How to use a cafetiere (Brew Guide)

History of the Cafetiere

The cafetiere (also known as a french press) was invented in 1929 and is a low-maintenance and easy-to-use brewing method. When you know how to use it, it offers a really consistent brew. If you buy a big enough cafetiere, it’s a great brewing device for making multiple cups of heavy-bodied coffee in only 4 minutes.

Where to buy a cafetiere?

The best coffee for a cafetiere..

We recommend going for a lighter roasted bean if you plan to use a cafetiere

cafetiere brew guide
cafetiere brew guide


Where to buy a cafetiere?

The best type of coffee for a cafetiere...

We recommend going for a lighter roasted bean if you plan to use a cafetiere

How to make coffee with a cafetiere Step-by-step instructions.

  • 1. You’ll ideally want to use 65-70 grams of coffee per 1 litre of water. Be sure to adjust these measurements based on the size of cafetiere you have
  • 2. Pre-heat your cafetiere by pouring hot water into it. Then pour this water away
  • 3. Grind your coffee beans to a course grind (similar to filter coffee).
  • 4. Add your coffee to the cafetiere, it’s helpful to stir a little to make sure all the grounds are wet.
  • 5. Add the lid but don’t press down.
  • 6. After 4-5 minutes, slowly press down.
  • 7. Once you’ve done that, pour immediately otherwise the coffee will continue to extract and will become bitter.
  • 8. Enjoy

What you'll need

  • Cafetiere
  • Boiling Water (250g)
  • Coffee grinder
  • Digital Scale
  • Timer
  • Coffee cup
  • Coffee beans (15g)

How long it takes

  • From bean to cup
  • 4-5 Minutes

Cafetiere Brew Guide - FAQ

  • 1. 
If your cafetiere coffee tastes too bitter, it’s probably been over extracted, so pour it out earlier
  • 2. If you use boiling water you can actually scorch and burn the coffee which will add to the bitterness
  • 3. If your coffee tastes too acidic, grind the beans to a finer consistency

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