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French Press Coffee Break :: Day 12 {31 Days of My Favorite Links}

How did I make it to my age without having had French Press coffee?  When Hurricane Irene threatened, friends advised me to get a press in the event that we had no power, we could boil water on the grill and still have our morning coffee.  I went straight to Target and purchased the Bodum press for less than $20.00.   Since then I have found the unique intensity of this type of coffee makes a wonderful mid-day break.  Here's a simple guide to making a delicious cup of coffee right in your own home. 
(This could also be used to make loose-leaf tea if you'd prefer.)

Fill carafe with four scoops of your favorite good quality coffee grounds  and two cups of nearly boiling water.
Stir with a wooden spoon.
Allow coffee to steep for three to four minutes.
Slowly press down on the plunger.
 The grounds will be trapped underneath the mesh strainer.
Take a moment to savor the crema on top of the rich, dark coffee.
Pour into your favorite coffee cup.
Inhale the fragrance of strong, black coffee.
Yes, please.
Well, if you insist.
This coffee must be enjoyed while sitting down.
Preferably in a comfy chair near
a sunny window nook.

Better yet,
with a book on your lap and
rain lashing at the windows.
I hope you have the chance to
treat yourself to a coffee break sometime soon.

You deserve it!


  1. Ah, Coffee...a girl who knows how to enjoy the finer things in life!

  2. Oh my! I love my coffee press... just out of coffee this morning, oh the horror! But I have something decadent for you to try! :D

    As your coffee is brewing heat a little over half a cup of half&half till very warm but not boiling, don't want to curdle it. After pouring your coffee, clean out the press really well and pour the hot milk into the press. Pump the "plunger" up and down rather quickly for a bit to "froth" the milk. Pour desired milk into your coffee holding back the foam with a spoon, then spoon desired amount of foam into cup (for me, that would be all of it!) YUM! Enjoy!

  3. I have a small 12 oz. bodum press I've been using for years. I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, so it's perfect. Even then, I don't drink it every day and can't handle caffeine. What type of coffee is your favorite? I can never seem to make that perfect cup. Cream definitely makes a huge difference for me.

  4. My french press and I are inseparable. It is like it was made for me, and me for it. So, I was happy to stumble upon your post and find a kindred spirit. =)

  5. CA ~ I love the frothing idea. Would never have thought to try it!

    Elisa ~ I made this pot with Starbuck's coffee. I always mix a bag of decaf with a bag of regular so that I can have more coffee! This blend was a bag of Thanksgiving blend and a bag of Decaf House Blend. ( My all time favorite would have to be Pike's Place but they don't offer that in decaf.)

    Shauna and Jamie ~ kindred coffee spirits!

  6. Yumminess....this is what we use for camping, too. During the holiday season, we put in cloves, cinnamon, and some orange peel in with the coffee grounds for a little extra spice. (In looking around my house, I realized that we have 5 different types of coffee makers. How about you?!)

  7. That sounds delicious, Missy. I might try that, as much as I don't like Starbucks b/c it's like the most popular coffee place in the world...their coffee is soooo good. I saw at the grocery store that they now make ICE CREAM in the coffee flavors...genius!


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