This post as been updated. It was initially written about five years ago. I added a new photo and revised parts of it to fit the present, and so that you may be able to read it better.
Brewing my coffee takes about 15 minutes of my time.
The following is what you will need to quickly brew your coffee
Coffee grinder and French press.
A two-tablespoon scoop
16 ounce coffee tumbler
A dash or two of ground cinnamon (optional)
A tablespoon of evaporated or powdered milk (optional)
An electric coffee grinder
34 ounce french press coffee maker
Long-handled wooden spoon
Small basting brush
Stove top kettle
Whole coffee beans
The coffee-brewing process
Fill the coffee tumbler with filtered water to about half an inch from the top. Pour this water into the stove top kettle. Cover stove top kettle and place it on the gas stove. Turn gas stove on and heat the water until you “hear” the water about to boil. Tip: It’s the moment before the kettle is about to blow out its shrill sound indicating that the water inside it is boiling.
While the water is heating, grind the coffee. Using the two-tablespoon scoop, add the coffee beans into the electric coffee grinder. Cover the coffee grinder, plug it in. Grind the coffee until it’s as fine as you want it. About five seconds on the first grind, then about three seconds on the second and third grind. I like to grind the beans until I no longer hear them bumping around in the grinder.
Transfer the ground coffee into the french press. Use a clean small basting brush to move the residual ground coffee into the french press. During your coffee grinding process, be aware of your water heating in the kettle. When you hear the water about to boil, turn the stove off.
Once all the ground coffee is transferred into the french press, set your timer for five or six minutes or to your preferred time you like your ground coffee to brew. Put on your oven mitts to protect your hands from accidental burn. Pour the hot water carefully into the french press. Put the now empty hot kettle back on the gas stove. Take off your oven mitts. Take your long-handled wooden spoon and stir the coffee solution slowly for about ten seconds using the wooden spoon’s long handle. Set the wooden spoon aside.
Cover the french press with its top with the filter raised a level above the coffee solution. At this point, the filter should not touch the liquid. I like to rotate the french press top so that the slits face the handle and the french press is completely closed keeping the steam contained while the coffee brews.
While your coffee is brewing, add a dash of cinnamon into the coffee tumbler. The last step is optional if you don’t usually use cinnamon to spice up your coffee.
When the timer goes off, it’s time to pour your coffee into your tumbler. Rotate the french press top so that the slits now face the glass spout. Slowly press the filter all the way down until it stops. Pour all the coffee into the tumbler to the last remaining drop. Add milk to suit. Cover your tumbler. Enjoy!
What happens after I’ve consumed my coffee
This is what you will need to wash your french press and your tumbler:
Clean bottle brush
Hot tap water
The washing process:
I always manually wash my coffee tumbler and french press. Why? To protect them from the crazy dish washer (even though the products are dishwasher safe), and I don’t like to wash my coffee tumbler and french press with dish soap. I got this really neat tip from a friend of mine: don’t use dish soap to wash your tumbler and french press because the soap residue tends to add a soapy taste to your next coffee brew. Manual washing without dish soap cleans, while leaving the coffee taste on these containers, and ensures a better tasting coffee the next time you brew.
Take apart your french press and tumbler. Remove your used ground coffee. Using hot water and a clean bottle brush, wash, brush and rinse thoroughly. Dry the french press and tumbler using a clean towel or lay these on the dish rack to dry.