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hopeg
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 12:51pm
Subject: help with french press
 

New to the forum - hello everyone! After some thought and reading, I decided to go ahead and buy a coffee press. I love the nice, bold coffee flavor and from what I have found out, a coffee press is the way to go for good, flavorful coffee. I work at a preschool and one of the parents ofthe children in my class works at Starbucks and has always given me and my family gift cards for holidays, this is what I used to purchase a Bodum Chambord coffee press. This morning, I made some coffee in it and I'm not sure what I did wrong, but it was very weak. Now, I'm not totally new to coffee and common sense tells me it was maybe one of two things: 1. My coffee grounds were too coarse (I know I'm supposedto use coarse ground, but I wwasn't sure how coarse and I used my own grinder) 2. My water wasn't hot enough (I didn't let my water come to a complete boil, because I was afraid it was going to be too hot and crack my glass). So, anyone here that uses a french press, you input would be greatly appreciated! : ) Should I bring my water to a complete boil? Also, how coarse shouldb my grounds be? Is there anything else that would have made it so weak? I used 3 coffee scoops (2 tbsp each) for 18 oz of water. Thanks so much!
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 1:18pm
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Welcome. I would let the water boil and sit 30-45s. That way you know the water is hot enough. It won't break the glass; it's what the vessel is intended for (just dont fill with or plunge into cold water when it's hot).

You are probably in the right area for coffee. It's preferable to weigh the beans but 6 tbsp is a good starting point for 18oz. I'd probably try another 1 or 2 tablespoons and see how you go. French Press takes slightly more than filter coffee to produce same strength.

Difficult to go too coarse unless you have big uneven chunks. Coarse sand is probably about right.

The other factor is steep time. For coarse at least 4 minutes steep is required, maybe 5 though I would alter the grind to get a steep time of 4/4.5 minutes. Try this first before increasing the coffee amount if you've been steeping for less time.

Good luck.
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