French Press method
What took Starbucks over 25 years to achieve, the world was introduced to coffee close to over a thousand years ago. Found originally in Ethopia, then dominated by the Arabic culture, coffee was a substance defined early on as a drug. The uses were limited to long hunting journeys and raiding expeditions. By the early 1400's the Turk's were the first to brew this special bean into what we call today, Turkish coffee. In the 1600's, Italy was the first country to open the first coffee shop. Getting back to my opening statement, with the rich history of coffee, if made properly coffee attracts a captive audience. For me and many others out in the world, drinking coffee the French Press way is one of the finest ways to enjoy a hearty cup of java. I ditched my electric coffee machine about 10 years ago, when it broke. I then had my first stove-top espresso maker, Bialatti, then the pour over method that my mother-in-law introduced to me, then the stove-perk method that my mom uses, then the Toddy system, and I end with the French Press.
French press is not difficult, and it's a way to get the full enjoyment out of a very simple product. It takes 5 minutes total, and will serve you a about a liter's worth of coffee every morning. I think it's such a nice way to serve this not only for yourself, but for your guests. Coffee, in my opinion, should be unique to the individual making it. About 13 years ago when I saw my first Nespresso capsule machine, I thought it would never take off. What a robotic approach to coffee. Pick a capsule and press a button! To my surprise, it was a world-wide hit. Forget the robotic approach to coffee, this new convenient coffee system has quickly become an environmental disaster with the plastic capsule waste, not to speak of the other issue of drinking non-organic coffee. For the commercial growers, it has been reported that on average they are using over 250 pounds of chemical fertilizer per acre to get the coffee product to us. Yes, it's one of the biggest crops on earth, and for sure over a billion dollar business, but be wise about your coffee choices. Choose the best option for you, and of course our environment, and most importantly, make your coffee reflective of you and your standards. Create a tradition and a reputation of making some pretty damn good coffee for you and your family & friends to enjoy-go ahead and take it to the next level!
French press...a must.
- 5 scoops coffee ground fine-medium
- 1 liter water boiling
- cream whole, or half & half
- sugar cubes or a nice raw sugar
First step in this process if grinding your beans. I happen to have a nice vintage coffee grinder. You simply put the whole roasted beans into the silver spout, adjust your level of grinding, turn it on, and let it work.
(old German Brand, still works like new)
Finished product is a nice, medium to fine texture...and the smell.....heavenly!
I have the 1 liter press, so this recipe is according to this size.
Measurements are 5 heaping coffee spoons to 1 liter boiling water. Stronger or weaker accordingly.
Boil the water-a great time and energy saver is an instant water boiling machine. Instead of the stove method which took a long 5 minutes, this takes about 90 seconds. Pretty instant!
Once the boiling temperature is met, pour the boiling water into the glass carafe. Use a circular swirling method when pouring. This makes the pressing down part, effortless. Otherwise, you will find it difficult to push the knob down when it's time.
Once water is filled, push the lid on, keeping the metal rod raised. Set the timer, and let the coffee grinds and the boiling water mix for 5 minutes.
In the mean time, gather your condiments. I take my coffee with a good quality cream, or half and half. Some like their coffee sweet with sugar or honey, or agave. While other's like it with both cream and sugar. There is the hard-core coffee drinker who drinks it black. Yes, I'm hard core, but I love it with cream.
When the timer has rung, depress the knob and press it all the way down. This process forces the grinds to settle at the bottom, thus leaving your coffee free and clear of grinds. Push all the way down until it hits the bottom. Keep it depressed. Pour your fresh brew of Java.
Add what you like.