A few weeks ago, my friend gave me an extra french press coffee pot she had lying around. My expectations were low because I figured it was just for coffee snob folk, and I’m not a coffee snob. (Translation – I buy those giant $5 containers of cheap coffee.)
BUT, holy coffee batman. This french press coffee was so good.
If you start making french press coffee, you may be tempted to drink many more cups than usual. Because of its aforementioned deliciousness… Please note that extra cups of coffee plus the fact that it’s more concentrated may leave you feeling wide awake at midnight and that your children may or may not be up before 7 am anyway because they didn’t get the memo you sent them at 12:30 am when you were wide awake.
Thus, after 1 pm, I’ve switched to decaf. Lesson learned!
So, do you have a french press? If you don’t have cool friends who randomly give you their extra french presses like I do, you could snag one for under $15 at Marshall’s/ TJX/ Home Goods, Target, Walmart, or do the whole see-you-in-2-days-at-my-door Amazon thing This is the brand I have. I have no idea if brand matters… guessing not.
[Update: Apparently, brand does matter because the red one pictured below broke when my beastly-strong husband tried to take it apart to wash it. SO I recommend stainless instead of glass. Like this one.]
HERE’S HOW I’VE BEEN MAKING FRENCH PRESS COFFEE
You will need:
- french press
- coffee (I used ground)
- hot water
STEP 1: HEAT WATER
I use my electric tea kettle, but you could microwave water too. (BTW, I love having an electric kettle. Not nearly as cute as a ceramic stove top one, but oh so practical and fast and amazing.)
STEP 2: SCOOP COFFEE GROUNDS
I’ve read that you are technically “supposed” to use whole bean coffee and coarsely ground it for french press coffee. Whole bean schmole bean!
I like to live on the edge, so I just used this ground coffee I already had. One less trip to the store.
I used 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for 2 cups (16 oz) of hot water. It was just right for me. Adjust the coffee to water ratio based on how strong/ weak you like your coffee.
Take the press part out and put the coffee grounds in the empty glass part.
STEP 3: POUR WATER AND STIR
Just pour the hot water on top of the coffee grounds and stir it up. Then let it sit for 3-5 minutes.
STEP 4: PRESS
This step is surprisingly fun. Just put the lid on and press down.
STEP 5: POUR COFFEE & PREPARE TO BE AMAZED
I used all 16 ounces in this giant awesome mug! (Pro tip – get a mug that holds 2 cups of coffee.) I literally know nothing about why this coffee tastes so good, but it does. I always thought all those french-press lovers were trying to be snobby and judgy of us lesser folgers-buying-coffee-pot-brewing folks. But, as it turns out, they were right.
Are you a french press coffee drinker? Yum yum! I’m hooked!
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