Good morning coffee lovers! We love our coffee and using a French Press can make your coffee experience Trés Magnificente! Now, I have to admit, I wasn’t much of a coffee lover, until our son, Andy started working at Starbucks about 2 years ago. And, then last Christmas when Andy gave us a Mr. Coffee grinder and a Bodum French Press, my love for coffee went way up! I’m excited to tell you that Perfect French Pressed Coffee is possible. And, today I’ll take you step by step, so you can achieve the perfect cup of Joe too!
- Coffee grinder
- Whole coffee beans or ground coffee
- Tea kettle
- French Press
- 2 coffee mugs
- Cream & sugar (optional)
Start with boiling the water. To make 2 large mugs of coffee fill your tea kettle to the 6-7 cup line with filtered water. We purchased our tea kettle at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The Mr. Coffee Burr Grinder has 3 settings:
- Fine for Espresso
- Medium for Drip Coffee
- Coarse for French Press
If your grinder has different settings, you’ll want to set it to Coarse for French Press.
Our French press shown above is by Bodum.
Remove the top and pour the ground coffee into the bottom of the French Press.
Once the water has come to a boil take the kettle off the burner and let it stand for about a minute. Pour the water into the French press. Note: The water should not be at a full boil.
Give it a stir.
Put the top on, but do not push it down (don’t plunge it at this time). Notice that the strainer is off to the side to prevent the steam and flavor from escaping. Set the timer for 4 minutes.
After the 4 minutes has passed, plunge the top all the way to the bottom and turn the strainer to the pouring spout.
If Starbucks coffee is too strong for you, try making it at home at the strength you like, or ask them to add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot water to your cup the next time you’re there. You will probably love it as much as we do!
Facts from Andy our Coffee Master:
- Starbucks was established in 1971 in Seattle, WA in the famous Pike’s Place Market.
- Starbucks is the largest purchaser or fair trade coffee in the world. Even though all Starbucks coffee is not “Fair Trade” certified, it is all ethically sourced. They give farmers the tools and resources necessary to grow high quality coffee. They invest in the communities that produce coffee for them and pay a fair price for all of their coffees.
- Coffee can only be grown between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of Capricorn, which is called the coffee belt. Due to this fact, the only American coffee is grown in Hawaii. It is usually only available in limited quantities because it is grown on smaller farms and co-ops. It’s pretty good and we actually have Hawaii Ka’u available in the reserve line at the store in Northville, Michigan where I work!
- Starbucks only uses high quality Arabica beans that are grown at higher elevations.
- Starbucks gets the majority of the beans from Africa, Latin America, and the Asia/Pacific region.
- Check out the ways Starbucks gives & helps communities.
A special thanks to our son, Andy for providing the below facts and some of the technical information. Thank you for reading my friends! Have a great day and see you again soon!
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