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KitchenAid's new French press features a built-in scale for precise coffee making (pictures)

Meet the $150 KitchenAid Precision Press coffee maker, which is built to take much of the guesswork out of brewing French press-style java thanks to its integrated scale.

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An ordinary French press, or is it?

The KitchenAid Precision Press might appear to be an ordinary stainless-steel French press but its frame also houses a scale for increased accuracy.

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Two main parts but all mechanical

At its heart the Precision Press' operation is all mechanical and basically functions like a traditional French press.

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Stainless steel but not thermally sealed

The stainless-steel carafe of this brewer retains heat better than glass, but not as well as a true vacuum-sealed thermal container.

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This handle is very high-tech

Tucked away inside the handle is a digital display along with controls to command the scale and timer.

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Throw in your coffee grounds

You must provide your own properly ground coffee (coarse), but the Precision Press will weigh it for you.

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Hot water not included

Since the KitchenAid Precision Press lacks a heater to bring water up to brewing temperature, you'll have to prepare its H2O supply separately.

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Make sure to stir it up

Once hot water is added, make sure to stir the mixture up thoroughly to ensure even extraction.

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A big beautiful bloom

Soon after hot water saturates your grounds, the released oils and coffee flavor compounds form a frothy head commonly called the "bloom."

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Press down the plunger when it's time

A typical brew time for French press is 4 minutes, after which you push the plunger handle down to separate coffee grounds from coffee liquid and halt the brewing process.

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Pour then enjoy

After the press comes the moment you've been waiting for: pouring then sipping a cup of rich, flavorful French press coffee.

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