I realized I hadn't yet written a single description of the Coffee Catcher Pull technique (a.k.a. the French Pull). This technique is referenced in a recent Seattle Weekly review, in an older Why Not? Coffee post, and in a previous post on this blog.
Here's how it works. You can see a video of the pull itself starting at 1:10.
1. Place the Coffee Catcher into your press, aligning the catches with the spout, and add coffee and hot water as normal. If you're using an 8 or 12 cup press, brew a half press of coffee. Otherwise, you will not be able to hook into the disc through the hot coffee!
2. Shake, submerge or stir in the coffee bloom according to your preferences.
3. After about 3 minutes and 30 seconds, gently insert the hook into both catches of the disc. This may take a few seconds. At about 4 minutes, pull the Coffee Catcher up through the brew and remove the cake.
4. Wipe the lips of the carafe with a tissue, and drop the plunger to trap any stray floaties.
5. Pour and enjoy!