But first, coffee.
Coffee is one of those things that connects so many people. Whether it is sitting down with an old friend over a cup of coffee, or sitting down alone with a good book. Coffee is the constant, and is really acceptable at any point in the day.
Over the years I have definitely come to appreciate good coffee. Between the way the beans are roasted, to ground, to prepared, I have been able to taste and enjoy really good coffee. With all of that being said though, I am not one that needs good coffee. I definitely appreciate it, and love the craft, but it is not something I personally am passionate about.
There are days when the mornings are fleeting, and we just use our coffee pot, and that does it’s job. However, when we do have the time, I always choose the frenchpress as my method of choice. It is easy to use, pretty hard to mess up, and really good. Something about measuring out the coffee, grinding the beans, and watching it brew makes it that much more rewarding when I finally take the first sip.
Disclaimer: I am not a barista, have never been trained in coffee, and may or may not make this correctly. However, I have been making it for Josiah and I for about 2 years now and haven’t had any complaints. So I have deemed myself credible enough to share this with you.
I am going to share how I use the Frenchpress, so that all of you who have been too afraid to try it, because you think it’s too difficult, will somewhat learn to make yourself a really good cup of coffee.
You will need:
- French press
- Tea kettle
- Basic kitchen scale
- Whole coffee beans : The fresher they are, the better the coffee will be.
- Coffee grinder
- Put the kettle on to boil
- Place a bowl on the scale, and tare out the scale (this just brings the weight to 0)
- Measure out 24 grams of coffee beans
- Grind the beans. You will want them to be a course, even grind. (This is probably the trickiest part)
- Pour the coffee grounds into the French press, and place it on the scale.
- Change the unit to ounces, and tare out the scale again, bringing it back to 0.
- Once the water is boiling, pour it evenly and slowly in a circular motion. Pour until you just covered all the beans (typically around 3 ounces) and then let it sit for about 30 seconds. You should see it puffing up a little bit (it is releasing gas from the coffee. If it is older coffee, it may not do this)
- Continue to pour in a circular motion until 12 ounces.
- Place the French press top on the base and push the filter down until it is just kissing the top of the water.
- After 3 minutes, slowly push the press down, and voila. (If it was extremely hard to push down, the grinds were too fine, and if it felt too easy, they were too coarse. There should only be a slight resistance when pushing)
*If you want to make 2 cups of coffee, just double this! 48 grams to 24 ounces.
*The quality of your equipment definitely can affect the quality of your cup of coffee, but the quality of the beans make the biggest difference in my opinion.