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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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How long should I steep in French press before decanting?

I have a 12-cup (51 oz.) Bodum French press. Generally how long am I supposed to wait for the freshly pressed grounds to steep before I decant?
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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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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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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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French Press: Fine Grind!

fellow coffee fanatics! I have recently started learning more about coffee and have learned many new espresso drinks. However, when it comes to the French press, I am at a loss. I have tons of fine ...
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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 ...
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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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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 the bloom matter in French Press?

I am a fan of pour-over, generally speaking, and I understand the importance of wetting the grounds, then allowing them to "bloom" for 45 30 seconds or so before beginning the extraction. The main ...
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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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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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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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How can I minimize the amount of grounds at the bottom of my French press coffee?

Whenever I brew coffee with a French press, I tend to get a significant amount of grind left near the bottom of the cup, making the last bit of coffee far less enjoyable - mostly regardless, it seems, ...
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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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Advantages and disadvantages of French press

Asking around, I've noticed that public opinion about the french press is rather mixed. I've heard people shun it and others praise it. I have never actually seen a decent explanation why though. As ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How long should I leave my coffee for in a cafetiere (French press)? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find a good way of timing how long to let my cafetiere stand before drinking. Is there a rule of thumb for how long I should leave it per mug? Or is there more to it than that?
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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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What's the recommended coffee to water ratio for cold brew?

I was interested today in making some cold brew. I have a french press so I'd like to use that. What is your recommended brewing time? Does this make a concentrate? What ratio do you use later to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Could preparation method make coffee more acidic?

This is more of a vague feeling than something I'm sure of, but from the many cups I've drunk, I have a feeling that when prepared in a french press, my coffee tastes a little more sour/acidic, ...
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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'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 ...