I love my coffee strong and preferably enjoy one cup in peace and quiet just enjoying the early moments of the day. For me it is hard to find time during the day to just be so that first cup of coffee in the morning is my little time out so I can gather my thoughts and prepare for what the day has to offer. One of my favorite ways to make coffee is with my french press, coffee always tastes better and this past weekend I enjoyed mine outdoors by the campfire! Life is pretty amazing lately. For all of you who don't know about French Press coffee keep reading for a few fun tips to add style and flavor to your coffee!
French Press Coffee – Style And Flavor For Your Coffee
The French Press style of coffee making produces very rich, aromatic and tasty coffee. It uses very coarsely ground coffee that basically steeps in the brewing water for several minutes allowing all the flavors to fully extract from the coffee grinds. Because of the filtering system there is always some sediment which some people don't like.
A French press coffee maker has two parts: a straight-sided container usually made of glass, and a filter-plunger that pushes through the water to filter out the coffee after it has steeped. This plunger also serves as the lid. There are some models of French Press that are insulated which is good for keeping things hot while it steeps but I like my coffee warm but not too hot once I pour it so I can drink it and enjoy right away
When ready to brew coffee with a French Press all you have to do is add your coffee, and then add your hot water. Basically just let the coffee and water sit and steep for a few minutes, the longer it steeps the stronger your coffee gets! You should now put the plunger/lid on the pot to help retain heat. DO NOT press it down yet, it needs to steep for about four minutes (a little more or less depending the coarseness of the grind).
Once you feel the coffee has brewed enough, slowly depress the plunger trapping the grounds on the bottom. Do not force the plunger. If it doesn't want to go down, simply lift the plunger up slightly and try again. The filter can jam on grinds that are too fine. Just take your time and it will work.
Since French Press pots are not well insulated and coffee cools off very quickly. Play with the brewing time and grind coarseness until you get the taste that you like best. Once you've done that you will have some of the tastiest coffee anywhere.
My favorite way to enjoy a coffee with my French Press is to use coarse ground bold coffee, right now I am obsessed with sumatra from Starbucks. I have a one cup press as well as one that is about 8-10 cups but I find that I use the smaller one the most but it is up to you what you think would be better. Just remember to ENJOY!
What's your favorite way to enjoy your coffee?