I can't believe how many emails I got about my French Press! Well, let me share the looooooove! Yes, I have fallen madly in love with that thing and yes, you DO need one. Some have asked what's the big deal about using a French Press opposed to a coffee maker... well, there's a few things. For obvious reasons, it DOES taste better. All of the natural oils and flavors that are in coffee normally get filtered out when you brew coffee in a coffee maker (you know, because you actually use a filter!). And if you never want to buy filters ever again (it sucks when you discover you're out of filters that one morning your kid decides to wake up at 5 am and coffee is what you NEED), or want to use less counter space and free up your life a little bit, a French Press is where it's at.
So, when I bought one I didn't actually know how to use it. I sorta stared at it in the store and was all like, "Okay, I guess I'll be checking out tutorials on Youtube." And then I discovered that it's pretty much the easiest thing ever and probably takes just as much time as brewing a full pot of coffee.
So, ASSUMING that you all ran out and bought yourself a French Press, here's how to use it!
1. First things first: get yourself a coarsely grounded coffee. The fine coffee grounds (like some espressos) can slip through the filter in your French Press, so make sure it's coarsely ground. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, pour in your coffee grounds. I like to fill it up to about an inch from the bottom.
2. Then boil your water! Once the water has reached it's boiling point, pour it into your French Press. Give everything a quick stir.
3. Let your French Press sit with the boiling water and coffee grounds for about 4 minutes.
4. Now it's time to plunge! Use the top plunger to push all the grounds to the bottom of the French Press.
5. This is an extra step and honestly, you probably only need to do it if you don't plan on drinking all of your coffee at once, but you can put all of your brewed coffee in a separate carafe. The downside of using a French Press is that your coffee keeps brewing while sitting. So putting it all in a carafe without the coffee grounds will fix that. The French Press makes only about 4 cups, so maybe you could pour it into a big thermos and drink it all up!? That's actually more my style.
Good luck with your French Press! Happy brewing!