Here's what you need: a coffee grinder (Cuisinart makes good ones), a great french press (see my Bodum stainless steel press here), and of course, some good whole bean coffee. I recommend a french press over a coffee maker for a few reasons: it's easier to clean and you don't have to remember to buy those pesky filters. If you take my advice on buying a french press, go with a stainless steel version; glass ones can and do break.
On to the good stuff - follow these simple steps to get started brewing your own fresh coffee:
- Grind your coffee beans
- I prefer to blend enough for at least 3-4 days and store my grounds in a stainless steel airtight container - good gladware will suffice
- Scoop a 1-2 tablespoons of coffee per cup into your french press
- You can make it stronger or weaker by increasing or decreasing the amount of coffee you use
- Pour boiling water into your press
- This is where an electric water kettle could be very useful
- Let coffee brew for 2-3 minutes, press french press coffee handle down, and enjoy your perfectly brewed cup of joe!
- Add your creamer and sugar and you're good to go