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Topic: French Press (7 msgs / 209 lines)
1) From: Eric Fesler
So I am having great luck with the french press but I was hoping for some
brew time recommendations.  I have been using about 2x the normal
recommended coffee to water recommendation.  I pour the water in at 210
degrees and it seems to result in about 195 degrees in the press.  I am
getting a cup with lots of sweetness with several different bean types.  I
have been using around a 1minute steep.    Does this sound about right?
Now if my Vac would just get here from SM, and all the accompanying coffee.
Eric
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2) From: Seth Goodman
 
At 08:49 PM 6/1/01 -0700, Eric Fesler wrote:
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I usually steep for *three* minutes, and I think that is the minimum time 
anyone normally recommends. A one minute steep will result in 
under-extraction, and I think that is why you are using double the normally 
recommended amount of coffee (normal being two tablespoons of coffee to six 
ounces of water, right?).
I'm a little concerned about your water temperature.  Although the cold 
French Press will drop the water temperature fifteen degrees, the initial 
coffee is being brewed at 210 degrees, and will result in at least a 
partial extraction of undesirable compounds (until the water temperature 
drops below 205).  I think it would be better to boil some extra water, and 
use that extra water to pre-heat your French Press.  Now that your French 
Press is pre-heated, empty it, add coffee, and  then the water in the 
proper 195 - 205 degree range.
Yes, this is a bit AR, but that's what happens when you ask a question of 
the coffee obsessed!  ;-)
HTH,
Seth Goodman
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3) From: cthomas
Eric wrote:
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some
brew time recommendations <<
Check out Tom's instruction page on using a French Press on the Sweet
Maria's Web site.  Basic sequence is add grounds, wait a minute, stir, wait
a minute to a minute and a half, plunge, and walla. His comment is that he
uses a shorter time than most since he tries to use a finer grind than
most.  Otherwise, I suspect 4 - 5 minutes total is the norm.
Seth's preheat recommendation is a good one.  I';ve noticed the temperature
drop and it hadn't occurred to me to preheat to compensate.  But then I've
discovered I'm using too much coffee anyway.  Need to play around some
more.
Carl T.
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4) From: Sandy Andina
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I would think the Aeropress would produce a lower-cholesterol cup  
because of the filter and the shorter extraction time (the couple of  
seconds it takes to pour in the water, the 10 sec. to stir and the  
approx. 20 sec. to press).
On May 16, 2007, at 10:30 PM, Frank Awbrey wrote:
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I would think the Aeropress =
would produce a lower-cholesterol cup because of the filter and the =
shorter extraction time (the couple of seconds it takes to pour in the =
water, the 10 sec. to stir and the approx. 20 sec. to =
press).
On May 16, 2007, at 10:30 PM, Frank Awbrey =
wrote:

OK, Marc, I = do have high cholesterol (more on the borderline high), but will still = look at using a French Press for better flavor. I see that SM carries = the "Aero Press" which seems to be somewhat similar to a french press = method of making coffee. The description says that the Aero Press uses a = paper filter (you mentioned "unfiltered"). Would this be a better option = (for cholesterol control) than a regular french press? Is there much = difference in the taste of a cup of coffee between the two? =   thx, for your input, Frank = homeroast mailing list = http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to = http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<= BR> Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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5) From: Cameron Forde
As I understand the issue, there isn't cholesterol in coffee, but
there is a compound that is removed by paper filtration that happens
to raise serum cholesterol levels (by some unknown mechanism).  Of
course, high serum cholesterol levels aren't known to be a problem,
there is simply a correlation with heart disease (and the correlation
does not mean that high cholesterol causes the problem).  It is always
interesting to hear doctors try to explain why they want to prescribe
medication to lower cholesterol when there is no proof that these
drugs actually do anything useful.  Does anyone have any data to show
that heart disease is more prevalent in people who drink coffee that
isn't paper filtered?
Cameron
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6) From: raymanowen
Crunching whole beans = 0 filtration, maximum extraction, lotsa pleasure.
There may be a prescription.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Decaf causes impotence, paper filters bred Pinocchio

7) From: miKe mcKoffee
LOL, and pods are for pod people:-)
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	Crunching whole beans = 0 filtration, maximum extraction, lotsa
pleasure. There may be a prescription.
	
	Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
	
	Decaf causes impotence, paper filters bred Pinocchio


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