Hello everyone! Like many of you, I’m an avid coffee drinker… I’m sure I get my daily 8 cups of water… in the form of coffee! As such, I’m constantly searching for the best way to make the perfect homemade cup of coffee.. (As much as I love my Starbucks Caramel Macchiatos, I do prefer saving money and learning new techniques at the same time.)
For the most part, standard drip coffee makers have been “good enough.” Having a ready-made pot of coffee is great for those “oh-crap-I-hit-the-snooze-too-many-times” mornings. But one of my constant goals is to be more intentional with my time… by being more present and in-the-moment. One way I’ve begun doing that is by attempting to start my days with a sense of calm, or zen moments. Not hurried via the push-the-button grab-and-go machines. (Sorry pods lovers, but I just don’t get it!)
The best product I’ve found to help me focus on a zen start to my day (regarding coffee) is the french press.
What is a French Coffee Press?
If you’re unfamiliar with a french press, it’s basically just a manual coffee (or loose tea) brewer. What you’re doing is steeping the coffee (or loose tea leaves) and using a plunger to separate the beans/leaves from the brewed liquid. Per Merriam-Webster.com, the french press is:
A coffeepot in which ground beans are infused and pressed to the bottom by means of a plunger.
So, how do you use a french press? Well, it’s pretty simple:
- Heat your water to boiling. (You may want to preheat your carafe prior to brewing coffee so that the boiling hot water doesn’t damage the carafe. This is done by adding hot water to the french press and letting it sit for about a minute; then pouring it out.)
- Add your preferred amount of coarse coffee grounds for the amount of coffee you want to prepare. (The amount of coffee you use will vary per your specific tastes, but for me, 4 tablespoons to 1000 ml works well.)
- Bloom and Brew. Blooming is a fancy term for adding a small amount of hot water to your coffee grounds and letting them “bubble” up for about 30 seconds (for more flavor). Then you brew by adding the rest of your hot water and letting it steep. Brewing times vary, but typically 3-5 minutes is sufficient.
- Pour and enjoy! That moment, when you pour that smooth, chocolate-colored cup of liquid energy… it’s a daily bit of heaven!
The brand I’ve recently fallen for is the LINKYO french press coffee maker. What’s fabulous about this brand is that it’s a double-walled thermos — so your coffee stays warm-to-hot for a good 30 minutes after you’ve brewed it! This allows you to get your second cup of coffee without that burnt, old taste that a traditional drip-brewer provides. (Blech.)
The pros and cons of the LINKYO French Press
- Style: French coffee presses come in a variety of styles, so there’s bound to be one that complements your personal preference. I love the stainless steel – it’s both sleek, contemporary and classic enough to go with everything.
- Volume: The size I purchased holds about 1000 mls of liquid – which equates to 3-4 standard cups of coffee (for me it = 2 cups. Ha!)
- Customer Service: The shipper sent a wonderful video on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee using their french press. Yes, it seems like a lot of steps, but, once you get the hang of it, it moves pretty quickly. (And is totally worth it!)
- Size: It’s cylindrical; measuring just 7″ by 8″ — so it’s convenient for those living in small spaces, or wanting to declutter their kitchen. It’s also perfect for those wanting to create an at-home coffee bar.
- It’s one, individual unit. I’ve used glass carafe french presses before, and while I enjoy being able to see the coffee brew and change colors – I’ve always ended up with a broken french press because the carafe would either fall out or shatter. Being one complete unit eliminates that risk.
- Stainless Steel Finish: Although I ADORE the look of a shiny, sleek stainless steel — it’s hard to keep shiny and sleek! Polishing with a lint-free cloth soon after washing is recommended.
- It’s slower paced. If you prefer speed, then this is not for you. I clocked my total time from heating the water to pouring my coffee to average about 7-8 minutes. Not bad… but that doesn’t work for those days you’re rushing out the door.
- Metal-on-Metal: Being that this has a stainless steel interior as well, there IS a metal scraping sound. I’m told this will diminish over time with use, but, if scraping metal sounds make you cringe… don’t buy it. You may consider opting for a glass carafe version instead.
Bonus: A Milk Frother!
French press coffee generally produces a smoother, silkier cup of coffee (in my opinion). But, I’m always looking to take things up a notch… So, I opted to get a milk frother as well. I’ve used electric ones in the past — but found that the frothed milk tended to rise too high, causing concern that it would get into the battery chamber. So this time I opted for a manual milk frother. I’ll do another post soon on how that turns out… but here’s a look at the results!
So tell me…
What are your thoughts on using a french press coffee maker? If you aren’t a lover of the french press, what do you prefer? (If there’s a better way… I’m all ears. ☕) Let me know in the comments below.
As always, Stay Classy!
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