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!
fresh, coarsely ground coffee
fresh boiled water
cream and sugar, optional
- 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.
- Meanwhile, fill your French Press with very hot tap water and cover.
- When water comes to a boil, dump the hot water out of your French Press.
- Add 2 heaping Tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee to French Press for every 8 ounce cup of coffee you are making.
- Pour the freshly boiled water over the coffee grounds; stir.
- Cover the pot with the lid and plunger, keeping the plunger/screen in the up position.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Slowly push plunger down until the coffee is trapped at the bottom of the pot.
- With your finger on the plunger, pour a cup of the best coffee you will ever drink (in my humble opinion).
- 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.