Is a Cafetiere the same as a French Press, Coffee Press, Plunger Pot?

Cafetiere is a common name for a type of coffee preparation method where ground coffee is infused in a tall pot and the grounds separated from the hot water using a circular mesh plunger. Cafetieres are called a range of different names around the world including; French Press, Coffee Plunger, Plunger Pot, Cafetiere a Piston, Coffee maker, Koffiekan, Kaffeebereiter, Caffettiera…

How do I know that Scoof® will fit my cafetiere?

There are 3 sizes of cafetiereand currently one size of Scoof®(more to come soon!). Cafetieresizes are generally measured in small espresso cup sizes. Scoof®is designed to fit standard 8 cup cafetieres(1 litre or 35.2 floz). Scoof®has a diameter of 8.4cm is designed to be slightly smaller than the plunger diameter to ensure a good fit (generally 8.5cm+). Scoof®also fits most 4 and 6 cup cafetiereswhich have a similar plunger diameter. Scoof®may be used in a 12 cup cafetiere, although it will be less efficient as the plunger diameter is generally 10cm. Scoof®will not fit smaller 3 cup cafetieresizes (plunger diameter of 6cm+

Do you make a larger Scoof® for when I want to brew a 12 cup cafetiere of coffee?

We don’t currently make a larger Scoof®. But the current standard size Scoof® will fit a 12 cup cafetiereand can be used a s a dedicated cleaning tool.

Do you make a smaller Scoof® for when I want to brew a 3 cup cafetiere of coffee?

We don’t currently make a smaller Scoof® and a standard size scoof will not fit a 3-cup cafetiere. We plan to offer a smaller Scoof® soon!

Can I compost used coffee grounds?

Yes. Once you have made the coffee, the grounds are rinsed, and the leftover coffee grounds contain a good amount of the essential nutrient nitrogen as well as some potassium and phosphorus, plus other micronutrients.

Can I damage my Scoof ® when putting it into hot coffee?

Scoof® is designed to withstand temperatures of boiling water, hot coffee is generally at a lower temperature. Scoof® should not be used as a general cooking utensil as pan heats may exceed 100oC.

My Scoof® is becoming discoloured, what can I do to fix this?

Some people have solved this issue by simply putting the Scoof® through a dishwasher cycle.

The waste coffee is slipping off the Scoof®, how do I fix this?

The Scoof® blades are designed to collect damp used coffee grounds after the cafetiere has been drained of excess coffee liquid.

What is the warranty on the Scoof®?

Scoof® is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase from an authorized retailer. We advise you to keep your receipt so that if you have a problem with your Scoof® before one year has passed, you can prove when you purchased it and that you purchased it from an authorized retailer that sells genuine Scoof® cafetiere cleaners.

What material do you use for Scoof®?

It is a food grade thermoplastic polymer called ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene).

Does Scoof® contain BPA?

No. Scoof® is free from BPA (bisphenol-A).

Can I recycle Scoof®?

Yes. At the end of its life Scoof® can be recycled.

What grind should I use?

Use a coarse grind to get the best results from a cafetiere.

Can I make a real espresso in a cafetiere?

A true espresso is made with 9 bars of pressure and a cafetiere does not create this amount of pressure. If you use this definition then no, the cafetieres do not not make espresso. But if you define espresso by the taste of the drink in the cup, certainly a cafetiere can create a strong tasting coffee.

How do I make a cappuccino?

A cappuccino is made up of equal parts espresso, hot milk, and foamed milk. The traditional way of foaming and heating milk is with steam. But those who have tried battery powered stirrers agree that they do a great job of foaming milk and are very easy to use and clean.

How do I make a latte?

A latte is espresso mixed with hot milk. You can add hot milk to espresso style coffee or you can add cold milk and then heat the latte.

Can I brew tea in a cafetiere?

Yes, simply add tea leaves to hot water in the cafetiere jar. Leave it to brew for a few minutes (according to taste). Then use the plunger to ‘strain’ the tea leave and stop the brewing process. Pour the tea as you would coffee!

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