Coffee is my favorite part of the morning - hot, fragrant, and flavorful, a warm cup puts me in the right mood for the rest of my day. Over the years, I have developed a few key principles that allow me to consistently brew good coffee using my trusty French press.
These principles are:
1) Fresh coffee - the best coffee beans have been roasted within the last two weeks and are ground just before using. This particular bag I discovered through a sample subscription service; I liked this particular brand so much that I ordered the full-size bag. I am also a huge fan of Gimme Coffee, which originated in my hometown and then expanded to New York City.
2) Filtered water. Tap water in my city tastes pretty bad. Bad tasting water results in bad-tasting coffee.
3) Proper measurement. Sounds simple but I have messed up many pots of coffee because I failed to measure. Right now, I use five heaping tablespoons for one full French press of coffee.
4) Use water that is just off the boil. Water that is too hot will result in bitter coffee, water that is too cool will result in a sour coffee. Coffee needs to steep for four minutes.
5) After letting the coffee steep for four minutes, press down the plunger and enjoy!