The cafetiere has often been considered the people’s brew kit. It’s easy to use and it’s incredibly easy to master. That’s why most people tend to cut their teeth on the French press when they start out brewing. But that’s not to say that Will, our Head of Coffee, hasn’t got a few cafetiere tips and tricks up his sleeves.
At our latest coffee class held at Pact HQ, our customers took the plunge into the world of cafetieres. Everyone who came along got some brilliant brewing pointers from Will, as well as a free bag of coffee and a fancy-looking KeepCup for those coffee-on-the-run moments.
If you couldn’t make it then don’t worry. We filmed the whole thing and popped it up on Google Hangouts, allowing you to join in at home… or even host your own Cafetiere Masterclass.
(Pssst. If you missed out, we also live-streamed the whole thing on Google Hangouts, which you can still catch on YouTube.)
1. Measure your coffee
As with all our brew methods, we say to use 60g per one litre of water but we understand that not everyone has scales or a coffee scoop to measure their coffee.
So we did some calculations. A heaped teaspoon of coffee is about 5g, a dessert spoon is 10g and a tablespoon is around 15g – now everyone can get the right amount of coffee in their cafetiere. Once you have the measurements all sorted, put the coffee in your cafetiere and put the kettle on the boil.
2. Not too hot
For the water to have the perfect amount of energy, it should be around 94 degrees. So when you boil your water, leave it to stand for a minute before pouring it into your cafetiere.
3. Pouring & stirring
Start your timer and pour in your water at a good rate so it covers all the coffee. At about two minutes in, stir it a few times and add in a bit more water if the level of coffee in your cafetiere goes down.
4. Scoop & Plunge
At four minutes, scoop off the coffee granules on top of the coffee, place on the lid and slowly push down the plunger.
Et voilà! You have amazing cafetiere coffee. Give it a go and drop us a comment. We’d love to hear what you think.
Our next event is Espresso Yourself, an espresso coffee class on 4th September from 8-9am. So, don’t forget to get your ticket.
A little bit extra: We did write a guide for how to brew with your cafetiere back in April, but with Will joining the team, the cafetiere coffee class was a great chance for us to learn a bit more. We’ve made some changes so everyone is on the same page!