The French Press

I don’t think it’s any secret that I like coffee. Among my circle of friends I’m known to be one who over indulges upon occasion, causing long restless nights and shakey mornings. I wouldn’t call myself a coffee snob because it’s rare that I turn my nose at any particular coffee, be it of fine or of lesser quality; however this weekend, I have seen the light and it is called the French Press.

I’ve used a French Press before and have actually owned one for quite a while, but this weekend, I decided to pull my large press out of the cabinet and give it another try. Boy was I amazed at the results. Gone was the burnt flavor which, I assume is a result of the stained coffee pot. Instead I could taste more complexity in the flavor of the coffee. My cheap Costco coffee beans suddenly had been given new life.

Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Frech Press, making coffee with one is a slightly more involved process than using your normal coffee pot. However, it’s not too bad. You start out with course ground coffee and pour it into the glass cylinder. I use my own grinder so I’m still learning to grind the beans more coarsly than usual. I’m used to grinding the heck out of them. After the coffee is in the glass cyliner you pour boiling water into the cylinder leaving some room at the top. I like to boil my water with a tea kettle on the stove to add to the romance of the moments. A microwave would do just fine as well.

Once you’ve poured the hot water over the coffee you stir the mixture. I use a plastic spoon, so that there’s little chance I’ll crack the glass. The next step is to put the lid on your press and wait. I give it about 4 minutes. The longer you wait the stronger the coffee. After 4 minutes you push the filter down through the coffee slowly. This filters the grounds from the coffee so you can drink it without having to chew. And finally, you’re ready to pour a cup and enjoy your brew.

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