this makes a huge difference so pay attention to this detail.

4. Add the ground coffee beans and 2/3 fill cafetiere with water. Dont pour the water directly onto the coffee, let it roll down the side of the press or over a spoon or you will again burn the coffee and cause a bitter taste, Gently stir and leave the coffee to brew for 30 seconds with the lid off. if you leave the water to cool too much don't reboil as this will further remove oxygen from the water and degrade your bre.

5. Put the lid on the cafetiere but don't plunge - Leave to brew for a further 3 minutes.

6. Plunge very slowly until you reach the bottom and serve - If you are not serving all of the coffee at once, pour it into another jug or pot to avoid it turning bitter.

Its as simple as that. Get the Brew on.

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