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How to Use a Cafetiere

Updated: May 11



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. 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 3. Add the coffee: Discard the hot water from the cafetiere and add the ground coffee. A good rule of thumb is to use 1 sachet of Birdies ground coffee per 200ml 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. If the plunger is very difficult to push down then you coffee is not yet brewed, wait say 2 minutes and try again.

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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