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Move Over Mr Coffee Make Way For The French Press

Have you ever had a cup of coffee that was naturally creamy? I mean like a heavy cream that sits in your mouth. If you haven't made the trip to coffee heaven quite yet, then jump aboard the French Press Express. That's right, the French Press coffee pot makes the very best cup of coffee you will ever have. Just place the grounds in the bottom of the French Press pot.

Pour hot boiling water over the grounds and let it site for a few minutes. Separate the grounds from the rich thick brew using the filtered plunger. This 19th century technology is by far the best way to make coffee. It was almost by accident that this French Press concept came about. While boiling water one day in the hills of France a commoner who was not to bright was attempting to make coffee. He realized that he forgot to put in the coffee grounds and after the water came to a complete boil he desperately tossed his grounds in the hot water.

Watching the grounds floating on top of his pot he knew that he made a tragic mistake. How would he fix this mess he was now in? Along came a man carrying an Italian flag and a metal screen. He persuaded the assumed Italian man to let him use his metal screen. He placed the screen on top of the pot and pressed the grounds to the bottom and poured the brew in a big cup. After giving off a sigh of relief he took a sip, and all at once realized that he just made the best cup of coffee ever.

Today the French Press is made a little differently. The basic design is the same, but made of glass, and it has a single chamber. The microwave version has two chambers, but I have never had any thing good come out of a microwave. The main noticeable difference between regular coffee pots and a French Press is by far the taste of the coffee. Most of the natural oils in the coffee grounds are filtered over in a regular coffee pot.

These oils give the coffee brew its overall luster and rich flavor. The best purchase you can ever make is a French Press Pot. The prices vary from $19.95 to $65.00.

You will never ever have a better cup of coffee, and that I can honestly promise you. When you wake up in the morning the first cup of coffee from a French Press Pot is the next best thing to floating on a cloud. .

By: Don McKay


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