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danar
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Posted Wed Mar 3, 2010, 1:31am
Subject: Does size matter... for french press?
 

Hi everybody,

I'm a newbie, and I've got a newbie question.

I've never tried French Press before, but this website has convinced me to give French Press a shot.

But, my question is if I'm mostly making the coffee for myself to drink, do I want to stick to the one of the smaller Bodum French Press sizes like a three or four cup size? Or, should I go for a larger size like a 8 cup or 12 cup on those occasions when I have a guests over and I want to share the pleasure of a French Press coffee with them?

If I go with a 12 cup size, will there be any problems when I want to make smaller amounts just enough for one person?
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Posted Wed Mar 3, 2010, 6:39am
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Hello !

While you can make less then a full press pot of coffee I think you will find it convienent to have several sizes. A big big one for company .. A one cupper for yourself although I like the midsized for weekends when I need a BIG cup. Several of the same size allows for comparisoon tasting.

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Posted Thu Mar 4, 2010, 4:25pm
Subject: Re: Does size matter... for french press?
 

personaly i went for a 10 oz press because if you try to brew a single cup in a big press you will have way more fines in your cup. this is because when you press down the piston there is usualy a space at the bottom were the piston will not go any farther so unless you fill that space with compressed coffee grounds (this way the mass of grounds acts as sort of a filter for the finner particals) then the fines are allowed to move around and flow more readily though the wire mesh. a second reason is that the larger amount of coffee you have the more oxidized the last bit is once you get to it. but as far as overall flavor goes large/small is no matter.
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