know how to use a French press then you are in the cool crowd. So when I was asked if I would like to try out the Francois et Mimi 50 oz glass French press in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion I nearly screamed YES! I want to be part of the cool crowd!!
Now I have this beautiful French press staring at me on my kitchen counter. I must admit at first I was intimidated by it. I am more of a single cup coffee machine type of girl. But I wanted to be in the “in” crowd so I really needed to figure this press out. My next logical step was to turn to Google. I searched for how to make pressed coffee and recipes too. The common theme I kept coming across was that your coffee grounds will make or break your experience with the French press. So I did what any logical person would do and I headed to the coffee shop to have them grind me some coffee.
When I returned from the coffee shop I was excited to try out the French press. I had just spent the last half hour smelling the aroma of delicious coffee and now I was going to make some! But first I had to boil some water. From my research this is another area that can ruin your French press coffee. The word on the street is, boil your water then let it sit a minute or two. Then pour it in the French press. So that’s what I did.
While I was waiting for my water to boil I prepped my French press. The Francois et Mimi French press is beautiful! I appreciated they used borosilicate glass, now I have the security of knowing it won’t shatter when I pour the hot water in it. The handle is large and securely attached. With the way the handle is shaped there is no way I will burn my knuckles while pouring out the coffee.
Now my water was done boiling and I was finished drooling over the French presses beauty, I added the coffee grounds to the press and poured my water in. I let it seep for one minute with the lid on but the plunger not touching the coffee. After that I pressed the plunger down and poured myself a cup of coffee. It was different, stronger. There were some loose grounds but that’s to be expected with a French press. But I liked it. It really was not that hard to use.
The size of the Francois et Mimi is great for dinner parties. I can make enough coffee for 3-4 adults in one batch. And the French press is beautiful enough to sit out on the table. Making coffee in the French press is really fairly simple. If you find yourself not enjoying your French press I would look at the grind size of your coffee or temperature of your water. And remember French press coffee is meant for immediate consumption so don’t think you can let the French press sit full of coffee and enjoy it all morning. The coffee grounds keep releasing more coffee and it will become bitter. Pour it into a thermos if you want to enjoy your French pressed coffee throughout the morning.