FAQS

Pronounciation

How Do You Pronounce Parthaux?

One of the first questions that we are often asked is “How do you guys pronounce your name?”. The first syllable is easy – “par”. The second syllable is just like “throw” without the “r”. Parthaux.

Beans

Do I have to buy expensive locally roasted beans to get a great cup of coffee?

The simple answer is no. You can buy beans from Aldis, grind them properly and french press them and get a very good cup of coffee. However, the better the beans (both the quality of the beans before roasting and the roasting process itself) the better your coffee is going to be.

Does coffee from freshly ground beans really taste that much better than from similar beans that you buy already ground?

YES. In our experience, coffee starts to go stale within days of being ground. Let that fact sink in because if you have spent your life buying pre-ground coffee, you have no idea when it was ground, let alone roasted….which takes us to our next question:

How long after beans are roasted are they still fresh?

Usually once they hit the 2-3 week mark, they are not considered fresh. Some people place that label on them after 1 1/2 weeks.

What size should the beans be ground to for use in a French Press?

All things in coffee are pursuant to each individual’s taste. The best place to start is with coffee that is ground to rough the size of kosher salt.

Using the Parthaux French Press Travel Set

How long does it take to French Press a cup of coffee?

Take the amount of time it takes to boil a cup of water and add 5 1/2 minutes. That’s it. Most of it is waiting for the grounds to steep.

What is the proper “formula” for French Press coffee”?

it is really simple. For one cup of great coffee it only takes three things:
  • 6 oz water at 200 degrees (30 seconds off boiling)
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon freshly ground coffee – grind the coffee coarse – think Kosher salt.
  • 51/2 minutes
  • Then follow these instructions:
    • Remove the plunger from the Parthaux French Press
    • Add the grounds to the French Press
    • Pour in the water and give it a quick stir to make sure none of the grounds are stuck to the bottom or sides of the press
    • Place the plunger back into the French Press and push the plunger down until it just makes contact with the water.
    • Wait for 5 1/2 minutes.
    • SLOWLY press the plunger down until it almost touches the grounds in the bottom.
    • Pour into a cup and drink. NOTE, if you usually use cream and sugar, try a few sips without it – you might be surprised at how smooth it is.

The coffee I have had from French Presses in the past was too strong. Can I alter the strength?

One of the great reasons for using a French Press is beside the cup being very smooth, you can “dial it in” to your exact taste and expectation:
  • The above “formula” is a starting point. Although you generally always want to use 200 degree water, you can change the other three variables to get the exact cup that you are looking for.
  • If you are wanting stronger coffee, then try one (at a time) of the following: Add more coffee. Grind the coffee smaller or let it steep longer.
  • If you are wanting weaker coffee, then try these one at a time: Use less coffee. Grind the coffee larger. Use less time for the coffee to steep.

The Grinder

How important is a good quality grinder?

The grinder is the most important part of the equation. The beans need to be ground to a uniform and consistent size to be able to get the same great cup of coffee each time you brew it.

How do I use my new Parthaux Grinder?

Your Parthaux grinder can be set to grind your coffee and different levels of fineness. For our purposes of using the Parthaux French Press, separate the two halves of the Parthaux Grinder. The half that the handle attaches to is the actual grinder – the other half is simply a receptacle to hold the ground coffee. If you fill the top half – the grinder – with beans and rotate the handle while holding it over a piece of paper, you will create grounds. There is a nut on the bottom of the grinder that you can rotate to get either a finer grind (clockwise rotation) or a courser grind (counterclockwise rotation). Experiment until you are getting a grind similar in size to Kosher salt. Replace the bottom receptacle and spend a few minutes grinding your beans. You will need approx a heaping tablespoon per 6oz of water.
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