Happy Friday Everyone!
As we are slowly recovering from last night's festivities, I thought we could use a freshly brewed cup of coffee, to unwind things a bit. What do you think?
I personally prefer using a French Press to brew my coffee.

Why, you ask?

I don't know if you know, but coffee has natural oils that protect and preserve its natural flavors. When you use a coffee machine, most of that oil is absorbed into the paper filters and the plastic parts that make up most coffee machines. What that means is that you lose most of that flavor, and in the long run have bitter coffee (due to the coffee residues left behind). A French Press does not let this happen. Since it is made out of glass, the oils do not stick behind, and are easily washed away after usage. Also, since you cannot leave the French Press on - as you would do with a coffee machine, you avoid "burning" your coffee, if you leave it standing too long.

So how do you make yourself a delicious cup of coffee using a French Press?
You'll need:
  • Coarsely ground coffee (preferably)
  • A Glass French Press
  • 1 Tablespoon (for measuring purposes)
  • A kettle (to boil water)

First, you want to bring your water to boil; 200F (100C) is the recommended temperature. To ease this process, I use the Breville IQ kettle, which has different temperatures setting for teas and coffee. I just love it and love how easy it is to use. You can even hold the temperature for 20min if you think you might need a second cup.

Now, I mentioned your coffee grains need to be coarse. There are two reasons to this: one, small coffee grains tend to get stuck in the Press's mesh, which will cause bitter coffee later on; two, fine aka small grains tend to make a "muddy" coffee. I suggest you either invest in a coffee grinder and purchase yourself coffee beans to grind at home. This will enable you to preserve the freshness of your coffee longer and grind it the right way. If you don't want to purchase one, most grocery shops now offer a coffee grinder (in the coffee section). I personally buy mine at Central Market and have it ground there. You can set the setting on the coffee grinder and buy only as much coffee as you need. Once home, I transfer the coffee into an airtight container to guarantee long lasting freshness.

It is recommended to use 2 Tablespoons of coffee for 6-8 ounces of water. I usually add between 2 and 3 Tablespoons. Pour over the grains your hot water and let it stand for 30 seconds before placing the cap over the French Press. DO NOT push the plunger down yet. Set your timer to 4 min (highly recommended). Once the timer is off, you can now push the plunge down and pour your coffee!

I hope you found this guide to the French Press useful and that maybe you will consider purchasing/using one in the future!

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