Giant French press at work

That's BIG!

That's BIG!

Finally got to use my gigantic French press!!!

Saturday evening we had a mini-reunion, us batchmates of the Development High School class of 1981, of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). We fondly call this school DaHaSa. They changed the name now to Integrated Development School or sumthin, but for us, it’s still DaHaSa.

There were 9 of us. And boy was I able to make coffee for all of us in one brew!

This French press aka coffee press aka coffee plunger aka press pot is called a 12-cup coffee maker, but maybe when you use small cups like those they use in espressos or tea. I used bigger 5-oz cups, and just enough for all of us.

It was one hell of a night, all the way till 2:30 in the morning, with Leonila B. Eftekharhashtroudi doing the cooking of various Asian cuisine, Chikoy with her banoffee from Aruma, Yolly with her Durian Davao. I brewed Ethiopian Harrar and Costa Rica Tarrazu.

Count 'em! 9 cups!

Count 'em! 9 cups!


6 Responses to “Giant French press at work”

  1. Mindanao Bob on June 15th, 2009 3:59 pm

    Wow, I like that! My biggest is good for 3 American sized cups. But, I rarely need anything larger. What I really need is additional small presses for a single cup. I’ve broken a couple of them….

  2. steve A on June 17th, 2009 12:27 am

    I don’t think my last post worked, let’s try this:
    Anyone interested in a cheap press may want to look at ebay item 120426598238. It’s a bodum brazil with a plastic housing. 8-cup for only $10 FREE SHIPPING. I got one just to try it out. It says they have about 90 left.

  3. Bobby on June 17th, 2009 7:15 am

    It’s not $10, Steve! It’s now only $5!!! Oh my … If only I were there … But I got used Bodums cheaper, though, only $2.50 from a surplus shop in a neighboring city. Used, but still mint. :-)

  4. Steve A on June 17th, 2009 8:21 am

    Thanks Bobby, I just picked up another one. I hope I like the pressed coffee!!

  5. Steve A on June 21st, 2009 11:17 am

    Bobby, I have a question for you if you don’t mind. What type of learning curve did you have when you first started with a french press. I’ve been trying to use the ones I just received and I’ve yet to get a decent cup of coffee from it compared to the aeropress. I’ve read how it’s supposed to be done on many sites. I’ve tried changing the water temperature from between 180 up to about 200, the grind was done in a burr grinder and it’s fairly consistent and looks similar to the recommended particle sized I’ve seen online. I’ve used the same coffee in the aeropress with great results so I don’t think that’s it. Any suggestions? Thanks

  6. Bobby on June 22nd, 2009 6:23 am

    My first try on the French press and I was happy. I was even using a blade grinder at that time. I need not have a thermometer. It’s just water off the boil, and 5-10sec later, pour into the grinds. Stir with a chopstick (now with the Aeropress stirrer), push lid / filter a little below water level, let it stay, and after 1min I stir again, cover again, then press completely after 4min (3mins for me for those solo FPs). But of course it’s coffee is different from the AP. AP’s may be too clean, and if you got used to that, you may not like FP’s brew. I started with FP, and when I first tried to AP, wow, what is this? Too clean a cup! But I got used switching between FP & AP.

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