Today The New York Times published an article breaking down a government study that found coffee drinkers live longer. It is the largest and most comprehensive research to date, and gives me real relief as a coffee addict. In light of this, I feel no guilt in sharing with you an easy (and less expensive) method for enjoying espresso drinks at home.
It’s a French press, press pot or my personal favorite, the plunger pot. Small versions can be yours for around $15. And this particular brand greets you with a friendly French salutation.
As for the method, the grinds go in, hot water follows, then you seal and steep for about a minute. Pump the plunger a few times to create the crema, or thin layer of froth on top, and finally press to trap the grinds and pour. The steps are simple, but the keys to brewing espresso with a French press (as opposed to regular coffee) are the size of the grind and the ratio of grinds to 200° F water.
Think flour meets sand when you grind your coffee beans. If a spice grinder or food processor is not a member of your kitchen collection, espresso grind coffee is available at most grocery stores. Then measure the water accordingly for the number of shots you are seeking, and say bonjour to a nice hot espresso or latte or cappuccino, and longevity. And goodbye to that $4 wait in line.
- ¼ cup (18 g) high-quality, dark roast coffee, finely ground
- ½ cup, plus 2 Tbs water @ 200° F
- ½ cup low-fat milk, optional for latte or cappuccino
- Add coffee to press pot. Bring water to just below the boiling point. This can be done by boiling water, then setting it off the heat for 30 seconds before pouring over grinds.
- Seal pot and let sit for one minute.
- Pump plunger several times until thin layer of foam forms on top of espresso. Then press and enjoy!
- Heat milk in microwave safe measuring glass or the carafe of a home frother. Attach lid to frother and pump until milk foams and doubles in volume. If you don’t have a frother, an immersion blender can create foam in milk.