To Great Coffee
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Now, to wake your booty up on this fine and all-too-warm Wednesday morning — let's chat about the nectar of the gods. No, not Diet Coke, we talked about that earlier this week. We're talking java, joe, mud, brew — whatever you wanna call it — COFFEE.
Last week I purchased a French press for my coffee connoisseur coworker, mostly because I wanted to learn how it worked. Get this: she said it was one of the best cups she's had in recent memory. Since then, she's consumed half a bag of grounds and probably a few gallons of hot water. She's pretty rad — so if you want to be rad like her, you'll need to follow this guide to making a delicious (and energizing cuppa) as your first step.
How to make great coffee using a French Press:
- Gather your essential supplies. You'll need a French press, hot water — an electric kettle is primo — ground beans (they say coarsely ground is best, but even if you grabbed a bag of regular ground, you'll manage just fine). Note: mix-ins are beautiful in a French press. Try adding a dash of cinnamon, it has health benefits and tastes AMAZING.
- Add a heaping scoop of grounds for every cup of hot water you'll add to the press. Now's the perfect time for throwing in that cinnamon, mocha powder or perhaps a little chili powder for a morning kick in the glass.
- Next add the hot water to the press, give it a gentle stir and place the lid back onto the little coffee-maker-that-could. I know it's hard, but leave the plunger alone. Let the beans steep for about four minutes. Word on the street is: this is the magical amount of time for a well-rounded flavor. (I'm not current on coffee lingo, sorry.)
- Congrats! You've been so patient — and guess what — it's time to take the plunge, baby! SLOWLY press the handle on the pump down, applying even pressure until you've made it to the bottom. Going too quickly or moving back-and-forth may result in grounds showing up into your mug without an invitation. Yuck.
- Pour the fresh brew into your favorite cup or carraffe soon after making it so the flavor doesn't become too bitter.
- Lastly, add your morning staples: cream, sugar, Stevia, half and half — whatever it is that makes your hump-day a little more special — sit back and enjoy!
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