Saturday, February 09, 2013

Coffee Time: My New French Press!

still stewin'
For Christmas, Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats got me an umbrella, even though I already had two, and I usually just end up wearing a raincoat anyway. He was very delighted with that idea, and a bit disappointed when he realized it wasn't such a winner gift after all (it's the thought that counts though!) However, he definitely hit the ball out of the park with his other gift for me: a French Press Coffee Maker! He got us a "4 cup" model from Bodum, which actually makes two big mugs of coffee. It's just perfect.

the morning line up:
including my special dauschund in leiderhosen mug that I bought in Munich last year

For years now, we've been gimping along with a Mr. Coffee machine - making bitter, weird coffee, and having to make whole pots at a time (and then invariably pouring out the leftovers). It was unsatisfactory and wasteful. When I lived in Italy, we always used a French Press, and I had fond memories. So right away, I was in love with my new pal. Mr. VE&T calls it "The French Impression," and says things like "I am going to go impress the French," and things like that. He is a nut job.

Though I usually drink decaf, I've just in the last year or so re-discovered the joys of a good caffeine blast in the morning. I love it! I'm a bit of a slow starter and a little cuppa get-up-and-go feels good. For the rest of the day, I limit myself to one or two more cups of decaf though. I don't want to get too crazy.

And, while we're on the subject, I've also become quite smitten with Wildwood brand soymilk creamer. It may be uncool, but I like a lot of milk in my coffee. I find that a little bit of creamer goes as far as a lot of soy milk or almond milk... which means I don't have to cool off my coffee so much by dumping in so much cold milk. Plus, I really like the flavor of the creamer. It's yums.

I am grooving on my coffee.

16 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Congratulations on entering the wonderful world of Bodum. I've been loving my French Press for a few years now. There's something about the ritual of warming the press, grinding the coffee, doing some Yoga while it brews, that gives a lovey soft start to the day.

    Your blog is a delightful read for any time of day!

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    1. Thanks Anony! Yes, I agree. I very much love the ritual of the coffee making with the french press... it's all so peaceful and pleasant.

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  2. Glad you're loving your French press. I wouldn't want to be without mine. And Wildwood creamer is a must-have staple at my house. No other vegan creamer tastes as good to me as Wildwood. We use it in our coffee and our chai.

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    1. yes! I agree... no other creamer is as good. Plus, I noticed that the Silk creamer doesn't even use organic soy beans?! So, it's Wildwood for us!

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  3. I lovvvvve french press coffee, probably just because it makes me feel fancy. And makes weekends that much nice. But drip coffee is kinda sad. I usually use regular soy or almond milk in my coffee but some creamer might be nice, if I can remember to pick it up.

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  4. oooh this looks heavenly!

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  5. French presses are pretty much the best thing ever if you like coffee that's beautiful and flavorful, which I assume everyone does. I like milk in coffee too (usually milk and not cream, maybe I'm weird that way), but don't come near my coffee with sweetener. Also your coffee groove looks a lot mellower than mine, mine is more in the style of "bouncing off walls", ha ha. :)

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    1. ha! yes, my coffee groove is definitely mellow. I don't know what it would take to make me bounce off the walls... I am just so constitutionally mellow.

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  6. I grew up with French Press coffee in Australia and really struggle with the horrificness of drip coffee here in North America. I was given I think the exact same Bodum for Christmas myself, and all is well in my world once more! Hurrah!

    P.S. I love putting a little cardamom or cinnamon in with the coffee grounds to brew :)

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    1. french press xmas twins!! the spices in the coffee sound so fun and elegant. What a cool idea!

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  7. That creamer is the best! I think it may be the same one that TJ's sells, because I know they both taste a lot better than Silk.

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    1. yeah, I was also wondering if this is the same one that they have at TJs! I think it might be.

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  8. Anonymous8:52 PM

    French presses are great! I used one every day when I drank coffee, but even now that I find it useful when a recipe calls for a small amount of brewed coffee.

    Have you tried the MimicCreme creamer? It looks tasty though I wonder if the nut milks separate from the coffee.

    :) jen e.

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    1. Jen! I was just reflecting yesterday about our latte walks around the salt fields... What's your beverage of choice these days? I haven't tried the MimicCreme one yet. I bought a carton of SoDelicious Coconut creamer and we really didn't like it. So... as long as we have one we like, I may as well stick with it.

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  9. We love our java the way we love it. I actually use an Italian caffetierra (sic). There's something so satisfying, though, about pressing your own.

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  10. My husband really likes his French Press.

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