How to use a Cafetiere

Making great coffee with a French Press or Cafetiere

The first step in using a cafetiere is knowing the correct size, measured in "cups." However, a cafetiere "cup" is not equivalent to a standard coffee cup, but rather is equal to one demitasse half-cup, about 4 ounces or 120 ml. A 3-Cup cafetiere, the smallest size, will fill two coffee cups or one beaker or mug. A 5-Cup cafetiere will fill three cups or two beakers, an 8-cup size will five cups or three beakers, while a 12-Cup size will fill eight cups or four beakers.

The simplest way to describe the use of a cafetiere is that it's a matter of mixing the hot water and ground coffee and then using the plunger to separate the two when the brewing is done. The steps to follow are:

  1. Fill a kettle and heat water.
  2. Preheat the cafetiere the same way as a teapot, swirling with hot water for a bit.
  3. Pour out the water used to preheat the cafetiere.
  4. Put in two level tablespoons of course-ground coffee beans per mug.
  5. Bring the kettle to a boil, then allow to sit for thirty seconds.
  6. Pour in the hot water equal to the number of mugs.
  7. Put the lid on the cafetiere with the plunger raised fully.
  8. Let the cafetiere sit and brew the coffee for four minutes.
  9. Press the plunger gently all the way down.
  10. Open the lid, pour, sip and enjoy!

When done - you have just made a great cup of coffee!

Our Choice of the Best Example Cafetieres

Such a wonderful beverage such as coffee should most definitely be shared and enjoyed in company. So why not consider one of the larger cafetieres available. With these larger presses, you can make between 8 and 12 cups of coffee at once - perfect for a dinner party of larger gathering.

If you are still not sure how to use a cafetiere for making coffee, then check out this useful little video clip below - hopefully this cafetiere demonstration will give you a good idea of how these simple but effective coffee makers work.

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