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Dire Wolf
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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


I tend to agree.


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Rando
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Mini 4cup Mr Coffee with four heaping TEAspoons of grinds equals an awesome 18oz of coffee.

I miss 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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Grind beans


Have wife who gets up at an ungodly hour measure out beans and put them in the grinder so I don't have to do it when I stumble into the kitchen at 9:30am.


fightin tigers
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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ungodly hour


That could be 8:45a in hippie horology.


tigerbater
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
If you have too much grit and sludge in your coffee then you're using too fine of a grind. You really need to be grinding your own beans if you want the full benefit of a FP.

Also, as others have said, go with a lighter roast if you want less bitterness. I've had to switch to lighter roasts in my espresso machine for this same reason. Try the Big River coffee from French Truck. That's what I landed on for my espresso machine.
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Salamander_Wilson
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I consider French Press to be the easiest way to make coffee (Keurig isn't making coffee).

You have to use fresh, coarsely ground beans and hot water between 200—206*F.

Let steep for 4 minutes.

You will get a bold, full, oily cup of coffee.

I like dark, chocolatey roasts best for this.

If I'm brewing a lighter, fruitier roast, I will use a Chemex if I have the time or an Aeropress/Easy Coffee Dripper if I don't.

With these you get a much more delicate coffee where you can taste the intricate flavors.

If you can't tell the difference between French Press and Pour Over coffee, you're doing it wrong.

If you have a lot of sludge in your French Pressed coffee, you're doing it wrong.

If you're using a Keurig, you just don't care.


AlxTgr
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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I consider French Press to be the easiest way to make coffee
It's probably the most difficult.

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Keurig isn't making coffee
Oh good grief.

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If you can't tell the difference between French Press and Pour Over coffee, you're doing it wrong.
Nah. French press coffee has to be the most overrated drink ever.

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If you're using a Keurig, you just don't care.
GFY


RaginCajunz
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Any method of brewing that does not pass through a paper filter, delivers more oils into the final product. These volatile oils are either delicious or awful. Mediocre, pre-ground beans are not fresh tasting and that will transfer directly into the final product.

Long story short, to really appreciate the benefit of French press, you need good, fresh beans that you grind course for each batch. Ground Community Dark Roast put into a french press tastes like burnt donkey a-holes.



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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
LOL
I agree


CarRamrod
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I have a Mr. Coffee Espresso machine. After traveling Italy i cant drink regular coffee anymore. It just isnt as good as good espresso. I buy Lavazza Super Crema beans off amazon and i grind right before i brew. It isnt as good as the nice expensive machines or in Italy, but is is close enough for the price.


TH03
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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It's probably the most difficult.


Lol what?

Heat water
Grind beans
Pour water over grinds
Wait 4 minutes
Push down and pour

How exactly is that difficult?

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French press coffee has to be the most overrated drink ever.


I think your taste buds are fricked if you think french press is overrated but Keurig is good coffee.

Keurig is simply for convenience. It really isn't good coffee.


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Jackalope
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
In regards to the grinds in the coffee, is it a low quality French press with weak filter?

How To:

1) grind whole beans fresh into a coarse sized grind (it doesn't work otherwise)

2) pour water 3/4 the way full, then steep 3 minutes

3) put the remaining water

4) stir for 15 seconds

5) press


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


I'd say the water quality is more important.

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AlxTgr




Coffee snobbery is more douchey than beer snobbery.

I have a french press and use it when I have time to enjoy the process.

But the rest of the time evidently I "just don't care."


mdibar
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Try an Espro brand French Press. Pricey, but a smooth pot of coffee without the grit.


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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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Coffee snobbery is more douchey than beer snobbery.


Ever seen the Conan O'Brien Coffee Snob Bit?

Conan Coffee Snob


The Spleen
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Jordan Schlansky is the best.


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
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Ever seen the Conan O'Brien Coffee Snob Bit?




"He made people believe he is Italian. His last name is Schlansky."

"I've never had a sip of American coffee."

"You are one crafty fake Italian."



Matisyeezy
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I love using a Chemex. I personally think the product is better, and I enjoy trying new coffees, but I also just really enjoy the process. It's a wonderful start to my day. It's a relatively mindless activity, and I find that engaging in the mechanical action helps to get me on the right track.

But if you don't like it, or think the product isn't as good, or if you don't think your french press is as good, okay.

Image: http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/opinionated.gif


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geaux4tigers
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
Use a coarser grind to get rid of the grit and sludge. The bitterness is likely either steeping too long or using water that is too hot. I steep 4 to 5 minutes and heat the water just to the point where bubbles are starting to form on the bottom of the pot. You don't want boiling water.


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Mo Jeaux
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re: Giving up on French Press - falls way short of the hype
I love my French press. Make sure you’re using coarse grounds.

Also, don’t let it steep as long as many people say. That will reduce the bitterness.


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