I am a coffee snob
Having worked in the specialty coffee business for some years. I began as a barista and worked my way up through the ranks. I admit it, there are certain things that I can be a SNOB about, and coffee is VERY high on that list (along with chocolate and good champagne). The ONE thing that I loved most about my job, was offering coffee tastings to both customers as well as at private dinners (they would hire me to do tastings much like wine tastings). I may not be a five star chef, but I DO pride myself on making a great cup of coffee (whether it be pulling the perfect espresso shot, steaming milk and foaming, or just making a simple pot to enjoy in the morning).
The beauty of coffee is that the BEST brewing method is actually the simplest. While machines with pods and plastic cups are easy to use, what makes GREAT coffee is DIRECT CONTACT between the coffee and water. That being said, my preferred method would be to use a Bialetti French Press.
Making the perfect cup of coffee:
2. Grind your favorite coffee (mine are the Indonesian varietals) to a COURSE grind. There are people who like a medium grind, but they’ll find themselves with lots of sludge in the bottom of their cup from all of the grinds that have made it through the screen. **If you grind at home make certain that you’re using a burr grinder, as blade grinders can’t seem to get that grind right for a press.
3. Measure the coffee into the bottom of your Bialetti French Press. I use 2 TBS per 6 oz.
4. Pour the water over the grinds EVENLY (I use a circular motion).
5. Set your timer for 4 minutes. Once you do this a few times you’ll find just what timing is perfect for you. Don’t forget that the coffee will sit in the pot for a short while and get stronger between your first and second cup 😉
6. Do NOT cover the coffee with the plunger just yet. You want the coffee to BLOOM. OPTIONAL: In order to get a better more even bloom, I use chopsticks to give the grinds a little stir.
7. OPTIONAL: Some coffee drinkers like to skim the grinds off of the top before plunging. It does make a smoother cup.
8. Place the Bialetti coffee plunger on top and slowly press down making certain that the lid is centered.
9. Get your cup ready, because you’re going to wonder why you’ve been drinking any other kind of coffee.
Over the years I’ve used quite a few different brands of coffee makers, and while I have perfected the art of the perfect cup of coffee, Bialetti has perfected the coffee maker.
Don’t be satisfied with a BAD cup of coffee
I don’t know about you. But my coffee sets the day. It’s the FIRST thing that I truly enjoy upon waking up. Wasting my time with a BAD cup of coffee can throw my entire day off.
Where to buy the Bialetti French Press
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Crate & Barrel
- Kitchen Kapers
- MoMa Store
- Sur la Table
I received product to facilitate my review. I am retired from Starbucks and spent many years making GREAT coffee. All opinions are strictly my own.