Letthemusicplay6 Senior Member Joined: 3 Sep 2013 Posts: 3 Location: MA Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 12:53pm Subject: French Press Question
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.
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.
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. Cheers ! Chris
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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