French Press Coffee

Thursday, May 29, 2014

There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh cup of brewed coffee. Most mornings I use my Kuerig single cup coffee maker and it gets the job done. But then there are some mornings that call for a good ol' fashion cup of coffee made with a French Press.

Brewing your coffee the French Press method way allows the coffees true flavor to show through and creates a richer taste. French Press coffee is simple to make and only has a few more steps then brewing the regular way, but once you taste the difference you will want your coffee made this way every day!

French Press Coffee

Start by removing the plunger out of the press and set aside, then place your coffee of choice into the pot. Make sure to follow the recommended tablespoons per cup from the coffee package you are using. Mine called for 1 tablespoon of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water. 

In a pot, pour in the corresponding amount of water called for the coffee and place over high heat until water comes to a rapid boil. Carefully remove the pot of boiling water and pour it over the coffee grinds, then stir with a plastic or wooden spoon (metal can break the glass beaker).

Place the plunger on top of the glass beaker and press down slightly to position the plunger only. You do not want to press down completely as the coffee grounds need time to steep; roughly four to five minutes.

Then hold the French Press handle firmly with the spout turned away from you (to avoid any unexpected steam/hot liquid) and slowly press down the plunger down into the pot until you reach the bottom. The slower you move the plunger the better. It reduces the amount of coffee ground sediments that might come through the press and will give you the best coffee taste. 

Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your favorite cup, snuggle up on the couch with the morning paper (or iPad...) and enjoy.

I add a little vanilla almond milk to my coffee or a flavored creamer and sip away! So get out there and try the French Press method at home; you will not be disappointed with end result. What is your favorite way to brew your morning coffee? Let me know in the comments below.

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