Sunday, April 10, 2005
Coffee Geek "Has a Plan"
I should open up a coffee shop. Or maybe as I weave my way home after 10 weak coffee days on the road, I'm simply a little cranky. Or maybe for some odd reason I feel a need to share how I've learned to make a really flavorful cup of coffee! I've mentioned before that I've become quite a fan of the Bodum Nouveau coffee press we have at the casa. And it took awhile to perfect the process, but in case anyone's interested, here's the ritual:
- Fill pot with filtered tap water (filtering removes chlorine taste). I can't bring myself to use bottled water, that seems a bit excessive.
- Bring water to a low boil. Ideal temperature is between 190-200 degrees F.
- Pre-heat a stainless steel vacuum insulated coffee cup with boiling water (pre-heating can take 5-10 minutes, I do it first to save time. The cup warms up as the coffee steeps).
- As water comes to a boil, grind fresh, whole coffee beans (1 rounded tablespoon of beans per 4 oz. water).
- Dump freshly ground beans into coffee press.
- Pour water into press, then quickly stir mixture with a small wooden or plastic spoon (metal could crack the press' glass vessel).
- Place lid on top to keep heat in.
- Let it steep for 4 minutes (I set a timer). Watch for the bloom!
- Push down plunger slowly and evenly.
- Dump pre-heated water first, then pour fresh coffee into the vacuum insulated cup.