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Café Crème

Turns out all of my hip friends have been drinking French press coffee for ages. I wish they would have turned me onto it earlier. I stumbled upon it a few months ago when I fell for the adorable French press coffee makers like this one:


French Press from


French press coffee offers a much wider range of flavors than drip coffee. It's also much easier to make. Am I the only one who struggles to get drip coffee just right? Somehow, French press coffee always tastes wonderfully rich without being too strong or even a tiny bit bitter. Just rinse the coffee maker in warm water, measure in your favorite coffee grounds and add boiling water. Give it a few minutes. Then push the plunger down and pour the coffee out. I can even manage to brew it on a busy morning, though I enjoy myself much more when I'm making a quiet weekend brunch for one. I like to add spices to the grounds and maybe even try my hand at a gourmet cup of coffee by adding warm milk and flavoring syrups for a homemade latte. Really, all you need is a splash of milk to enjoy what the French call "cafe crème."


Do you have any coffee tips that everyone seems to be so good at withholding?



Posted by Maegan Crandall

Maegan Crandall



May. 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I prefer tea, and the french press is definitely better than tea bags or teapot.

May. 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

What kind of spices are you putting in? I've added cinnamon, but never anything more exotic than that. French press coffee is perfect on a camping trip, and there are plastic presses so you don't have to worry about breaking it!

May. 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Be sure to set a timer for exactly 4 minutes while your coffee is brewing in your french press. Then push the plunger down really slowly; one of the benefits of the filter is that you don't lose oil, like you do with a paper filter, and you need to mix the oil and water slowly. You're welcome!

May. 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Looks like it would make some delicious coffee Maegan. The pot is beautiful, thanks for the article

May. 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I was first served French pressed coffee at a friend's dinner party; the brew had a delicate taste that is perfect for a breezy summer evening. I may have to buy that French press even though my kitchen graveyard already includes a rather fancy percolator.

May. 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I didn't even know French press was a thing! It does sound way better than using a drip coffee maker. I can't even figure out how to heat water in those things.

May. 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM

If you are using a French press you must grind your own fresh beans!!!!!!!I also grow herbs and in the summer love to add herbs to my coffee for a wonderful refreshing ice coffee with a twist! Cyn

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