spooned coffee into a cafetière

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She moved the kettle on to the hotplate and spooned coffee into a cafetière.
Source: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Place: Ravenswick, Shetland, Scotland

Is this what the author has in mind?

Thank you.
  • Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    No, I don't believe so.
    That looks like a stovetop espresso maker made by the company La Cafetière.
    I believe that what is called a "cafetière" in the U.K. is what we call a French press in the U.S.
    See here for photos and more info.

    She wouldn't need to put a kettle on the hotplate if she were making coffee in a stovetop espresso maker,
    but she would if she were using a French press.


    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    No. She put the kettle on so she will be using hot water. Those espresso makers go on the stove and have no need for a kettle
    More like this:



    Senior Member
    Thank you. Look at this text from White Nights by Anne Cleeves:

    Edith made the coffee she liked, spooning the grounds into the cafetiere, which she put on the Rayburn to keep warm, and pouring in the water from the kettle slowly and carefully.

    Do you really put this cafetiere as in #3 on the Rayburn?


    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, you put the grinds into the cafetière or coffee plunger (as illustrated in Post 3).

    Set put the cafetière on the Rayburn, which is a stove that can be used for heating. The Rayburn is warm to the touch. I don't think there is any implication that anything is turned on.

    And then she pours water into the cafetière.
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