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Cold Cous Cous
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Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Last Christmas (2016) I switched to a French Press coffee maker because my percolater was on its last legs. I'm switching back - the French Press coffee was bitter and had far more grit and sludge in it. The grinds don't necessarily bother me, but the taste is just not as good as a basic Mr. Coffee. Anyone else have this experience?


Motorboat
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
No. I love my french press.


The Spleen
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
It is definitely more bitter. It kind of defeats the purpose, but filtering it after it's steeped can remove some of that bitterness.


ETA - I've also found using lighter roasts reduces the bitterness. I actually prefer lighter roasts anyway.
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BigErn
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
My journey has been
keurig-> nespresso-> french press-> aeropress-> chemex


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Uncle JackD
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Keurig FTW


Motorboat
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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Keurig FTW


No. Coffee is so much better now that I've moved away from the K cups


LNCHBOX
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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the French Press coffee was bitter and had far more grit and sludge in it


Sounds like operator error. Never had those issues with any of our french presses.
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but the taste is just not as good as a basic Mr. Coffee


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Zappas Stache
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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I love my french press.




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Trout Bandit
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
A French Press is great, you just can't let it steep too long. I've been using a Chemex for 2 years now and I'll never go back.


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Winston Cup
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
what are you doing with your lightly used french press?


GynoSandberg
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
All about the grind and quality of beans

The common denominator for all methods is hot water and coffee grinds. A French press takes more work so people will automatically say it’s better. In a blind taste test they can’t tell the difference in a FP, chemex, coffee maker when using the same grind


LouisianaLady
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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what are you doing with your lightly used french press?



You can have mine. Used it once.


Quinn225
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I like Aeropress but it is mostly single serving.


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CoachChappy
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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The grinds don't necessarily bother me, but the taste is just not as good as a basic Mr. Coffee.


I've had all types of coffee makers and keep going back to Mr. Coffee.


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notiger1997
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I love using the French press. Much richer flavors.

I'm just lazy and only do it that way on weekends from time to time though.


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Zappas Stache
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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A French press takes more work so people will automatically say it’s better


I think its less work than a coffee maker.


AlxTgr
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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No. Coffee is so much better now that I've moved away from the K cups


Pods are much better and easily as fast. Love the Bunn MyCafe,

Image: http://toyjewelryrecall.com/wp-content/uploads/bunn-my-cafe-ground-coffee-drawer-c3531fd7-ac67-47bb-a1f7-b7959d3ac389-jpg-w960l-drawers-brew-with-and-tea-pods-167.jpg


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TH03
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Heat water
Grind beans
Pour water over beans
Wait 4 minutes

And it's the best coffee.


Winston Cup
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LouisianaLady

would cost more to ship than it is worth. thanks for the offer though



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fightin tigers
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You can have mine. Used it once.




Dibs.

Need a tertiary.


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