Obviously you need a few things to start the process aside from the regular coffee ingredients. Namely a french press. I use a bodum like the one I linked to because it is easy to clean and pretty durable but you can get them at any kitchen store or even your local Starbucks or other coffee chain in a variety of shapes, sizes, and brands. You also need a teapot to boil water, and a coffee bean grinder. I do not recommend making coffee this way if you don't want to grind your own beans. There is a significant difference in taste from freshly ground to pre-ground.....the latter being inferior of course (let's be honest, I think you should grind your own beans no matter how you make your coffee, it's the coffee snob in me). So just do yourself a favor and invest in a good bean grinder (burr grinder NOT a blade grinder), you'll see mine, a hand me down from my dad that has been going for years and years.
Ok, now that I'm done blathering on about the details of equipment I'll get started. I've seen a few french press tutorials around the internet but they are all pretty similar to what the instructions tell you and for me that results in over brewed coffee.
Get your water boiling while you pull out the rest of your coffee equipment.
|Water boiling, bodum french press, stir stick, and coffee grinder|
Now pour a small amount off water on your grinds, just covering them so that they foam up a bit. Let this sit for 20 seconds or so. This step supposedly releases the fumes so your coffee tastes better. I did it for years without this step and I swear to you it started tasting better than ever after I added it in. So I guess you could not let it foam, but I don't recommend it.
|A good foam shot|
|I once asked my dad if I could skip the full minute of stirring. I still do it so you can guess what the answer was.|
|Isn't it beautiful?|
|Coffee is messy, I use a towel unless my kitchen needs to be cleaned anyway...because I'm lazy.|
|I personally feel like my morning coffee mug is a reflection of how I feel that day. It's a very important choice.|
|Flavored half and half means no extra sugar and that makes me feel like I'm being healthy haha|
What you need :
- Wooden stir stick
- Whole coffee beans
- French Press coffee maker
- Burr coffee bean grinder
- Tea Pot
- Coffee mug
- Cream and sugar (optional)
- Bring water to a boil
- Grind beans while water cools (1 1/2 -2 T. per cup with a coarse grind)
- Add grinds to press
- Barely cover grinds with water and allow to foam for 20 seconds
- Fill remaining press with while stirring with a wooden spoon handle and continue to stir for 1 minute
- Leave coffee to brew for 2 additional minutes, untouched
- Adjust lid and press handle down into the brewed coffee
- Drink coffee!!!