If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to brew coffee at home, a cafetiere is an excellent choice. Also known as a French press, this brewing method produces a rich and flavourful coffee that is quite different from the instant coffee or drip machines you might be used to.
One of the advantages of using a cafetiere is that it allows you to control the strength of your coffee and experiment with different brewing times and coffee-to-water ratios. Plus, they come in a range of sizes, from single-serving options to larger models that can brew several cups at once. If all that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry! In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of using a cafetiere and share some tips on how to get the most out of this classic brewing method.
Step 1. Heat the water: Start by boiling water in a kettle or on the stove. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee in a cafetiere is between 90°C to 96°C.
Step 2. Grind the coffee: While the water is heating, grind your coffee beans to a coarse texture. You can use a coffee grinder or buy pre-ground coffee that is suitable for a cafetiere. (All of our coffee and cake packages come conveniently pre-ground for cafetiere brewing).
Step 3. Preheat the cafetiere: Pour hot water into the cafetiere to preheat it. This will ensure that your coffee stays hot for longer after brewing.
Step 4. Add the coffee: Discard the hot water from the cafetiere and add the ground coffee. A good rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of coffee per cup of water, but you can adjust the amount according to your taste.
Step 5. Pour the water: Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds. Use a circular motion to make sure all the grounds are saturated. Leave about an inch of space at the top of the cafetiere.
Step 6. Let it steep: Place the lid on the cafetiere, but do not press down the plunger yet. Let the coffee steep for four to five minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger coffee.
Step 7. Press the plunger: After the coffee has steeped, press down the plunger slowly and evenly. This will separate the coffee grounds from the liquid.
Step 8. Pour and enjoy: Pour the coffee into your cup and enjoy! If you’re not drinking it all at once, transfer the remaining coffee to a thermos or insulated carafe to keep it warm.
That’s it! With a little practice, using a cafetiere to brew your coffee can become a quick and easy part of your daily routine.
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