January 28, 2007

Press it

My newest simple pleasure is the discovery of the enjoyment of the ritual of making a cup of coffee with a French Press. I'm generally speaking, not a coffee drinker. I've always gotten my caffeine needs fulfilled via the courtesy of Mt. Dew. This isn't about waking up, but rather the leisurely enjoyment of something. I'd guess most of us are in a rush in the mornings. Hurry. Hurry. We go to and fro, rushing through the house. Bathe, brush our fangs, primp the hair (or whatever your daily routine might entail).

The act of putting on a teapot to stoke on the stove. Waiting for the rising pitch squeal signaling the water is hot enough to pour over the fresh smelling coffee grounds. The low gurgle in the french press as you pour the water over the small mound of russet grounds waiting their hot soak. The light froth on the top as you give the mixture a light swirl to ensure proper blending.

Set a timer for 4 minutes. Prepare the coffee cup with a small bit of natural sugar and perhaps some mocha if that's the course for the day. Prepare a bagel with cream cheese (or is that the other way around?) add a few capers for a different twist. Beep Beep. The timer signals stridently. Beep Beep. Ah, the Press. Once the grounds are deep in recesses of the bottom of the press we are ready to pour the morning salvation.

Add cream, a light stirring to blend the sugar and the habitual blowing on the steaming brew to lightly cool that first sip. Taste buds peaking in anticipation of flavor as the coffee moves over the palate. Even, smooth, rich and delightful. Have a cup on me.

5 Comments:

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Buffalo said...

Nicely written. Fortunately for me Kat starts my coffee brewing while I'm in the shower. Were that not the case I would have it ready to go before retiring for the night so all I need do is throw the switch come morning.

Columbian coffee. Rich. Dark. Very strong. No sweetener. No cream. Just wonderful coffee and quiet.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Still Searching... said...

I can't identify, I don't drink coffee and find no enjoyment in it. (Although I do looove the smell, especially camping when it's all a perk over the fire in the morning.) I am quite impressed, however, w/ your description of it. It almost made me want a cup myself.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Eyes said...

I adore coffee from a French Press. We had to use one for almost a week during the hurricane in 2005.
It's not an everyday occurrence anymore, but I love it when I see it sitting on the counter, knowing I'll be having a great cup.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Congrats - giving up Mr. Dew for coffee officially makes you old.

I am glad I am no longer alone...

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Annalis said...

What a coincidence, I also recently purchased a French Press. I have a very small kitchen and refused to clutter it up with an ugly coffee maker. To my delight the French Press is fantastic and as you stated quite eloquently enjoyable to make.

 

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