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Nov 13, 2005 07:55 AM

French Press-Pros/Cons

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Thinking ofjunking the old Mr. Coffee(sorry Joe)and going with a French Press. Any advice or caveats?
Thanks In Advance.....

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    I bought mine about an month ago. I paid about $15 bucks for it. A friend of mine got me into home roasting coffee and then brewing in the FP. Much better flavor out of the FP, my drip coffee maker always seemed to impart a weird aftertaste. So Pros, much better coffee. Cons, a little setiment in the cup and you may want to get a thermos to keep the coffee hot. Now, off to make coffee..

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    1. re: chileheadmike

      Just bought a bodum thermal carafe and it does indeed solve the problem of cold FP coffee. Also, here in SF, we have a great little coffee shop called Cafe Organica whose non-espresso coffee is all FP - they filter it after pressing to eliminate the sediment. It's a great cup.

      1. re: Lisa

        You should get the same effect by steeping the grounds in a sauce pan for a few minutes, and then filtering them through a paper cone filter (using the Melita style plastic filter cone).

        FP is essentially a steep and strain coffee. Any fine mesh strainer could be used in place of the plunger.

        Straining leaves fine sediment and all the oils in the coffee, potentially giving a richer, full body brew. A paper filter removes both.


    2. To keep the coffee hot during brewing and serving, wrap a thick kitchen towel around the press & secure with clothes pins or sew a cozy. A thermos is good too but I hate washing extra dishes!

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      1. re: petradish

        I do the same thing with the cloth - next time my carafe breaks, I'm going to get a metal French Press, for better insulation.

        1. re: petradish

          Really it's best to remove the brewed coffee from the grounds as soon as brewing has finished. By pouring the coffee into a thermos you accomplish two things. You keep the coffee hot and you keep the coffee from getting bitter.

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          Webley Webster

          For me, the biggest pro is the easy clean up. I used to use one of those stovetop Italian-style espresso makers. It made great coffee but was a b!tch to keep clean. If you didn't scrub it out with baking soda regularly, all sorts of stuff built up inside, resulting in a bitter, nasty cup of coffee.

          Because it's made of glass, a French press cleans up very easily and quite thoroughly. And, it makes a tasty cup of coffee, much better than the drip coffeemakers I've had, IMHO.

          1. I have a Bodum french press w/ a glass carafe. It makes a great cup of and nuanced. The biggest benefit that I notice is the enhanced body and mouthfeel that a drip maker can't produce.

            Choose a size that fits for you. I think that Bodum makes anywhere from 2-8 cup presses. Mine is a 3-4 cup and works well for just me and my husband on a leisurely weekend morning.

            That said, we have a 10-cup Braun drip for weekday mornings when we want to keep the coffee warm and when company is over. Drip coffee isn't quite as good, but good enough for me in those cases. I like to have both in the home.

            1. To avoid some of the sediment you should use a very coarse grind, drip grind is too fine.