The French Press coffee brewing method produces some of the best coffee on the planet via a very simple, non electric, process. High quality coffee is a staple of my Italian life and, in moderation, the golden liquid has proven to have some excellent health benefits, including:
- Coffee seems to protect men from Parkinson’s disease
- Coffee drinkers may be half as likely to develop Diabetes
- Coffee might have anti-cancer attributes
- Coffee may not increase blood pressure as previously thought
(Source: Harvard Health Letter)
Regardless of health benefits most folks enjoy coffee because of:
- caffeine energy jolt
Making Coffee Via the French Press Method
Grinding your own beans is also essential. Burr grinders are ideal (they grind beans in uniform size) and I use the inexpensive but highly functional Hario slim mill to grind my coffee beans. The Hario produces and even grind and will elevate the way your coffee tastes.
I use the following bean to hot water ratio:
- Two tablespoons of coffee for every six ounces water.
Once your water has finished boiling (I use the Krups Electric Water Kettle and it boils water in record time, plus it’s an energy saver versus using your gas or electric stove!), poor the water directly over the ground beans. Place the lid on the French pot but do not plunge the filter mechanism down. Let the water and beans sit for about 4 minutes. 4 minutes is perfect for extracting all of the good flavors out of the bean. Once the time is up you can gently plunge the lid and enjoy your first cup!