Every morning, no matter what, I start my day off with a cup of coffee. Coffee is really the reason that I go to sleep every night. I remember remarking to a friend once that knowing that I’m going to wake up to a hot cup of joe gives me the motivation I need to get out of bed. Yeah. It’s kind of like an addiction. The only thing about my love of coffee, though, is that it also comes with a love of cream. Cream, as you may know, is full of calories and fat, and it’s not necessarily something I need to be consuming nearly a half cup of every day. So, I’m doing something different this year. Nope, I’m not getting rid of my beloved coffee. Instead of weak coffee made delicious with lots of cream and sugar, I’m going to be making french press coffee from freshly ground beans to take advantage of coffee’s natural flavor. I started this morning after a trip to Smart & Final for a bag of beans from their Ambiance line.
Since I drink coffee everyday, and Terrence drinks it occasionally, I was able to get an incredible deal at Smart & Final for a 10 lb. bag of Restaurant Style Whole Coffee Beans for $10.99. I couldn’t believe it! That’s how much I’d pay for 4 cups of coffee at a cafe, and instead, I’ll probably get SIXTY cups at home! That’s why I love Smart & Final. They’re a warehouse sized items but you don’t need a membership. They make it easy to get fancy, y’all!
Speaking of fancy, back to the french press coffee. It’s incredibly easy to make, even if the coffee press does seem a bit intimidating. I asked for advice on Facebook for using it, searched on YouTube, and finally, asked Terrence to figure it out. We have a 20 oz. press which is perfect for one person, so these directions for making french press coffee is for one.
How To Make French Press Coffee
Start with a good grade of whole coffee bean. I used Ambiance Restaurant Blend from Smart & Final.
Grind the beans. You want them to be medium fine in order to get the best flavor.
Preheat the press with water from a kettle. Empty the water from the press and fill with 5 scoops of the ground coffee. Pour boiling hot water over the top of the grounds and let sit for anywhere from 1 – 3 minutes.
Replace the top and push it down as far as it’ll go. Let it sit for 3 minutes.
Pour and enjoy. The flavor will be much more rich and bold.
Since I’m such an incredible wife, in addition to the coffee beans for me, I also picked up Honey Lemon Ginseng Tea for Terrence from Ambiance at Smart & Final. He drinks a cup of tea every morning, and I thought he could use something new for 2015 as well. Also? The tea was 2/$5.00, so at .10 cents per bag, I’m also able to put a check next to my “save more money this year” resolution! You know what else would help me save money? Winning a $100 SmartCard from Smart & Final. From January 2nd – 13th, any Ambiance coffee product purchase will make you eligible to win one of  $100 SmartCards. Just enter the code that prints out on your receipt on the Smart & Final site to enter.
So, what do you think? Are you going to give french press coffee a try? From the grinding of the beans until it’s ready to pour, your cup of coffee will be done in about 5 minutes. That’s not a long time when you consider the enhanced flavor and the time you save from having to stand in line at the coffee shop! Give french press coffee a try and let me know how you like it!
Where To Look For The Coffee And Tea At Smart & Final
You’ll find the whole coffee beans and tea bags on the same aisle at Smart & Final. There are a lot of different options, but the Restaurant Blend is a great choice!