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Topic: Workflow - Cleaning your French Press (11 msgs / 206 lines)
1) From: Vince Doss
I know I cant be the only one with this issue...I really like the FP but
getting the grinds in the trash and not down the drain is a real PITA.
Anyone have any tricks, gizmos, or lessons learned out there that to share.
At some point between French and fire, it really doesn't matter much what
the "origin character" of the coffee was ...
Tom Owens - Sweet Maria's

2) From: French Lewis
Hi Vince,
Now that I have a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink
I just dump into the disposal.   I've heard people say
this is OK (a plumber), and other people say this
isn't such a good idea.   Before I had a disposal I
would put a paper towel over the sink drain, partly
fill the french press with cool water, give a good
swirl and pour the contents of the press into the
paper towel (like it is a big filter).   With some
practice I would get ~99% of the grounds in the towel.
I hope this helps.
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3) From: Woody DeCasere
i add a little water swirl, pour into the toilet and flush, really it's the
easiest way to go. Or you could make a compost pile and do the same.
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4) From: Jeff Bensen
At 02:38 PM 6/6/2006, "Vince Doss" wrote:
I have an old #4 Swiss Gold filter and a Thermos Filtercone that I stand up 
in a large coffee mug by the sink. I swirl a little water in the bottom of 
the FP to loosen the used grounds, then dump it into this filter 
arrangement. The large coffee mug may need to be emptied periodically 
during the day if the water level gets up to the bottom of the Filtercone. 
Then at the end of the day I remove the Swiss Gold filter, invert it over 
our kitchen scraps bucket, and a gentle tap dislodges the well-drained 
grounds. A quick rinse/dry of the Swiss Gold filter, Filtercone and mug 
readies the setup for the next day.
Note that when I'm on travel I just give them a "burial at sea" via the 
nearest toilet.
- Jeff Bensen
   Palm Bay, FL

5) From: David B. Westebbe
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I wash the grounds down the drain (the disposal, actually), and then =
off the parts.  They then go into the dishwasher.

6) From: Myron J
I used an Aeropress:-)
And also us a FP (or is that "an" FP)...
Toilet is one trick..but we all know that the fairly coarse grind for FP 
floats...so..I do chuck them down the drain..bean (ooops..been) doing it for 
years..hasn't really clogged yet...(Did have to "plunge" once..but I think 
that was from other organic muck..not the grinds.)
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
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7) From: Derek Bradford
I have a small handheld strainer.  I fill the FP with water, dump it all
into the strainer, and empty the strainer into the compost.  No messing with
grounds, no mess, no nothing.  Quick and simple.
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8) From: Mike Coppola
It takes an extra step of cleaning, but I have a fine wire-mesh colander 
that nicely fits the drain of my sink.  I add more water to the press, 
swirl, and pour through the colander.  The colander usually holds enough 
grounds for 36oz coffee.  I then bang the grounds into a compost pail.
As for going down the sink...I've heard that coffee grounds can be a 
problem if you're on a septic system.  Not sure if there's any truth to 
that.  Any thoughts?
Vince Doss wrote:

9) From: Thomas Pfau
French Lewis wrote:
I have a friend that does environmental stuff.  He says it's not real 
good to be throwing compostable stuff into your drains.  It goes to the 
sewage treatment plant and ends up as food for stuff they're trying to 
kill in the water or something along those lines.  It makes your town's 
plant have to work that much harder to clean the water.
All the same, mine usually gets dumped into the sink and run through the 
disposal.  I really need to start a compost.
pfau --http://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/

10) From: Frank Parth
For once something I don't have to experiment with to get a reasonable output  We have a compost pile we just dump them into. When the pile gets so high the lid won't close anymore, the grounds get spread around the roses. Roses love coffee grounds.
Frank Parth

11) From: rnkyle
I add a bit of water swish it around and dump it in the trash , repeat if 
necessary. then I put hot water about 1/2 full and drop of dish soap, insert 
the plunger and up and dowd vigorsly like and old time hand washing machine 
then rinse and let dry. Fast, and easy.

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