As a musician, Sunday is often the only day I have to relax and take things slowly. French press coffee, made at home is one of the rituals I indulge in for myself. If your experience with a cup a Joe is typically made by a machine at the gas station, handed to you through a drive through in a paper cup or even brought to you in a diner, I highly suggest giving a French Press a try. Here’s why:
- Unlike electric coffee makers, a French press is wildly inexpensive and will last for years.
- It is simple to use.
- The best reason of all….it makes the absolute best coffee.
This is a French press. You’ve probably seen one in your local kitchen store or even high end grocery store. A friend once told me that it looks too simple to make anything worth drinking. Sadly, we have come to believe that lately. Unless it is technologically advanced, it must be archaic and thus bad. In the case of the Press, simplicity is what makes it wonderful. So, wonderful, in fact, even an exhausted, hungover, grumpy person can use one without any outside assistance. Follow these directions and you will be savoring the silky, smooth heaven in a cup in under ten minutes.
How to Make Coffee in a French Press
- Get a press (clicking on the image above to buy the press I use will also support this website, hint, hint)
- Fill your tea kettle half way with water and boil.
- In the mean time, remove the top of the press and set aside. Place 5 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into the carafe.
- Pour boiling water into the carafe leaving about an inch of space from the top.
- Place the lid (with the plunger) on top. DO NOT PLUNGE! Let the grounds steep 3 minutes. In this time, the oils are being released from the ground beans freely. The longer the steep, the stronger and smoother the coffee.
- Plunge coffee grounds to the bottom of the carafe by pressing the plunger slowly down towards the bottom of the carafe.
- Pour coffee into cup and add what you like.
- Enjoy a strong, non-bitter, silky cup of coffee!
There are specific improvements that can be made to refine the process. Some experts say that using filtered water makes the coffee taste better. Getting your beans ground to the “French Press” setting makes for easier plunging. If you grind your own beans, be sure to make grounds more coarse than fine.
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