My perfect cup of coffee with half and half is made in a French press. It's decadent to serve it this way. In this post I explain how to make coffee with half and half so that it perfectly blends without even using a spoon.
I love a good cup of coffee. Love!
I love the flavor and adore the ritual of it.
Coffee is a big part of my day . . . and not just because it helps wake me up, either.
I actually look forward to my morning coffee the night before.
What's your perfect cup of coffee?
Is it at home? At a café?
Is if full of cream? Sugar? Both?
Is it hot? On ice?
Is it in a ceramic mug? Or do you fill a thermos with it and take it on-the-go?
I want to know!
My Perfect Cup of Coffee
Let's start with the basics. . . it's caffeinated.
The coffee beans are high quality, dark roast, and freshly ground.
The coffee is brewed in a French press.
I like it strong. I never measure, but I use roughly 1 tablespoon coffee grounds per 6 ounces of water.
No sugar and never any artificial sweeteners.
It must be very hot.
My perfect cup of coffee is served in a pretty ceramic mug with a fairly thick, smooth lip. This really makes a difference to me.
Learning how to make coffee with half and half is crucial to my perfect cup. You will see . . .
How to Make Coffee with Half and Half
You probably think this is a no-brainer, and that it doesn't require directions.
Well it's true, everyone can certainly mix half and half with their coffee -- however, in my experience the following is the best way to do it.
- Pour the desired amount half and half into the mug you'll be drinking your coffee in before you make the coffee. (This amount is totally a matter of personal taste.)
- Heat it in the microwave to take the chill out, maybe 20 seconds.
- Once the coffee is ready, pour it directly into the warmed half and half. Don't use a spoon! The pour mixes it perfectly, and it's a lovely process.
One morning while I was attending Culinary school, I just happened to be standing next to one of the head chefs as he was making his coffee. There was no discussion about it, but I watched him add the half and half to his cup and pour the coffee into it. And that's how I've done it ever since.
It's not just for breakfast or brunch. My perfect cup of coffee can be from morning through the afternoon.
Coffee is never better than when it's poured just after it's brewed.
I would guess most people take their coffee with cream and sugar, so it should always be served with both options.
I usually ask my guests if they'd like half and half or milk in their coffee, and how much. Then I pour it using my method.
Often people are more comfortable making their own cup. You can kind of tell who these folks are. (I'm one of them. 😉 ) If this is the case, just serve it with all of the options.
While I think I make a mean, super yummy cup of coffee, sometimes my perfect cup is while I'm out and about.
I love meeting for coffee with friends, and that's when I get a latte or cappuccino.
Coffee is also lovely while sitting on an outside deck with a pretty view on a cool day.
Now let's learn how to make coffee in a french press . . .
French Press Coffee with Half an Half
- 2 tablespoons fresh, coarsely ground coffee (medium grind is best)
- 12 ounces water
- desired amount of half and half
- Pull out the plunger in the French press, and add the coffee grounds.
- In a tea kettle, bring the water almost to a boil. (If it's boiling, just let it sit for a few seconds before moving on.)
- Pour in the water and gently stir. Carefully reinsert the plunger, stopping just above the water and ground coffee (do not plunge yet), and let stand for 3-4 minutes. Then press the plunger down slowly, with steady pressure.
- While the coffee is steeping, add the desired amount of half and half to your mug and place it in the microwave just long enough to take the chill out.
- Pour your coffee into the half and half in the mug. (If you're adding sugar, you and add it to the half and half before you pour.)
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