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How To Use a French Press + Ways to Impress Dad

How To Use a French Press + Ways to Impress Dad

I’ve made a habit of brewing coffee with a french press.

My first carafe was from Ikea and self destructed a few months after purchase. But, with a new setup from Target and a local coffee shop just down the block, I can’t help but give-in to the lure of a fresh brewed cup of Jo [at least on the weekends].

While Dad was in town a few weeks ago, I started my french press ritual just as he was wandering downstairs [yes, I get up earlier than my own father]. He stood at the counter, watching as I brought the water to a slow boil on the stove. As I poured it into the stainless carafe, he couldn’t help but voice his confusion:“What are you doing?”

I quickly replied that I was making coffee and promised that it wouldn’t fail to impress. As we sat, allowing the grounds to simmer, we talked about the house and how things were going at work. He mostly smiled and nodded. But then, his curiosity got him again: “So what’s it doing now?”

Dad has drank a cup of coffee every morning for my entire life. When I was younger, Mom would make me a small mug of hot cocoa and I would sit with dad at the table. We'd clutch our mugs, gathering the day's strength in the steam.

By the time my hot cocoa turned to coffee, I was out of the house and off to college. Today, I cherish the mornings we spend together as adults, in that same position at a table, clutching a warm, steaming mug.

It was no surprise that Dad had never had coffee from a french press, but his pure fascination and genuine confusion regarding the process was a bit unexpected. Needless to say, he was impressed by my “liberal coffee” [he tends to tag most things big city as liberal].

Short of impressing Dad [or even just a basic coffee fan], brewing coffee with a french press creates a smooth and fresh cup. When not in use, the carafe can serve as a cute decor piece in your coffee nook or on a shelf with some of your favorite mugs. Plus, the special morning ritual makes a weekend morning at home feel that much more cozy.

Below you’ll find the steps I use to make coffee with my french press:

  1. Grind and measure: Use coarse ground coffee that resembles sea salt in your press and measure 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.

  2. Add hot water: Fill the press with hot water that’s just off the boil. Make sure to saturate all the grounds.

  3. Place plunger and brew: Put the plunger back on the press without pushing it down and let the coffee brew for 4 minutes.

  4. Press and pour: Gently push down the plunger until it reaches the bottom of the press. You should feel some resistance.

  5. Enjoy!

How do you take your coffee?

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