Hello and happy Friday, friends! What better way to celebrate the end of the week than with coffee? If you know me at all, you know I'm a coffee drinker. I love pretty much everything from rich cold brews and drips all the way down to pumpkin spice lattes, but my favorite type of coffee is probably a nice, strong French Press. Especially since cutting out sugar, I love that French Pressed coffee has an almost chocolatey texture to it-- so rich and smooth and dark! So when I got a single-serving French Press for my birthday, I was excited to experiment with ratios for the new size! Here's what I've learned (so far) makes a superior cup...
1. DON'T GRIND YOUR BEANS TOO FINELY
A coarse grind provides a slower release of flavor, and a fuller flavor overall. This will mean you'll have to steep yours longer (5-6 minutes) but it's worth the difference.
2. WET YOUR GROUNDS
...With a bit of cold water, before adding the hot water. This prevents the shock-factor of boiling water from burning the beans, and giving your coffee that unpleasant bitter taste.
3. A DARKER ROAST
...Tends to taste better in a French Press. That's more my opinion, I suppose, but I've yet to come up with a ratio of water-to-beans-to-time that is strong enough to make a brew that's more than just tea-consistency, yet hasn't gotten that over-steeped (some call it "dish rag") taste.
What's your favorite way to drink coffee? Do you have a favorite blend, method, or add-in?
(I also love cold brew with unsweetened almond milk...)
(Not that you really needed to know that...)