Ryan568 Senior Member Joined: 19 Jun 2014 Posts: 1 Location: Virginia Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 4:59pm 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?
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 9:07am 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.
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jpender Senior Member Joined: 11 Jul 2011 Posts: 722 Location: California Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:17am 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.
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