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best method for good home-made coffee

not a connoisseur here but love a good cup so want the most economical way to achieve this whether its French press, machine of sorts( probably more than i want to spend) or whatever else, and unfortunately counter -space is a definite issue here

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  1. French press is perfect for you.

    1. Everyone has a favorite, there's no one best method. If counter space is at a premium, you could use a one cup or larger pour over Melitta cone with filter, or a French press, or just a pot/saucepan of hot water into which you dump ground coffee and then strain into a cup with a fine mesh kitchen strainer. If you're heading off to work, you could get a travel style insulated cup with a built in coffee press to use at home and for commuting.

      1. There's no "best." The French press is cheap and small and
        preferred by many. If you find FP coffee a bit coarse and
        bitter, you could pour it, once brewed,through a 1-cup Melitta filter and holder.
        Proctor-Silex makes inexpensive automatic drip coffee makers
        that work well (but note they don't have a built-in timer).

        Since space is at a premium, don't get a coffee maker that uses
        a carafe. Hot-plate models ruin the taste, so consider rewarming
        coffee in a microwave.

        1. We grind whole beans which we keep refrigerated. I use a combination of a good dark roast and some espresso beans which I usually get from Porto Rico in Manhattan.
          The French press gives us the best flavor but it cools off too quickly. Otherwise we use an old style Copco stove top percolator which stays hot thru our lengthy breakfast meal.

          1. I've been really happy with my Aeropress with a Coava Disk when I'm not making espresso in my 1970s La Pavoni. However, the Aeropress only makes coffee for one (so if there are other coffee drinkers in your house, you will have to get more). A french press is great, but I like my Aeropress more.


            A good grinder is way more important than you think. Don't get one of those chopping blade grinders. A good electric burr grinder costs a few hundred, but a hand grinder is cheap, takes up less space, & is easy to use. The hand grinder I use is decades old, but there are some good new ones:


            1. For $33 you can buy a Chemex 3-cup coffeemaker. This is probably the simplest way to get the best tasting cup of coffee you will ever have. Using fresh beans at a medium grind will help the filter to work best. No reason to bother with conical burr grinders to achieve the "perfect, symmetrical grind" as the filter will let ZERO dust through. I would put a cup of coffee made with a Chemex up against any other method.


              10 Replies
              1. re: CDouglas

                While the Chemex is a nice pour over coffee pot the reason to limit fines (coffee dust) in the grind is not because they well pass through but because an uneven grind will result in over and under extraction over a given time

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  I ended up buying a clever and used it for the first time this morning so far so good

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    I guess I was trying to imply that you don't need to drop $200+ on a serious burr grinder to get great results with a Chemex. For less than $40 you can buy a Hario hand grinder that will do just fine.

                    1. re: CDouglas

                      First of all, you can purchase a burr grinder that'll serve you for years for less than half that. Capresso, frex. Second, while Chemex coffee is as good as any drip method and the pot has its own charm in terms of design, it's it's pricier and takes up more room than other methods yielding same quality results.

                      1. re: mcf

                        Ok now which vessel/method is the most economical for coffee beams ?

                            1. re: vandan

                              But you don't brew beans... are you asking about grind + vessel? I'd think overall, it might be a medium grind in a pot of water brought to a boil, grounds added then strained through a fine mesh strainer. Edit: Brought to a boil, turned OFF, then add grounds.

                              1. re: mcf

                                Yes I meant the ground beans

                                1. re: vandan

                                  My friend's mother always brewed her morning coffee in a saucepan the way I describe, it was some of the best coffee I ever tasted. Has some fine sediment in the bottom of the cup. No extra equipment taking up space.

                2. Metlitta with a filter, and already ground coffee -- I know, a travesty! I've tried every coffee maker known to man. The Chemix is fine but more expensive. I buy the best and freshest coffee I can, from a local source, in small batches and it is gone in under a week. I'm always open to suggestions, but I've been making it this way for 40 years. The only thing that comes close is a Bodum vacuum sealed maker, but that is too much trouble. You can't believe what a panic I went into when Melitta dropped production of their larger pot a decade ago. Now I buy the small, "use as an extra coffee pot" pot. Ridiculous. Who needs an inadequate, big coffee maker on their countertop anyway?