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I use to think I knew what a good cup of coffee tasted like–then I met Robby.   I must admit I am not the most patient person and I use to just throw a random amount of coffee in the french press, fill it with water and let it sit until I was ready.  Not anymore.  I promise if you follow the steps below you will learn the secrets to making the perfect cup of (french press) coffee! 

When Lizzie mentioned writing a post about coffee I was super excited that I not only got to talk about coffee, but also to make and drink it along the way. I am a stickler for quality and I feel as though what a lot of people consider as a great cup of coffee may not actually be as good as it can be.  One of the more interesting things I’ve heard is that you can’t make great coffee better on its way from seed to cup, but you can only make it worse. 

There are many opinions on methods, techniques, and taste….but for today I’ve chosen to focus on the French Press method. This is an inexpensive, relatively easy way to bring out more from your coffee and enjoy a different spin on your morning (or afternoon) cup. 

The coffee I am using is a personal favorite of mine: fairly traded Organic Guatemalan Medium roasted by Equal Exchange.  Typically, a lighter roasted coffee allows for you to taste more of the not-so-subtle differences in the bean instead of a more “roasty” flavor. 

 

1.)    First, bring about 4 and a half cups of water to a boil. While you’re doing this, you can grind your coffee. If your grinder does not have a designated French Press setting, you’ll want a bit coarser of a grind for a French press than you would use for a drip brew. This is best done using a burr grinder, but if you don’t have one you can make due with a mill grinder. 

 

The general standard is 1-2 tablesoons of coffee for every 6 oz of water. For this entry- I am using a 32 ounce French press (a common home-use size) and 60 grams of coffee- but at home I would use 9-10 level tablespoons/scoops depending on your preference. 

2.)    After you’ve got the ground coffee in the French press and let the boiling water cool for 3-5 minutes (coffee should be brewed at 195-205 degrees F, boiling is 212).  Start a timer and introduce the water to the coffee evenly, filling it a little under a third full. Wait one minute as the coffee absorbs the water, blooms and lets off some of the gases. 

 

3.)    At one minute, fill the French press, stir the mixture and place the top on. Press the plunger down about an inch, so that all of the coffee is now submerged. Now wait three additional minutes. 

 

4.)    At 4:00, plunge the coffee, slowly but steadily and that’s it, your coffee is all done. After serving, you may want to wait a few minutes as your coffee will still be quite hot, but otherwise ENJOY! 

Perfection!

Thanks for the post Robby! 

What is your favorite roast of coffee?  How do you like your coffee–milk, cream, sugar etc? 

[Lizzie]

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