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Posted Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:23am
Subject: French press questions
 

So, as exciting as it sounds...I'm trying to use my french press again along with my TV. But, it's been to long and I've always had bad coffee from my FP. But, I bought some fresh roasted coffee and had them grind it for me on their coarse setting. Although this ins't as fresh, It gives me a rough idea of  a proper coarse grind and I can hopefully use that to find the right setting on my Encore. Anyways, I know I've asked this before but should I weigh the water as I pour it on the coffee? Reason asking is because I believe some of the water evaporates. And, what temp is best for my lighter roast coffee? Should I pour at a higher temperature because of temp drop? What temp?

 
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Posted Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:33am
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Personally, I find French Press much more forgiving than many other ways of hand brewing coffee.
I don't measure. I don't futz too much with the grind. I generally do it a lot when traveling, so I have a Hario Slim, because of profile, the mark on the mill is close enough. I grind the beans, add hot water, either from room pot or a simple electric kettle with no settings, let it steep, press and drink.

That being said, it is a totally different experience than say pour over or what you get out of your TV. It's less filtered, heavier and gives more of a kick to those not so addicted to caffeine they don't get a kick anymore.

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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 8:37am
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You canít get right away of what you like to have the coffee you want. We have different ways to prepare coffee and we have also different personal taste. Anyway, measuring the water content is the best thing to do as you pour it in your coffee to have consistency. But in the long run, measuring is not necessary. You will learn these things if you keep on preparing your own coffee.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 12:57pm
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when I use my presspot (at least a couple of times a week at work)...

The amount of water evaporation is negligible (in my opinion).
I measure the volume of water to be used. As said above (can't believe I'm actually agreeing with him!), the most accurate method would indeed be to weigh the water via putting the press on a scale before you start pouring.
I preheat the press and my cup while I weigh my beans.
I introduce the grounds to the preheated press, then cover with water at 200F.
Bloom for 20s, then pour in the rest of the water.  
At the 1:30 mark, I stir just untlil all grounds are re-wetted (0 time is first contact of grounds and water).  
I press at 4min.

If too bitter - grind coarser; too sour - grind finer.  One can also play around with dose, but I think you can get a good start with about 25-35g:300ml ratio.  Keep a log showing what you did, what beans you used and how it tasted, then make small changes here and there until you get it where you want it.

There was a guy with a lot of expertise in press, drip, pourover methods who once posted all of his techniques (for each brew method).  I was lucky enough to copy them (or at least his French and Aero press methods) before he had to abandon CG (copyright issues so I heard).  I have it on another PC (either my home one or the one in my office), and can email it to you if you'd like - just pm me, so I don't forget.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 8:58pm
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emradguy Said:

when I use my presspot (at least a couple of times a week at work)...

The amount of water evaporation is negligible (in my opinion).
I measure the volume of water to be used. As said above (can't believe I'm actually agreeing with him!), the most accurate method would indeed be to weigh the water via putting the press on a scale before you start pouring.
I preheat the press and my cup while I weigh my beans.
I introduce the grounds to the preheated press, then cover with water at 200F.
Bloom for 20s, then pour in the rest of the water.  
At the 1:30 mark, I stir just untlil all grounds are re-wetted (0 time is first contact of grounds and water).  
I press at 4min.

If too bitter - grind coarser; too sour - grind finer.  One can also play around with dose, but I think you can get a good start with about 25-35g:300ml ratio.  Keep a log showing what you did, what beans you used and how it tasted, then make small changes here and there until you get it where you want it.

There was a guy with a lot of expertise in press, drip, pourover methods who once posted all of his techniques (for each brew method).  I was lucky enough to copy them (or at least his French and Aero press methods) before he had to abandon CG (copyright issues so I heard).  I have it on another PC (either my home one or the one in my office), and can email it to you if you'd like - just pm me, so I don't forget.

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I can't seem to email you on here...Email the details at Barretthall92@yahoo.com Thanks!

 
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 10:16am
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I recently got my FP out again, as I do from time to time. I'm finding it to be my preference more these days so considering buying an Espro for better filtering & insulation. My Bodom is great though.

Hey Emradguy.... I emailed you about that info you mentioned (French and Aero press methods)---hope you received it?
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 3:52pm
Subject: Re: French press questions
 

Well, so...I can't find the file. I remember saving it, but I have to work at so many different computers, I can't remember which one it's on. If and when I find it, I'll send it along to those who've requested it. Sorry for potentially misleading everyone.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 5:22pm
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Not to worry, Emradguy.  After posting earlier I got the 'fever' for another coffee 'thing' --- ordered an Espro press.
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 8:59pm
Subject: Re: French press questions
 

You are going to love the Espro press! I now have both the small and medium sizes. The small is great for making myself a single cup. I have a Contigo ceramic desk mug. It's lid happens to fit the small press perfectly, so I use it to keep in the heat during the steep phase. Of course, I preheat both the mug and the press too.

Which size did you get? What grinder will you be using?

 
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 10:15pm
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Oh gosh, I know, can't wait til it arrives. Got the Large press, 32oz. Funny you mentioned using your Contigo top with your small press (hold in heat)---I noticed in a video how the top is made, I was thinking about doing something similar. Espro is a little $$ for a FP but you get what you pay for! Keeping heat in during brew time makes a BIG difference AND the way the filters are made--WOW! Like you, I preheat everything. My grinder is a Virtuoso.
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