Originally Posted by gtr
Quick technical question - when I do french press, it seems like it's better if I don't let the water get all the way to a boil. Does that seem right?
The ideal brew temp is between 195 and 205 degrees. I generally bring the water to a boil and then as it rests I grind the coffee. By then the water is around 200 - 203 and that's generally right for my tastes.
Use your thermapen and see what temp the water is when the coffee tastes best to you, and then you can duplicate the results.