The art of choosing your coffee
Generally, ground roasted coffee beans, preserved in packaging that limits contact with oxygen which is synonymous with loss of aroma, are generally referred to as ground coffee. There are 3 main cafetieres adapted for drinking ground coffee: filter, Italian or a percolator. So which one to choose? This depends on how fine the ground bean is. Then the time it takes for boiling water to pass through the cafetiere will guide your choice. The shorter it is, the finer the grind must be to maximise contact with the water and the release of aromas. Otherwise, the grind must be coarser to avoid producing a coffee that is too saturated with a strong and bitter taste.
This is the case for a filter cafetiere: the water flows at about 92° and passes slowly through the coffee in the filter. The coffee molecules will therefore infuse with the water and the filtered mixture will flow into the jug producing a coffee with an aromatic and slightly bitter taste. This cafetiere allows you to prepare a large quantity of coffee simply and quickly.
The Italian cafetiere or the percolator takes an equally long time. After having poured the water into the bottom section up to the safety valve, the filter is inserted onto this after having been filled with ground coffee. Once it is boiling, the pressure in the water reservoir increases so that boiling water travels through the funnel through the ground coffee to finally reach the top part where the coffee is collected and ready to be consumed. This Italian cafetiere allows you to enjoy a full-bodied and aromatic coffee.
The French Press allows for a shorter preparation time. Ground coffee is put into the cafetiere, then simmering water is delicately poured onto it. You must let the preparation brew for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes according to the strength of coffee that you want to have. Once it has brewed, press the plunger so that the cafetiere’s filter separates the coffee grounds by pushing them to the bottom of the pot. This French Press is quick, easy to use and satisfies the most discerning coffee connoisseurs.