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Old 03-21-2011, 12:23 PM   #21
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Default Re: Is there really a difference ?

I made coffee this morning in the press, only difference is that I only made half a container. What I found is that you need to make a whole container to truly get the best coffee. What I mean is, by only using half the water and half the grounds, my press didn't really "press" the grounds enough to get all the oils and goodness out of the beans, lesson learned.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:49 PM   #22
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How much does a frenchpress cost?? Can it be had relatively cheap? Also any reading on the proper way to use a frenchpress..or other coffee reading? Thanks
They sell them everywhere from Wal-Mart, target to Starbucks for around $20

Use is real easy.

4 scoops of course ground coffee.
Boil water in a tea kettle. Put the coffee and the water in the press.
Stir.
Wait 3 minutes (Some folks like 5 for a strong cup.)
Push down on the press and serve
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #23
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Bodum 8-cup french press for $20 delivered on Amazon

As for proper reading on how to use a french press...

1. Coffee Grounds - Should be similar grind to drip, maybe a touch coarser.
2. Warm the carafe (glass jug bit) with warm water.
3. Boil the kettle.
4. Once the carafe is warm, empty out the water.
5. Place the ground coffee in the carafe.
6. When the kettle has boiled, wait a short while, 20 to 30 seconds, as the water needs to be slightly below boiling point for the best results. (90 to 95 celsius, or 195 to 205F)
7. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon.
8. Leave to brew for 3 to 4 minutes
9. Slowly and gently, push the press to the bottom of the carafe.
10. Enjoy.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:23 PM   #24
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Starbucks for around $20
Thats where I got mine and paid the same price! Works well and cheap, perfect!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:36 PM   #25
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They sell them everywhere from Wal-Mart, target to Starbucks for around $20

Use is real easy.

4 scoops of course ground coffee.
Boil water in a tea kettle. Put the coffee and the water in the press.
Stir.
Wait 3 minutes (Some folks like 5 for a strong cup.)
Push down on the press and serve
A scoop equals what?? A tablespoon?
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:57 PM   #26
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Default Re: Is there really a difference ?

Yes there is a difference..

I Love the French Press. I have not used a "coffee maker" for several years now.(Thanks to Mr. Moo and others back in the jungle.) The Bodums I use are the 8 cup size, and I also have a couple small 2 cup sized to take on the road/jobs with me.

I also use the AeroPress. http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm
It works great on the jobs where we have a hot water spout on the water cooler.. It is recommended to use water in the 170 degree range. Lower temp. means less bitter, and I agree with the results...The AreoPress is great for 1 or 2 cups, and clean up is a lot easier.
I find myself using the AreoPress more lately even at home. Very smooth, rich tasting coffee.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #27
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I'm fortunate enough that my wife makes my coffee for me in the morning during the week, but she's accustomed to the drip machine, and I'm not complaining. Truthfully, my drip machine is pretty good. Luck of the draw I guess.

On the weekends, I've been making coffee with my press. Definitely more flavorful, and richer while less bitter.

Kirk, I'm not sure what my scoop holds exactly...I'd guess a heaping tablespoon. The ratio I started with was 1 scoop to 4 oz of water, and let it brew for about 4 minutes. I'm sure the scoop/water/time ratio is varied to personal preference. More or less of any of those would change the brew.
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Kirk, I'm not sure what my scoop holds exactly...I'd guess a heaping tablespoon. I'm sure the scoop/water/time ratio is varied to personal preference. More or less of any of those would change the brew.
Now that I think about it I think the Bodums have a scoop included.
So does the AeroPress.
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I eyeball how much coffee goes into the press. You can put a scratch onto the glass or carafe holder so no measuring is required. There's enough leeway where it does not have to be precise.
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Good starting point: use 1T coffee per 4oz water.

While I usually fill a press I never had a problem scaling down with larger ones. Not sure what that's all about...
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A scoop equals what?? A tablespoon?
Most of the Press's come with a scoop. or at least my last 2 did. Think it's like a 30 mL scoop
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IMHO there is a huge difference.

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Default Re: Is there really a difference ?

I lean towards espresso-based drinks...but when I'm drinking something other than espresso, I'll take French press over drip any day.
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:18 PM   #34
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My scoop = 2 tbsp.
Recently did a comparison of press and drip. I use a Capresso with a gold filter and the difference is negligible.
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I'd seriously buy an energy drink before a cup of drip coffee.
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I'd seriously buy an energy drink before a cup of drip coffee.
Why would you ever buy a cup of coffee?
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Tip of the day: Never let your water come to a boil, 205˚ is more than hot enough...at 212˚ thee water will taste flat as you throw off oxygen.
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