Ryan568 Senior Member Joined: 19 Jun 2014 Posts: 1 Location: Virginia Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 5:59pm Subject: Is my french press too large?
This is my first post on here.
I currently have a 34 oz Bodum chambord french press, but I rarely brew more than 12oz at once. The plunger does not go all the way to the bottom, and because I'm usually only brewing 12oz, that means that most of the liquid and beans don't actually get pressed by the plunger. Is that making it so that I'm not getting as much flavor and caffeine out of the beans as I should? Should I downsize to a 12 or 17 oz french press?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,842 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:07am Subject: Re: Is my french press too large?
The press is not to wring out the grounds, it is to divide the grounds from the brew. Brewing devices are best used at full rated size so yes you should get a smaller press for making 12 oz at a time. Press is not the only way to make good coffee, the Aeropress, Hario V60 and other methods work great for a single cup.
In real life, my name is Wayne P. Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
jpender Senior Member Joined: 11 Jul 2011 Posts: 708 Location: California Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: OE LIDO Vac Pot: S/S Moka Pot Drip: Aeropress
Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 11:17am Subject: Re: Is my french press too large?
There is more coffee wasted. There is always going to be some coffee below the screen, mixed in with the grounds. If you brew a smaller amount of coffee in a larger press this loss will be larger, percentage-wise. It's not a big deal though.
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = Newest post
Forum Rules: No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards. No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum. No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek. No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum. Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards. Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics. Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies. Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies. Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts. Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.