French Press Tutorial


If frost on the ground and a temperature of –1C isn’t reason for Coffee, I don’t know what is!


It was freezing when I got up this morning. I put on a sweater and a robe and I was still chilled to the bone.




I guess this means hell has frozen over when I am craving coffee on a chilly morning!

All I could think about was my French Press…


I ended up buying a President’s Choice Burr Coffee Grinder.


It took me a few fumbles to get used to how it worked, but now it is easy as pie. I like that I can set the grinder to coarse and just hit the on button.

As for my coffee beans, I bought Mountain Gems Organic + Fair Trade French Riviera.


The description, ‘Cool summer evenings on the French Riviera inspired this bistro style coffee. Deep roasted coffee builds a solid foundation for a perfect steamy café au lait.’

Umm, yes please!!

I put two tablespoons of beans into the grinder for 1 mug’s worth.


I’m not sure if that is the ‘right’ amount, but it tastes amazing when I make it this way!

Set the grinder to the coarse dial (far right) and click on.



Within about 5 seconds, you have your coarse grounds! Pour the grounds into the French Press.


Now pour your boiled water into the Press, leaving 1 inch at the top.



Set your timer for 4 minutes and walk away!




And slowly press…

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Add your milk. I use Almond Breeze unsweetened.



And guzzle down a taste of Paris.


I was amazed at how much this coffee tastes like the stuff I had in Paris!!! It is almost identical. It has a deep flavour with hints of chocolate and caramel. It is crazy to me that coffee can have undertones of chocolate and caramel! Awesome. I don’t even find that it is missing sweetener either.

Welcome, me to the dark side. muahuhauha. I can’t wait to experiment with different coffee blends.

I like my 3 cup Bodum (really it makes 1 mug’s worth) because I enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning, and then I switch back to my Japanese Sencha Green Tea for the rest of the day.


A nice balance, I think!

After my coffee and Gingerbread VOO, I bundled up for a very chilly + brisk run outdooors:

The run:

  • Distance: 4.10 miles
  • Time: 33:53
  • Avg pace: 8:15 min/mile (the cold makes me run fast!)
  • Splits: 8:36, 8:14, 8:12, 8:06


Very glad to have that done with for the day. It was freezing!

I am off to bake up a few orders including a huge order for Ambrosia. If I get all of that complete, I will be working on my new Glo Bar Flavour. Very excited about this new flavour. :) Have a great day!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 13, 2010

There is NOTHING better than a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning!!! Winter is definitely on its way… :-D


claire October 13, 2010

I love that I am reading this as I sit drinking french press coffee…so cozy! Can’t wait to hear more about the new glow flavor!


Amanda (Eating Up) October 13, 2010

A French press is awesome! I think they’re way better than a coffee maker–especially if you only need to make a small amount for yourself!


Christine October 13, 2010

Chocolate and caramel! That’s exactly what I look for in my coffee–but some people prefer a lighter roast with fruit-er flavors.

My house is so funny — everyone has a different coffee!


Charlie October 13, 2010

French press is the best way to make coffee at home! It’s easy and tasty ;).


Jessica @ How Sweet October 13, 2010

I am not a huge fan of coffee (unless it has bunches of stuff in it) but bought a french press last year. It ended up shattering (I cried!) and I have been dying to get another. I think the coffee tastes so good coming from the press!


Andreas May 23, 2013

I agree. I think part of the reason is that the french press leaves in the oils of the coffee (as opposed to say ther filter method) I think thats the reason for the french presses ‘deeper’ taste.


haya October 13, 2010

we have that same grinder! do you not find that it makes kind of a mess? i’m not really sold on it yet…

we love kicking horse coffee beans. fair trade, organic and canadian (and available at loblaws)! i find that i can’t really tolerate anyone else’s coffee when i’m not at home anymore ;-)


Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 13, 2010

My mom is in love with her french press! I am not a coffee drinker at all but you’re getting me quite curious.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 13, 2010

If you find a good decaf coffee, you NEVER have to switch to green tea :) I love French press although cleaning out the grounds can get annoying. Although it’s not a lot of work for delicious coffee. So glad you have come to the dark side!


Sarah October 13, 2010

I use the same amount of coffee, and my french press is the same size (they call it a ‘plunger’ in the UK and Australia, which is always a bit funny to me), so I say it’s the ‘right’ amount! I wait 20 min for mine to brew though because I like it STRONG. I have a problem :-)


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 13, 2010

I have yet to try FP coffee — I’ve heard the flavor is so much better than drip coffee. I wonder if that is actually true.

I should ask for a FP for Christmas :)


Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini October 13, 2010

Love the Tournee Du Chat Noir coffee mug–very Francais!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 13, 2010

My lawn looked just like your photos this morning… I don’t like this!! I suppose a nice warm coffee like yours would be enough incentive to get me out the door for a run too. Those beans sound really tasty! At work we have one of those Flavia coffee makers and I usually go for the French Vanilla and Hazelnut packets. Good luck with all the baking today, and I can’t wait to hear about the new Glo Bar flavour!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 13, 2010

I’ve never used a French press, but I could go for a single-serving coffee maker of any kind. As it is, I end up making too much and throwing most away when I have to go to work.


