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  • Does one TB to 4oz scale?

    So I use my little 8ox Presspot most often. 2 bodum scoops works fine (2 tblspoons). My son got me a much larger 32 oz press pot for Christmas. I did the math, put in 8 scoops, made some of the strongest $@#^ you would ever not want to drink.

    So i have read the old 1tbl spoon (2.5 gr) to 4 oz rule so often I assumed it was some type of law. But further experimentation shows that in my larger drip maker, again if I follow that formula the brew is over powering. To get the nice flavorful cup I get from my trusty 8 oz press pot I have to back off the grounds a little.

    Has any one else seen this? I can count and math is a strong suit for me so pretty sure I have that part right.
    :-?

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    Re: Does one TB to 4oz scale?

    Welcome George [smiley=laugh.gif],

    Ive noticed that myself too since Ive been imbibing from our Plunger. Dont know why this is... Could be that with a larger volume of hot water the cooling temperature gradient is not as steep and therefore extracts more from the coffee in the same amount of time due to the higher overall temperature average :-?. Maybe the trick to beat this effect is to allow for shorter brew times as the quantity goes up.

    One thing you have to be careful of, and I might be teaching you how to suck eggs here, is that you must NOT pour freshly boiled water over your prepared plunger/coffee.... Itll burn the coffee and give it a much more bitter flavour. Ive found that if I turn the kettle off when it boils, head over to my coffee bench, measure and grind the beans then add to the Plunger, the water has cooled down enough (to around 93-94 C) so as not to burn the coffee.... This then gets added and a minute or two later I have a brew that is equivalent to the nectar of the Gods . No bitterness, just sweet, flavourful coffee..... Perfect 8-).

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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      Re: Does one TB to 4oz scale?

      One could also add a dash of cold water to the grounds and then pour the boiling water over it.

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