If you have ever stood in line at Starbucks as 8 people in front of you furiously tap their foot, you will have no problem considering my next statement: Caffeine is the largest portion of the legal drug cartel. Let’s take a step back and actually consider what makes a substance worthy of being titled a drug. If it has a medicinal, intoxicating, or performance enhancing command for the body – it’s a drug. It’s no surprise that coffee is the most widely accepted psychoactive drug in the world and Starbucks has been cashing in since 1985 and most recently has been sitting on top of over $13 billion dollars in exchange for a savory drink to keep our bodies moving, headaches at bay, and our boss’ voice tolerable. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, accept the challenge to go 7 days without caffeine and let’s see if you aren’t spraying cash at the barista for a quick bump of espresso.
We’ve watched plenty of famous drug lords pull in stacks from their illegal drug circulation and it may be time to see how our legal lords are living and dodging the bullet. Coffee isn’t the only chess piece on the table. Pharmaceuticals of innumerable sorts, alcohol, even fast food options are all proven to be highly addictive which keeps us coming back for more at an unreasonably shiny penny. As a coffee drinker myself, I have even invested in a Verismo Espresso Maker and it’s beginning to stare at me like shameful paraphernalia that I should put away when I have family guests over to avoid judgement. Let’s give a round of applause for our new drug cartel, boldly standing center state in the American limelight. If we have to cope without Breaking Bad since being stripped from us, at least we now have a replacement story line.
I have decided to take the business into my own hands. Dear Starbucks, I am learning to make my own french press coffee now. You know what that means.
How To Use A French Press
What you will need
- Medium to large French Press Coffee Maker (like SterlingPro French Coffee Press)
- Course Ground Coffee Beans (keep in mind that you want your coffee ground at the coarsest setting. If you are not grinding your coffee at home, go with Illy Dark Roast Ground Coffee for French Presses)
- Hot water
This is not required for french press coffee but may be helpful if you’re looking to take back your coffee habit from big businesses. A reader, Cassandra, requested a suggestion for an espresso maker that does not require an expensive pressure machine. Bialetti 6799 Moka Espresso Maker is the way to go.
- Bring water to a very light boil, then allow it to sit for 30 seconds to one minute.
- Fill the french press about one-quarter of the way full and swirl the hot water around.
- Discard the rinse water.
- Place your ground coffee in the french press and shake the press to allow the grounds to settle smoothly at the bottom.
- Bloom: Pour half of your hot water over the ground coffee. This should be done very slowly.
- Stir the water.
- Pour the remaining hot water into the french press. Place lid on but do not use the plunger.
- Allow the coffee to steep for two to four minutes depending on taste.
- Slowly press the plunger all the way down to separate the grounds from the coffee.
- Immediately pour and enjoy.