Today, I’d like to talk about something very near and dear to my heart.
And that’s coffee 🙂
If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know that coffee has been found to be really beneficial to your health, but only if consumed in moderation.
That means, you shouldn’t be drinking coffee all day. BUT a cup of coffee in the morning can actually have several health benefits, like:
- Increased focus
- better memory
- Improved mood
- Boosts your metabolism which will help you burn fat and calories
- and reduces your risk for Type II Diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
And that’s not even mentioning all the nutrients and antioxidants it contains. So, given all these health benefits, coffee makes a great choice for a healthy lifestyle. Woohoo!
A fantastic way to enjoy a cup of coffee is by using a French press.
Unlike other ways to make coffee, the French Press uses pressure to force the coffee to the bottom after brewing, capturing the concentrated flavors. The results are deep, dark and full-flavored coffee.
One of the reasons why I enjoy french pressed coffee is that a little bit more oil from the coffee beans makes it to the final cup which gives it a richer and fuller taste. Plus, they’re neat looking.
Unfortunately, many people find french presses intimidating, but it’s just a matter of following a few easy steps (listed below) and you’ll be all set to make the best french press coffee ever.
How To Use A French Press
First, start with a very coarse grind, maybe at the coarsest setting on your grinder. The particles should resemble very coarse salt.
Pour the ground coffee beans directly into the carafe.
Now, start your timer and add your boiling water right on top.
Then, at about 30-45 seconds, give your coffee and water mix a gentle but thorough stir. You’ll know you’re good to put the lid on and move on to the next step when most of the coffee has sunk and isn’t floating anymore.
Allow it to brew for about 4 minutes for a lighter coffee and for about 7-8 minutes for a strong coffee. I like mine somewhere in the middle, so I usually allow my coffee to steep for about 5-6 minutes.
When you’re ready to stop your brewing, it’s time to plunge. Plunge gently so as not to agitate all that stuff at the bottom. If you feel the plunger start to get tight, back it up an inch or two and resume plunging. Once you get to the bottom, you’re done!
If you’ve plunged down all the way, there isn’t a lot of brewing that will happen from this point on, but it’s still ideal to pour off your entire coffee right after plunging to truly stop the brewing process. Otherwise, it could get more and more bitter as it sits.
I’m in love with my KONA French Press Coffee, Tea and Espresso Maker which I really like because it makes delicious coffee, more than one cup at a time, and is super easy to clean. Plus, it’s very durable and looks cool. 😉
It’s perfect for making hot coffee and tea, but also doubles in the summer for brewing iced tea.
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