coffeeguydenton Senior Member Joined: 20 Jun 2013 Posts: 89 Location: Denton, TX Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 3:45pm Subject: Re: French press - Stir or no stir?
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.
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,180 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 7:58pm Subject: Re: French press - Stir or no stir?
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.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 6:49am Subject: Re: French press - Stir or no stir?
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.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
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