~ Why a French Press?
A French press is for people who celebrate their
Take the Plunge:
presses are preferred by many Europeans and are gaining popularity
in North America. The device consists of a glass cylinder with a metal
rod extending through the center. Protruding from the top end of the
rod is a handle and at the bottom end is a filter that fits snugly
around the inside of the glass cylinder. Coffee grounds dampened with
a small amount of cold water are placed in the cylinder. Boiling water
allowed to cool to just below a boil is then poured over the grounds.
After they are allowed to steep, the plunger is pushed down, separating
the grounds from the beverage. This unique method adds a heavy body
to compliment the fine flavour of the coffee beans. Without a paper
filter, all the rich oils of the coffee bean seep into the coffee,
making for the perfect cup. For
a great guide to French Press coffee-making, check out Martha
Stewart's French Press Tips.
Tips for Decent coffee!
Use a quality coffee that contains only the finest arabica beans.
you grind influences what you taste. Medium Grind - requires
longer water/coffee contact but produces the richest coffee. Don't
use too fine a
grind, or you won't be able to press the plunger down and too much
sediment will be created.
Why compromise? For great tasting coffee, use great tasting water.
Proper care of your french press: It is
very important that you wash your french press coffee pot and filter
thoroughly at least once a week -- bitter oils stick to the glass
container and mesh plunger. Use plenty of soap. Rinsed and soap washed
pots may look the same, but will make different tasting coffee.
Every time you use your french press put
a couple of drops of liquid dishwashing detergent on the mesh part
of the plunger and run hot water into it (unless you are making another
pot right away). Let this sit on the counter until you need it agin
-- rinse and you are ready to go. This does not replace weekly or
twice weekly washing but helps keep it cleaner between washings.
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~ How to prepare great coffee!
waiting for your kettle to boil, pre-heat your french press with hot
water (just like a teapot!)
Experiment with all the variables in making coffee, which include
coffee beans, grind, temperature of water,proportion of coffee to
water, steep time, speed of pour into cup, BUT only change one varible
at a time to facilitate a direct path to coffee nirvana!
Leave the Decent Coffee Cosy
on the french press. Take it off only when cleaning or rinsing out
After plunging, wait 1 minute before pouring to allow sediment to
Try pouring coffee into cup very slowly. this allows some of the oils
on top to slip into your cup! - Enjoy! You deserve it!
How to store coffee.
store coffee beans in an airtight container. Moisture and air
are enemies of good coffee. Be sure the coffee is not exposed
to light, as sunlight may reduce freshness.
Only buy enough coffee to last for a week or so from the time
it was roasted. This is the best way to ensure the freshest coffee.
Never freeze coffee. Freezing damages subtle tastes in coffee.
That's not all -- condensation on the container exposes your coffee
to moisture every time you defrost it!
out our Decent Coffee
Canister. It keeps your coffee fresh!
me one more cup of coffee for the road / One more cup of coffee
'fore I go..."
- Dylan 1976 LP "Desire" (Columbia)