French coffee press... one step at a time!
January 19, 2014 1:34 PM Subscribe
What is the reason for pushing the filter down on a French coffee press in stages rather than in one single motion?
posted by war wrath of wraith to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I was an overseas student in Paris, my host family would let the coffee in the press sit for a pretty long time. They would only press it down in small increments - maybe 4-5 stages in total. In between presses, they'd just let it sit.
To this day, I still do this. When anyone asks me why though, I'm at a loss for an explanation - it's just how I learned it.
Has anyone else heard of this? Why is it done this way? What benefits does it have, or what does it prevent? Do you do it differently, ie, in one motion? Anecdata welcome.