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Personal Tips from a 22 Year Old College Student

Today’s tip: coffee.

Waking up everyday to attend the morning grind is a daunting experience but with a little help from a cup of joe – the day gets a bit easier. The cup of coffee I drink is a  bit different from what most people drink though. It’s not drip coffee, it’s not some specialty-sugary Starbucks drink, and it’s definitely not instant coffee. It’s French pressed coffee.

What is French pressed coffee?

A French press is a simple coffee brewing device invented in France in the late 1800s. The important parts of a French Press is the glass beaker, a lid,  and a plunger. The coffee beans steep in the hot water and is then plunged through a wire mesh filter. The purpose of the plunger is to plunge the essential oils from the coffee beans, thus bringing out the true potential of the coffee beans.

Why is a French press better?

Oils oils oils! With drip coffee, the beans’ oils are either lost in the coffee filter or its full potential is lost since hot water simply passes through the grounded up beans. With a French press, the hot water gets to extract all the oil from the beans which makes a delicious cup of coffee.

So if you’re interested in converting to a French Press, Bodum makes great French Presses. You’ll need:

  • French Press
  • Coffee Beans Whole – Most coffee shops should sell coffee beans whole. Whole as in not grounded. The actual beans!
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Timer

You can have Starbucks or any coffee shop grind your beans for you but I recommend getting a coffee grinder of your own choice that can do coarse grounds well. As soon as the coffee beans are grinded, the oils from the beans start to evaporate. If you can get a grinder to grind the beans right before you brew a cup of coffee, it would be the best option. It takes about 4 minutes to steep coffee and is definitely worth the extra time in the morning.

Tip : Experience the true taste of coffee, use a French Press.


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Note: Everything written in this article is an opinion of the writer and does not portray Lords Insurance’s beliefs in any way.

Written by lordsinsurancelog

December 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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