How to Make Stove-top Espresso
Fill filter provided
Fill the base with cold water
Loosely put espresso grounds into filter
Place filter into base
Screw top piece into the base
Set on stove-top using low to medium heat
Takes about 3-6 minutes, depending on size of espresso maker
How to Make French Press Coffee
30 grams per 16 fl oz of water
Medium to Heavy Coarseness
Remove lid and plunger from beaker
Fill beaker with grounds
Carefully pour boiling water (195-205 F)into press over grounds
Pour water in circular motion making sure to cover all grounds
Place lid and plunger in beaker, do not push down yet
Let grounds and water sit for about a minute
Push down plunger and serve
How to Make Pour Over Coffee
2-3 tablespoons for every cup
Place filter on glass beaker
Pour a small amount of hot water on grounds, getting them wet
Wait about 30 seconds for froth to go down
Repeat process until hot water is gone
Once complete, remove the stainless steel filter and dispose of grounds
Ready to serve
If your reading this, you probably already know that using a French press is one of the best ways for extracting all of the natural oils from your coffee grounds into your cup, giving you top-grade quality coffee. But ensuring you are constantly getting the best tasting coffee requires a proper and thorough cleaning of your French press.
Over and over again, we see build up of grounds around the plunger and even under the filter screen on presses that have not been properly cleaned. This can alter the taste of your coffee, leaving you with a lack of what you hoped would be a great cup.
So in order to help you prevent this from happening, we’ve gone ahead and created a guide (including tips) for proper cleaning and care techniques of your press.
Cleaning and Care:
First things first. It’s important to know a French press consists of three main parts: a beaker, a plunger with an attached lid and a stand. The plunger, however, can be broken down into more pieces for a more thorough cleaning of your French press.
As mentioned earlier, a well cleaned French press is essential for good tasting coffee. Below are some tips and things to know before cleaning your press:
- After using your French press, clean with a soft cloth.
- We highly recommend dumping your coffee grounds into your compost rather than putting them down the sink. A few grounds down the sink is fine, but any more and you risk clogging the sink.
- Do not use steel brushes, hard cleaners or polishing powder as they will scratch the surface.
- When not using for a long period of time, dry thoroughly and place in a plastic bag for storing.
- There are several French press replacement parts available from filters screens to complete plunger sets.
1) After using your French press, remove the plunger and dispose of all the used coffee grounds in the garbage or even better the compose. This will eliminate any potential septic problems.
2) Rinse the beaker and the plunger of any extra grounds.
3) Unscrew the plunger shaft from the filter ring, filter ring hold, and filter mesh.
4) Separate the parts and give a thorough wash and rinse ensuring no grounds are built up.
5) Carefully towel dry or leave standing to air dry and reassemble.
Reassembling your French press:
Putting a French press back together looks more complicated than what it is, but to make things easy for beginners and for those who may get confused easily, we’ve made a guide for the reassembling process. We also recommend taking a picture of your press before taking it apart- this will help.
1) Slide your squeakily cleaned beaker into the stand.
2) Place the retaining disk on a flat surface. This piece will have a screw in it allowing it to attach to the plunger.
3) Next, place the mesh filter screen on top of the retaining disk, followed by the spring disk. From top to bottom it should have the spring disk, mesh filter with the retaining disk on the bottom.
4) Once the disks are properly stacked, tightly screw the lid and rod duo into the disks.
And voila! Your press is ready for use.
For tips and tricks on brewing the best French press coffee click here.
Strawberry and green tea smoothies are delicious and easy to make, not to mention a healthy treat to substitute that chocolate you have been craving. These smoothies can also be a great party treat or morning snack to get your day started the right way.
- ¾ cup water
- 3 ice cubes
- 4 grams of loose leaf green tea
- 12 ounces non-fat vanilla yogurt
- 3 cups of dice strawberries
- 2 tablespoons almonds
1) Steep loose leaf green tea for 4 minutes in your Grosche Joliette teapot
2) Once steeped and leaves are removed, refrigerate tea overnight
3) Blend together tea, strawberries, ice, yogurt and almonds until smooth
1. Clean Dishes: when washing dishes, pour two teaspoons of grounds into the dish cloth and use it to easily scour away grease and grime.
2. Deodorize Fridge: Remove odors caused by strong, stale or spoiled food by placing a bowl of dry grounds into your fridge or freezer.
3. Remove cooking odor from hands: rid hands of garlic, fish, or onion smells by using a scoop of grounds as an exfoliator when washing hands.
4. Coffee rub: try a coffee rub on your next steak dinner for a unique flavour experience. Toast fresh coffee grounds and mix with other steak spices and rub into steak.
