Today, I had the pleasure of being treated to a French press of Stone Creek Coffee's Market Day blend at their Bay View location. Apparently, the press pot is an off-menu item--just how far off, I'm not sure. I selected the Market Day because I'd actually been hoping to try the Organic Ethiopian, now featured at Grace Lutheran Church's Grace Place (more on that later). For whatever reason, the Ethiopian has not hit their retail stores (yet). The Market Day features a strong Ethiopian component.
The French press took four minutes or so to brew; the barista attached a little timer to it. Best of all, she brought it to my table and left it there. I appreciate the vote of confidence that I've graduated from kindergarten (see this post from January). When I took my first sip, I let out a little noise that was kind of half laugh, half O-face. I can't get around using the phrase "night and day" when I look back on the last Stone Creek brewed drip I had last week (though granted, that was a different variety). Suddenly, I'm having the best cup of non-espresso coffeehouse coffee I've had in Milwaukee--and after harping about Stone Creek's drip for two years.
So, um...time to rethink the brewing method? I can vouch for the fact that French press is worthy of a home on the Stone Creek menu.