Blog Post #23
- a beverage consisting of a decoction or infusion of the roasted ground or crushed seeds (coffee beans) of the two-seeded fruit (coffee berry) of certain coffee trees.
- the elixir of life
According to the Coffee Association of Canada, the most popular beverage consumed in the country are coffee (65%) and tap water (63%). 65% of Canadians aged 18-79 report drinking coffee every day.
Coffee elevates your mood. A study by Johns Hopkins University found that caffeine produced increased energy and confidence among participants — and studies have shown that night workers were less likely to have an accident, or make errors if drink coffee.
Coffee is great for your memory, too! A study done in Maastricht, Holland discovered that coffee can help fight the forgetfulness that comes with growing older.
I love coffee, and of course, I drink it every day. There are several methods of making coffee, including percolating, drip, pour. My preferred method of brewing coffee is to use a French Press.
The French Press was invented in the mid-1800s, in France (hence the “French” Press) and is also known as a cafetière, plunger pot, melior, coffee machine piston, plunger coffee, press pot. Whatever you call it — the French Press makes the most heavenly brew!
The perfect cup of coffee in 5 easy steps
Make sure your French press is thoroughly cleaned. If any old grounds are stuck in the mesh filter your coffee will have a bitter taste.
Start with whole bean coffee and grind only the amount needed with a burr grinder right before brewing. This will ensure that your coffee will be delightfully aromatic and delicious. Grinding the beans too soon before brewing causes a loss of the flavour compounds.
Use a medium to coarse grind for your French Press — a larger grind may clog the filter.
For an 8-cup French Press use 8-10 tbsp of ground coffee and 3.5 cups of water, plus a little extra for preheating* the press.
Take the lid and plunger out of the press. Add the ground coffee to the clean, dry pot.
Boil the water and carefully add it to the pot. You will find that a lot of the coffee will float – use a chopstick or wooden spoon to briefly stir the grounds into the water. *If you wish, you can first add a little of the boiled water to the pot to just cover the grounds and let it sit for 15-20 seconds, then stir before adding the remainder of the water. This is known as the coffee bloom
Insert the lid and plunger into the pot and lower the plunger just to the top of the grounds. Do not plunge!
Wait for three to five minutes before pressing the plunger to the bottom of the pot.
Hold the lid with one hand and carefully push the plunger down, the mesh filter will push the grinds to the bottom. Push slowly, there will be some resistance — do not force the plunger down.
Pour your perfectly brewed coffee into your favourite mug. Enjoy!
“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” – Flash Rosenberg
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