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Brew Guides 1: Cafetière

You can download the (prettier!) pdf version of this brew guide here.
The cafetière, often (and, as it turns out, ironically) known as a French press was invented in 1919 by Italian designer Attilio Calimani. They are the simplest and, used properly, one of the most effective ways to brew coffee - and they are particularly good for the kind of lightly roasted single farm or single region coffees we love at The Cambridge Coffee Company. Here's our seven step guide to perfect cafètiere coffee... 



1 Choose your coffee carefully

Most coffee that you buy in a supermarket is “omni-ground” - ground to work for all sorts of coffee makers. This makes them mostly rather too fine to work well in a cafètiere. We grind our coffee specifically for a cafetière because that’s what 90% of people use when they aren’t making espresso (our espresso blends are more finely ground).

What we’re saying is…. use our coffee :-)
Or grind your beans fairly coarse.

2. Get the right amount of coffee
Your mileage may vary but in general….
  • A small (1 mug) cafètiere needs 20g of coffee.
  • A “standard” sized 3 mug cafètiere needs 50g of coffee.
What people call a “spoonful” is pretty varied so we’d recommend weighing the coffee a couple of times till you get used to how many of your spoonfuls that is!
If you don’t use enough coffee you will lose many of the most interesting tastes and aromas.

3. Boil AND cool the water
Boil fresh water and leave to cool for at least one minute (more if you’ve filled the kettle!).
4. Pour and (maybe) stir
Pour the water onto the coffee slowly until the grounds are all wet. Then you can put a little more quickly. Once you’ve got the quantity of water you want on there you can give a couple of gentle stirs if you want.

5. Don’t plunge!
Wait for at least three minutes. Patience, patience!

6. Now plunge
We know you’re keen and can smell your beautiful coffee... but don’t spoil it now. Plunge slowly and steadily and make sure none of the grounds slip through - you don’t want gritty coffee!

7. Pour and enjoy
Most Cambridge Coffee Company Coffee is delicious without milk - our roasts don’t have the bitterness that you need milk to take away. But, if you like a little of the white stuff, pour it in, sit back and enjoy.

You’ll probably notice the taste change and develop of the next minutes as the coffee cools and reveals different layers of flavour. Delicious.

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