We have been using the French press ( Caffitere ) for years.
We even have one on the boat.
I am going to presume that most know how to use this wonderful simple coffee making *device.
The absolute criteria is the water quality, try bottled distilled.
This is my routine *to get our ideal cup of coffee to which there are variations.
However, what suits one person will not suite another.
it is like the 5,000 different wines *available,there is a need to experiment.
This is what i do, firstly,but we like our coffee reasonably strong.*
Our selection to start with is French Roast , that is a very dark coffee grind.
If you Grind your own, the grind should be very fine but not so fine as to be able to pass through the plunger screen.
A level table spoon per mug *per person is as strong as most people can manage.
For water capacity , go for a dry run and add two mugs of water *to the beaker jar to establish a fill mark for two people.
Hot water should be off the boil ,we don't want to scald the coffee grind.
Just blanche it.
The brewing process is 4 minutes stirring frequently with a wooden chop stick ,we don't want to break the glass beaker with a metal spoon.
The Coffee is ready to go.
There are variations of your choosing to the whole process.
DONT RE HEAT PRE MADE COFFEE ,Tonto.
But one thing you cant change is serving coffee to the first mate in bed every morning.
A Note *:-
Coffee is a vegetable so you can add the very*smallest
amount of salt to bring out the flavor or add some chocolate to taste .
Phase 2 is Motorcycle Coffee.
Donald & Mavis
-- Edited by SOMERS on Sunday 6th of March 2011 06:46:07 PM