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Coffee Brewing

Using A French Press/ Cafetiere

For a French press, aim for a coarse grind. Put the grounds directly into a clean, dry carafe. A good rule of thumb is one tablespoon of grounds for every cup of water. Bring the water just to a boil. Pour it into the carafe, moving the stream around to saturate all the coffee, until it's about an inch under the top metal ring. After 1 minute, stir the grounds to breakdown the bloom and distribute the grounds evenly. Place the vented lid and press assembly onto the carafe.

After 4 minutes gently but firmly press the plunger down to the bottom.

Using a single cup cone

For a single-cup cone aim for a medium-fine grind. Add the coffee grounds. Add about 3 tablespoons of ground coffee to the filter.

Bloom the grounds. Bring the water just to a boil, and pour only just enough into the filter to saturate the grounds. Move the stream of water around to saturate all the grounds evenly, but avoid pouring too much. Let bloom for about 30 seconds. Fill the cone. Pour water around the cone, breaking down the bloom and saturating all the grounds evenly.

Fill the cone till the water's just about at the top of the cone, and let the water filter through the coffee, into the cup.