Weekend fresh coffee

I really love a great cup of coffee, and the best cup of coffee is the French Press fresh coffee. It takes 10 minutes to prepare it, so we usually treat ourselves over the weekend.

Fresh coffee, French Press style

Ingredients and equipment
  • Espresso coffee beans - I prefer medium roast, dark roast is stronger but the flavour is lost.
  • Coffee grinder - I use an old, manual grinder. Adds a personal touch to the preparation. 
  • French press - an essential tool for a great cup of coffee
  • Good water (filtered if needed)

Put two tablespoons of coffee beans per cup of coffee to be prepared in the grinder, and grind the coffee. You don't want a very fine grind on the coffee, since it will pass through the mesh of the french press. Aim for a grind that's slightly larger than the mesh of the french press. While you grind the coffee, heat up the water - one cup of water per cup of coffee to be prepared. If you use a manual grinder you'll just about finish grinding when the water boils. Remove the water from the stove and wait about 30 seconds before pouring it over the coffee, so the temperature drops slightly. Use these 30 seconds to enjoy the smell of freshly ground coffee :)
Put the coffee in the french press, then slowly pour the water over the coffee. Wait for 10-15 seconds, stir with a spoon and cover it with the mesh. Press down the mesh so it touches the coffee foam, but not any lower. Let it brew for 5-8 minutes. The longer you let the coffee brew, the stronger the finished product. I aim for the 8 minute mark.
After the brew time is finished, press down on the plunger of the mesh, as far as the mesh will go. Pour the coffee into your favourite cup, over some brown sugar for sweeter taste. 

Enjoy the best fresh cup of coffee you've had in a while.
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