Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The French Press Coffee Maker

I was just asked recently what I thought about a French Press coffee maker. Being that I was a supervisor at a Coffee Beanery in the early 90's, and had coffee each morning from a personal French Press while in Ireland, I have experienced French Press and enjoy the smooth, bold taste it delivers. Using a French Press is almost as easy as using an auto-drip, you put the grinds into the glass carafe, boil water and fill about 2/3 full. The coffee should be allowed to brew for 2 - 3 minutes before pushing the plunger and the coffee grounds to the bottom of the carafe. You will notice immediately that coffee in a French Press is not as "clear" as what comes out of an auto-drip and this also represents the bold taste you will find when you drink it. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a French Press as the coffee is ground more coarse than it would be for an automatic coffee maker and so you will have to buy either whole bean coffee and grind it at home or have it fresh ground at the establishment you buy it. Most commercial grinders have a coarse setting and if you go to a specialty coffee shop, they will hook you up and recommend the perfect blend. Also a French Press does not have a paper filter to catch the coffee and you are likely to end up with some in your cup, which really isn't necessarily a bad thing and you are saving on paper filters. If you are looking for something a that isn't your typical cup of coffee, the French Press might be your cup of tea!

2 comments:

Susan said...

Very helpful!! I have a grinder (I only buy whole-bean coffee anyway), but I don't like to find bean chunks in my cup. Maybe I am better off with the drip-style coffee after all...

CoffeeLovinMom said...

You will not have chunks, just a few possible grounds - don't knock it before you try it!

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