Jenny October 13, 2010

The coffee looks amazing! I am obsessed with coffee but have yet to try the french press for coffee. (I have a press for tea) Maybe I’ll add it to my christmas list :)


Mymsie October 13, 2010

Now that you’re a coffee drinker, I’m excited for you to experiment with adding coffee to your recipes, especially the chocolate ones. Mmmm!

P.S. LOVE your blog – very inspirational!


Babs October 13, 2010

i’ve recently started a bit of a coffee addiction myself, and i must get my hands on some french press. people swear by it


Camille October 13, 2010

I have been eying a French Press for a while now! Until I actually have money, I guess I will have to stick with my old, plain coffee maker.


MaryBe October 13, 2010

You make French press coffee look so easy!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2010

Actually I was shocked at how easy it is!


stephanie a. October 13, 2010

I just want to say I love reading your blog, but sipping my coffee this morning, and seeing someone else’s appreciation for joe, just made me feel complete : ) I look forward to getting your photos in my reader each day…thanks!

And on the note of weather, we’re expected in the 90’s my part of town (CA)!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2010

haha glad you enjoyed it :)


Christina October 13, 2010

Oh how I love french press, Yum! My husband and I recently got a french press as well, and we love it. Something I didn’t know was that they actually make special blends just for french press. The lovely friends who gave us our french press, also gave us a bag of special french press coffee and it was amazing; so smooth!


Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 13, 2010

I’m going to have to ditch my Mr.Coffee machine and Folgers Classic Roast…your coffee looks way better!


Chelsea at Striking Balance October 13, 2010

I absolutely love having coffee in the mornings. I don’t have a french press, but even drip coffee I love. I usually also switch to tea the rest of the day, but in the morning, I just wake up craving a hot cup of coffee! :) Glad to see you have joined the dark side!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 13, 2010

That coffee looks delish, I’m glad you were able to 99% recreate your coffee experience in Paris. And definitely looking forward to the new Glo Bar flavor–I have a feeling it may be fall inspired :)


Natalia - a side of simple October 13, 2010

Mmm can’t wait to hear about the new Glo Bar flavor!! Happy baking :)


Gail October 13, 2010

Ok, you guys have convinced me to get a french press. I used to drink coffee, but gave it up when I gave up soda years ago. I occasionally have a cup, but I always have to put loads of soy milk in it (it’s so bitter). My husband brought me back some 100% kona coffee from Hawaii years ago and it’s still sitting in my freezer. I feel bad because it was about the same time that I quit drinking the stuff, but it’s such good coffee, I didn’t want to get rid of it. I think I’m going to get a french press and start having a little more of it, especially now that the weather is turning colder. Thanks guys!


Kate@andwhenshesays October 13, 2010

Love it! We have a french press at work and I need to get one for home too – they are just so darn elegant! Can’t wait for details about this new Glo Bar you speak of…


Katy @ a shot of life October 13, 2010

I’m more of a tea girl but now you have me tempted to try out my mom’s french press!! Silly question- how do you know which beans to use? I’m clueless when it comes to coffee, to the pont of being intimidated by Starbucks ;-) I never know how/what to order!


Shanna October 13, 2010

Told ya it was lovely over here ;)

I need to get a French chic!


Renata October 13, 2010

Hi Angela,
I’m excited about your new flavor…and perhaps you’ve already touched on this in a previous post. But, will you be getting the Run Bars back in stock anytime soon?


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 13, 2010

I love making french press coffee but I usually reserve that for the weekend when I can really sit around and enjoy it.


Karen October 13, 2010

Welcome to the dark side! I enjoy tea, but by and large, I’m a coffee girl. Just wait until you try various blends! So many different flavors and each has its own complexity; you can have as much fun with as it you can with wine or beer tastings!

My brother-in-law adds a dash of cinnamon to his coffee grounds before he brews it. It is absolutely DELICIOUS!!


Marina October 13, 2010

I love coffee :)
I’m glad you’ve discovered it :)


Hilary October 13, 2010

Wow that’s a fancy french press! It grinds AND presses. I have a single/two cup coffee maker that makes the perfect amount right now but it has been making funny noises lately. If it breaks I might move on to a french press.


Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf October 13, 2010

“When the frost is on the punkin’ and the fodder’s in the shock…”

I’m jealous of your frost. It’s not anywhere near freezing here! Today’s the coldest day of the season so far with a high of 74 F. Leaves don’t change color here until November.


Karen Beth October 13, 2010

Oh wow. I have a French Press but NEVER EVER use it. I think you’ve inspired me to get it out and dust it off. Looks amazing!


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 13, 2010

hmmm you’re really making me think I should give coffee a shot. i also like that you don’t need a coffee maker. hmmmmmm


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 13, 2010

Like you, I’ve always been a tea drinker and didn’t think I liked coffee. Now I’m super curious to see if I will like french pressed coffee.
Stay warm today! We are in the high 80’s!


Sarah for Real October 13, 2010

Welcome to the dark side! Haha, you’re so cute. I have a mini-press like that one and a big Bodum too for when it’s more than just me drinking coffee. I think a french press sounds scary but it’s really hard to mess up. Plus I’ve heard that to truly brew coffee the right way, the water has to be really stinking hot which NONE of the coffee makers can do (except one in the article I read and it was like, a $300 European model).


Wei-Wei October 13, 2010

Ahhh, that coffee sounds amazing… We have a Nespresso machine at home, it’s great too but I can never experiment with different beans. :(


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