Cinnamon Vanilla French Press Coffee + Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!

Coffee is my all time favorite drink. Nothing new for you guys right? I love the stuff. Coffee makes me feel cozy, it reminds me fresh starts in the mornings, heart to hearts with friends, late night study session in college, and now late night moral support session for Ben while he works late on journal articles...I love coffee, and all that goes a long with it. 

As a wedding gift we were given this French Press, and I quickly fell in love with this way of making coffee. Maybe because it is not the quickest way to make it...or maybe because it doesn't use something that plugs into the wall (well my stove...but you know) and it makes me feel old fashion...or maybe because it makes the coffee so strong and creamy almost like hot chocolate. Whatever it is I ADORE French Press coffee. 

So today I wanted to share a few French Press tips, and a simple recipe for cinnamon vanilla coffee, using regular coffee and natural flavors that I promise you have in your pantry! 

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

There a few steps that you need to take in order to get a great cup of French Press coffee every time. 

1. Use whole beans, and grind them yourself. - This will guarantee that your beans are not stale, and will not taste bitter or have a bad aftertaste. ALSO, most pre-ground coffee is ground very fine, which is perfect for your coffee maker, but not for a French Press. You need to grind your bean to a course grind. This will help your coffee get a great flavor, without having a mug half full of coffee sludge! 

2. Use scalding water. - There is a difference between scalding and boiling. You want your water to be at the point right before boiling (scalding). You will be able to see little bubbles begin to form but it will not be boiling. It will look like this...

3. Add a tiny pinch of salt. - I know this sounds so weird, but for the same reason you add salt to sweet baked goods, it helps the overall taste of the coffee. It reduced the bitter aftertaste and just rounds out the overall texture! You will not be able to taste the salt! Promise!

Now for the Vanilla Cinnamon recipe... this is so easy, and really kicks up the normal coffee to make for a drink that is a treat, but not overly sweet like most flavored coffee. 

WHAT YOU NEED:
French Press (mine is a 6 cup)
4 tablespoons course ground coffee (I use about 4 rounded tablespoons, but I like strong coffee, adjust to your preference)
6 cups scalding water
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Extra- whipped cream for topping
extra cinnamon for dusting
cream + sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Heat your water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add coffee grounds, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt to French Press. 

Once water reaches scalding, add to French Press, and stir to combine. Place the top on the press, and let steep for 4-5 minutes. Gently press the plunger down at a steady speed. 

Pour into mugs, add cream and sugar. Enjoy! To make it special add whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon! 

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!
For a variation of this play around with different extracts in your pantry. I think a tablespoon of cocoa powder + almond extract would be really yummy also! 

Are you a French Press person? How do you drink your coffee? 

Oh and before you go, I am super super pumped to be pairing up with Jenna of Dearest Love to bring you an awesome giveaway! Jenna is kicking off her blog sponsorships next month and is giving away ad space, and an Etsy giftcard! Whooohoo! So you know you should enter! 



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