haziz Senior Member Joined: 13 Dec 2013 Posts: 10 Location: Massachusetts, USA Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 6:06am Subject: Bodum French Press 3 1/2 Cups?
Is there such a thing as a Bodum 3 1/2 cup French press? I would prefer to stick with Bodum but will consider other makers if it fits what I want. I find their 3 cup version (I have the "Brazil" model) too small to fill one of my mugs but find the 4 cup version (I have the "Chambord" model) to be too big (there is no way that is only 33% bigger than the 3 cup version). This will be for brewing 1 mug for one person.
I already have the 3 and 12 cup Brazil and the 4 cup Chambord. It may seem like excessive fussiness but I am looking for one the brews the desired amount at it's full capacity. When I use the 4 cup version to brew 350 ml of coffee, I end up with excessive space under the filter and find that I need too little pressure to press the coffee grinds down. I know it sounds like I am paranoid but I am looking for one that is brewing at it's capacity for i person's use and my mugs are generous.
MWJB Senior Member Joined: 1 Jun 2013 Posts: 286 Location: UK Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 12:36pm Subject: Re: Bodum French Press 3 1/2 Cups?
If you want to end up with 350ml of brewed coffee the 500ml presses would be a good fit, I like the dual walled Columbia.
There isn't really a best pressure for the plunge, other than "as little as possible" some people don't plunge at all & just pour through the mesh held above the liquid. Though you will need to plunge at some point with the Columbia & Espro presses, or any with a fine filter mesh as they trap a good degree of liquid otherwise.
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