My first French press was a small three cup model that I picked up last year. It looks nice but is really small – three very small cups might come out of this press, or one normal size 8 - 9 fl oz cup of coffee. I do not like sediment in my coffee, so this small press has not seen much use lately. Larger presses produce much less sediment if you avoid the last half cup at the bottom - this little unit does not enjoy the luxury of excess capacity though. What to do then?

Make some French press paper filters – that’s what! I first used one layer from a pod I brewed recently (letting it dry out a bit is less messy and makes for much cooler handling too).  The pod separates easily and one half of the rinsed filter paper is only a little larger than the diameter of my press. I cut a small hole in the center and put the paper beneath the coil wire so that the paper now covers the outside of the wire. The filter paper is now what makes contact with the inner glass of the press. I imagine cutting a circle out from a filter paper (a #4 filter cone will yield two circular shaped small press filters) and experience similar results.

Below I include some pictures of the filter installed on my press.  The bottom plate holds the filter paper pressed tightly against the wire mesh screen filter.  Also note the paper filter is large enough to extend above the tension coil – this is what I think gives such good filtering results – nothing slips by on the sides when plunging.  My 240 ml of water is 15 seconds off boil from my electric kettle, my grind is 16 grams of coarse ground coffee beans using my Baratza Maestro (get one here on ROASTe), and my timer is set for three minutes thirty seconds – lets roll.

For this experiment I used Klatch Coffee’s Kenya AA Plus NGUVU available right here on ROASTE. The roaster says it’s floral and slightly fruity on the nose with flavors of citrus, raspberries, and watermelon on the tongue that linger sweetly a pleasingly long time with light fruit notes. With its nice body and balance in a cup with strength and complex flavors, it delivers a true Kenya experience. I agree with this description. The berries jump out of the cup – it is a truly great cup of Kenyan coffee.

The effort required to plunge increases some what, but can be decreased by tapping on the side of the press before plunging - this causes the bloom to erode and sink to the bottom of the press. The result is a delicious cup with absolutely no sediment.  If you do not mind the sediment then enjoy your cup without extra filtering, but if you prefer the last sip to look like the first and do not own a larger press this method will produce a very clean cup - enjoy! 

 

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Submitted by Art Nicklaus (not verified) on
Or you could just buy an aeropress (available on Amazon.com and elsewhere)-- basically filtered french press coffee.

Submitted by trsrhiding on
I am a purest though and keep the French Press as intended but I passed this on to my friend who tried it and she loved it. I also love my Vacuum Coffee Maker....Fantastic coffee!

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I adapted this concept to my 32 fl oz press and I am happy to report it works with the larger size. I start the plunging earlier than usual since it takes over a minute of steady, slow pressure (the weight of my relaxed arm and hand works) to finish the plunge.

Submitted by jbviau on
I'll have to try this at some point. Frankly, I never use my press anymore now that I have an Eva Solo. I see no reason why I couldn't fit some filter paper over *its* metal filter, though, and see what happens.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>When I tried this (I do still use it though but not exclusively) my grinder was not as consistent at larger particles - after getting the Virtuoso I saw less fines but it also taught me to grind finer for more consistency and contrary to what I would have thought, less fines too.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>the taste is similar, but the paper is very porous so oils still make it through - but not sediment.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I saw the crust off the top method - it looks like a good way to make press coffee too.

That is a very cool idea of using filter paper in addition to the stainless mesh screen. I will try it sometime and report back!

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>did you ever try this? it seems like I am the only person to give this a go - I liked the results enough that I still use this method even now several years later.

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My first French press was a small three cup model that I picked up last year. It looks nice but is really small – three very small cups might come out of this press, or one normal size 8 - 9 fl oz cup of coffee. I do not like sediment in my coffee, so this small press has not seen much use lately. Larger presses produce much less sediment if you avoid the last half cup at the bottom - this little unit does not enjoy the luxury of excess capacity though. What to do then?

Make some French press paper filters – that’s what! I first used one layer from a pod I brewed recently (letting it dry out a bit is less messy and makes for much cooler handling too).  The pod separates easily and one half of the rinsed filter paper is only a little larger than the diameter of my press. I cut a small hole in the center and put the paper beneath the coil wire so that the paper now covers the outside of the wire. The filter paper is now what makes contact with the inner glass of the press. I imagine cutting a circle out from a filter paper (a #4 filter cone will yield two circular shaped small press filters) and experience similar results.

Below I include some pictures of the filter installed on my press.  The bottom plate holds the filter paper pressed tightly against the wire mesh screen filter.  Also note the paper filter is large enough to extend above the tension coil – this is what I think gives such good filtering results – nothing slips by on the sides when plunging.  My 240 ml of water is 15 seconds off boil from my electric kettle, my grind is 16 grams of coarse ground coffee beans using my Baratza Maestro (get one here on ROASTe), and my timer is set for three minutes thirty seconds – lets roll.

For this experiment I used Klatch Coffee’s Kenya AA Plus NGUVU available right here on ROASTE. The roaster says it’s floral and slightly fruity on the nose with flavors of citrus, raspberries, and watermelon on the tongue that linger sweetly a pleasingly long time with light fruit notes. With its nice body and balance in a cup with strength and complex flavors, it delivers a true Kenya experience. I agree with this description. The berries jump out of the cup – it is a truly great cup of Kenyan coffee.

The effort required to plunge increases some what, but can be decreased by tapping on the side of the press before plunging - this causes the bloom to erode and sink to the bottom of the press. The result is a delicious cup with absolutely no sediment.  If you do not mind the sediment then enjoy your cup without extra filtering, but if you prefer the last sip to look like the first and do not own a larger press this method will produce a very clean cup - enjoy! 

 

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@son ton

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


did you ever try this? it seems like I am the only person to give this a go - I liked the results enough that I still use this method even now several years later.

cool idea!

February 12, 2012 | by sontondaman

That is a very cool idea of using filter paper in addition to the stainless mesh screen. I will try it sometime and report back!

@intrepid510

November 22, 2011 | by EricBNC


I saw the crust off the top method - it looks like a good way to make press coffee too.

Tried this, but the hassel

November 14, 2011 | by intrepid510

Tried this, but the hassel is too much imho. I like to take the crust off the top myself.

@wakenot

November 12, 2011 | by EricBNC


the taste is similar, but the paper is very porous so oils still make it through - but not sediment.

clever idea

November 8, 2011 | by wakeknot

how does it compare to a clever dripper with paper?

Served its purpose

September 27, 2011 | by EricBNC


When I tried this (I do still use it though but not exclusively) my grinder was not as consistent at larger particles - after getting the Virtuoso I saw less fines but it also taught me to grind finer for more consistency and contrary to what I would have thought, less fines too.

Taking the plunge

September 9, 2011 | by jbviau

I'll have to try this at some point. Frankly, I never use my press anymore now that I have an Eva Solo. I see no reason why I couldn't fit some filter paper over *its* metal filter, though, and see what happens.

Filter Press revisited

August 26, 2011 | by EricBNC


I adapted this concept to my 32 fl oz press and I am happy to report it works with the larger size. I start the plunging earlier than usual since it takes over a minute of steady, slow pressure (the weight of my relaxed arm and hand works) to finish the plunge.

Good Idea

September 17, 2010 | by trsrhiding

I am a purest though and keep the French Press as intended but I passed this on to my friend who tried it and she loved it. I also love my Vacuum Coffee Maker....Fantastic coffee!

filtered french press

September 15, 2010 | by Art Nicklaus

Or you could just buy an aeropress (available on Amazon.com and elsewhere)-- basically filtered french press coffee.

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