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How to use a cafetiere
How to use a cafetiere to brew great coffee
The Cafetiere is a brilliant and simple way to make a delicious filter coffee, with minimal fuss or precision you can brew a balanced and full bodied cup for up to 12 people. This guide and video will show you how to use a cafetiere to make amazing coffee.
The general consensus is to grind coarse for this method, however due to the inefficient extraction compared to a v60, I find that grinding on a normal drip filter setting ensures you get more sweetness and clarity.
All coffees will taste great through a Cafetiere, what you may lose in complexity you will make up for in body. Watch the brew video or follow the instructions below.
How to use a Cafetiere
Total Brew Time: 4 - 5 minutes
300ml Hot filtered water, just off the boil
20g Coffee ground for drip filter
1. Pre heat your cafetiere with boiling water.
Then, leave for 1 minute and dispose of the water. This will keep your brewing temperature stable allowing for a much more even extraction.
2. Zero the scales.
Place the cafetiere on the scales and put the 20g of coffee in the cafetiere, then zero the scales again.
3. Start timer.
4. Pour 300ml of water just off the boil directly onto the grounds.
Stir and ensure all grounds are wet.
5. At 4 minutes, stir the crust to release any grounds from the surface.
6. Using a tablespoon, skim the crema off of the surface.
Crema is a combination of the natural fat/oil from the bean and co2 that is being released. By skimming from the top we remove unpleasant bitterness, leaving us with a clean cup.
7. At 4:30, plunge, serve and enjoy!
If your brew tastes bitter, coarsen your grind. If your brew tastes weak and sour, fine your grind. If you want more body, up your coffee dose and adjust grind to taste.
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