5. Exfoliator: coffee grounds are abrasive enough to scrub with, but are soft enough to be used on your face. Gently massage a small amount of spent coffee grounds into your face to use as an exfoliator.
6. Hide scratches on furniture and floors: minimize scratches on dark wood by dipping a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dabbing it on the markings.
7. Keep plants healthy: add used coffee grounds to indoor plants to help fertilize and keep them alive.
8. Gather ashes: cut down on airbourne dust when sweeping up fireplace ashes by
sprinkling damp grounds on them first.
9. Give paper an antique look: create a soupy mix grounds and water and soak a cloth in the mixture, then dab onto the sheet of paper.
10. Protect garden: create a barrier around plants to ward off ants, bugs and slugs by sprinkling coffee grounds around them.
|1 cup butter flavoured shortening
||¾ cup sugar
|½ cup packed brown sugar
|1 tbs instant coffee
||1 tsp vanilla extract
|2 1/3 cups flower
||2 tbs baking cocoa
|1 tsp baking soda
||½ tsp salt
|1 cup chopped pecans
||1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
|¾ cup raisins
||¾ cup flaked coconut
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs
- Beat in the milk, coffee, vanilla.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and add to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
- Fold in the pecans, chips, raisins and coconut
- Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 375⁰ for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
It’s almost time to go to the beach and what you pack in your beach bag is very important. There are a few things that you must have at the beach to have fun and stay safe!
1. If you plan on spending a whole day at the beach, you should use at least SPF 30 sunscreen and reapply after swimming. If it’s a really hot day and you plan on running around and playing games, a sports sunscreen may be best as it will stay on if you’re sweating.
2. Always make sure to bring a large blanket or beach chairs. If you want to stay for a while at the beach its great to have a comfortable chair to sit in or have a large blanket to lay on.
3. A hat or sunglasses is always a great thing to bring to the beach. You want to make sure that you have adequate sun protection if you’re going to be in the sun for a long period of time.
4. Pack sandwiches and snacks in a cooler bag to make sure that you have lunch while you’re sitting in the sand. You don’t want to get hungry while you’re trying to have a fun day at the beach!
5. Have fun and bring a volleyball or Frisbee to the beach to stay active. If you’re looking to relax a bit more, bring a great book to read while soaking up the sun.
6. Bring a towel so you can dry off after you go swimming. Make sure you always apply another coat of sunscreen after swimming.
7. Don’t forget, one of the most important things to bring to the beach is water! You want to stay hydrated the entire time you’re there. Being out in the sun can dehydrate you fairly quickly and you definitely don’t want that.
Plastic water bottles are not always the best to take to the beach due to the heat of the sun affecting the safeness of the plastic.
As well, forgetting a plastic bottle on the beach is bad for the environment and can happen easily.
Bring your Grosche Montréal Travel infuser to the beach! It’s great for traveling and infusing fruit into your water, which will give you that extra boost at the beach. The glass will be fine in the sun (or keep it cool in your cooler bag) and you’ll be able to drink your infused fruit water on the go.
Total Time: 8hr 10min
Yield: 24 servings
o 1 pound ground coffee (rich roast)
o Half-and-half (healthy splash per serving)
o Sweetened condensed milk (2-3 tablespoons per serving)
o In a large container, mix the ground coffee with 8 quarts water
o Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for eight hours or overnight)
o Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container
o Pour the coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all of the liquid to run through
o Discard the grounds
o Place the coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool
o Use as needed
o To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes
o Fill the glass two-thirds full with the coffee liquid
o Add a healthy splash of half-and-half
o Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine
o Taste and adjust the half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed
Preparing blooming tea (also known as flowering tea) is very simple and pleasant to watch. Typically made of tea leaves that are hand bound with flowers, it blooms into a beautiful surprise right in front of your eyes.
Place one blooming or flowering tea ball in a clear, medium to large sized glass tea pot or borosilicate glass infuser tea mug.
- Prepare the water. If you know what kind of tea is in the ball (white, green, or black) follow the guidelines in How to Make Tea when determining how hot to make the water. For example, if it is predominantly white tea, the water should not be boiling (170 degrees is best) when poured onto the tea. If the tea is black, bring the water to a full boil.
- Pour the hot water into the glass container.
- Watch for three to five minutes as it unravels from a tiny ball into a beautiful flower-like bloom.
- Steep the tea for at least 3 minutes (longer for a darker, more robust tea). Taste the tea as it steeps to see if it has reached a desired strength.
- Pour all the tea into cups. If you’re not going to drink it all, pour it into another teapot where it can stay warm. Leaving the hot water in contact with the tea for too long can adversely affect the taste.
