Bodum's Chambord
French Press

I need a strong cup of coffee to start the day. And another (or two) as a late afternoon pick-up. I recently saved myself the hassle of waiting in line and learned to appreciate great coffee by getting a French press. The pour-over may be having a moment but the press, a 19th-century invention, is one of the simplest ways to brew and enjoy a cup or two of quality java. Bodum's Chambord is a timeless, affordable design with a glass pot that allows you to see if the grounds are seeping through. All you need is coarse ground coffee, a tablespoon and a wooden stirrer (metal can damage the glass pot and plastic can melt in the hot water). Use one tablespoon of coffee for every 4 oz. of hot water. Pour in the grounds, then the water, stir and cover the press without plunging it. Let it brew for about four minutes. After that, slowly depress the plunger, ensuring you press all the grounds to the bottom, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then enjoy.

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Good to the last drop? Not necessarily. The last few sips at the bottom of the press usually contain coffee grounds, so it's best to leave them be.

Published on

January 12, 2012

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