How to Make the Best French Press Coffee at Home

How to Make Perfect French Press Coffee

“I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t” – Martha Quinn

Coffee is not a cup of tea; it is something much more exciting. Coffee is not only a beverage but a cup of liquid sanity. It’s an invitation into the day, cleverly disguised as a rich, brown liquid.

It has now become a morning ritual, and without it, it feels as though something is missing from your day. It refreshes the mind and helps ensure that you are able to tackle your day in a better mood. In short, coffee is the elixir of life.
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Types of Coffee

Some of the more well-known types of coffee that are extremely popular are cappuccino, mocha, espresso, and french press coffee.

Cappuccino:

Possibly, one of the most popular types is cappuccino which offers three distinct layers. The first layer is a hearty shot of espresso; next, is a layer of steamed milk, and lastly, it’s completed with a layer of frothy, foamy milk. You can make it even more yum-fun with some various garnishings.

Mocha:

It is merely a mixture of cappuccino and hot chocolate. It is done by mixing espresso, and chocolate powder then steamed milk and the beverage is completed with frothy milk.

Espresso:

The preparation of Espresso is the finest coffee-making experience, and with a little practice, you can become an expert.  Espresso beans must be ground fine, much like the texture of table salt to achieve the best flavor.

French Press Coffee:

Another very interesting still the easiest and inexpensive way of making a coffee is by using a French Press. It is a more flavorful, smoother, and richer coffee-making method.
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How to Make the Best French Press Coffee at Home

You’ll Need:
Spoon or Stirrer
Boiled water
Ground Coffee
French Press

Set-Up Tips for best results:

  1. Use filtered water.
  2. Warm up the pot before mixing the coffee. To warm the pot, just rinse it with hot water.
  3. Always use an appropriate scale to measure coffee grounds and water.
  4. Clean French press each time after using it.
  5. Use a coffee grinder to grind whole beans, not pre-ground coffee.
  6. To prevent bitterness, do not keep the remaining coffee in the French press, pour the rest in another carafe.

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Steps to follow (for 4-6 servings):

Measure & Grind Fresh Whole Coffee Beans

To make French press coffee, it is mandatory to measure the coffee beans according to the number of persons who are going to have it. For instance, to serve 4-6 people, you’ll need about five tablespoons of whole coffee beans. Use a good grinder to crush the beans on the coarsest setting possible. Avoid over-grinding the beans, you don’t want a powdery consistency or your finished coffee will have a gritty feel that will appear muddy and create an undesired bitterness.

Boil the water and Rest

You need to boil the water in some kettle and then set it aside for about 1 minute to let it cool slightly. Add the coarsely ground coffee beans to the press, then add the water into the French press.

Fill and Stir

Initially, the water was boiled and then slightly cooled before pouring it into the French press. Next, fill the french press carafe to the top and stir vigorously for 15 seconds. Seat the cover on top.

Start the Timer

Once you’ve seated the cover, all you need is to set the kitchen timer to four minutes to allow the coffee to properly steep.

Plunge the Press

Once the timer goes off, it’s time to plunge the press to move the grinds to the bottom. Pour the coffee in your favorite mug.

Enjoy! Coffee’s Ready!

Now it’s time to sit at your comfy sofa with a favorite book in your one hand and a mug full of coffee in the other. Enjoy the French press coffee and breathe in the aroma of coffee.
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A Few Coffee Hacks

Here are a few other tips-n-tricks to get the most enjoyment out of each and every mug of coffee:

  • Make your own flavored syrups to enhance your coffee
  • If you are not dairy products lover, then you can use vanilla-cashew or any other flavored milk.
  • Use of Salt (just a pinch) to reduce bitterness in coffee.
  • Blend coconut oil or butter in your coffee to create Bulletproof coffee
  • Make ice cubes of coffee and add them to a glass of milk with a shot of Baileys Irish cream for a delicious adult beverage
  • Make your own flavored creamers
  • Entertain yourself with a variety of different coffee mugs
  • Try something a little different, make iced coffee instead of hot coffee.
  • Keep your coffee-maker and other related utensils clean to achieve the best flavor and quality.
  • Pair up your coffee with a nap. Did you know that a 20-minute power nap can turbocharge your efficiency?!
  • Add a little variety by creating coffee-based smoothies

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Simple Coffee Smoothie Ideas to Try

Here are 4 of our favorite easy coffee smoothies to get you started!

Chocolate Chia coffee smoothie

You’ll Need:
½ cup almond milk
½ cup black coffee chilled
1 ripe banana frozen
4 tablespoons rolled oats *
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon date syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Peanut butter Espresso Smoothie

You’ll Need:
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup Almond Breeze almond milk
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Peppermint Mocha Smoothie

You’ll Need:
½ cup cold coffee
4 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Coffee & Oat Smoothie

You’ll Need:
1 banana previously sliced and frozen
½ cup strong brewed coffee 120 mL, chilled
½ cup milk 120 mL, any variety
¼ cup rolled oats 25 g
Optional: a spoonful of nut butter
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Coconut Cashew Latte Smoothie

You’ll Need:
1 cup brewed coffee
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup raw cashews
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 small frozen banana or 3-4 frozen sweet potato cubes
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
generous pinch of sea salt
3 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Repurpose the Used Coffee Grounds

Not only is coffee greatly beneficial, so are the leftover coffee grounds!. Did you know that used coffee grounds offer a wide variety of applications including plant fertilizer, homemade henna, hair highlights, and even as an odor eliminator. Check out 21 clever uses for used coffee grounds for a complete list.

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End Thought

We seldom get a chance to sit together with our loved ones then why not make it a point to have a mug together and share whatever is in our hearts as it is quoted:

“Magic happens when you and I share a lot over a cup of coffee” – Anonymous

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