I’d like to talk about something that is very dear to my heart- coffee. I’ve had a lot of coffee in my short lifetime, as I’m sure many of you have. But there is one thing that I’ve learned out of this indulgence- don’t cheap out.
Sure, you can say that about almost anything- shoes, electronics, meat, insurance. But there really is a very edible difference between a Hamilton Beach coffee maker and a French press. Now, I’m not going to be one of those extreme people that tell you to invest in a pour-over contraption, because ain’t nobody got time for that. Seriously though, who likes to sit and wait 20 minutes for a cup of overly bitter coffee? Not me.
While a traditional coffee maker leaves a very acidic aftertaste (and generally makes a weak cup), a French press is the best bang for your buck when it comes to great, rich tasting coffee- without having to spend hundreds every month on pretentious coffee-shop coffee (though who am I kidding, I love every one of them). But there is something to be said about being able to brew your own delicious cup right at home, and impress all your guests.
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There are a few ways of going about brewing your perfect cup of coffee with a French press. But the element that’s most important is the bean. Or more exactly- how you grind the bean. The idea with the French press is that the ground beans don’t fall through the filter- so you don’t get chunky coffee. While you may simply purchase ground coffee, it becomes hard to find the exact size you’d need for the French press. Which is why I recommend investing in a burr grinder.
I personally own the Bodum Bistro Electronic Grinder, and I could not be happier with it. I can choose how fine I want to grind the beans for different uses- French press, espresso, etc. And the coffee beans can stay fresh for weeks. Now, I realize that it retails for around $105, which is a steep price for just a grinder, but that’s still less than a Keurig- and isn’t it time you prioritized your coffee over shoes? Or cable?
Of course, you can look into alternative, cheaper options for grinding beans- as long as you can make sure that they are the appropriate grade for French presses.
If it makes you feel better, after taking the leap on the grinder, the actual French press won’t cost you more than $20, and that’s when you can start the real fun- picking out your favourite coffee beans.
There are different schools of thought on how to make the perfect cup of coffee with a French press. I mean, there’s math involved. Which I never follow. But that’s just me- you can, of course, try out all the methods and find the one that tastes the best to you. But whatever the method may be, you can’t deny the difference in taste- no acidity, no weakness- just one great cup of coffee- made right here at home.