If it wasn't for coffee I would either be a really unproductive human or I would have a horrible addiction to something more destructive. I'm picky about the roast, grounds, darkness, even the grind until I got lazy.

Years ago I saw an episode of Modern Marvels on History about coffee. The tasting experts said that the best way to make coffee was with a French press. I always wanted to try one but never wanted to spring for something I would only use on weekends. Then yesterday I saw one on clearance for $17 at Target. I decided it was time to give it a whirl.

It's pretty simple the way it works. Put grounds in the pitcher. Then add hot but not boiling water and stir it up good. Let it sit for at least four minutes. I let mine sit for five minutes. Then press the very fine wire mesh screen down into the bottom to filter out the grounds.

While it wasn't quite as strong as I would normally like, it was delicious! The flavor was even different than I'm used to with my Starbucks Breakfast Blend. Part of that is likely due to a lack of cleanliness of my Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. But there was lots of flavor in that coffee that I had not tasted before. If I could somehow put my French press on a timer that started it at 4:15 am like my Mr. Coffee, I would do it every day. It's awesome!

Andy Erickson/Hot 104.7

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