I know it's not a brewer...

by Dave
(Cincinnati, Ohio USA)

I manage a small independent coffee shop in Cincinnati Ohio. You would think that I would be set in terms of quality coffee. Sadly that is not always the case.

When I am at the shop all is well but what do I do at home? I have owned most of the available technology and often return to use one over and over... the french press.

Now please don't think I am telling you your method is not good. Coffee after all is a matter of taste. If you like your $8 Walgreen's machine that's great.

It's important that you like it. I digress... Consider the following concerning the press. Start with fresh cold clean water and bring to a boil. As your water is on the stove top prepare your coffee.

Grind on the coarse side your favorite bean and place in your press... following the amounts you have tuned to your taste.

With cool or room temperature water drizzle a tablespoon or two over your ground coffee to let them "bloom", when you pour the hot water over the coffee it won't get shocked and extract too quickly.

The coarse grind helps as well. when your water has boiled take it off the heat and let it stand for a moment to let the heat drop a degree or two and pour half of the amount into the press.

Wait two minutes. pour the rest of the water in the press and again wait two minutes. press your coffee and enjoy.

I know this isn't a set it and forget procedure but those of you who enjoy tinkering with your brew will find this a delicious beverage to incorporate into your drinking routine!

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