Coffee Drinkers – Thought About a French Press?

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

July 14, 2015

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After weight-loss surgery, you have to limit your coffee intake.

What??? Why?!?!

A handful of reasons but these being the two biggies:

1) Caffeine is a diuretic and is dehydrating to the body. After Gastric Sleeve or Bypass you are at an increased risk of dehydration and thus have to limit caffeine intake.

2) Unless you drink your coffee black (and some do) chances are you are drinking calories in your coffee drink. Whether it be flavored creamers or fancy Starbucks orders, another big reason for watching coffee is for better weight-loss results! Also, see #1 again. Dehydration slows weight-loss too. Double whammy!

While I always limit my caffeine intake to keep myself hydrated and thus have better hunger control – I have to be even more limiting in my pregnancy of my coffee intake.

I’ve only been drinking decaf unsweet tea (and love it) and keeping my coffee to one mug of black coffee each day.

SO. For me. If I can only drink one cup of coffee, it had better be worth it. I don’t want to waste my one cup on coffee that isn’t that awesome. This is one of the big reasons I’ve turned to using a French Press for my morning cup ‘o Joe.

The other reason??

My French Press isn’t as big as a my big coffee maker so it limits my coffee from the get go! It’s for the best really.

If you have never tried using a French Press Coffee Maker and/or find yourself intimidated by it…let me break this simple morning routine down for you.

This is a French Press: (Available on Amazon – aff link: Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black)

How to use a French Press for Coffee

I find the flavor of coffee is at its best with a French Press. Get you some good quality coffee (I buy mine from a local coffee shop) but don’t use a Folgers or even a Dunkin Donuts in my opinion. I would recommend an Italian Roast for a good starter coffee. Look how European we are! French press…Italian Roast…

For Grinding: you can get it ground for a French Press if you are at a coffee shop and in some grocery stores. I have a coffee grinder at home (which makes the coffee a bit fresher tasting) and I keep the grounds a bit coarse. Too fine and it would go through the mesh sieve in the maker.

Measuring: Your French Press will probably come with a little scoop. Mine recommends one heaping scoop of coffee to each 8 oz of coffee. I’ve always followed that guideline and enjoyed it!

1st up – Boil water. I use a kettle on my stovetop but whatever you need to do.

2nd – Remove the top of the French Press and pour the ground coffee in the bottom:

How to make French Press Coffee


3rd – Measure your boiled water. I used 2 scoops of grounds so I measured 16 oz of boiling water and poured it over the grounds.


How to make French Press Coffee


4th – Don’t forget this part!!! Stir it with a spoon so the grounds and the water mix. Put the lid on but do NOT press the top down yet. This is where your coffee brews! Then set a timer for 4 minutes.

5th- When the timer is up, press the button down (my 2nd favorite part) and pour into your favorite mug. And sip (my #1 favorite part!)

How to brew coffee with a french press


Yes. My mug does say “Good Morning Gorgeous” and every morning I like to say “wow, thank you!!!”

Great cup of coffee. No need to add extra calories and once I’m done with my awesome mug, I’m all set. I’m satisfied and happy. Plus my French Press is empty so I’m not tempted :)

Always remember to get plenty of water throughout the rest of your day!!



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