I have several other interests and hobbies outside of barbecue and one of them is coffee. Yep, I’m a coffee snob. Today is National Coffee Day and I want to share with you how I make the perfect cup of coffee. In my opinion the perfect cup of coffee comes from a French Press.
A French Press allows water to come in direct contact with freshly ground coffee grinds. After the coffee brews it is pressed through a screen, which pushes all of the grinds to bottom of the pot. This eliminates the use of a paper filter. Paper filters tend to absorb and extract many of the oils from the freshly ground coffee. French pressed coffee is thick with a rich flavor.
Simple right? No so much. There is a bit of thought and science that goes into making the perfect cup of coffee.
First, you must pick the roast of coffee. I like dark roasted coffee. Dark roasted coffee tends to be boulder with robust flavors. Now, time to grind the beans. French pressed coffee is best with coarsely ground coffee beans. Use 2 Tbsp. of coarsely ground coffee beans for every 6 oz. of water. I like my coffee a little boulder and use “heaping” tablespoons.
Place the coarsely ground coffee beans in the French Press and add water just off the boil. I use filtered water and heat it in an electric water kettle. Electric kettles heat quickly and produce consistent water temperatures day in and day out. Slowly pour the water over the freshly ground coffee. Place the lid on the French Press with the plunger in the up position. Let the coffee brew for four-minutes. When the Coffee is done brewing SLOWLY press down on the plunger until it reaches the bottom. Pour, admire and drink.
Smell you coffee before you taste it. The senses in your nose will help you distinguish the flavors from the aroma. Slurp the coffee rather than sipping or gulping. This allows the coffee to be sprayed across the palate. If your doing a coffee tasting it's important to taste two or three different blends of coffee at a time. This will allow you to distinguish the flavors, aromas and acidity for the different coffees. Enjoy!
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