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The How To Issue

How to Make Coffee at Home: Howard Schultz

How to Make Coffee at Home: Howard Schultz

Photograph by Gabriela Hasbun for Bloomberg Businessweek

I get up at 4:30 every morning to walk my three dogs and work out. Around 5:45 a.m. I make coffee for myself and my wife, using an 8-cup Bodum French press. This is the absolute best way to make coffee at home. Brewing coffee traditionally does not extract the oils, flavor, and essence of blends or a single varietal. The French press brings out those flavors. It’s a more robust or, in lay terms, a muddier cup of coffee. I use a coarse grind of aged Sumatra. Don’t buy preground coffee. After it’s opened, a bag of whole bean coffee has a shelf life of no more than a week. Store it in an airtight container on your counter, away from heat, sunlight, and moisture. Put approximately two tablespoons of coffee per cup in the glass beaker. Let your filtered water reach a rolling boil before you pour it in. After the water and coffee steep for three to four minutes, stir it to make sure the grinds are wet and submerged. Then press the coffee down. I never add milk to my French press, absolutely no milk. And since the French press should not be on a burner, transfer the coffee to a thermos. Drink it within an hour or two, at the max. You’ll have the best cup of coffee known to mankind. I am also particular about the brand I use, but that is a topic for another day. — As told to Susan Berfield 

Schultz is the chairman and CEO of Starbucks.

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