The cafetiere, or French Press as it is sometimes known, has surprisingly modest beginnings. You can find out how the cafetiere was invented as the direct result of marital disharmony in the wilds of rural France, here.
But let’s look beyond the humble history of this popular piece of coffee kit and to its current status among us coffee-lovers. Did you know that (at the time of writing) it is the most popular brew method among Pact customers?
So, given so many of you are using them, what’s the best way to brew using a cafetiere? Our preferred method is detailed below, but if you have any special tips or tricks then do feel free to share them below!
Here’s how it’s done:
Boil your kettle and leave it to cool for a couple of minutes
Put your coffee into the cafetiere, using 1 heaped tablespoon (about 12-14g) of coarse ground coffee for each cup you want to make
Pour the hot water over the grounds
Pop the lid on and let it stand to brew for two minutes
- Remove the lid and give it a stir before leaving it for another two minutes
Plunge and serve immediately to stop your coffee from over-extracting
Pact tip: Make sure you keep your cafetiere clean; stale coffee oils have a tendency to linger around the mesh and can ruin a great cup of coffee. Nasty.