Have you ever wondered how restaurants get their coffee to taste so good? First of all, restaurants are in business of pampering you so they devote much more time to perfection of a good cup of coffee. Sometimes I'll remember a restaurant just because of their excellent coffee.
So what are their secrets and how can you duplicate this recipe at home? It may surprise you to find out that French Press brewing method could be secret in achieving that restaurant quality taste.
Most fine restaurants use a press pot, also known as French Press, which produces an extremely rich cup of coffee.
Press pot coffee is coffee steeped for 3-4 minutes between 195 to 205 degrees F. It produces a thicker and much richer taste than an auto-drip machine can produce.
A disadvantage of French Press is it may leave trace amounts of coffee sediment. But rich taste more than makes up for small amount of sediment at bottom of your cup.
So first, start off with a quality medium roast coffee, which is what most restaurants use. I can give you a couple of good recommendations.
Seattle's Best Breakfast Blend, Starbucks Breakfast Blend or Starbucks Sulawesi Coffee is 3 excellent choices. These are full-bodied coffees yet very smooth tasting. They are some of our best sellers at Perfect Coffees.com and work well for French Press brewing.
You want to grind coffee slightly larger than you would for drip coffee. Too fine of a grind will produce a bitter cup of coffee. If your grind is too coarse, coffee will taste weak. A quality grinder is best thing you can do to improve taste of French press coffee.