NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 2,058 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo Vac Pot: N/A Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe Roaster: N/A
Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012, 9:47pm Subject: Re: Are you using French Press at home?
There are different ways of preparing coffee: drip, Turkish, espresso, French press, moka...
All of those preparations have one thing in common: As long as you want the best possible results, you have to use freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. Only then you'll get the best taste. Which way of brewing coffee you like best depends on many factors, including financial restrictions. After all, not everyone can afford to buy an expensive espresso machine, for example.
If you want to try French press, just go ahead. But get yourself good coffee and a capable grinder to start with.
*** "This drink of the Satan is so delicious that it would be a shame to leave it to the infidels." (Pope Clement VIII on coffee, when he was urged to ban the beverage)
Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 9:15am Subject: Re: Are you using French Press at home?
Yes, I use a French press at home everyday. It is definitely my favorite so my opinions may be somewhat biased. You asked what I as a regular home user like about it. These are some of the points that are important to me:
1- Full bodied taste and mouth feel.
2- Excellent repeat ability. No problems with the water finding easy channels through the ground coffee.
4- Easy to make small batches in order to always enjoy freshly brewed coffee.
5- Easy to adjust the level of extraction for ALL the coffee, with the exception of grind size distribution.
The drawbacks for me are:
1- Longer clean up than for paper filter coffee.
2- A consistent grind size is more important than for drip or even espresso since I'm told espresso relies on a distribution of grind sizes for proper compaction.
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