“Can you make coffee?”

This is something Tanisha would ask me every morning when she was home on maternity leave with the Wee Baby Esther. We both love coffee and after a restless night, it’s usually just what you need to get the day started or maintain sanity. That and a giant plate of bacon.

A few years back, I opted for a french press. I like it because it’s simple to use and you can make killer coffee, figuratively. It’s as good as coffee shop but without the smug barista. Also, I recommend grinding your own coffee. It’s an extra step but definitely worth it. Below, you will find links for both a french press and grinder. I’ve also included the step by step instructions for brewing coffee.

1. Boil water.

2. Grind coffee. Medium coarse is recommended.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water.

4. Remove boiling water from heat. Let cool 10-15 seconds. Steadily pour water into pot to your desired level.

5. Stir the coffee grounds and water.

6. Add lid and let steep for 4-5 minutes. SET A TIMER! (sorry to yell, but it’s important)

7. Push down plunger with steady pressure.

8. Enjoy your coffee.




UPDATE: And for anyone that wants to discard this advice. Here is a link to a reusable K-Cup filter. This way you can still grind your own beans and it’s less expensive than buying the pre-packaged K-Cups.


Reusable K-cup


5 Replies to ““Can you make coffee?””

  1. I have a french press which I rarely use; this post inspired me to dust it off and give it a whirl for the first time in years. Deee-lish!

  2. I love me some french press…but I got a kuerig for christmas. Other than the fact the price per cup of coffee has increased exponentially (though still cheaper than barista-made), along with the horrible evironmental issues I’m sure are caused by these “k-cups” it’s pretty awesome!

    1. I’ve used a Kuerig and didn’t care for it. Yes, they are extremely convenient, but I was disappointed in the quality.

      You should get a reusable K-Cup filter. They work the same way and you won’t destroy the environment with your caffeine addiction. It’s much cheaper and the coffee is better.

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