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    Making a plunger coffee

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    So the Bodum plunger (Bistro Mug Press) has arrived and I cant make a good coffee out of it .


    Heres what I do:
    1) Boil the water and wait for 3 minutes for it to cool down a bit
    2) Add two tablespoons of freshly roasted coffee [ground for plunger]
    3) Pour the water and steep for 3 minutes
    4) Plunge slowly and pour the coffee into the cup

    The result I have is a weak watery coffee with lots of sludge :(
    Is this because Im used to drink espresso/cappuccino?

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    I may get howled at here but...

    For starters dont wait 3 minutes after boiling the water, you just dont want it at full boil. This may sound really strange but depending on how high above sea level youre at the actual boiling point of water changes. When you wait, it is simply to avoid burning the coffee. I live nearly 900m above sea level and simply wait until the water stops bubbling...

    If I were you Id try, after a SHORT delay, pouring the water in over the coffee and (sacrilege to some) stir it. Pour some water from the jug into your cup to pre heat otherwise your final cup will be cold. Let it brew for a couple of minutes as the stir helps things along nicely. Then plunge slowly and enjoy immediately.

    It shouldnt be "weak" and it certainly shouldnt involve any sludge. It may however seem "watery" in comparison to espresso.

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    My two cents worth would be to put enough water to just cover the grounds and give a gentle wiggle/shake as the coffee "blooms". You will see a "crema" forming on top. Fresher the coffee the better this will be. Then add water as normal and plunge etc. I found that to be the way to get the best out of my plunger before I bought my Aeropress and I still use that "bloomin" basic principle.

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    You might also want to try increasing the amount of coffee youre using. Ive found that watery plunger coffee is a result of not using enough coffee for the amount of water thats in the plunger. I dont know how big yours is, but only 2 teaspoons in a plunger seems like quite a small amount to me.

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by jakes link=1215954890/0#3 date=1215988575
    You might also want to try increasing the amount of coffee youre using. Ive found that watery plunger coffee is a result of not using enough coffee for the amount of water thats in the plunger. I dont know how big yours is, but only 2 teaspoons in a plunger seems like quite a small amount to me.
    I use 2 tablespoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afton link=1215954890/0#4 date=1215990046
    I use 2 tablespoons.
    Im really sorry - dont know how I misread teaspoons as tablespoons :-[

    In that case, you would seem to be using an adequate amount of coffee (assuming that youre not using an 8-cup plunger or something). You might try stirring the water and grounds for about half a minute before letting it steep. Thats what I do and it seems to work quite well.

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    Second that, for a mug of long black I use about 20 grams.

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    Hi afton

    If you have sludge the grind may be too fine.
    You will get a little bit of coffee through the mesh as you press down but not sludge.

    I use place one tablespoon per person into the plunger first (plus one extra tablespoon if its for three or more people).
    Then add a cup of water per person (off the boil).
    I dont bother stirring as the coffee is quite wetted by adding the water on top of the coffee.
    Then I wait 3 mins.
    Pour.

    If its too sludgy just go up a few notches on the grind till its OK for you.

    Mike


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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

    Lots of great advice above.....

    The "key" to getting it right for you is to do a bit of experimentation, where coffee is concerned nothing is set in concrete other than to use the highest quality beans, freshly roasted and only ground immediately prior to brewing. Everything else is up for grabs.

    Heres a link to a good way to get started and then fine tune it from there to suit you..... :)

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: Making a plunger coffee

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    I think that in Australia, were so accustomed to espresso-based coffee that were a bit disappointed with plunger/vacpot/drip etc, because espresso is so much sweeter.

    Well, at least I tend to be.

    I noticed on the Campos site that they suggest filling the plunger with the water then adding the grinds on top and gently stirring them in.

    I tried it, and to my palate, it was sweeter.



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