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hopeg
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 9:22am
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New to the forum - hello everyone! After some thought and reading, I decided to go ahead and buy a coffee press. I love the nice, bold coffee flavor and from what I have found out, a coffee press is the way to go for good, flavorful coffee. I work at a preschool and one of the parents ofthe children in my class works at Starbucks and has always given me and my family gift cards for holidays, this is what I used to purchase a Bodum Chambord coffee press. This morning, I made some coffee in it and I'm not sure what I did wrong, but it was very weak. Now, I'm not totally new to coffee and common sense tells me it was maybe one of two things: 1. My coffee grounds were too coarse (I know I'm supposedto use coarse ground, but I wwasn't sure how coarse and I used my own grinder) 2. My water wasn't hot enough (I didn't let my water come to a complete boil, because I was afraid it was going to be too hot and crack my glass). So, anyone here that uses a french press, you input would be greatly appreciated! : ) Should I bring my water to a complete boil? Also, how coarse shouldb my grounds be? Is there anything else that would have made it so weak? I used 3 coffee scoops (2 tbsp each) for 18 oz of water. Thanks so much!
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 9:36am
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Great choice on the Bodum Chambord. That was my first venture into coffee geekdom :)

The standard coffee:water ration I use is 60g coffee per 1L of water. If you have a scale that measures by .1g, that would be very helpful for you. Tablespoons can be different amounts of coffee each time depending on coarseness. It's good you're grinding fresh. Fresh roasted beans freshly ground is the #1 way to get the most flavor out of your coffee. Out of curiosity, what grinder are you using? I don't think any grinders under $150 could really do too coarse for french press, but I could be wrong about that. Bring your water to a boil and wait about 30 seconds. Your water will be around 203 degress, which is optimal. Pour your desired amount of water in and wait about one minute. After a minute, give the bloom and quick stir and put the top on the press. Wait three more minutes and then press. That's about a four minute brew time. For 180z of water, you should be using around 35g of coffee.

It sounds like you're on the right track. Get you water hotter, time your brew, and adjust coffee dosage according to taste.
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 1:00pm
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Thanks for the input! As I was reading the replies, I realized I had forgotten the stir step. I knew I was supposed to, I just forgot; that may have helped. I will try what you suggested. I am not sure of the model, but I'm using a cusinart grinder with a simple pulse button. I will try again with the steps given and see how it goes! I don't have a scale now, but was planning on buying one for another reason, but could use it for this also when I'm able to get one. Thanks again!
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 1:07pm
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Netphilosopher Said:

In my signature you'll find my recipe for Press Pot/French Press..

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Sorry, new here, but where is your signature....I'm not finding your recipe for french press?
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 6:38pm
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Well, I came home and tried again. Followed the steps you suggested and it came out great! The hotter water and stirring definitely made a difference!  Thanks!
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