Patience Grasshopper – Smell The Coffee
How many times did the Sholin master utter the phrase, "patience Grasshopper" to David Carradine's character in the television series "Kung Fu"? I have found a new way to appreciate patience. It's called a French Press. I don't mean the restaurant in downtown Lafayette but the actual appliance. I got a French Press for Christmas and I love the whole process of making coffee in it. First you have to bring water to a near-boil but not actually a boil and pour it over the coffee grounds, stir a bit with a wooden spoon handle ( not a metal spoon...might break the French Press beaker ) and let it sit for approximately six minutes. Counting the five to five and a half minutes to heat the water in the microwave and the six minute "blooming" period, we're talking almost twelve minutes of life. Seems like a better way exists. It does. I can put water in my Cuisinart coffee maker with grounds and have a full pot of 8 to 12 cups in the same 12 minutes. Oh, but the taste difference! Two 8 ounce cups made in the French Press is worth the time and effort.
This is like the Japanese tea ceremony, or for me a crawfish boil. I like the process. Sometimes more than the product. In this case I enjoy the process and I love the end product.
I'm taking the time to smell the aroma of fresh French Press coffee. I hope you'll give it a try sometime.