Starbucks at Home: Mother’s Day Coffee Date

Making coffee at home with a coffee press is a delicious way to enjoy its full flavor, and its four-minute brewing time is just enough to catch up with someone special.

This Mother’s Day, while many of us are apart, families are finding creative ways to be together. Raelene Goodson, a designer on the Starbucks Stories team and former barista at the first Starbucks Reserve™ Roastery in Seattle, showed her mom, Liz Goodson, in California, how to make an expert coffee press at home via Zoom during this installment of Starbucks at Home.

“This is what we usually drink when you're here visiting me, it’s a really easy way to brew coffee and a good go-to,” Raelene said to her mom. “I love that we’re doing this, even though you’re not in Seattle, we’re still having a Mother’s Day.”

Raelene and Liz are both brewing Siren’s Blend™, Starbucks newest core coffee that honors the women who contribute to coffee’s journey. And in keeping with their family tradition, they are adding a dollop of whipped cream on top.

“Siren’s Blend is a medium roast coffee and it’s so versatile,” Raelene said. “I drink as hot coffee at home, I’ve done it as cold brew. What’s nice about the whipped cream is that it'll add that little bit of sweetness to it but you can still taste the coffee.”

Lifting her mug to meet her daughter’s on screen, Liz reflected, “This is a unique year. And this is an excellent way to be enjoying coffee for Mother’s Day.”

1. Get Ready

Here’s what you’ll need: coffee press, ground coffee, near-boiling water, and a timer.

2. Grind and measure

Use coarse-ground coffee that resembles sea salt, and measure 2 tablespoons coffee per 6 ounces of water. (Here we’re using a 34-ounce, or 8-cup coffee press.)

3. Add hot water

Fill the coffee press with hot water that’s just been boiled (200° F). Make sure to saturate all the grounds.

4. Place plunger and brew

Put the lid back on the press without pushing the plunger down and let the coffee brew for four minutes.

5. Finish

Gently push down the plunger until it reaches the bottom of the press and pour coffee into your favorite mugs. Top with whipped cream for a special treat.

-- by Heidi Peiper

Raelene's Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

Serves: 2


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, whip cream, sugar and vanilla using a whisk or electric mixer until stiff peaks form. A cold metal bowl works best. Do not overmix.