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Recommended Water Temperature for your Coffee Press

This is a discussion on Recommended Water Temperature for your Coffee Press within the Coffee Table forums, part of the Coffee Addicts category; Often overlooked, but a very important fact is to not KILL the flavour of your grinds with boiling HOT water! Instead, let your water cool ...

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    Lightbulb Recommended Water Temperature for your Coffee Press

    Often overlooked, but a very important fact is to not KILL the flavour of your grinds with boiling HOT water!

    Instead, let your water cool off first; if boiled, to an acceptable 80c then pour over your - use a cooking thermometer to gauge! You'll find your coffee more flavoursome if you maintain your water temperature as stated!

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    I have been wondering about the temperatures at higher altitudes. From my experiences at sea level and such for French Press you typically get the water just before boil for the best press however, my home town is in Denver, CO and loving French Press coffee and understanding that water boils at a different temperature at the higher elevations. Is it then still 80c irregardless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanaCoffee View Post
    Is it then still 80c irregardless?
    yes! Very few know of this detail, but it does make alot of difference to the taste!
    Last edited by PinkRose; 03-28-2012 at 07:29 AM.

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    Hello "CanaCoffee"

    Welcome to the Coffee Forum website!

    That's an interesting question.

    The temperature where your water boils shouldn't matter much. Once you get it to boil, you still need to let it rest a bit (10-20 seconds) before pouring it into the coffee grounds in the French Press. The water temperature, the room temperature, and the temperature of the preheated French Press are all some of the factors to consider when making coffee in a French Press.

    As with most things, you may need to experiment with it to get your coffee to come out the way you want.

    Rose

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    very intersting to read since i just bought my own french press

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeGeek View Post
    Often overlooked, but a very important fact is to not KILL the flavour of your grinds with boiling HOT water!

    Instead, let your water cool off first; if boiled, to an acceptable 80c then pour over your - use a cooking thermometer to gauge! You'll find your coffee more flavoursome if you maintain your water temperature as stated!
    Thank you CG for the info. As I am sure you can expect, some people will test your findings with me being one of them. It just so happens that I received a MyCoffeePress for the 2012 Christmas season.

    Anyway, I have used the press (for k-Cups) at various degrees as I use my microwave to heat the water from hot to boiling and I have notice no difference in taste whatsoever.

    I will use a thermometer to reach 80c (176f) [I do prefer my drink to hover around the 190f (87c) but for the sake of science, research and a reason to drink coffee, I will comply]. The MyCoffeePress will make this possible and give me a valid reason for drinking several cups of coffee in a row (HAHA)

    Stay tuned!
    Last edited by topher; 01-18-2013 at 08:21 AM. Reason: url dropping

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    very interesting.... But i never really liked to use Kcups...

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    You post is interesting to me CJ as I was a virgin to K-Cups about 3 - 4 months ago and fell for the convience of the prep time. From what I am seeing so far, I will spend a lot more money for that convience.

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    You will spend more money and get less taste from the k-cups, imo.

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    I do believe that eldub and I think I will maily use MyPress for on the road or in a pinch.

 

 
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