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A Chic & Sturdy French Press

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A Chic & Sturdy French Press

A classic way to make coffee, made better

Le Creuset Oyster French Press

Mornings can be hectic. Everyone has their own rituals for getting out the door; hell, we have an entire series dedicated to them. I've always been a morning person that can get up and go, but ever since having a kid, I like to wake up, brew some coffee and sit in silence before listening to a podcast or some music. Whether waking up early to reflect on how the day will go or ending the night with how the day went, some quality time to yourself is sacred and necessary.

I typically wake up around 6:45 am with no alarm clock—my body is used to waking up that early now. And much like everyone else, I have the unhealthy habit of rolling over and checking social media (and the weather, in my defense). After doom-scrolling for a bit, I'll hop in the shower, get dressed and take the dog out. Once all that happens, it's coffee time.

Sometimes I alternate between a pour-over and a French press based on my mood. Recently I've been favoring my Le Creuset French press for a strong cup of black coffee that gives me a good “punch in the mouth” to get the day started. The enamel-glazed stoneware is not only chic looking, but the glossed enamel finish is incredibly durable and scratch-resistant. Plus, it naturally keeps your brew hot much longer than glass or even metal French presses.

If you are attempting to depart from a Keurig or any other one-button coffee-making machine (not that there's anything wrong with those, they just water down your beans, so you're not getting the true essence of great tasting “mud”), the process of a French press is dummy-proof. Add coarsely ground coffee beans to the carafe, then steep in boiling water. The plunger pushes the mesh sieve through the grounds, filtering it while retaining the maximum depth of coffee flavor—that direct contact between the beans and the water means bolder flavor.

This press holds 34 ounces, which can last you throughout the day or maybe half a day, depending on your caffeine intake (no judgement). Plus, it's quick and easy to clean since you can throw it into the dishwasher. Also, if you need a reheat, feel free to throw it in the oven since it can withstand up to 500 degrees of heat—a bonus to an already great coffee apparatus.

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Le Creuset Oyster French Press

Oyster French press,
$74.95 by Le Creuset

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