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Letthemusicplay6
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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 1:53pm
Subject: French Press Question
 

Hey guys,

I was just curious why everywhere I read says you are supposed to use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir the coffee in the french press after adding boiling water.  My main question is how come a stainless steel spoon isn't ok to mix it with?  I've looked everywhere and I can't find a reason why this isn't ok.  Thing is, I don't like using plastic and I was using wood but the coffee like gets into the wood and it has a odor after I wash it and is discolored. Or can you recommend a certain brand/type of wooden chopsticks/spoon that doesn't do that.

Thanks in advance,

Michael
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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 2:35pm
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Hi Michael,

Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

You can use whatever you want Michael, it's because using a metal spoon you have a much greater chance of cracking/breaking the beaker of your French press.

 
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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 2:45pm
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Since metal can scratch the borosilicate glass used in most presses a fracture can develop easily.
This is not a concern in a stainless steel press of course.

I suppose a glass stir stick like those used in laboratory borosilicate glass containers would be safe and remain hygienic. Disposable chop sticks is another option.
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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 4:33pm
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I would use a plastic kitchen spoon...A metal spoon can cause the glass to break or crack. If you must use a metal spoon, then stir carefully!

 
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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 6:24pm
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I use stainless steel and have never had a problem.  I would never let plastic touch my coffee if at all possible to avoid it.  Glass stirring rods would be even better, but I don't have easy access to those.
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Posted Wed Sep 4, 2013, 1:00pm
Subject: Re: French Press Question
 

I'm seconding the idea that it's easy to damage or scratch the glass of a french press with a steel tea or table spoon.
On the other hand, a smallish whisk might be brilliant for a quick slow dip and swirl: and being stainless is sanitary.
Last... one has to be 'verrrry careful' (imagine Elmer Fudd saying this...) around true press aficionados: it's possible the entire reason is more about losing heat to the metal than sanitary considerations over the long haul.
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Posted Wed Sep 4, 2013, 1:21pm
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Hey thanks a lot for the detailed answers and new ideas guys!  Really appreciate it.  It has been bugging me for a while for some reason so I had to know why it wasn't recommended in case it was some crazy reason I would have never thought of, haha.

Those glass stirring rods are right up my ally.  I'll have to look into those but until then I'll stick with Stainless :)
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 9:40am
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In all my life I have never heard of a metal spoon breaking a french press.  While I don't french press as much as I used to, for years I used a spoon in my press 2-3 times a day for well over 15 years, same press.  It did eventually break, not from a spoon, but from a tile floor and gravity.  I think scratches would be much more likely to be caused by the metal mesh and spring pressing up against the walls.
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Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 7:06am
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It shouldn't be necessary to stir a cafetiere: The coffee grounds float and then slowly sink which is the signal that the coffee is done. Then the action of pushing down the filter will mix up the coffee. I therefore would think that stirring is unnecessary although we can stir if we want.
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Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 7:41am
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It's very much certainly necessary to stir when using freshly roasted coffee as the coffee bloom (Co2 outgassing) will hold a huge amount of coffee at the surface level, & out of contact with the water for proper infusion.

The way I do my French press anyway. {;-)

 
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