Monday, August 19, 2013

Did I Mention I Love Coffee?

Oh yes, I've mentioned it many a time.
You might even call me a bit obsessed.  
Don't worry - others do.
(True story, two Fridays ago I went the entire day without a drop of coffee passing these lips.  You might have read about this incident in the news, but then again, maybe not.  All survived.)

Can I start by saying it's all the More Creative Bee's fault?  She's the one who oh so slyly said, "Let's get a cafe mocha while we're here at Barnes & Noble."  (true, more creative bee - this is not an exact quote)  I said, "Sure, I kinda' like coffee."  (again, not an exact quote)  Little did I know it would degenerate in to late nights at coffee bars, sleepless nights, and eventually making "shots" at home.  I even got my brother hooked.  (And he's more hardcore - he drinks that stuff straight.)

Well, I've always been a latte fan, but recently I have a new obsession.

Doesn't it sound elegant?  And difficult? And fancy?  And high faultin'?  (not sure I've ever actually typed high falutin' but I couldn't resist)
Actually, it couldn't get much easier.

Wanna' see how?

1.  Get yourself some wicked hot water.  I heat mine in a tea kettle, but not quite to boiling.  If your water gets that hot, it might crack the glass carafe you're going to press the coffee in.

2.  Pour your hot water in the carafe.  Scoop about 3 heaping spoonfuls of your coffee dujour (sneaky French, n'est ce pa?) and put it in the water.  Give it a quick stir with a wooden spoon.
3.  Now wait.  Go put your make-up on, brush your hair or something else that takes about 5 minutes.  Of course, you can plunge it at 3 minutes or you can wait and plunge it at 15-20 minutes.  Your choice.  I forgot to plunge it one day and it was still delicious after about 20 minutes.
4.  Now, come back and slowly push the plunger down.  Voila (more sneaky French) - your coffee is done!  Drink up my friend.  I like to add a splash of half and half (and by splash I mean about 2 ounces - I love my dairy products) and some turbinado sugar for a little sweetness.
Now you aren't intimidated by this anymore, are you? (It's okay - I used to think it was too high falutin' too.)
And trust me - this will the most delicious coffee you EVER make!  I also recommend getting a Bodum  French press - it does such a nice job with keeping the grounds out of your cup.
Now......would you like for me to make you a latte or a cup of French pressed?
Thanks so much for buzzing by today!  
So happy to see you!

P.S. Why are the pictures so dark?  Why we are having a thunderstorm!  Now we rarely have spring thunderstorms, let alone summer ones.  We are very excited listening to rumble of thunder and seeing the flash of lightning and smelling the sidewalk after the rain.

P.P.S.  Linking up to Cozy Little House
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  1. I'm a tea drinker but two of my five girls LOVE French Press coffe!!!

  2. I'm just as obsessed as you are! My day isn't complete without it!
    I'm very curious about what coffee you use for your press. I've experimented with a couple different ones. What do you like the best?
    I'm a mega ICED coffee fan! And this summer I've been having a lot of the Starbucks VIA Iced Caramel packets, mixed with half and half and ice. It does the trick for when I can't (and shouldn't) actually go to Starbucks and buy a venti iced caramel machiatto! Cheaper too!
    Thanks for the fun post!
    Erica :)

  3. You crack me up with your French!
    I had French press coffee once in a Vietnamese restaurant (go figure) and it was so strong it made the hair on my neck stand straight up! It scared me and I've never had it again. You make it sound delightful..maybe I need to give it another try.

  4. I'd never been a coffee drinker... I remember years ago (like 25, when we lived in Seattle) going to the "original Starbucks" and ordering (gasp) tea! Then I tried a mocha and was hooked... 19 years later it's moved into just plain lattes. I've (literally) worn out 4 espresso makers in those 19 years! Funny thing, I still don't like regular coffee, so I guess I'll take a latte please ;)


  5. Now you need to try Milche Kafe. It's a German coffee served with steamed milk on top. You will die!!!!!!!

  6. It does sound high falutin! I'm a true coffee lover!

  7. Yummy, I love French pressed, but for easier clean-up I use a cone and a tea kettle. I recently acquired a Chemex. I feel so Mid-Century Modern! I like to have a hot cup (BIG) in the morning unsweetened. Then sweetened Iced in the afternoon. Being a lightweight, I drink (horrors!) decaf. Loved your tutorial!

  8. My Bodum French press cracked last week after 21 years. :( Hopefully, after getting through canning season, I will get it replaced.

  9. Mmm..I'm a huge coffee drinker too, but my friend will even eat the grounds. She dips her finger in and eats it...That's too hard core for me

  10. That does look easy! Thanks for sharing:)

  11. I used to (in another life) manage a gourmet coffee house in a historic town on the eastern shore of MD. I LOVE LOVE LOVE french press coffee. Coffee experts say that it is the very best way to enjoy a cup. I use my press for tea, too. If you're a tea drinker, check out the Stash Tea Company. They sell Frenchies there too :)


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