Thursday, July 23, 2009

French Press

I've never made coffee in my life, but on Sunday I decided to start. I bought a Bodum French Press from Kean Coffee (Costa Mesa, CA). It's beautiful. And it's a process. I want to love this.

But I'm failing repeatedly.

After a tutorial from the thorough and passionate merchandise expert at Keane, a coaching phone call with my grandmother who has worked at a coffee roaster (Omar Coffee in Hartford, CT) for the last twenty years, my own research online, and even an attempt with my mom (who never fails in the kitchen), every batch is weak. I add a scoop of instant coffee to make it even drinkable.

I've tried different water temperatures, various brewing times, stirring and not stirring. I think next Sunday I'll be picking out my Nespresso* on eBay.

*Unless anyone has one collecting dust they want me to take off their hands. Old model and/or used - as longs as it works. It will be loved.


  1. French press should be the most decadent and rich you can get, but it is so easy to screw up. The grinder is really important - need an even grind!! Lets get together to press soon ;)

  2. This sounds like that song from Prince, Darling Nikki...