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A coffee brewing device that uses immersion brewing followed by plunging a metal screen to strain and compact the loose coffee grounds to pour the brewed coffee. Also known as a cafetière, coffee press or coffee plunger.

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Frenchpress doesn't extract coffee enough

I'm going around three cups of coffee powder for one cup of coffee. My frenchpress has a capacity of 1 liter, when I cook about 500 ml coffee at a time, it seems so the coffee which is higher up the ...
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What is the difference between straining and using a French press?

Logic tells me that both should be the same because they both just strain the grounds. Is there any added effect of pressing down the plunger in French press?
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Why does my espresso come out more acidic than my French press coffee?

I brewed some coffee in a French press and all I could really taste was the roast - slightly bitter and actually almost sweet. Not to my taste. I brewed the same coffee in an espresso machine and it ...
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French Press Coffee too sour

I am making a French Press coffee from my pre-ground coffee that I get from my local coffee shop. I store it in an air-tight container and brew it like such Add 11 grams of coffee in the french press ...
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When do you know coffee beans are over roasted or burnt?

When coffee beans or ground coffee smells bitter is this always a sign that they are over roasted / burnt? When I prepare coffee with these beans in French press it tastes bitter - the residual after ...
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Milk not frothing with the French press technique

Basically I'm trying to recreate the technique of aerating milk by pouring milk into a French press and oscillating the piston through the liquid. I've been using cold milk, and, the issue is my milk ...
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How can I improve my French press coffee?

My housemate and I are currently using a French press to make coffee. I am not the best at making coffee with a French press, to say at least. I feel like my coffee always turns out watery and either ...
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Fine ground coffee and a french press

I am a beginner who just has been curious on making his own coffee. My mistake is that I didn't thoroughly research on what ground of coffee beans I should have and unfortunately had a fine ground ...
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French Press: why do grounds sit at the bottom of the pressor before I press it?

I'm not sure how to explain this, but my question is that before I press it the grounds are already at the bottom of the pressor and the coffee seems "light". The taste is also quite sour (...
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ISO Automatic French Press (grind fresh coffee, boil water)

My husband loves French Press coffee but mornings often get too busy to boil water, grind coffee, etc. I'd love to buy him an automatic machine but can't seem to find one that does French Press. I ...
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What's an easy method for cleaning used coffee grounds out of a french press?

My favorite method for brewing coffee might be a french press. However to me the biggest downside of it is cleaning it afterwards. Unlike, for example, using a disposable drip filter, which can easily ...
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Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground and French press grains coursely ground?

Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground? (I've seen some moka pot instructions say medium is good, too.) I thought espresso machines extracted the most out of the grains, so it would seem they ...
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Does French press coffee taste like instant coffee?

Maybe it’s a dumb question, but I made French press coffee for first time using kicking horse smart ass beans, and the taste was very much like instant coffee. It didn’t have the metallic taste you ...
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What to look for in a good french press?

I am looking to buy a french press as my moka is now a little damaged. The handle melted because of misuse and now I have to handle the moka with oven gloves. It is a hassle to do, I spilled coffee ...
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Why do we wait four minutes before pressing down the French press?

It is said to wait sometime before pressing down the French press, what exactly is the driving idea behind waiting before pressing down the piston?
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Issue pressing down French Press

I haven't had this issue happen often, but its been a few times. When I make French Press coffee my steps are to: Boil water Put coffee grinds in French Press Pour hot water in Stir coffee grinds ...
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What is the easiest way to make coffee from beans at home without a device/machine?

What would be the easiest way to make coffee at home (from coffee beans, no powders or ready-made products from the shop), without having to buy an espresso machine. I do not know all the methods, but ...
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Can I just put the coffee on top of the water in a French Press?

Related: Does the bloom matter in French Press? The "proper" method, as I understand it: (assuming proper grounds and tools) Add coffee to empty press basin Add 1-2 inches of boiling/hot ...
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Effect of grind size on LDL cholesterol levels in French press coffee

Keeping all other factors (e.g. water temperature, extraction time) the same, does grind size affect the LDL cholesterol levels in French press coffee? If so, how are the two related?
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Fine-grind French Press - Sacrilege? Better method?

I'm a longtime French press user but I've been grinding my beans finely for a few years. Espresso-fine I guess. Ground to a powder really. I much prefer the richer, more buttery, oily cup to the ...
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Why do I need to warm a french press before using it?

It has been recommended in a number of youtube videos and blogs to warm the frenchpress glass before brewing coffee. Why does one need to do this?
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How much water should I pour in for blooming process for a french press technique?

How much water should I pour in for blooming process for a french press technique? I put 1 tbsp coffee in a cup. How much water is too much or too little for blooming process for french press ...
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Does using a french press effect the taste of coffee vs the manual method?

My normal method is put coffee in cup. Put some hot water for 30 seconds. Put remaining hot water for 2 minutes. Strain and drink. Now if I buy a french press machine should I expect a change in ...
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Is it possible to get crema from brewing espresso beans in a french press?

Is it possible to get crema (i.e. the tan colored foam on top of espresso ) by using a french press? I'm wondering if the beans need to be ground finely for crema to be achieved or if the way a ...
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How to brew coffee without "film" on top

Often when brewing coffee I end up with an oily film that rises to the top of the cup. How do I reduce or brew coffee without it? My current set up is using a french press and Lavazza Rossa coffee (I ...
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French Press: Does "plunge speed" affect taste?

