fitlifeme
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Oct 28, 2017
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I love my coffee french pressed! Clean, simple and gives you the best flavor!
Oct 28, 2017
WBizarre
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Oct 29, 2017
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+1 on the french press! I like the more "oily" consistency over the "cleaner" coffees that pass through a filter.
Oct 29, 2017
corvid
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Oct 30, 2017
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A lot of the taste is in the oil - in the past I've tried cloth filters for both coffee and tea and couldn't stand either, at least until the cloth filter finally got saturated after several uses. Then they work better, no longer trapping the flavors so much. French press is my favorite way to make coffee.
Oct 30, 2017
djfluffkins
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Oct 30, 2017
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I don't want to throw fuel on the flame, but for those who say "favorite way" in regards to French Press... Can you give me examples of the other methods you're using and why they don't stand up to French Press? I mean if it's for ease of use and simplicity I can understand, but I've never been able to extract the tasting notes that I get from pour-over out of a French Press.
Is the only basis of comparison the crappy drip you get for free at the office?
Honestly curious, whatever works for you works for you, but I try to extract all of the flavor I can out of my coffee and just find that this method rarely stands up.
Oct 30, 2017
corvid
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Oct 30, 2017
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You appear to assume that your preference is the 'right way', and those of us who see it differently simply have never tasted anything but Folgers. There is no ultimate right way, there's only what each person prefers, and some of us prefer french press - without being inexperienced with coffee. I've tried pretty much everything except a Chemex (because I'd probably break it and then be in a rotten mood all day), and a few of the more imaginative methods (I can't imagine wanting eggshells boiled in my coffee). My preference is french press. Not for convenience, for taste.
You'd probably get better responses if you didn't make comments like "Is the only basis of comparison the crappy drip you get for free at the office?". That is condescending to the sort of people who are posting on a board like this.
Oct 30, 2017
djfluffkins
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Oct 30, 2017
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Actually, I think you're making the assumption that people who have spent more time with different methods are just snobs and not approaching coffee scientifically. Yes I'm sure that people would get offended by my comparison but for a lot of people (myself for the longest time) that was our basis for comparison. It completely blew my mind the first time someone exposed me to something other than that method. I honestly thought coffee was just the same.
BTW, I never said I had a preferred method or if there was a "right way". The only methodology I cited was that I couldn't extract the tasting notes I get from pour-over out of French Press.
There are a ton of methods that aren't pour-over that I didn't list and I'm sure many others I haven't tried. I actually do want to approach this scientifically and not just emotionally. I've often thought siphon was one of the best methods for clean extraction, but I don't own a brewer and I don't think I have the time to use it. So between, aeropress, french press, american press, v60, kalita wave, chemex, traditional drip, siphon, cold brew (and all the forms of cold brew), moka, and more many more methods, where does French Press stack rank? I'm not saying anyone is wrong or right, and preference is preference but that's an intellectual curiosity not a coffee snobism. Go read /r/coffee where they actively debate v60 vs Kalita where I personally thing there's not much difference, others are saying it's a complete departure.
I've tried through an orange in an aeropress and cold brew with coconut water. I'm not some purist who thinks there's only one right way. But you can't contextualize the comparison if there is only one data point presented in the comment.
I apologize for offending you as this was not my intent, I was genuinely curious what the breadth of comparison you were coming from was.
Oct 30, 2017
ZeeDan
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Oct 30, 2017
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Ritual DJfluffkins - ritual. There is something wonderful about grinding beans, boiling water, and watching the brew steep. It is easier than pour over. The flavor is good and something a lot of people enjoy.
Why do people insist on spending tons of money on espresso makers? Flavor is part of it, but the majority is ritual. Same thing for vinyl records. Ritual.
And seriously, French press is nowhere near office drip coffee.
Oct 30, 2017
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