I love using my French Press to make my morning coffee so when Eric brought How to Make Espresso Beverages With a French Press to my attention I had to try it. Adding a bonus to the mix the recipe comes from Alton Brown who is just wonderful in both cooking and explaining how it all works.
Steps for Faux Espresso
- Use 4 tablespoons of coffee. This should be a coarser grind then the commercial coffee. This is important because I just used can coffee for the first test and did end up with the sludge in the bottom of my cup.
- 2 cups of near boiling water
- Give the brew a quick stir. If you like to chew on your espresso and have it very strong you can stir every 45 seconds to a minute.
- Let it steep about 3 min. Brewing too short will cause a sour flavor, too long and the flavor will get bitter. This is nice to know because some times I just like a good strong espresso that bites back so at times I will let it steep for about 5 minutes.
- Press the plunger down slowly in a steady this is important to reduce the amount of coffee grounds from getting into the cup. The faster you go the greater the chance of having grounds in the coffee.
- Pour your coffee either into your cup or if you just cant stand grounds you may wish to filter it to catch the very fine sediment