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Four Common French Press Mistakes

Like it or not, you'll probably need to make coffee with a French press at some point in your life. And while we admit we prefer filter coffee, the French press can make a delicious cup of coffee when used correctly. Avoid these four common brewing mistakes to get the most out of your French press.

1. Very Coarse Grinding

Yes, the metal filter of the French press requires a coarser grind setting to prevent too many particles passing through the mesh into your cup, but that doesn't mean you should use the coarsest grind setting possible.

You want a grind that is fine enough to achieve a thorough extraction with a steep time of four minutes. Every grinder is different, but the ideal grind for a French press is probably about halfway between the medium and coarsest setting.

And remember: If you are taking a TDS reading with a refractometer, you must first filter the sample!

2. Forgetting to Mix

Mixing the spill is optional. Mixing a French press is essential. After pouring the hot water, you will notice that larger coffee particles rise to the top of the #French #press, forming a crust. You don't want this. You want every coffee particle to be fully saturated so you can get more of that delicious coffee flavor.

The key is not to mix it too early or too late in the brewing process. We find between 1:00-2:00 ideal. If you're using a glass french press, avoid using a metal tool or it won't cause you to crack.

3. Pouring every little cup of coffee.

We agree: you shouldn't waste coffee. In fact, we have been known to blend the last few grams from different coffee bags to avoid wastage.

4. Not Cleaning/Replacing the Filter

Yes, this mesh/metal filter is removable. No, clumped oils will not "spice" your French press. Watch out for coffee grounds that may be left in the filter. If the filter is bent or damaged, consider replacing it.


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