Call me “basic” but I love Starbucks. A regular old cup of coffee at home just doesn’t compare. The coffee isn’t as strong, the milk isn’t as “foamy”, it doesn’t have that vibe. While I am a loyal Starbucks customer, with the Gold Status membership to prove it, sometimes I really can’t justify spending up to $6 on a latte (no matter how perfect and delicious it may be). I also have to wake up before s
unlight Starbucks hours for work (yeah, it’s as early as you’re imagining). When that is the case and I can’t get my fix, I break out my trusty old French Press and a mason jar and whip up one of these bad boys.
You’ll need a standard French Press coffee maker, a Mason Jar (or other microwave safe container with a lid), ground coffee (I am and forever will be a loyal Community Coffee drinker, as any self-respecting southerner is), cinnamon, salt, and your milk of choice. Note that the type of milk that you choose may affect your “foaminess level”. Some milks that contain no fat or too much fat don’t create as much foam as others. I use four scoops (tablespoons) of coffee for every eight ounces of water, but you can adjust this to your liking. I like “fire station coffee”, as my dad always called it, that is so strong you can almost stand the spoon up in it. Seriously, I want it to be borderline sludgey (none of that Keurig garbage here!). Anyways, scoop your desired amount of coffee into the bottom of the French Press along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch salt (Pro Tip: Salt cuts the bitterness of coffee. This works in a regular coffee maker too!). Bring water to a boil either on the stove or in the microwave. Remove the water from heat and allow it to cool a little bit. Meanwhile, pour your desired amount of milk (soy, almond, 2%, whatever your jam is) into a mason jar and screw the lid on really tight. Make sure the jar that you choose leaves plenty of head room for the milk. It will expand and you don’t want it to overflow in your microwave. You and I both know that if it does, you will forget that it spilled, leave it there, it will be sticky, it will stink, suddenly you’re crying, everyone is crying, the microwave is on fire, and no one is happy. So yeah, make sure the jar is big enough.
Now shake the shit out of it. I mean really go to town. Shake it really vigorously for about a minute. Is it foamy yet? No? Keep going. When you’re satisfied with the foaminess level, TAKE THE LID OFF (seriously do not put metal in the microwave, kids) and stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This will warm the milk up and make the foam “stick” together.
While your milk is foaming it up in the microwave, pour your hot water water over the coffee grounds in your French Press, put the lid on, but DO NOT push the plunger (gross, but the proper name for it) down. Wait it out for about 5 minutes, depending on how “fire stationey” you want it. When the time is up, push the plunger (ew) down slowly. If you push it down too fast, you’ll end up with little coffee grounds in your cup. Yuck. Pour the coffee in a cup and pour the perfectly foamy milk over the top. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and try to chug it before your kid wakes up.
Are you a Starbucks addict, too? More of a tea kind of gal? Share in the comments.
The Crispy Mama