Warning: Switching to French-Pressed Coffee Will Turn You Into a Coffee Snob
Tell me you're getting old without telling me you're getting old. I'll go first.
At age 35, I've officially become a coffee connoisseur and somewhat of a snob.
For years, I drank coffee for the sole purpose of waking up. Coffee has one job. If it fails me, my work becomes sloppy and I become sluggish. It's important to note that I'll only drink my coffee black.
I couldn't tell you the last time I put cream or sugar in my java. When I was dieting and cutting nonessentials, cream and sugar were first to go and I've been drinking coffee hot and plain ever since.
Keurig and Nespresso machines changed the game. Just pop in the K-cup or coffee pod then hit a button and walk away. The coffee was ready in 40 seconds or less.
The older I got, the more patience I developed for simple things like brewing a cup of coffee the old-fashioned way rather than a portioned-out coffee ground machine.
That's where the French press comes in.
Brewing coffee with a French press is tedious, but if you're ready to have your world flipped upside down and forget coffee as you know it, then get ready to indulge.
Making a cup of coffee from a French press takes a good 10 to 15 minutes if done correctly. First, you'll have to boil a pan of water. Grind up some fresh coffee beans and place the grounds at the bottom of your French press. Once the water has boiled, slowly pour it over the coffee grounds. Be careful: The water is extremely hot and can cause severe burns to your skin.
Stir the grounds and water together and let it all sit for a good three minutes before pressing the mixture. Next, slowly push down on the plunger and let the filters work wonders. Pour yourself a hot cup of brew and take in that enticing aromatherapy from the freshly soaked grounds.
One sip and you'll be levitating. Mentally, of course.
A French press can range from $10 to $100, but trust me when I say that it's worth every penny and the time spent making a batch of jitter juice is just as rewarding.