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The best coffee from the push pot!

One of the oldest techniques in coffee making: the push pot (also known as the Cafetière or the French Press ). As the name suggests, it originally comes from France, but in 1929 the Italian designer Attilio Calimani had a patent on the push pot. It is also one of the cheapest ways to make good coffee in terms of tools, and also one of the easiest in terms of method... But you still have to know how to do it. In this blog we explain it step by step.


Step 1:

About the most important step of brewing coffee. Grind your coffee just before you start brewing your coffee. Freshly ground tastes so much better than pre-ground coffee - try it for yourself! If you are still looking for a hand grinder, the Hario coffee grinder is highly recommended.

Grind the coffee fairly coarsely. Okay, you don't have to exaggerate, but it should definitely not be as fine as, for example, espresso grind. Then the ground coffee will pass through the metal filter and you will have pieces or goop in your coffee.

Try out which ratio works for you, but assume about 8 grams of ground coffee per cup (so no mug, that counts for 2!).

Step 2:

Make sure your water is boiled, but not just. It should be about 92-94 degrees, so let it rest for a little while after cooking. It is best to measure it with a thermometer.

Step 3:

Preheat your push pot by holding it under the hot tap or rinsing it with boiled water. This way, the difference between the hot coffee and the pot is not too great, and the taste of the coffee remains the best. Discard the excess water.

Step 4:

Drop the ground coffee into the preheated pot, and add a tiny bit of hot water first. Just as much until all the coffee is in contact with water. Now let the coffee bubble for a short while (about 30 seconds) - some air will escape in the form of bubbles if the coffee is fresh enough. 

Step 5:

Now pour in the rest of the water and let it rest for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 6:

Push the top of the jar down as slowly as possible. Pour your coffee.  

TADAA! Your coffee is ready! Enjoy your drink! :-)

If you really want to 'see' how this works, watch the following video: