Coffee brewed in a Cafetiere offers a great taste with distinct aromas. Releasing the rich taste of your chosen grounds couldn’t be easier, simply press the plunger and extract the flavour. To get the best brew from your Cafetiere, opt for a coarse grind, or, select your preferred whole bean of choice and grind your own. We offer a fantastic and varied range of both ground coffee and whole beans to choose from, the only hard part will be deciding which one is your favourite! Our hand-picked range of smooth blend and single origin coffee for your Cafetiere is sourced in the UK from the finest speciality coffee roasters we know. As always, we recommend trying different flavours and blends to find the coffee for cafetiere that’s perfect for you.
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Cafetieres and Coffee Making
The Cafetiere, or French press, is one of the most popular ways of brewing speciality coffee. It’s one of the simplest and yet most effective methods to make a fresh cup of coffee, and produces a lovely brew that displays the wholesome flavours of your favourite beans. To achieve the best brew from your Cafetiere you should choose a coarse grind; one that is slightly more coarsely ground than you would use with a filter. Or, if you like to grind your own then grab your whole beans of choice and aim for this coarse grind.
How to use your Cafetiere for Great Coffee
You want to add around 25g of coffee grounds (two rounded tablespoons worth) to your Cafetiere for each mug-full that you wish to brew. Please note that the ‘cup’ markers on the Cafetiere are for demitasse cups, so the marker for three ‘cups’ is just over one mug of coffee. To achieve the best taste, you should boil your water and then allow it to sit for 30 seconds, and then pour water over your grounds, pausing when they are properly wetted. Next, you’ll want to wait a few moments to let the grounds absorb the water, then add the rest of the water at a slow and steady pace. If you’re brewing with very dark, strong grounds then you may find them foam slightly. This is normal, let the foam settle and then top up the water with the appropriate amount needed.
Once the water is in, place the plunger into the top of the Cafetiere to stop the coffee from cooling too quickly. From here, wait for four minutes, and then slowly plunge the filter to the bottom. Now you can pour your coffee and enjoy! For more details check out our cafetiere brewing guide.
Easy cafetiere coffee brewing mistakes to avoid
When trying to achieve the perfect brew it’s important not to fall into the trap of making the common mistakes that hinder a lot of people; here’s how to avoid them. Tip one is to allow the water to cool just below boiling before pouring onto your grounds as this prevents the flavour from diminishing or becoming bitter. It’s also important to wait the appropriate time (see above) before plunging to allow the grounds to release the rich flavours that taste so great. The third and final mistake to avoid is to make more coffee than needed; this is because coffee that is left within the Cafetiere will become stronger and more bitter the longer it is left inside. If you avoid these common mistakes then you’re on track for a flavoursome cup of cafetiere coffee.