how to make coffee in a french press –

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When I was asked to review Santo Domingo Coffee disclosure, I agreed only if I liked their product. Imagine how awkward it would be to write a post about something you didn’t like – YIKES! My coffee sample arrived in the mail and to my delight I LOVE it! You have to be a hard-core coffee drinker because it’s stronger than the usual grocery store suspects.  I tried it, first time, in my automatic drip machine. Rich, bold and high-test were the words that immediately came to mind when I took my first sip. Once I tasted the flavour, I knew it would be outrageous prepared in a french press.

If you’re anything like me, the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is coffee. My feet haven’t hit the floor, I can barely open my eyes and all I want is a hot cup of freshly ground coffee. I have all the coffee gizmos: old fashion Italian espresso pot, popular brand drip machines [ one for the city, one for the country ], the new insert a puck variety but my favourite is my french press. Nothing produces a cup of coffee like the magic of a french press but for reasons unknown I rarely use mine. I found it tucked away at the back of my cupboard. I hauled it out, gave it a rinse and the rest is coffee beauty.

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HOW TO USE A FRENCH PRESS

1 tablespoon of ground coffee per 5 ounces of water

THE STEPS:

  • Fill a kettle with cold water.
  • Place the kettle on your stove and bring the water to a boil.
  • While the water heats, remove the lid and plunger/filter assembly from the pot.
  • Fill your French press with hot tap water. This will warm the glass of the press and help keep your coffee hot.
  • Once the press is hot and your kettle has boiled dump out the tap water and dry.

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  • Grind coffee medium to coarse grind. The grind should be large enough so that the mesh filter works without getting clogged.

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  • Place coarsely ground coffee into the bottom of the press.
  • Slowly pour boiled water over the ground coffee.
  • Stir the water gently. Notice the grinds sinking.

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  • Place the lid and plunger/filter assembly with the plunger at the top of the pot – don’t press down yet.
  • Allow the coffee to steep for approximately 3 minutes (the longer the coffee grounds steep, the stronger the coffee).
  • After 3 minutes, using slow, steady pressure depress the plunger. Be careful!
  • Let any floating grounds settle in the pot for 30 seconds before pouring.
  • Serve.

THE LOVE: Decanting the coffee will keep it from getting stronger, if you don’t pour it all with the first pour…

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If you’ve vacationed in the Dominican Republic chances are you’ve tasted this rich smooth coffee. If you haven’t, it’s now available in Canada.

Thanks for reading.

  • This is the way my dad always made coffee as a kid. I love how much richer the flavor of the coffee becomes. Thank you for sharing, what I consider, on of the best ways to brew a cup of joe.

    • Absolutely my pleasure! I’m so glad to be using my french press again…

  • Hungry Janey

    I recently received samples of Cafe Santo Domingo too, and I’ve been brewing it in my French press every morning since. It is a lovely little bit of me-time in my otherwise demanding morning!!