French Press Tips for Success
There are many critical elements that come in play when you want to make the very best cup of coffee. Those are - water, beans and freshness!
- Prepare your french press by adding three scoops of coffee per two cups o water.
- If creating two cups of coffee, heat up two cups of water to boiling in a pot.
- Remove the pot from heat and wait for it to just stop boiling.
- Add hot water to the french press.
- Stir the water to completely mix the ground beans in the water.
- Place the plunger in the french press and lower it to the level of the coffee mix. This will help keep heat from escaping while it sits.
- Let it sit for four minutes.
- Depress the plunger all the way to the bottom. If you encounter lots of resistance, take care that hot water does not spray up on you.
- Pour and enjoy!
Impress Your Date!
Coffee latte art is the technique of creating artistic designs on the foam that tops a shot of espresso, using steamed milk and some fairly tricky wrist movements. It's an art form that is simple in theory, but can take quite a bit of practice to master - but once you've got the hang of it, you can create hearts, leaves, and rosettas that will impress coffee lovers and baristas alike!
- Pull a perfect shot of espresso into a large cup!
- Pour one cup's worth of milk into the steam pitcher, making sure the steam wand is at the pitcher's bottom. Carefully turn on the steam, raising the wand until it sits just below the top of the milk.
- Steam the milk until it's smooth and creamy. There should not be any large bubbles.
- Turn off the steam and remove both the wand and thermometer. Swirl the milk in the pitcher vigorously, checking for bubbles. If bubbles appear, carefully tap the bottom of the pitcher on a hard surface, and then continue swirling until no more bubbles appear.
- Begin pouring. Pour the milk into the approximate center of the cup, directing the flow through the crema and down into the bottom.
- Once the cup is about half full, the foam should start to break through the crema - now begin moving the pitcher backward while shaking it evenly from side to side, using your wrist.
- You should notice the foam moving across the top of the crema, creating a leaf-like design. When you reach the edge of the cup - or notice that the foam has broken all the way through the surface, pour a stream of milk up through the center of your design.