This French press coffee tutorial and content below is sponsored by Thomas Hammer Coffee. All opinions are my own.
The perfect ingredients for a successful relationship might just be the right cup of coffee and a few minutes in the morning! Read on to find out how to make the perfect French press coffee.
My husband and I have a date. Every single day. I’m not sure that’s how our morning tradition of coffee on the patio started. But, it’s become one of the things we most look forward in our busy lives of working and raising kids.
Jon and I have been married for just over 12 years now, and I think we would both agree that our relationship has strengthened over the years. We’ve learned to put a priority on our relationship; we don’t shy away from travel or going out on dates when we can score a babysitter.
But, once a year trips and the occasional date night didn’t quite do it for us. In our hectic schedule, we’ve found time for ourselves by carving it out in the morning. Every morning. Rain or shine, weekdays and weekends.
If it’s 7am (ok, 8:30 am on the weekends), you can be sure Jon and I are pajama-clad with mugs in hand. Weather-permitting, we nestle into deck chairs to watch the sun rise or cuddle into the sofa under a blanket.
We talk about our jobs, our kids, our life goals, and our next big trip. We wave to our neighbors that walk by every morning, and we drink coffee.
Jon and I both appreciate great coffee, and we have the tools to make coffee every which way. But our favorite combo might just be French press coffee brewed with great beans like Thomas Hammer Signature Roast. This cup is bold and bright yet not over the top, although it will penetrate any milk based drink or flavor to showcase coffee flavor first.
Gather the supplies
If you haven’t ever made French press coffee before, don’t be intimidated. Be sure to grab your favorite variety of Thomas Hammer Coffee from Amazon, a French press, and if you’re geeky like we are, a Burr Grinder. With Amazon Prime delivery, your favorite cup of coffee (and daily date with your spouse?) is just two days away!
How to: French Press Coffee
First up, grind your coffee with a Burr Grinder set to a coarse grind. French press relies on having very evenly-sized grains of coffee, which are relatively big. Smaller-sized grains will get through the filter, creating a sediment in your cup. It can also make the coffee bitter. Below find the chart* for beans to water ratio. This is the pre-ground measurement of the beans.
- 1 serving — 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces) — 2 tablespoons coffee beans
- 2 servings — 2 cups water (16 fluid ounces) — 1/4 cup coffee beans
- 4 servings — 4 cups water (32 fluid ounces) — 1/2 cup coffee beans
- 8 servings — 8 cups water (64 fluid ounces) — 1 cup coffee beans
While your grinder is at work, bring a kettle of water to boil. Once boiling, remove the kettle from the heat source and cool for one minute.
Add the ground coffee beans to your French Press, then pour in the hot water. Stir the beans and water together, and allow it to steep for about four minutes, or to your preferred level of strength.
Now it’s time to plunge and pour! Drink immediately, or pour into a separate carafe to prevent further steeping of the grounds.
*source: The Kitchn, How to Make French Press Coffee