Any barista will tell you that one key to a great pour over or french press is the “bloom”. Grind your coffee fresh, and when you put it in the press or the Chemex or cone dripper, pour just enough hot water over the grounds to get them completely wet and then let it sit for about 30-45 seconds. Freshly roasted and ground coffee will release the carbon dioxide and other gasses that tend to hinder extraction of coffee goodness into your cup. You’ll see the coffee grounds start to rise like bread. After the 30 seconds go ahead and finish pouring.
—Eric, FreshGround Roasting
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