Making the Best Coffee Is As Easy As Using A French Press

When shopping for home and kitchen appliances it is easy to overlook what you use to make coffee.  Sure, you have a fancy Mr. Coffee drip pot that turns itself on the exact same moment that your alarm clock goes off, waking you up with all sorts of buzzes and beeps.  The coffee is already brewed before you’ve even set foot in the kitchen, ready for you to pour yourself a cup while still in a daze, your mind not even ready to function.

And, yet, with just a little time and effort you could be making better coffee at home than you get when you go down the street to the coffee shop. You could be enjoying that same, deep, fully extracted bean every single day without paying again and again.  This isn’t some article about saving money on coffee so you can be a millionaire later in life.  This article is about making the best coffee around, each and every time you try – it just takes a little bit of effort.

Just buy a few simple products that fit easily in a cupboard, taking less space than Mr. Coffee took when he ran the house.

This is all you need to make excellent coffee at home.

  • A ceramic conical burr grinder
  • A French press
  • Freshly roasted whole bean coffee

You can get all of these for under or close to $100 and, assuming you buy coffee even just occasionally at a local coffee shop, you will be saving money almost immediately.  Okay, I did mention saving money, but it’s true!

Here are some products to give you an idea of what is out there. These are quite nice and functional, too.

The Brazil French Press coffee maker, designed in the early 80’s, was our first coffee maker and quickly became a symbol of what Bodum stands for. Attractive and functional design at an affordable price. The Brazil has an ultra-light, heat-resistant borosilicate glass beaker and a polypropylene handle and base, which make the Brazil easy to use and easy to clean. The 3-part stainless steel plunger has a fine mesh filter, which allows for a premium extraction of your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors. A mesh filter allows this flavor to be delivered direct to your cup and not absorbed by a paper filter. Plus, no paper filter means no waste. The patented safety lid prevents the splashing of liquids while pressing. All parts are dishwasher safe. This 8-cup coffeemaker is (1.0 l, 34oz.) in size and is also available in 3-cup (0.35 l, 12 oz) size model.
Beautiful? Yes! But, there is more than what meets the eye. Double-wall construction keeps coffee or tea hot and cold drinks cold longer.
This ceramic coffee grinder features a ceramic grinding mechanism that will never alter the flavor of the grinds, resulting in fresh, flavorful, and pure coffee. The grinding mechanism is made from an advanced ceramic close in hardness to diamond that will never rust providing ultra long-life performance. The grind adjustment allows for fine to coarse grinds and the non-slip base ensures stability. The glass container is reusable and dishwasher safe. Great for Turkish coffee, salt, pepper, green tea and sesame seeds too ! Use and Care: Clean with a neutral detergent and soft sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

Washable conical ceramic burr coffee mill. With glass jar receptacle and attached lid to keep coffee fresh. Retro style hand mill coffee grinder.

Not to mention, ceramic makes the best conical burrs you can get – so the coffee that you are grinding at home will be even better than the coffee you used to go somewhere and pay for.  Yes, I said that, and if you’re making coffee with a French press your coffee will be better than the coffee your local espresso bar is selling you.

How to Make Coffee with A French Press

It’s actually quite simple. If you can boil water, you can make great coffee. You want the water to be between 195-200 F. If you don’t have a thermometer handy, you can use this tip. Bring your water to a boil, just when it hits a boil, turn it off and remove from the heat. Wait 10-15 seconds and you should be at about the right temperature.

Next, you’ll pour this water into your medium course ground coffee that is in the glass vessel of your French press. You can give a quick stir if the coffee has any floating grinds. Next, place the plunger in just to meet the top of your water line and let it brew for 3-5 minutes. The coarseness of your grind may alter the brewing time. After the 3-5 minutes, depress the plunger to the bottom of the press. This should be a slow press to the bottom.

Now, pour into your cup and enjoy! Don’t let the coffee sit in the press as it will continue brewing. Congratulations, you’re on your way to becoming your own in-home barista extraordinaire.

You don’t have to ask yourself, what is the best coffee maker in the world, you don’t have to shop for hours for new, fancy gadgets that promise you faster, better coffee.  With these simple coffee devices you will have everything you need to make excellent coffee at home.

Additionally, because of the simplicity of the products, if you take care of them you will no doubt be able to enjoy them for years to come.  Ceramic conical burrs never corrode.  Your kids and grandchildren will remember the smells and aroma in your home as they’re making their coffee in your old presses.

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