When I am not drinking my Matcha Green Tea Latte, I'm channeling my inner-barista with my French Press. After doing a bit of research and looking into the Keurig I used every morning, I decided it just can't be good to run hot water through plastic... and if you don't clean the machine thoroughly and often you may find some lurking fungus, bacteria, or mold, yuck! Not to mention all of the waste it creates with the little plastic pods. Long story short I moved on to the French Press and its a DELICIOUS cup of joe.
If you go to purchase a French Press, make sure you get a glass pitcher, not plastic...I've seen them for sale at TJ MAXX, Kroger, Whole Foods, Bed Bath and Beyond, and of course there is always Amazon.
Photo by: Michelle Welling
Water to coffee ratio: For every 9oz (about 1 coffee serving) = 2 TBS of coffee grounds
Heat water to boiling, then cool for 1 minute. Measure water. Water for French press coffee should be heated to 200°F...this is below boiling. Heat the water on the stovetop or a kettle to boiling, then take off the heat for about 1 full minute before making the coffee.
Add the water: Add about 1/3 amount of hot water to the French press, wait 30 seconds, then add remaining amount of hot water.
Cover pitcher with lid/plunger.
Steep for 4 minutes: Four minutes will produce a robust brew.
Plunge the press: When the timer goes off, immediately press the plunger slowly all the way to the bottom. Drink the coffee immediately.
Use a Carafe: If you are not going to drink the coffee immediately, don't leave it in the French press, where it will continue to sit on the grounds and get bitter. Pour into a thermal carafe to keep it hot.
And for the transitioning vegans that can't imagine their coffee without creamer (which is full of unnecessary junk i.e., Vegetable oils, corn syrup solids, artificial flavors etc. ) the creamer below is a perfect alternative! Less in calories, junk, and sugar... woo hoo!
You can find this at most grocery stores, it is typically next to where they would sell coconut milk or almond milk.