How much coffee does the Impress make?
The Impress Coffee Brewer makes 13 oz. of coffee (app. 14oz at tipping-point capacity), which is a big ol’ mug o’ java, or enough to share two smaller cups to get you started in the morning.
How much coffee grounds do you use to make an Impress cup?
We recommend somewhere close to 27 grams of ground coffee, but it varies according to taste. 27 grams is equivalent to 4-5 tablespoons, which is also fairly equivalent to using the filter as a measuring unit. You can scoop the coffee into the filter until full and then dump it into the vessel. Once the coffee is brewed and the grounds are at the bottom, there may be a little bit of water also remaining below the filter. The filter is not intended to squeeze all liquid out of the grounds, but it is easy to dump the used grounds and the small amount of remaining water out without any trouble.
Can you use the Impress for Tea?
We love tea. A few years ago we invented a tea infuser called the Teastick, which was an overwhelming hit. This new project came about because many people kept asking us to make a “Teastick for coffee.” But the Impress is great for tea, too. Just let the leaves unfurl and steep (based on leaf type and temperature) until you reach the desired flavor. Then press the plunger down to stop the steeping process. Since the filter is a bit raised, there is space left at the bottom even after fully nested, so the leaves don’t get really crushed. But even if they did, you are finished with the brew process at that point and any crushed or bitter leaves won’t continue to steep into the drinkable tea anyway! One of our staff has been using the Impress for tea regularly since the beginning and loves it. Just be sure to clean the Impress before it totally dries out—those tannins get very sticky when dry and will make it more difficult to separate the two parts.
Can you add milk & sugar directly into the Impress?
You can add milk and sugar to everything after you have pressed it down. Those of us who like to sweeten the cup do that every day. You can experiment with adding the sugar and even milk to the pre-pressed mixture and brew before pressing. Some of us add the milk afterwards to not disturb the heat needed for proper brewing, but depending on how much milk you need, it might not make a difference. A joy of the Impress is that oyu can experiment with all sorts of things, including how much coffee, or other flavors (like cinnamon!) added to the brew mixture, and if it turns out not the way you wanted, you only lost one cup and can easily brew a replacement.