What Is A Cafetière?
A cafetière is a heatproof jug, typically made of glass, with a strainer attached to the lid.
Once the coffee has brewed, you plunge the strainer to the bottom to separate the spent coffee grounds from the coffee, leaving your perfectly brewed coffee to pour from the spout and the grounds remain secured in the base. They’re also known as a ‘French press’. Find our favourites in a review of the best cafetières for making French press coffee.
How to Use A Cafetière
- Clean the cafetière before use – you need to clean it before or after every time you use it. Reusing a cafetière without cleaning will make your coffee taste a little old or muddy.
- Boil the kettle and leave it to rest for 1 minute while you weigh the coffee. You need the water to cool down slightly, as you don’t want to ‘burn’ the coffee grounds when you pour the water over.
- Add the coffee to the base of the heatproof jug – 1 tbsp per cup you want to make. This is about 7g, so for an 8 cup cafetière you need 50-60g (depending on how strong you like it). You can weigh this out on digital scales or using a measuring spoon. If you’re not filling the whole cafetière (making 8 cups), use 125ml water per 1 tbsp coffee ground for every cup you want to make.
- Half fill the cafetière with the hot water, pouring it over the grounds, and stir with a spoon, so all the grounds are wet, and submerged in the water. Top up with the rest of the water.
- Add the lid, but don’t plunge. Set a timer for 4 minutes.
- Plunge slowly and steadily, holding the handle with one hand, and the plunger with the other. Don’t plunge too fast or some of the grounds can escape the strainer, or the coffee can spurt out of the spout.
- Pour into mugs and enjoy!
Coffee Amount Guide
- 8 cup/1 litre cafetière = 50-60g or 8 tbsp ground coffee
- 4 cup/500ml cafetière = 25-30g or 4 tbsp ground coffee
- 3 cup/350ml cafetière = 20-23g or 3 tbsp ground coffee