Writing About Food
Starting the day with a good and strong cup of coffee is part of many peoples morning routine. Some people can’t do much of anything until they have had their first cup of coffee in the morning. Instead of stopping at Starbucks or your local coffee shop on the way to work, making your morning cup of joe in your own home is a good alternative. Making your coffee at home is much more cost effective, and the process is also very simple and fast. There are many different ways to make your own coffee at home, but one easy way is using a French press. The French press does not require any electricity and is easy to clean. To start making your coffee you need to gather all of the necessary materials. You will need: a French press coffee maker, ground coffee, a microwave, a microwave safe container, a coffee mug, a spoon, and water.
Bodum brand French press’s work well and can be purchased at Tj Maxx stores. Dunkin Donuts brand ground coffee also works very well and can be purchased at Giant supermarkets, but any type of ground coffee will work. Fill the container with about two cups of water and place the container in the microwave and heat the water until the water is just about at the boiling point (This will take about 2-3 minutes depending on the power settings on your microwave).
There are other methods that can be used to bring the water to a boil such as using the stovetop or an electric kettle; however, using the microwave is fast and usually one of the more simple ways to heat the water. Take the strainer and lid off of the French press. Place two generous scoops of coffee grounds in the French press. Next carefully pour the boiling water into the French press.
Place the lid and strainer on the top and secure it on. Let it sit for about four to five minutes. The next step is to slowly and carefully press down on the plunger. This will press the strainer down into the liquid and the grounds, straining and separating out the grounds from the coffee.
Finally, carefully pour the coffee into your mug of choice.
If desired you can add cream and sugar to your coffee to improve the taste. Add the desired ingredients and mix together using the spoon. To clean the French press, remove the plunger and lid and rinse and dump out the grounds.
Add dish soap and water to the French press and put the lid and plunger back on and bring the strainer up and down a few times to clean out the inside. Then, dump out the soapy water and give it one more good rinse making sure the French press is free of grounds and soap. Next, separate the parts of the French press and towel dry separately. Now your French press is ready to use for the next time. Finally, sit down and enjoy your freshly made coffee!