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tellnemo
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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012, 10:40am
Subject: Are you using French Press at home?
 

Hi all. I'm a coffee convert and I'd like to start making good tasting coffee at home more often.

What do you like about using French Press? In your experience, are there any drawbacks to using French Press?
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Posted Thu Sep 27, 2012, 10:47pm
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.

 
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Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 10:15am
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.

3-  Inexpensive.

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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Posted Fri Sep 28, 2012, 10:36am
Subject: Re: Are you using French Press at home?
 

VernS Said:

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.

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Just for contrast I drink espresso by far and away more then anything else but only without food. If we are having pie or something of the sort it is nearly always press pot coffee.

VernS Said:

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.

3-  Inexpensive.

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.

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+1 too all that

VernS Said:

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.

Posted September 28, 2012 link

Not so much on the espresso bit. I want an Ubber consistent grind regardless of preparation, throw down on the grinder.

 
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