Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sample Process Paragraph

Students, please find below an example of the kind of process paragraph discussed in class and here.  The topic will, I think, be obvious.

Making coffee in a press is simple.  Doing so first requires gathering the following materials: a press, a kettle, water more than sufficient to fill the press, a convenient heat source such as a stove, coarse-ground coffee, a standard-sized coffee scoop or a teaspoon, and at least one coffee cup.  Once the materials are gathered, the water should be poured into the kettle and the kettle set upon the stove; turn on the stove under the kettle so as to heat the water until it boils.  While the water heats, open the press and insert the coffee.  Typically, one standard-sized scoop of ground coffee or two heaping teaspoons of it will suffice for every coffee-cup full of water being boiled; adjust to suit the size of the press you are using.  After the coffee is added, wait until the water in the kettle boils.  At that point, remove the kettle from the stove, turn off the stove, and pour the boiling water into the waiting, coffee-loaded press.  Then return the lid of the press to the body of the press, but do not push the plunger down into the press until at least ten minutes have passed, as the coffee will need to steep at least that long.  Once it has steeped ten minutes or more--adjust to suit the drinker's taste--depress the plunger as far as it will go down into the press and pour the hot coffee into the waiting cup.  There will likely be some silt from the coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup, but there will also almost certainly be excellent, strong coffee in the cup which is well worth drinking.

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