Coffee has long since been the choice drink for the average Joe, but that has not stopped various inventions making their way into the mainstream over the years to make a common drink a little more interesting.
Cafetieres, originating in France, have been in popular demand due to their ability to easily press you freshly brewed coffee. It is essentially the kettle for coffee, providing a richer tasting cup, which also works to separate the coffee grounds from your drinkable coffee.
As helpful as cafetieres are, many people make common mistakes when their use their cafetiere, one of those mistakes being putting too much or too little coffee into their appliance, and so end up with a bad cup of coffee. So how much coffee should you use?
Which Coffee Do You Use?
There is no straight answer for how much coffee you should put in your cafetiere as is purely depends on what coffee you use. With so many coffee brands on the market, there are lots of variables that affect how best to use your cafetiere.
What Type Of Grounds?
The main variable that will impact how well your cafetiere works is how finely ground your coffee is. For the best results, it is recommended that you buy medium grounds so that they are not too small, which would make it more difficult to separate the liquid from the grounds.
If your coffee is too finely ground, they will just pass through the coffee filter and you will end up drinking whole coffee grounds, which is always unpleasant and can ruin an otherwise good cup of coffee.
Of course, most ground coffee products now days will tell you on the packet if they are suitable to be used in a cafetiere, so it is easiest to buy pre-ground coffee if you wish to use a cafetiere. However, some people tend to enjoy grinding their own coffee.
If you choose to use your own ground coffee, you need to make sure that all of your grounds are of equal size and are not too fine or too big otherwise you will run into problems when using your cafetiere.
You will also need to consider how strong you like your coffee when you are filling up your cafetiere in the morning. Usually, you can get up to 8 cups out of one use, however, if you have particularly strong coffee then you should use less of your grounds.
3-4 minutes is the recommended amount of time that you should leave your coffee brewing in you cafetiere before you plunge it. Any longer or any less will either mean you are left with a bitter taste or a complete lack of taste in your drink.
Therefore, instead of basing how much grounds you use on how long you let your coffee brew, you need to base the amount on the strength of the grounds. Use less if you have particularly strong grounds so that you are not left with bitter coffee. Likewise, use a little bit more if you use weaker grounds so that you still get enough coffee taste in your drink after the brewing period.
A Rough Measurement
Taking those variables into account when you measure out your coffee grounds to use, you need to next decide how many cups you want to brew at one time. The typical measurement ratio is for every cup of coffee (116 ml) you use one tablespoon of coffee grounds.
This way you will not overfill your cafetiere and waste brewed coffee which can be an expensive ordeal. Likewise, you will not be made to stretch your morning cup so that you can sit back and enjoy freshly pressed coffee.