I didn’t start really drinking coffee until I got to college. For some reason, I set my schedule up with all 8am classes my first semester. That caught up to me really fast and by the second coffeeweek I was relying on coffee from convenience store across from my dorm to get me through the morning.

I have a different love for coffee now. Rather than using it as a crutch, it is just apart of my morning routine. I have a thing for coffee mugs – if I see a cute one I have to have it. Unfortunately, my cabinet is running out of room. Once I get a cute set up like this (thanks, Pinterest) I’ll probably get more.

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Anyways… a cute mug + a roasty cup of coffee and some time to sort out my plans for the day all make up a wonderful morning. If you’re not a coffee lover, I’m sure you could get the same effect with a cup of tea or something. But, this is about coffee.

There’s a few different ways I’ve made coffee over the years. The Keurig (give me a break.. I was in college), my fancier drip coffee maker (grinds, brews, and stays hot for 200 hours), my Nespresso maker (which I still use and am obsessed with), and the French press. The French press never gets old. It’s so versatile and convenient. You can make a yummy cup of coffee just about anywhere you go, and it’s perfect for just one. If you’re drinking a whole pot of coffee, you need to find someone to share it with. French press = no sharing because you can make just enough for yourself.

 

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What you’ll need:

  • coffee grinder (I use this little one)
  • good coffee beans – I usually use a dark roast, decaf, preferably fair trade
  • tea kettle
  • filtered water (gross water = gross coffee)
  • a French press – I have this one

Here’s how I make my cup of French press coffee:

  1. Heat up water in tea kettle
  2. While water heats up, coarsely grind beans
  3. Add 4-5 tbsp of grounded beans to French press
  4. Take the water off before the kettle is screaming. It should be hot, but not boiling. If the water is too hot, you can burn your coffee.
  5. Pour 2 cups of hot water over the beans and stir vigorously for exactly 30 seconds. I set a timer.
  6. Leave the lid off of the press and set a timer again for 4 minutes.
  7. When the timer goes off, slowly plunge the beans to the bottom of the French press.
  8. Take in the aroma and pour into your favorite mug.

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Bean to water ratio – I use 2 tbsp of grounded coffee beans for every 8oz of water. This is my personal preference… I’m sure if you want the proper amount of coffee to water ratio you can look it up on a fancier coffee website. You can also just tweak this to your liking and figure out what ratio works for you.

If you don’t drink all the coffee right away, DO NOT leave it sitting in the French press. Poor it all into a thermos if you plan on having more later, otherwise it will get super duper bitter.

How do you make your coffee? Any tips that I’m missing? Let me know!