French Press Coffee

French Press Coffee-1

Recipe courtesy of Le Creuset

The NFL season kicks off tomorrow.  With college football already under way, this may be my last stress-free moment until February.  I took advantage of this time to pull out my beautiful Le Creuset French Press.  It seems like I hardly ever take the time to truly enjoy a cup of coffee.

Out of convenience, I fire up the coffeemaker every morning, which shoots a direct line of caffeine into my IV.  It tastes good, I get a buzz, and the fog clears from my sleepy head after about 3 sips.  However, there is nothing that can compare (in my humble opinion) to the taste of a cup of coffee that has been steeped in a French Press, especially when said French Press is part of the spoils of a winning football bet you had with your husband.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

fresh, coarsely ground coffee

fresh boiled water

cream and sugar, optional

 

Directions

  1. Break out your tea kettle, or a pot if you do not have a kettle.  Go old school; this is one of those times that I would suggest that you do not take the path of using the microwave.  Add water (filtered is best) to kettle and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, fill your French Press with very hot tap water and cover.
  3. When water comes to a boil, dump the hot water out of your French Press.
  4. Add 2 heaping Tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee to French Press for every 8 ounce cup of coffee you are making.
  5. Pour the freshly boiled water over the coffee grounds; stir.
  6. Cover the pot with the lid and plunger, keeping the plunger/screen in the up position.
  7. Steep for 5 minutes.
  8. Slowly push plunger down until the coffee is trapped at the bottom of the pot.
  9. With your finger on the plunger, pour a cup of the best coffee you will ever drink (in my humble opinion).
  10. To keep remaining coffee hot until you are ready for a second cup, wrap the French Press with a thick kitchen towel, and place another thick towel on top of the French Press.
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