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Coffee the not-so-lazy way…

Fri, Aug 28, 2009

Fine Living, Home Life

French Press Coffee MakerIf you have read any of my articles to date, you know that I am the one that will do anything to try and automate a process…

Take coffee: I fill up my coffee pot at night. Set the timer, go to sleep, wake up with a nice cup o’ joe…

Or at least I thought it was a nice cup o’ joe…

I was reading an article the other day about a french press coffee maker. What the heck is that? Well, I like some things that start with french… I digress…

From Wikipedia:

A French press, also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger or cafetière, is a simple filterless coffee brewing device, probably invented in France in the 1850s, but first patented by Attilio Calimani in 1931.

So I am wandering around Ikea the other day and I suddenly see a display of french press coffee makers… for $13. Ok, for $13, I will try it out (although I know many of you frugal folks out there detest impulse buys).

I get home and rummage through my ever growing bookmarks in my firefox browser and find the article I was reading. I grab the Chock Full of Nuts coffee from the refrigerator and dump 3 1/2 tablespoons (I find out later to raise that amount a bit) of ground coffee into the pot and start a pot of water boiling in my electric kettle. After the water comes to a boil I let it sit for a minute or so, dump the water into the coffee pot and replace the lid. I let it sit for 2 minutes and push the press down.

I am feeling very “Euro” right now 😉

I have to admit it. The coffee was pretty damn good.

Apparently, there is a cult following of people that feel that this is the only way to brew coffee. Not only that, they grind their own beans every morning as well.

Now to just figure out how to automate the grinding of the beans…

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