Our latest tips for making coffee with your ESPRO Press
SO – YOU HAVE AN ESPRO PRESS. NOW WHAT?
Our most comprehensive illustration of how to use your ESPRO Press is here... in our MASTERCLASS...
Here are the highlights of that video!
OUT OF THE BOX: ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY OF YOUR ESPRO PRESS
The box contains an Espro Press and an instruction manual. Wash the press in warm soapy water before using. This is how the micro-filter assembles. Wet the o-ring to ease re-assembly. Note that the SMALL ESPRO Press filter looks slightly different from this image, yet the design still uses a primary and secondary filter, as explained in this FAQ!
MAKING COFFEE WITH AN ESPRO PRESS
STEP 1. PREHEAT
Pour a small amount of water into your press. Leave for a minute or two. This improves the temperature stability of the press, keeping your brewing coffee at a steady temperature and ensuring it stays hot as long as possible. We skip this when we're in a hurry.
STEP 2. GRIND
Use a coarse grind, for a French press. We only recommend using a burr grinder, not a blade grinder. Blade grinders don’t control grind size, so every brew will be different. Grinding just before brewing is best. If you don't own a grinder, use ground coffee instead. The grind should look about like this.
STEP 3. MEASURE
Empty the water used to preheat your press. Then add coffee to match the amount of coffee you are making, and the size of press you own. How much coffee do we use? Here's a starting point for your coffee making! Adjust to taste.
Remember to clean the grinds off the top lip of your press. Grinds left on the top will be missed by the filter and may end up in your cup! Grinds below the lip will be filtered.
STEP 4. BOIL WATER
If you have a standard kettle, let the water cool for a minute or two before use. If you kettle has a temperature setting, we prefer 200 - 204 °F (94 - 96 °C).
STEP 5. POUR
Fill your press until the combination of water and coffee reach the desired fill line. Note that fresher coffees will have a significant "bloom" or "crust" on top (i.e., a dense brown coffee foam formed when gases in the coffee release during brewing); a quick stir can break this crust, after which you may choose to add more water to bring the level back to the fill line. Note that the SMALL ESPRO Press does not yet have a fill line; we recommend stopping 1 inch below the lip. Do not overfill - doing so will mean that the grinds slip around the seals when the filters are inserted, defeating the filter technology of the ESPRO Press!
STEP 6. COVER AND WAIT 4 MINUTES
Place the filter and lid assembly over the brewing coffee, pushing gently on the lid until it is fully seated onto the press. Do not press down the plunger yet! Wait 4 minutes for the coffee to extract.
STEP 7. PRESS
SLOWLY press down the microfilter. Do not use body weight! If the force feels too high, pull up briefly to clear the filter, and then continue to press down until it stops. At that point, you feel the press bottom out on the coffee grinds.
STEP 8. POUR AND ENJOY
Pour your coffee out into your cup. Enjoy it immediately, or in a while! You can leave the coffee in the carafe until you are ready to pour each cup - the filters keep the over-extracted coffee from mixing with the brewed coffee. The last cup will taste just like the first!
Note that the coffee inside your ESPRO Press is very hot. If you consume it immediately, the liquid may be 180-190 F; this is well above the scalding point. We suggest enjoying your ESPRO Press coffee in small wide-mouthed cups. Small means that each cup will taste the same, while the wide mouth ensures the coffee cools to your desired temperature quickly.
For those that would like to review the instruction manual, you can see it here.
READER NOTE: This post originally was originally used for a Kickstarter Update in April 2012; we have edited it in 2012 and again in November 2013 for general use!