Coffee is very important part of today’s society. Since its accidental discovery in the early thirteenth century, coffee has grown to become one of the most traded commodities in the world today and is a cash crop for many equatorial countries; including those in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Most importantly, coffee is a drink and is a staple in the lives of those who drink it every day around the world.
Because of its caffeine content, coffee is a very popular drink for the morning, a beverage to help you wake up and start your day with a bit of energy. It is also regularly consumed throughout the day and into the afternoon to keep people going as the day rolls on.
Aside from its stimulating and energy boosting effect, coffee is a social staple. Coffee as a beverage is used regularly as a basis to hold business meetings, social get-together’s and even first dates. Coffee is a beverage that has been a part of everyday life since the 1500’s.
To avid coffee drinkers, the preparation of coffee can be viewed as a ritual, similar to that of the ancient art of Japanese tea preparation. Coffee can be brewed a number of ways, however the most popular for coffee aficionados, is the “French Press”. While the French Press may sound very complex and expensive, it is in reality one of the simplest and most economic ways to brew a cup of coffee.
A French Press Coffee Maker allows you to extract all of the essential oils and flavor from the coffee beans to obtain a cup of coffee that is complete and complex, one that is full of flavor and isn’t flat.
Equipment: A standard French Press coffee maker has two essential parts; a glass beaker to brew your coffee in and a metal filter assembly to separate the grounds from the brewed coffee. (Using a paper filter traps many of these oils and the result is a dull cup of coffee.)
Beans: Buy whole beans and store them in an airtight container. This will allow for the beans to maintain their essential oils and intense aroma.
Grind: When you are ready to brew your coffee, coarsely grind the beans and fill the French Press with the desired amount of coffee grounds (two tablespoons of grounds per cup of water).
Water: 98% of brewed coffee is water. So make sure you are using filtered water. Heat your water to a boil (one cup of water per desired cup of brewed coffee).
Brew: Pour the boiling water into the French Press Beaker, stir, and let sit for approximately four minutes.
Press: After four minutes, cover the beaker with its filter-plunger assembly and depress the plunger completely. This will separate the coffee grounds from the now brewed coffee.
Pour and Enjoy!