Let’s talk coffee.
I love coffee. Adore it. The ritual, the morning moments that I savor with it. But really, the flavor of it. It’s not just that I’m used to it, I really do love waking up with a good mug of it.
But I’m not a snob. I’m a Folger’s girl, through and through. I love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. I’ve loved flavored coffees in the past, and I’m sure I will again at some point.
I spent $40+ on three small bags of the fancy stuff online. I’ve had my fair share of gas station cups. And sophomore year, my college roommate and I (when we were overall at our unhealthiest) went through an industrial-sized vat of powdered Coffee-mate creamer in two months flat.
All this to say: I’m not picky. I like it fancy, and I like it down-and-dirty.
My favorite coffee of the moment is made in the french press. I found a press pot in the basement of Ikea for about $12, and bought it on a whim. It calls for coarser grounds than regular drip coffee makers. (We’ve used this coarser ground in our drip maker with fine results, but I wouldn’t go the other way and use any finer in the french press because it could get messy.)
Here’s the method:
Measure out the french press / medium-coarse coffee grinds into your pot. It takes more coffee than drip: one scoop coffee grinds to eight oz water. For two big mugs, I use three scoops and three cups of water.
Boil your water.
Start a timer (the iPhone is my go-to) and pour a little bit of water onto the grinds — maybe about 1/3. This is supposed to help the grinds “bloom,” and the coffee usually settles into a crust on the top of the water. Let it steep for around 30 seconds, and give it a stir. Keep the timer going.
Most standard instructions say to give it about four minutes total. This is usually too strong for me (I know; I never thought I would hear myself say that). I wait until the timer is at around 3:15 or 3:30, then I start the plunge. Go slowly. It will get harder to push down at the bottom. It usually takes another 15 or 20 seconds.
Pour it out! The coffee will obviously keep steeping if you leave any behind, since it’s still mixed with the grinds. So if it’s just me, I’ll pour any extra coffee into another mug.
And that’s it. It takes a little longer than drip coffee because you need to wait for the water to boil. But it really comes out tasting awesome. P. and I both think it’s less bitter tasting and so smooth (and like I said, we aren’t really coffee aficionados). Just don’t drink the last mouthful in your mug; it will be full of little grinds.
We used to save french press for a weekend treat, when we had more time to kill in the morning and we could sit around and shoot the breeze while I was working on it. But… the drip coffee maker broke, and we haven’t gotten around to trying to fix it. The horror, I know.
So… I guess I’m waking up early tomorrow to press some coffee.
Are you a coffee lover? Have you experimented with different methods?