You may not think that a french press coffee maker and Australia have anything to do with each other. And, they may not except in my own memories.
But, the first time I used my new, gorgeous Francois et Mimi glass french press, I was transported back to 2013 and our first day of vacation in Melbourne, Australia.
Here’s my french press and Australia coffee story. It may be a little random, but apparently my sense of taste has a strong memory trigger.
After our 20+ hour plane ride with my family of seven (youngest being 4 at the time), and the joy of experiencing rental cars that for us are driven on the opposite side of the road then we’re used to, we finally navigated to the fantastic bungalow that was our home for the next several days. Jet lag was beginning to kick in, and thankfully our Aussie friends had gone ahead of us and stocked the kitchen with food and supplies, so we didn’t have to go out shopping for sustenance. On the absolute top of my list of things I needed was a good cup of coffee, but when I entered the kitchen, I realized there was no coffee maker to be found. Ground coffee in a bag, yes, but no instant brewer. What gives?
Then my ever so amazing husband points out this fancy looking device, and tells me it’s a french press, and that’s how I make my coffee. Huh? Okay, I know I grew up in a household who loves their coffee, but never had I experienced a french press. I’m maybe one of the only girls left in America who hasn’t, but what can I say.
Well. After a quick search on Google how to use one of these fancy contraptions, I realized it wasn’t really going to be that hard. I was still skeptical though. You know, coffee lovers will attest that we get particular about our coffee and exactly how we like it, right? Anyway, upon my first try at a french press, and that first perfect sip, I have to say I was hooked. There’s nothing quite like coffee from a french press. You simply measure our your grounds, drop it into the bottom of the press, add hot water, wait a bit, and slowly press down on the grounds. The result- a pure tasting, delicious cup of hot coffee.
And an instant memory attachment to Australia.
My husband and I would make a coffee in the morning, and then go sit out to enjoy our view of the wild parrots and cockatoos, the gorgeous Australian sunrise (since jet lag had us awake that early every morning). We’d chat before the kids woke up, and realize that never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d take the family to Australia.
And, before we left the house on whatever adventure awaited us that day, we’d each make another cup to take with us as we ventured out and explored the land.
Well, like all great trips do, ours came to an end. It was also the end of my french press coffee experience, because as life became routine again here in America, the memory of my special coffee faded.
Then, about six weeks ago my daughter and I were visiting my brother and his family in Nashville. My sister-in-law asked if I wanted a cup of coffee (yes please) and out came the french press. I had honestly not thought about one of those since we left Melbourne two years ago. But man, the minute I had that cup of coffee in Nashville, and the memories of Australia came rushing back, I new I had to get myself one.
When I found the 50oz Francois et Mimi glass french press on Amazon, I knew it would be perfect for us. The features that sold me were, well one, the size. And, it’s dishwasher safe. I’ve not put mine in the dishwasher yet, because it’s easy enough to simply rinse it out by hand in the sink. I haven’t had a problem with the grounds getting stuck in the mesh, or even with them coming through the strainer into my coffee (one thing I did have a hard time with in Melbourne). I like that mine is elegant and chrome, just like the one I used in Nashville. And the taste of the coffee, well, you just have to give it a try. There’s just something so pure about coffee from a french press. This one works well, I can make just a cup for myself, or plenty at one time to share with friends.
How about you? Want to make a memory over a cup of french press coffee? I’d suggest giving this one a try. All you need is to gather a few friends (or just enjoy alone), find a view worth remembering, and give it a go.