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wdcoffee
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Posted Fri Nov 14, 2003, 7:35pm
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One other thing I have found that is important is too make sure the pot is absolutely clean! Its amazing how much better the press pot tastes after a thorough cleaning in the dishwasher.
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KeyserSoze
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Location: Edmonton
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia (PID'd)
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Vac Pot: Bodum Thermal French Press
Drip: Melitta pourover
Roaster: Hearthware Precision
Posted Sun Nov 16, 2003, 12:44pm
Subject: Re: How to Use a Press Pot
 

I use the Bodum thermal french press.  
Click Here (www.amazon.com)
(sorry, too lazy to find a shorter link).

Anyways, this one keeps your coffee nice and hot during the brew process.  I wouldn't recommend leaving your coffee in there for very long, because despite the grinds being pushed to the bottom there's still a certain amount of extraction going on.  There's a definite improvement in flavour from being able to keep your brew temperature high for the duration of extraction, though.  After brew, I immediately pour out the coffee that's going to be consumed.  Then I pour the rest into another container, rinse the grinds out of the press, and pour the coffee back in just to keep it warm.

It's also worthwhile to pre-heat your French press with hot or boiling water before use.
On a note about the grind quality: until I bother to get a better grinder, I'm stuck with a crappy Braun KM30.  I grind what I need and then I use a metal sieve to get rid of the fines.  This works like a charm!
      -Dave
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espressotweek
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Posted Sat Nov 22, 2003, 4:28pm
Subject: Re: How to Use a Press Pot
 

I love this article! I can now make "A shot in the dark" no problem. I was wondering if we will see one on "how to use a Moka pot" that would be awsome!

Thanx again,

E.
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fakane
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Posted Tue Nov 25, 2003, 1:39pm
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Is that an electric kettle in the photo? What brand?
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KeyserSoze
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Roaster: Hearthware Precision
Posted Wed Nov 26, 2003, 4:56am
Subject: Re: How to Use a Press Pot
 

If you're referring to my picture, that's the Bodum thermal french press.  It's shiny stainless steel.
   -Dave
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Posted Thu Dec 4, 2003, 1:32pm
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Ditto on the "how fine/coarse should the grind be" question.
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frpressjunkie
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Posted Sun Dec 21, 2003, 10:49am
Subject: Re: How to Use a Press Pot
 

As a press "junkie", I greatly enjoyed the how-to article. It's a great guide for the beginner. I've found that stirring the bloom again about half way through the brewing time helps with the extraction and the plunging . Plus, pre-soaking the grounds for a few minutes helps during the extraction too, just add enough cool water to "wet" the grounds. Stressing the grind size is evey important and clear. The Press Pot is very simple to use and the coffee is just great!
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dmreed
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Posted Fri Dec 26, 2003, 8:56am
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I agree that preheating the press pot is important to get hot coffee.
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jiffysquid
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Posted Sat Jan 17, 2004, 1:59pm
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KeyserSoze Said:

I use the Bodum thermal french press.  

On a note about the grind quality: until I bother to get a better grinder, I'm stuck with a crappy Braun KM30.  I grind what I need and then I use a metal sieve to get rid of the fines.  This works like a charm!
      -Dave

Posted November 16, 2003 link


Where can I buy a metal sieve and how much do they cost?  Do they come in different filter sizes and if so what is the correct size for this purpose?

I have a French Press and I bought a blade grinder because I can't afford a good quality burr grinder.  In spite of being told repeatedly that the blade grinder is more than adequate for this purpose, I have a problem with dust clogging the French Press regardless of how coarsely I grind the beans.  (When I called Bodum customer service and inquired about this problem I was told that I was grinding the beans too long and that if I ground very coarse I wouldn't have a problem.  Only problem is that I'm just grinding for a few seconds, to the point where there are many whole beans and huge chunks of beans; yet I still have dust that clogs the French Press filter!)

Thanks for the advice!
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COBoy
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Posted Tue Jan 20, 2004, 3:17pm
Subject: Re: How to Use a Press Pot
 

Another question/comment in the "How Much Coffee?" vein.  I've got a 32 oz press pot but with coffee thrown in, I can only get about 22oz. of water in there before the pot is full.  So I'm weighing out only enough coffee for 22oz. and not 32oz.
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