That advice is not going to save me money, because I don't like any coffee but the stuff I make... every day... in my French press. When it turns out perfectly... it is magical.
The Stern German ordered a press for me for me around the time of my birthday from Starbucks and with it there was a home delivery service of coffee each month. I think that was about ten years ago!
He TOTALLY lucked out and the package was actually delivered right on my birthday. Even a blind chicken gets a piece of corn now and then.
My favorite coffee beans? Used to be Starbucks Komodo Dragon. But then that roast changed and I didn't like it as much. Now it is Caribou Obsidian.... dark and oily.... those are things I like in my beans... and opening a new package smells sooooo good.
|Nothing better than opening a new bag of beans!|
Here's how to make a fantastic cup of French Pressed coffee:
Put two cups of distilled water into a tea kettle (important to use distilled):
|I love my Le Creuset T.J. Maxx special.|
While you are waiting for the water to heat up, put two semi-heaping scoops of beans into your grinder. (The measuring spoon came with the press.)
Grind the beans on an espresso setting... and pour them into your press:
|I love my orange Bodum press.|
When the water starts to get steamy... turn it off and pour it into the press:
|Apparently I just really like orange... I even have an orange chopstick!|
Set a timer for four minutes:
When the timer is done press your coffee press plunger down RIGHT AWAY!!!!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT... I can definitely tell when my coffee has been sitting in the press longer than the requisite four minutes.
Slowly, slowly press the coffee to the bottom of the press:
|My mugs are lots of different colors... but the orange one always makes me smile.|
I don't like flavored or sweetened coffees... but if you do, try adding what you need to it. It is a great, smooth cup of coffee.
That's what I like. If I actually get to sit in my favorite chair (yes, it has orange in it as well...) and drink my coffee... it is a treat.
Usually I end up pouring it in a travel cup and taking it over to start my morning with my parents. It isn't as great drinking it from a travel cup... All of this has made me decide to try to drink my coffee at home, in my orange mug, in my favorite chair... I think my days would be much better if I did that.
So in a nutshell:
Use distilled water/don't bring the water to a full boil/don't miss the timer!
Kind of a dull post... but I hope you try making coffee in a French press... and I hope you love it! Let me know if you do!