This is my favourite way to enjoy coffee. Although my stovetop is up there, nothing seems to give me as much coffee enjoyment as my coffee press. Fresh ground beans, hot water and a little time and voila ... the black elixer of life.
Simple ... yes. Or so I thought. For the lack of something else better to do while it was raining other day I thought I would read up on what others are doing with the coffee press. And of course I came up with a few new things. So what the heck. That's how I started with my stovetop thread, why not start one about the coffee press.
I'm going to scribble up some notes and see what I can throw together here.
11 years 11 months ago - 11 years 10 months ago#3860by canuk_guy
So I'm still working on some stuff for this thread. I sorta started writing what I'm messing around with now. And then I thought that's not right I should start where it all started with me and a coffee press. So ...
It's my sister's fault. She had invited my son and I over to her place for breakfast one morning. She had one of them strange coffee doodahd's sitting in her place and was going through the process of making up some coffee. Grinding the coffee, measuring it out and putting it into this weird looking glass urn thingy. About 5 minutes later we were having a coffee. I was floored. It was the best tasting coffee I have ever had. All squeezed out of that little urn contraption of hers.
And thus it began.
It was about a month later when I purchased my first Bodum. That was the name. It took me at least that long to find the darn thing. Not really a popular item in the stores and what they were charging for it in the coffee shops that carried them is pretty much the same price that we see them at today. That was 20 years ago.
Instructions for it back then supplied by sister and the coffee shop specialist (yes I caved and bought one there) consisted of grind coffee, pour hot water into Bodum, stir and let sit for 3 or 4 minutes, plung plunger thingy and then drink and enjoy coffee.
This is / was the regiment I followed for eons. To the tee. Now some of you might pick up a few things. I never was told to pour off the rest of the coffee into a coffee urn to keep it from continuing to brew.
All the same ... damnit I like coffee from this Bodum of mine.
I had a friend over one day and I fired up the good 'ole coffee press to make us some java. I was about to stir the coffee and water in the Bodum when she goes crazy at me. Well, OK, not really crazy ... but crazy enough.
"No, no, no!!!" "Don't stir it." "Let it sit for 4 minutes." I was sceptical and a little worried. After all this is my coffee we're messing with here. And I hate to upset my coffee juju.
It turned out pretty well. It must have as since that time I do not stir up my coffee and hot water in the Bodum. Just let it sit for 4 minutes, press, enjoy. Dang ... makes me want to have one now, but it's late and I don't have any decaff.
I generally do a heaping tablespoon (or is it 2...) for every 6 fluid ounces of hot water I use.
I pour hot water, 30s off the boil, into the bodum carafe and agitate with a swirling motion to wet the grinds (for about 3s) and then I let it sit with the upper filter just touching the surface of the water/coffee mix. I let it sit for exactly 3 minutes before I press - and I use a digital timer.
The amount of coffee used is fairly flexible - 1 or 2 heaping tablespoons for 6-8 fluid ounces of water.
The 3 minute steep time is optimal.
A 4 minute steep, I think, would allow some undesirable flavors to develop.
Jeeez ... I forgot all about how I was measuring my coffee. I had been letting my grinder do that for me. In the past I pretty much purchase the same coffees. Don't give me a hard time here ... they were Starbuck's Yukon or Sumatra. My two favourites from them. I had figured out just how much to let the grinder run to get the right amount. I was using about a tablespoon (more than level) at that time.
When I changed from those coffees I would have to tinker with the amount I used.
This last two weeks I have been measuring how much coffee I'm putting into my coffee press. Just to see what is working best with what coffee. Problem is, you end up just right about the same time you run out of coffee And I have the unfortunate tendancy lately of trying something else.
I tried using a heaping tablespoon for every 8 ounces of water, making it 4 heaping per pot. My coffee press holds 32 ounces to where the filter sits at the top, but found I was a little inconsistent with the amount of coffee that was going in. I'm not so talented with the scooping it seems So I started just doing a smidge better than a table spoon, putting in 8 or 9 tablespoons ... although the danger arose when making coffee early in the morning that I would lose count which happened more than once.
The Tanzania Hope Peaberry (49th Parallel) I purchase from Java Jamboree in Cochrane was affected the most by the amount of coffee I was using. Just the right amount made a great pot in my press.
This is when I decided to see what others were doing with their coffee press. I have to run so there is more to come.
Well I went a dun it. I went and dun ordered my first coffee online. I know for some that might be the normal way of doing things, but this is the first time I have done this. I ordered some Jamaican Blue Mountain from rocketfuelcoffee.com. If the name is a little familiar it's from Lisa Rotenberg's place introduced in the Coffee Roaster's Cirle area.
I can't wait to give it a go in my coffee press. It's been a while since I have had some. I thought it was about time.