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    French Press

    ok loml got a french press so now i need to learn how to use it. my first attempt will be in the morning so wish me luck. I have been doing some online research but nothing beats experience. Who else uses one and what are your secrets.
    Last edited by Don Baer; 04-26-2015 at 03:47 AM.
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    Pretty easy, Don't grind the coffee too fine, let it sit for a while, press and drink. I use mine when I'm trying to cut back on coffee, but haven't used it for a while!
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    Two co-workers use them daily, they swear by them, but haven't tried them myself. One hand grinds his coffee, says it does a nicer job of getting the flavor out, and gives him a bit of a work-out. I did ask him about the filters (if yours has one), says he uses the same one as long as it's the same roast for several weeks before changing it.
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    I would be interested in at least trying a fresh cup of french press

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    Nice taste if you like grounds in your coffee. I'll stick to my Kcups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Pretty easy, Don't grind the coffee too fine, let it sit for a while, press and drink. I use mine when I'm trying to cut back on coffee, but haven't used it for a while!
    Nothing to add to that really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    I would be interested in at least trying a fresh cup of french press
    Stop in any time Leo and my treat

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Nice taste if you like grounds in your coffee. I'll stick to my Kcups.
    Didn't seem to have that problem. There was a tiny bit of fines in the bottom but not enough to fret about.

    Came out good not the least bit bitter LOML thinks it was a little stronger than she is used to but certainly not to the point where she need to dilute it. I think with a little practice on the amount and the timing it certainly is a great alternative.
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    Don't over grind your coffee, drip ground is usually OK.

    Let it sit if you like strong coffee.

    Press down in one motion, don't pour out all of the liquid in the press and you won't get much in the way of grounds in your cup of coffee.

    They say, the major advantage is that the natural oils from the coffee beans get into your cup, with a paper filter these are trapped in the filter.

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    French Press

    At the risk of hijacking the thread, another press method that really turns out good results is with a device called the aeropress. I don't know if the recipes for one are compatible with the other, but I found bunches of them online. I bet you could search for French press recipes online and find a wealth of opinions ☺


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    Myrna and I used French Press coffee for many years. The French Press produces a very smooth tasting coffee.

    Coarse grind has been said several times in the posts above this one. I say, "Believe them." The person who taught us to use the FP said to "grind the coffee until it is like small rocks." that procedure does work and it makes good coffee. By using a coarse grind and letting the coffee sit for a bit after pressing, you will get a very clear coffee that you can see through in a glass mug. The clear coffee is a bit more expensive because you use more of it for the same density of flavor. A good coarse grind suits me just as well as rocks and it suited Myrna when she was alive.

    Summary: Coarse grind is what you want. Let the coffee settle in the water for awhile. The coffee will become basically clear. Decant off of the top and leave most or all of the coffee powder behind as you wish. Don't use a filter. Personally I like the coffee bean fines in the drink. After all we do eat coffee beans in many delicacy confections.

    Enjoy,
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    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 04-26-2015 at 08:36 PM.
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