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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 2:47pm
Subject: French press - Stir or no stir?
 

I was going to ask everyone's opinion or preference on stirring during french press brewing. Do you stir or not? If so, when and how? Is that good or bad for the coffee?

 
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 3:45pm
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I've read a lot of differing opinions on this.  I believe Netphilosopher will tell you to stir.  Others I have read swear that stirring agitates the coffee and causes slight over-extraction.  Personally, as a less discriminating coffee drinker than many here (though one who does appreciate a great cup!), I have trouble telling the difference.  I have settled on a routine of using my pour to agitate the grounds to get some stirring effect without use of a bamboo paddle or chop sticks or some other stirrer that may cause more agitation.  Seems to work well for me.
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 7:58pm
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I think stirring is useful and should be done sparingly early in the extraction. My reasoning is from pouring a small amount to wet the grounds, the bloom phase suspends a fair amount of grounds in its foam. I've found that I cannot sufficiently fully wet all the grounds just by pouring the rest of the water in. I always stir after about 1 1/2 minutes extraction. I bloom 20 seconds, then fill the rest of the water, trying to wet all the grounds. If I then stir right away, I find there's often a second bloom-like phase that re suspends some grounds...hence the 1 1/2 min wait. I think Steve (netphilosopher) operates very similar, but should let him speak for himself.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 6:49am
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Grind fine.  After pouring water calmed a bit after boiling stir with spoon for 30 seconds.  Put plunger in not pressed down.  Wait 4 minutes.  Give it a few swirls.  Press slowly.  Pour.

Been doing it the above way for 10 years without fail.  Always a great cup.

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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 9:36am
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+1  to stirring after pouring the water in
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Posted Fri Oct 4, 2013, 5:40am
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Pour half. Stir. Briefly. Gently.

 
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