When I was living in both Italy and Guatemala I really enjoyed drinking the coffee that was available in both countries, however I have never been much of a coffee drinker here in the USA. I don't know if it is the kind of coffee I have tried, how it is made, or what, but I have always stayed away from it, even through two-years of graduate school! However, recently I was at a local coffee shop and happened to order a coffee with almond milk that immediately brought me back to my days sipping locally grown, freshly roasted café in Guatemala.
Low and behold they were serving a Guatemalan coffee blend at the coffee shop, and it got me thinking that maybe I should give drinking coffee here in the USA a shot. I truly do love the taste of a quality cup of coffee, and I honestly don't think I would ever become a coffee addict, but it may be nice to include a quality cup of coffee in my life.
The issue though was that we do not own a coffee maker, because Mike and I do not drink coffee regularly, and I had no desire to buy one. After thinking more about my new found desire to make coffee at home, I decided to look into buying a French Press. From what I had heard and read from others, it is by far one of the best ways to brew the best tasting coffee, and I liked that it wasn't another bulky item that would take up more of my limited counter space.
My Mom ended up having an old French Press at home that she was happy to allow me to take off her hands, so before I knew it I was ready to attempt making French Press Guatemalan coffee right at home. I was a little nervous at first before making this because I have heard that making French Press coffee can sometimes be a little temperamental, but I didn't have any issues. The coffee honestly was so rich, mocha flavored, and brewed perfectlyyyy. I loved it!
Note: Just so you guys know, food blogging is not all rainbows and perfect pictures, I spilled most of my coffee just trying to take a picture of it, and had to pour a whole new cup. See image below. #bloggingproblems
So for all of you who have ever thought about using a French Press to make your coffee, or just want more space on your counter that your coffee maker is currently taking up, I am here to say that using a French Press is simple, and a truly enjoyable way to brew coffee within a few minutes.
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee
- Ground coffee of your choice
- French press
- Milk (optional)
- Begin by grinding your coffee, I don't have a coffee grinder at the moment so I had them grind it at the store, but ideally you should grind your coffee immediately before brewing.
- Determine how much coffee you want to make. As a reference 1/2 cup ground coffee should be used in 4 cups of water. Or 1/4 cup of ground coffee in 2 cups of water, etc.
- Place your water on the stove and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling remove your water from the heat, and allow to cool for 1 minute.
- Remove the French Press plunger, and place your coffee grinds into the bottom of your french press.
- Pour half of your hot water over the coffee grinds and allow to steep for 30-40 seconds.
- Stir coffee with a spoon, and then pour the remaining water into your French Press.
- Place the lid onto your French Press with the plunger pulled up to the top.
- Allow to steep for an additional 4 minutes.
- Push the plunger on your French Press slowly all the way down to the bottom.
- Pour immediately into a coffee cup.
- Top with milk of your choice (optional)