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Postby BrewBum » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:54 am

So, I am looking at getting a french press. I fired the air popper/roaster up this weekend and forgot how much I liked that.

I have never used a french press before and I have heard talk of temperature. Can't you just put a pot in a tea kettle and when it whistles it is ready? Is that too hot?

Tips and hints would be great!
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Re: French Press

Postby Liquid Bread » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:09 am

BrewBum wrote:So, I am looking at getting a french press. I fired the air popper/roaster up this weekend and forgot how much I liked that.

I have never used a french press before and I have heard talk of temperature. Can't you just put a pot in a tea kettle and when it whistles it is ready? Is that too hot?

Tips and hints would be great!


Supposedly near boiling water is a little too hot. If I recall correctly 190 is about right. You could probably bring the water to a boil and then let it sit for a couple minutes before pouring it.

My method is to pour the hot water over the ground coffee, stir with a spoon, and let rest for 4 minutes. I then wiggle the press to get the coffee granules to drop before pressing. Pour, drink, smile. :)
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Re: French Press

Postby sacredtheory » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:30 am

That's pretty much what I do. I boil water in the kettle, and then turn off the heat. In the five minutes it takes me to get out the beans, but them in the bean grinder, grind them up, put them in the french press, and wash out the bean grinder, the boiled water is now a little cooler.
I'll mix the water with the bean in the french press, wait five minutes, come back and give it one more good stir, and then press.

By the way, french press coffee, while a little bit more in-depth and time consuming, is absolutely awesome. I always make french press coffee on the weekends.
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Re: French Press

Postby tookalisten » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:04 pm

The French Press is what got me back hooked on coffee. I also use my steam kettle and typically pour when it starts to steam (before it whistles). I have never taken a temp; but this seems to be about right to me.
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Re: French Press

Postby theisenm85 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:01 pm

French presses are awesome, and generally the way to go if you're not spending $500 plus bucks. (If you don't mind a minute bit of grounds in your cup) I've heard from a number of sources that baristas (the serious kind that make legit espresso) generally prefer french presses for home coffee brewing.

For brewing temp... 195-200ish is supposed to be optimal. However, just like beer, strike temp is important. You will lose some degrees just by pouring and because your coffee starts out at ambient temp. I wait about a minute after boil and then pour. You mileage may vary. I'm not saying you need to get the thermometer out.... but if you're like me, maybe you do. :P
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Re: French Press

Postby vw addict » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:37 am

theisenm85 wrote: I've heard from a number of sources that baristas (the serious kind that make legit espresso) generally prefer french presses for home coffee brewing.


Hmmm, as a former Barista for years I prefer espresso at home to french pressed. But I guess that depends on your machine and process, you can turn out some truly hideous espresso at home. The safer and easier bet is the french press for sure. Not to say that the french press doesn't make a great cup, I'm just hooked on rocket fuel. And on the weekends when I have the time I like spending it crafting some shots, it's kinda therapeutic. I guess since it's also not my daily job anymore it makes it a bit easier to want to do it. :wink:
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Re: French Press

Postby rplace » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:48 am

Attention all FP users. I got one at the office gift exchange and ever since x-mass I have been using it and really digging the coffee. Recently I noticed my teeth seem to have a lot more stain on them. A few weeks back I got my teeth cleaned and my hiegentist said I have never seen your teeth so stained and dark. I am drinking about the same ammount of red wine, nothing else has changed diet wise. I am brushing my teeth the same as always.

It is a four cup press and I typically drink most or all of the pot each day. Takes a bit of effort but worth it for sure. I actually like the little bit of grit.

:?: Anyone else see a connection between French press use and dirty teeth :?:

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Re: French Press

Postby landarc » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:27 pm

rplace wrote:Attention all FP users. I got one at the office gift exchange and ever since x-mass I have been using it and really digging the coffee. Recently I noticed my teeth seem to have a lot more stain on them. A few weeks back I got my teeth cleaned and my hiegentist said I have never seen your teeth so stained and dark. I am drinking about the same ammount of red wine, nothing else has changed diet wise. I am brushing my teeth the same as always.

It is a four cup press and I typically drink most or all of the pot each day. Takes a bit of effort but worth it for sure. I actually like the little bit of grit.

:?: Anyone else see a connection between French press use and dirty teeth :?:

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Re: French Press

Postby 660zcar » Wed May 06, 2009 1:02 pm

i use a large amount of course ground coffee and poor 190 deg. water over it, steep for 3.5-4 min and press. its fantastic.

if you steep too long or use to hot of water you will extract more acidity from the coffee, so if you want a rich smooth flavor it takes a lot of coffee
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Re: French Press

Postby moose021 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:39 pm

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Re: French Press

Postby beertron » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:14 am

moose021 wrote:Our founding fathers set up America to be a Representative Republic. Citizens of sound mind and judgement to operate this Government. Unfortunately over the decades, sound mind and judgement has become a bygone value.

what temp do you french press at wise man?
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