- Re-steep the tea. You may be able to do this 2-3 times, depending on the size, brand, how much tea you made, and how long you steeped the tea the first time. Remember that after a few re-steepings, the flavor will not be as bold as before in other pots.
How can I make the best cup of tea?
For starters.. don’t use tea bags! Those are often the lowest grades of teas with artificial or weak flavors in most cases. They also contain fannings and tea dust, which give out sharp flavors but none of the goodness of a fine full leaf tea. Your best bet is to use a high grade of full leaf loose leaf tea and infuse it in an infuser tea mug or infuser teapot. The tea mugs are great since you can make them 1 cup at a time, they are easy to clean, and you can add more water to re-step your teas. GROSCHE Infuz and Kent Mugs are favorites for conveniently steeping tea that is not only tasty but looks great too.
The best way to steep a fine cup of tea is in an infuser teapot. Glass is the best material for such teapots because it is completely inert and the most food-safe material there is- which is why it is used in hospitals and medical laboratories.the other benefit that glass has is that it allows tea drinkers to not only enjoy the flavors, but also the visual appeal of watching their fine teas steep and infuse. Unlike coffee, tea leaves unfurl and interact with the warm water as if to ‘dance’ while releasing their goodness and flavors via infusion. Why would you want to cover that up?
How to steep perfect tea?
Steep a perfect cup of tea
Always use freshly drawn filtered water.
Then start with the finest loose leaf Teas
This must be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature
In order to draw the best flavour out of the tea the water must contain oxygen, this is reduced if the water is boiled more than once.
Measure the tea carefully : Use about 1 rounded teaspoon of loose tea for each cup to be served – vary this to your taste
Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time before pouring
Brewing tea from a bag in a mug? milk in last is best.
Recommended Brewing – SteepingTimes
Gunpowder China Green Tea – 3-4 minutes ; without milk
Jasmine China Green flavoured with jasmine flowers: 2-3 minutes; without milk
Oolong China or Taiwan O>olong: 5-7 minutes; without milk
Sencha Japan Green Tea : 2-2 1/2 minutes; without milk
Darjeeling or India Black Tea: 2-3 minutes; without milk
Assam India Black tea: 3-4 minutes with or without
Ceylon Uva Sri Lanka Black 3: minutes with or without milk
Ceylon / Dimbula / Sri Lanka Black Tea: 3-4 minutes with or without milk
Kenya Black tea: 2-3 minutes ; with milk
Recommended Steeping water temperatures:
While most black teas can be steeped using boiling water, green teas are much more delicate and should never be boiled or steeped with boiling water. That causes the tea to “cook”, and damages its flavor and could impact its healthful nature. Although your taste is ultimately what should determine the times and temperatures, as a starting point here is what I recommend for most teas:
Most flavored Green Teas 60C = 175 F Steep for 2-3 min.
Jasmine 160F Steep for 2 minutes.
Oolong Green teasame 270 ml = 9 90C = 195 F 1-2 min. Oolongs are stronger and release flavour quickly.
Japanese Sencha Style Green Teas 200F 1 min
You can re-steep many Green Teas due to their high quality and purity without any bitter flavor. You will need to increase the steeping time slightly according to your flavor preference on subsequent steepings.
Buying and Storing Tea:
Start with quality tea.
Store tea in a cool, dry place. Don’t refrigerate it like coffee!
Avoid placing it next to strongly flavored or perfumed foods etc
In some parts of the country the tap water is chlorinated strongly and this can affect the taste of the tea, if you are based in such an area consider using a water filter.
Making French Press Coffee Has Never Been Easier
Check out César Vega from Café Integral in New York demonstrating how to use a french press with the ever-popular Grosche Madrid! Without a doubt, French press coffee is the best you’ll ever taste. If you want to make a brew like this and skip watching the video, simply follow our instructions below and you’ll be making café-quality coffee in no time.
- Heat your water to a boil, then remove from the source of heat for about 1 minute.
- Add your favorite high-quality coffee to the press, and be sure to soak every corner as you pour the water into the beaker. Always use course ground coffee to prevent grains from slipping by the stainless-steel filter.
- After allowing the beans to rest, stir the grounds sitting on the surface to ensure they are evenly soaked.
- Replace the lid, and gently press the plunger down. You shouldn’t have to use much more than the weight of your hand, and it will take several seconds. Once the press is complete, allow the beans to rest for another minutes to release their flavor.
- Pour your French Press coffee into a cup, and enjoy! We recommend a double-walled glass cup to keep your coffee hot and avoid imparting and flavor or impurities into your brew.