davip_p Senior Member Joined: 7 Aug 2012 Posts: 1 Location: USA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:10am Subject: French press takes too long time to brew
I need a big strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning and French press seems to provide the most satisfactory result so far (I prefer a shot of espresso after lunch).
I have some problems about mastering the French press to my liking, however. I looked up the guidelines on how to properly use the French press online (e.g. here: "How to Use a Press Pot") but still don't manage to get it "right" somehow.
I use a 12oz Bodum Kenya which pours to 3 small cups - or for my case, 2 standard cups and then some. I fill the pot with 4 spoonfuls of dark ground coffee (espresso roast) using the Bodum spoon that comes with the pot. For water I use an electric kettle, a little bit off the boil.
I usually let it steeps for about 4-5 minutes before pressing and pouring. But I find the coffee produced there to be too hot to sip and the coffee taste is still not strong enough. I need to let it sit for a very long time - e.g. 15-20 minutes before it gets down to the right temperature and strength of my liking.
The timing does not work well for a busy weekday mornings so I would prefer to find a solution to get a cup of coffee with the right temperature and darkness I like in a shorter amount of time. One method I found is to add in more amount of coffee in the pot, but it seems like I would need to really use a lot of coffee for each cup which just does not seem right.
Sometimes I wonder whether I have a taste for unusually dark coffee than normal, but I found myself enjoying a regular cup of brewed coffee or an Americano at regular cafes fine (not at Starbucks though, but most established & independent coffee houses seem to make a perfect cup of black coffee fine), just somehow cannot manage to produce a similar result at home.
carlsilver Senior Member Joined: 19 Dec 2003 Posts: 233 Location: Portugal Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Europiccola/La... Grinder: la Pavoni Jolly/Ascaso i... Vac Pot: Normax Drip: Melitta (manual) Roaster: no
Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 2:10am Subject: Re: French press takes too long time to brew
You are probably grinding too coarse. For grind I follow the French Press Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's which work very well for me click here
Their advice is "Use the finest even grind coffee you can, but coarse enough to avoid having the grind pass through the filter. I use a grind just a few notches coarser than filter drip, and nowhere near a coarse multipurpose or perc grind"
This will get you a strong taste. As for temperature it seems you don't like the coffee very hot so I suggest you pour it from your cup to a cold cup as many times as needed until it gets less hot...
Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 2:07pm Subject: Re: French press takes too long time to brew
"4 cups setting" ground fine on my Breville Smartgrind (approx 6 tablespoons) 11 oz. water
Off boil (let settle) pour water in press pot over grinds. Stir for 30 seconds. Put press top on and let steep for 4 minutes. After steep give the press a couple swirls, then press real slow until complete. Pour and enjoy.
The above method has never failed me.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
Here as usual, you can use 9-10 grams of coffee ground and 150-200 ml water, as SCAA suggested. The point is to disturb the coffee ground in the water to make it well mixed with water, until almost all of the ground down to the bottom of the cup, except few of the very big size of ground.
If you want to make it faster, grind the beans to smaller ground, almost near espresso. Then you need only about 1-2 minutes and the coffee will taste as good as it should be.
It is important to know that it does not care about the grinding size, coarser or finer are ok.
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