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Old 03-21-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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So, how much coffee do you put in a French Press for the best results?

We get asked this time and time again by our customers and from the coffee semi pros like yourselves on the different boards I post on. So here it is, once and for all.

Multiply the size of your French Press in ounces by 0.057. This is the weight of the coffee you should be using, in ounces. I round up. It's an easy piece of math if you have a calculator, and you only have to do it once, ever.

Get a small kitchen scale. Use it for this once, and then you'll be able to eyeball it forever.

Have at it.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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That is way too easy.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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You rock, thanks for the good info Norman!
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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Man, I like it! Nice quick but specific answer. Bah, now I need to buy another french press (last one's press part fell apart!)
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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i like my french press, adn thanks for the info, but i wont be doing any math
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:21 AM   #7
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That's some good info - thanks! I guess now I'll need to go buy a french press
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:12 PM   #8
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I use my FP for 90% of the coffee I make at home. Can't wait to try this!
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:37 PM   #9
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Well, after some re-evaluating and experimentatin', the combo that works best for me is one tablespon per 8 oz.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:00 PM   #10
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So some folks simply don't trust the numbers. But the numbers never lie. I'm dyin' because we were at a party and after several coffee misfirings, I weighed in with the host and detailed it all out.

Result: a freshly made cherry crisp + perfectly extracted UB coffee = smilez around the house.

Folks: simply do the math. I kid you not.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:41 AM   #11
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Well, after some re-evaluating and experimentatin', the combo that works best for me is one tablespon per 8 oz.
I have problems with tablespoon measurements. Do you level it off? do you heap it? some where in between? Have you ever used a scale to see how much variation that that can produce after a few spoons worth?

Also grind size/extraction time are part of the equation as well.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:42 PM   #12
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Seems like a awful lot of coffee per pot? 32oz FP needs 1.8oz ground coffee?
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #13
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Seems like a awful lot of coffee per pot? 32oz FP needs 1.8oz ground coffee?
That is the correct amount of grind so you might not like the math to make cold brew extract. The good news is there is a tea forum for those that don't really like coffee .
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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That is the correct amount of grind so you might not like the math to make cold brew extract. The good news is there is a tea forum for those that don't really like coffee .
Cold brew what?! Your blowing my mind with these big words

Is this bean weight or ground coffee weight? I weighed out 1.8 oz of grounds and am unsure if my press will be able to handle so much coffee
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Bump for the team.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:56 AM   #16
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Nicely timed bump. Just bought a press and was wondering this very thing! Is there any difference in quantity for cold extraction?
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Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:44 PM   #18
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Gonna have to try this. I've been using 35g (1.25oz) for a 16oz brew. That's what I kept seeing on all of the videos on coffeegeek.
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That's some damn good coffee...
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Weighed out 26g of Colombia Los Naranjos whole beans, ran them through my grinder and brewed two cups in the french press. Wow, such a great tasting cup o' joe. I'm sold.
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