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    This is helpful. I agree that you don't want to burn the coffee so let the water calm down before pouring. I use a kitchen scale to weigh my coffee and water and use a 1:13 ratio of coffee to water. So, 23 grams of coffee to 300 grams of water makes me two mugs of cafe au lait or one large mug of black coffee. As you say, brew time is important. 4 minutes tends to be a good starting point. Where I differ is once your done with the initial 4 minute brew. I stir the crust on top and remove the foam and any floating grinds. I then let it sit for another 7 minutes or so. This actually mellows the coffee. Not sure why. And I do not plunge at all. I just keep the plunger at the top of the liquid and use the screen as a filter. Plunging can result in bitter coffee because you can stir up all that stuff on the bottom. There is no need to plunge. This approach has worked for me now for years and makes me some delicious coffee.
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    I was the same. I has been brewing just espresso and pour over and wanted to get into french press. I found this article really helpful, https://aboveaveragecoffee.com/how-l...-french-press/
    I'm now opting for my french press most of the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotto View Post
    I was the same. I has been brewing just espresso and pour over and wanted to get into french press. I found this article really helpful, https://aboveaveragecoffee.com/how-l...-french-press/
    I'm now opting for my french press most of the time
    I had not seen that article before so thanks for posting it. I use the James Hoffmann approach but their description earlier in the article about brew times has me thinking of extending my initial brew time by about 30 seconds. I may also grind more course than I have been. I've been grinding sort of fine. This has given me some things to play with to see if I can even improve a little on an already good thing.

    One thing I find curious. Early in the article he says he brews using a 1:16 ratio. He then defines that by saying he uses 1 gram of coffee for every 16 millileters of water. So he's mixing weight with volume. I have been using a 1:13 ratio but I'm doing 1 gram of coffee for every 13 grams of water. Weight to weight. I find that curious and wonder if mixing weights with volumes makes sense. I suppose it doesn't matter how you get there so long as you are using consistent amounts of coffee and water each time you make your brew. But that just jumped out at me and made me scratch my head.
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    Hey. Watch the videos on YouTube.

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    Luckily a millimeter of water weighs a gram so it'll work itself out the same way as far as ratios go.

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    I am very excited. After breaking my Bodum Bistro french press carafe, my two replacements arrived today, a day early. I've been making Moka Pot coffee the past few days, interspersed with Keurig coffee. Tomorrow I'm going to make myself a couple mug of french press. Can't wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MntnMan62 View Post
    I am very excited. After breaking my Bodum Bistro french press carafe, my two replacements arrived today, a day early. I've been making Moka Pot coffee the past few days, interspersed with Keurig coffee. Tomorrow I'm going to make myself a couple mug of french press. Can't wait.
    Fantastic news! I hope you totally enjoy your coffee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    Fantastic news! I hope you totally enjoy your coffee!
    I did. Only issue this morning is I took my eye off the milk heating on the stove and the next thing I knew the thermometer was pinned to the hottest reading. It wasn't burnt. But it wasn't as sweet as it should have been. But the coffee was still delicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knoble View Post
    • Measure the coffee beans. Measure out the 1/2 cup coffee beans. ...
    • Grind the coffee beans. Grind the beans on the coarsest setting in a burr grinder. ...
    • Heat the water to boiling, then cool for 1 minute. ...
    • Add the water to the French press. ...
    • Stir the brew. ...
    • Steep for 4 minutes. ...
    • Plunge the press.
    thanks for your recipe

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeahHodges View Post
    thanks for your recipe
    What, I don't get thanks for mine? Geez. Knock a guy while he's down why don't 'cha?
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