I had two possible posts for tomorrow: a post about sourdough bread and a soup recipe. But apparently, my camera’s memory chip had other ideas and needed to be reformatted…which means I lost my photos. This happens when I forget to make space on the memory card and cram it full with too many photos. Even when tried to retrieve them, I couldn’t restore the photos from this week. At least I make plenty of bread and soup to reshoot – and hopefully next week will bring sunny days for good photography.
Soooo….instead of a recipe today, let’s talk about coffee. Today’s the type of day where we all just could use a good cup of coffee, right?
I can run on an empty stomach if it’s early enough and my run is less than an hour in duration. But I don’t like to run without having a cup of coffee. I’m a chipper morning person, but coffee just makes running in the dark more palatable. I feel more awake and my effort level feels lower (which is actually one of the benefits of drinking coffee for performance!).
For that first early morning cup of coffee, I use the French press. Ryan and I wouldn’t drink a full pot of coffee before a run and the leftovers would just smolder in the pot. I dislike Keurig machines because their coffee never tastes quite right. The French press is the happy medium between drip coffee and Keurig – and in my opinion, it produces a richer, stronger cup than either of those.
The French press is surprisingly simple to make – easy enough to make when I stumble out of bed at 5 AM.
What You Need:
- Electric Kettle (or a pot to boil water)
- French Press
- Coarsely Ground Coffee or Whole Beans
- Tablespoon Measuring Spoon
How to Make:
- Bring water to a boil in the kettle or in a pot on the stove. There’s no need to measure out water precisely – I just fill up the press and then pour that into the kettle. Once the water is boiling, remove from heat and let cool 1 minute.
- Measure the grounds into the French press. I use 5 tablespoons of grounds for 8 cups (that’s 6-oz. coffee cups, not traditional 8-ounce cups), which is a ratio of approximately 1 tablespoon for every 8-9 oz. I like my coffee strong but not overpowering. If you like your coffee stronger, use 5.5 or 6 tablespoons.
- Add a tiny sprinkle of salt to the grounds. The salt cuts any bitterness and renders a smoother cup of coffee.
- Pour the water over the grounds and gently stir. Let steep for 4 minutes exactly – set a timer, don’t estimate.
- When the 4 minutes are done, slowly press down on the press. By plunging the press slowly, you create an emulsion that creates a smooth, flavorful cup of coffee. Take your time.
- Pour into mugs and enjoy! I like to drink my coffee black with just a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
I must confess…sometimes I don’t use coarsely ground coffee or grind my own beans. More often than not, I use just regular grounds. Our French press (Amazon affiliate link) has a fine sieve in the press and grounds rarely get into it even with drip coffee grounds.
Do you drink coffee before a run?
How do you drink your coffee?
What are your plans this weekend?