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.
HOW TO USE A FRENCH PRESS
1 tablespoon of ground coffee per 5 ounces of water
- 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.
- Grind coffee medium to coarse grind. The grind should be large enough so that the mesh filter works without getting clogged.
- 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.
- 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.
THE LOVE: Decanting the coffee will keep it from getting stronger, if you don’t pour it all with the first pour…
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.