french press, making less than whole pot


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Apr 11, 2008
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seems like most of the french presses (bodum) i am seeing are 32 oz. i notice that the press doesn''t reach all the way to the bottom of the pot.

most of the time i am making a cup, 8 oz, for myself. though it would be good to be able to make more in the same pot when needed.

will making 8 oz in a 32 oz pot be ok, or will the press not reaching the bottom be an issue?

John P

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Jan 5, 2007
Salt Lake City
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I've used both a Bodum 1 liter and a stainless steel thermal Nissan press to do one cup and it works just fine.

I would recommend making 2 ounces over your target to get the desired outcome... so make ten ounces for an eight ounce cup. You can reasonably get the eight ounces of clean coffee out.

I did press by the cup for nearly two years in the caffe, and only used one size press... whether for one, two, or three cups.