Recently at the office a fellow co-worker of mine got a french press. I see that he slowly plunges the grinds down to the bottom as the roast brews. Does this really affect the flavor of the coffee?
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Alternatives to Aeropress?

New aspiring coffee nerd here. I'm looking to do a hand grinder + french press setup. Mostly for home use, but small enough for travel would be a wonderful bonus. Low budget (under $100 total) I've ...
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French press vs simple filter, is French press equipment really necessary?

French press coffee is basically when you pour almost boiling water onto ground beans and then filter them (by pressing the filter handle). So I wonder why use that contraption at all? Simply pour ...
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Do ground beans or brewed coffee lose flavour faster?

I usually roast my coffee in the evening, grind it and brew it in the morning, to drink multiple hours later. I do notice that I do not have the same experience drinking coffee multiple hours after it ...
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French press vs instant coffee - health

At work I usually drink instant coffee, but I found out that one can buy French press mugs. I did some research about which of these methods of preparing coffee is healthier, it seems that there's no ...
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Coffee too less for Frenchpress

I am new to frenchpress coffee and love the rich flavour of coffee it makes. However I am not sure if I am doing it right. The coffee beans I had grinder packet says 7g of coffee in 180ml of water. ...
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What causes the stains around the cup when coffee is prepared with cafetiere (French press)?

When I use my French press (cafetiere) coffee maker, there's these strange marks left around the top of the coffee cup (see picture). Am I doing something wrong, maybe blending incorrectly? Using the ...
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Does longer brewing time with hot water negatively effect flavor?

I've been reading the answers to related questions, but I'm still confused about the variable of the length of brewing time. I've heard that when using a Moka pot, one should turn off the flame ...
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Which creates the strongest (and/or better quality) coffee? Espresso Maker vs. French Press

For a year I used an Espresso maker to make my morning cup of jo. Recently my maker broke and I decided to try out a french press. I originally though that the espresso maker would be stronger because ...
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French-press v.s. manual pour over brewing quality

Does anyone happen to know the differences in brewing quality of using a french press v.s. using a manual pour over? I can imagine using filter paper might give a better quality brew with a manual ...
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Amount of coffee in French press vs. K-Cups

Last night I was at a restaurant with friends and we were discussing coffee. So I shared that I typically use a French press with around 25g for a "real" cup (~400 mL). Everyone was suprised at how ...
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How can I make french press coffee taste less acidic?

Is there a trick to making coffee, particularly french press, taste less acidic?
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Why does French press not give enough 'Caffeine Effect'?

I've been drinking drip coffee for several years. It's been perfect for me. It tastes good and most importantly it makes me awake. Recently I started drinking french press coffee and there is ...
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What do these large bubbles in my French press indicate?

I've seen these bubbles when pressing coffee that I've home roasted in two different presses with two different water sources. I've seen it with coffee from multiple roasts now. The beans are the same ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

I'll start by saying I'm pretty much a newbie to making coffee, and in the French press brewing which is why I joined this forum to learn. After reading a number of posts/info and watching videos on ...
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french press technology stalled?

Looking at wikipedia, I'm stunned that there are no real technological advancements with the French press. I've seen the aeropress, and it's interesting, but why has the French press itself not ...
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How long should I stir French press before "pressing"?

What are the pros/cons and effects of stirring, either "too much" or "too short", in a French press? My rule of thumb for steeping is to let the coffee cool down to a drinkable temperature, then ...
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Does french press plunger speed affect the taste?

If you slowly press the plunger of a french press down will you get a stronger flavor in contrast to plunging rapidly? Does the speed of plunging affect anything?
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Can making iced coffee (with cola) on my Coffee Press harm the Press?

I love iced coffee, and usually make it. If you don't know what it is, it is basically adding cola to a brewed coffee. When I brew coffee in my coffee press, there is usually enough space to add cola. ...
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Does instant coffee give a lesser buzz/high than conventional filter/french press coffee?

I have felt that percolated/french pressed coffee keeps me awake more than instant coffee brew. EDIT: Since it was (validly) pointed out it will depend on the amount, so the amount, that I am ...
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What grind setting should I use for french press using a Capresso Infinity conical burr grinder?

After years of suffering through with a blade grinder, I have finally bought a Capresso Infinity conical burr grinder. Now I need to figure out the settings to get the best cup of coffee I can from my ...
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French Press: Fine Grind!

I have tons of fine ground coffee, and the only way I make coffee is in the French Press. However, I have read that you should never use fine ground coffee in a French press. But there must be a ...
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What's the purpose of the blooming process? [duplicate]

What exactly is the blooming process and why do we do it? Excerpt from Peets: Pour enough water to cover the grounds, start your timer and wait for the grounds to puff up. This stage of ...
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How can I better work coffee into my morning routine

I am a pretty lazy person and sometimes it takes me awhile to get around to making coffee. I have a french press and I grind my own coffee so it takes a little longer. What are some simple ways I can ...
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How can I make my coffee taste stronger using a french press or gold filter?

I like drinking my own coffee at work, as it's cheaper and more convienient than buying espresso. However, recently I've been finding myself wanting a more long-black like espresso coffee. How can I ...