Spring coffee style chapter 3 french press it

In the photo below – the “Barista Action Figure” pole dances on a 25 year old Melior coffee press. I know – the behavior is in bad taste for the action figure… but the coffee tastes great!

In my kitchen, the French press (or Bodum or Melior) coffee maker is king. And so it would seem – that this way of making coffee is catching on in the cafe as well.

During a recent visit to one of my favorite cafes in Victoria B.C. Canada – Khona Coffee… I discovered that they do coffee a lot of different ways.

One of them, the Aeropress, came as something of a surprise to me.

I mean, where else can you order a cup of coffee brewed French Press, or Single origin espresso or French press or good old drip? Well – there are a few places in Victoria. Victoria is one of the few places in Canada that has every imaginable method of brewed coffee on the menu.

Getting coffee your way seems to be the motto around these parts.

Back to my modest kitchen for a moment. I use a press pot almost 90% of the time now. There was a time that I had a resident espresso machine. No more. I do have an ESE Pod machine (more on that in a future blog).

Anyway. My recipe. I use a family sized Bodum. Probably holds about 24 fluid ounces of water. I tend to put in 18 fluid ounces (I will measure next time I promise…) About 1 heaping tablespoon of ground coffee per 6 – 8 fluid ounces of water. Water just off the boil. And I steep it for 3 minutes sharp after stirring or agitating for 10s – and then press the plunger down.