I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since I posted here. The time has flown by. I've been messing with my coffees trying to get that just right balance. It's coming along nicely, very nicely.
I'm really enjoying messing with the coffee I have. Thanks Lisa.
I have been looking around for a coffee press vid that I had seen. It's a how to do thing. I thought I would put the links in here and talk about them a bit. Can't remember where I found them. But I will.
Last edit: 11 years 11 months ago by canuk_guy. Reason: just cuz
Guy - have you tried the press pot method recommended by Tom (from Sweet Marias)?
While the traditional method is a course grind with a 4 minute steep, he suggests a finer grind (say, halfway between trad press and drip settings) and a shorter steep of around 2.5 minutes. I have been doing this the past 2 or 3 years and highly recommend it - it eliminates a lot of the bitterness you sometimes get in press pot coffee.
My preparation is fresh grinds (one 2-TBS scoop for each 8 oz cup) into a preheated Bodum with near boiling water added to the appropriate level. Do not stir, but put the cover (or a dish) on without disturbing the grounds. After one minute, stir or swirl (as I now do) the grounds a few seconds and cover for an additional 1.5 minutes.
Thanks for starting the thread. If you collect enough interesting suggestions and such, you might want to compile in an article?
For a real twist on traditional methods, check out this James Hoffman (former world barista champion) video, featuring his "break and clean" method. vimeo.com/2222293
11 years 10 months ago - 11 years 7 months ago#3925by canuk_guy
I read your post eons ago. Just been busy with stuff and trying to find the vid I had run across on the Coffee Press. And I searched and I looked and I changed my search criteria and on and on and on. Couldn't find that one that I wanted. Well I finally found it searching through youtube and low and behold it was the first search that came up. It's from CoffeeGeek. Oddly enough when I search through their website I can't come up with the vid.
I have been following this process for a little while. It's seems to me to be a combination of the one you linked to, Sean, and a little something extra.
Here's the vid …
Now I will readily admit that I am not measuring my coffee with a scale and I certainly do not measure the water with a scale either. I just have my large coffee press that I use all the time. I'm now thinking I might just get me a smaller one that makes a good size mug as I'm usually just making coffee for myself.
I did notice the difference in the taste of my coffee.
So this is where I'm at right now with my press.
*I boil the water, it ends up at about 200 - 205 degrees F according to the thermometer I have.
*Grind my coffee to a coarse grind.
*I'm using approximately 1 tablespoon of coffee for 4 oz of water and then adding another tablespoon or so depending on how strong I want the coffee to be. This is because you do scoop a fair amount of coffee out when you remove the crust … see the vid.
*Steep time is 3 minutes … à la Colin's suggestion.
*Scoop out the coffee on the top.
*Scoop out some of if not most of the scum.
*Press and serve.
As a matter of fact I'm going to have some right now. Nice hot coffee on a cool'ish Calgary day.
Sooooooooooooooooooo … comments please.
Last edit: 11 years 7 months ago by canuk_guy. Reason: reely por speelin
I know … that's hard to believe right???? Well those that know me, know it's not that difficult for me at all. Matter of fact I come by it easily and honestly.
Here's the dumb …
I like stronger tasting coffee, hence my penchant for my stovetop. I like the stronger coffee I get from it. And sometimes I get carried away adding too much ground coffee to my press to make it stronger thinking … “hey, I like strong coffee and more ground coffee to the press the stronger the coffee.” It's true. It does get stronger, but other not so desirable flavours come out as well.
So I ordered in some coffees from Lisa at Rocketfuelcoffee.com. I picked up some Jamaican Blue Mountain and some Kopi Luwak (just because I had to find out what all the fuss is about). I got carried away with my JBM. I kept on adding more coffee to it thinking it'll get better if I make it stronger. Well folks … it ain't so. I think I kinda killed it a little … well maybe a lot. By the time I had figured it all out, I'm out of coffee. I'll have to order some soon again. I like the JBM.
In the meantime I'm taking my lesson to some other coffee I have purchased. I picked up some more coffee from Starbucks, some of the Rwanda and have been playing around with that. Nice coffee. It's teaching me to take it easy on the amount I use to see if it's better when using regular amounts in my press or just adding a little extra to bring it alive or actually a little less to see if that is better.
So from the dumb I'm learning something I should have known and heeded to all along.
Well guys ... I just solidified a decision to purchase a scale to measure out my coffee. How did this decision come about so quickly? It's like this ...
I purchased a half pound of Kopi Luwak coffee. I made some up today and because I have been sort of over doing it I thought I would back off the amount of coffee I have been putting into my coffee press. I put too little. I made it too weak. I want to cry At least if it's too strong you can add some water to it. You have no idea how pissed I am at myself for making it too weak. Did I mention I want to cry?