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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Novice Foodie Presses for Better Coffee

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I also discovered I could get a much more balanced brew if I actually took the time to measure out my coffee. The recommended amount is two tablespoons per six ounces of water, so I need approximately four tablespoons to fill my French press. Goshen also recommends using only filtered water, so I busted out my little-used Brita to see if this step was necessary for me. Finally, I needed to watch the time I let the coffee brew. Too often, I get distracted doing other parts of my morning routine and forget that I have coffee waiting to be pressed. Most sources recommend four minutes of steeping before pressing the coffee.

What can I say? I did a test-run of the perfect cup of coffee today, and I really did notice a difference. My cup was smoother and more balanced and tasted...well, just about perfect. Will I continue making the "perfect cup" every morning? For the most part, yes. While I probably won't warm my French press first, it's not difficult to take a little extra time to measure my beans properly and set a timer, and using filtered water won't be difficult, either. Either way, I'm making coffee light years beyond the burnt slurry served at a certain ubiquitous chain coffee, and it's cheaper, too.

Kelli Best-Oliver is on a quest to become a full-fledged foodie. She chronicles her adventures every Tuesday. She writes about any damn thing she pleases at South City Confidential.

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