Often called Melitta, a manual drop produces a consistent fine brew. The method is quick and the complex coffee flavours are brought out.
There are basically two types of auto drip makers: cone-shaped and flat-bottomed filters. The cone shaped filter method is basically the same as the manual method, except it is controlled electronically. We have found that the cone shaped method calls for a finer grind and gives better body than the flat bottom.
French Press (sometimes called a Bodum)
Uses a cylindrical glass carafe with a stainless steel mesh filter and separates the grounds from the water, which puts the grounds at the bottom and the strained coffee above the filter. This method will leave a little sediment that passes through the filter and is suitable for the darker roasted coffees. Be sure to preheat your plunger pot first with hot water as this method brews a little cooler.
Tips and tricks:
- Preheat plunger and pot with hot water.
- Add one tablespoon of grounds for every six ounces of water.
- Pour in water (just off the boil) and stir grounds.
- Set plunger on top of cylinder and steep for about 4 minutes.
- Press plunger down slowly. If plunger is hard to push down, the grind is too fine.
- Allow to sit for about 30 seconds before pouring, then sit back and enjoy.