How to Replace a Coffee Press Screen

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How to Replace a Coffee Press Screen
French press coffee makers are a fast and easy way to make a robust cup of coffee without electricity. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

French press coffeemaker filters separate the solid grains from the liquid as it passes through the coffee grinds to make coffee. You may need to replace the filter screen to change it to a smaller sieve filter, or because it is damaged. French press coffee makers use filter screens usually made of stainless steel, but can be purchased in nylon to achieve a smaller sieve. Filter screens have a larger sieve than paper coffee filters which lets more sediment enter the coffee, making it more robust.

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Things you need

  • Stainless steel coffee filter screen

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  1. 1

    Take the old coffee filter screen off by removing the lid and press plunger assembly from the French press container. Unscrew the fastener at the bottom of the plunger tube. Take the cross plate fitting, the spiral plate and the filter screen off and separate them.

  2. 2

    Stack the parts back up with the cross plate top first, then fit the centre of the new filter screen around the centre of the cross plate. Place the spiral plate around the centre of the cross plate sticking through the centre of the filter screen.

  3. 3

    Turn this assembly upside down and push it back onto the plunger assembly tube with the cross plate facing up.

  4. 4

    Screw the fastener back on to the bottom of the plunger assembly tube tightly with your hand, and push the whole plunger assembly back into the French press container.

Tips and warnings

  • To add a finer sieve filter, put a nylon filter between the regular screen filter and the stainless steel screen when putting it back together.
  • Some electric coffee makers have filter screens in the bottom of the filter container. To replace a damaged filter screen in a coffeemaker, place a French press filter in the bottom of the filter container and use paper filters.

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