Introduction: Making Coffee
Coffee is the fuel of modern society. Personally, I love coffee, and at any given time, my blood is 95% caffeine.
But what do you do if you don't have a coffee maker? Here, I will show you two old-school methods of making coffee.
Step 1: French Press
The french press is wonderful for two reasons:
- It's simple and takes very little effort but yields great coffee.
- This method gives you the maximum amount of caffeine, without being overly bitter.
To make coffee, all you have to do is pour in coarsely ground coffee into the press (I use 2 tablespoons), fill it up with hot/boiling water, cover the press with the lid (without pressing the plunger down), let it steep for at least 4 minutes, press the plunger down, and pour.
I like to use the french press in the mornings. I let it steep while I shower and get ready, then pour myself a hot cup before going out the door.
Step 2: The Cezve
The cezve is a small pot designed for making coffee, rich in tradition, and makes for a full-bodied cup of coffee, but takes a little more effort and vigilance than the french press.
to start, pour some finely (the finer the better) ground coffee into the cezve (i use 1 tablespoon), then fill it with water.
Place the cezve on the stove under a medium heat. You want to watch the pot because, when it starts boiling, the coffee has a tendency to boil over, so you should be careful, unless you want to wash coffee off of your stove.
Now you want to bring the pot to a boil, but you can't leave it, because you want to take the pot of the heat just as it starts to "lift" or bubble. I like to let it cool for a couple seconds, then put it back onto the fire two or three times, to get a richer flavor.
After that just pour the coffee. Some people don't like having coffee grounds in their cups, so you can stain the coffee through a fine sieve.