My mother-in-law gave us a nice French press one day, and we put it in the back of our cabinet for a rainy day. At the time we had a fancy cappuccino maker with a coffee pot on the other side, so we didn’t really have a use for it. But one day we shattered our delicate coffee pot for the second time and decided not to replace it. French press to the rescue!
At first I wasn’t really that impressed with the quality of the French press coffee, but now that I’m 100% French press all the time, I don’t think I could go back! The coffee definitely tastes richer and fuller in body. But the best part is the little bit of froth that you get by pouring hot water over the grounds. And I love not wasting coffee filters day by day. (Although I could use a little more encouragement to walk the grounds to the compost pile. Perhaps we need one of those indoor composters?) There’s also something so classically romantic about the French press. Using it makes me feel like I’m in a movie.
When we first used the French press, I researched different methods online to determine the best time and practice for a quality cup. Here is the method I use, which I found by Googling “How to make French press coffee.” It’s a little more hands-on than a coffee pot, but since I’m usually making breakfast at the same time, it’s not a big deal, and takes about the same amount of time:
- Heat 2 cups of water in a measuring cup microwave until almost boiling (a tea kettle would be even more ideal)
- Put 3-4 heaping spoonfuls of coffee in French press
- Pour hot water over coffee, set time for 60 seconds
- When timer beeps, stir and re-set timer for 3 minutes.
- When timer beeps, press and pour.
The only drawback I see to the French press is that ours is designed for one cup, so when Matt and I are both at home, we have to make a double batch. But that would easily be fixed if we got a double decker French press! Going on the Christmas list right now….