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  1. Konabumm

    Konabumm Konaboner

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    Last week I bought a single serving French press from star bucks - I thought this would be a good alternative to the crappy Folgers they make here at work.

    I have been kidding myself for years - French Press ROCKS. The coffee taste so much better. I'm going to toss my old coffee maker and buy a nice Press for home.

    Anyway just thought I would share.
     

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  2. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I use one at home once in a while. It is a bit of a pain in the ass and I am really lazy but the coffee is much better, has a creamy chocolaty flavour to it.
     
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    I like the result but am too lazy to do it on a regular basis. I use a regular drip maker most of the time.

    I have one of these press/mug deals for camping though, works great.

     
  4. Nobody

    Nobody Danforth Kitchen Whore

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    Been using a press for the past 12 years.

    It allows YOU to control all aspects of a good cuppa joe.

    That's why I like it.

    With practice you can almost get espresso out of it... [much coarser grind, btw]
     
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    Been getting good results with my Bodum press for 9 years now....... I'd have brought a nice La San Marco by now but I'm too much of a tight ass to spend the money. :(
     
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    I use one when I'm camping. It's simple, reasonably easy to clean and makes good coffee. :cheers:
     
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    I'm not a big coffee drinker BUT my wife is however she doesn't seem to be able to make a decent cup to save her life. Could a french press help her? More importantly will it keep me from having to go to Caribou or Starbucks or the bakery on Saturday / Sunday morning to get her coffee?

    Are french presses all the same or are some better than others?
     
  8. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    It all depends on how she is making coffee now. As I learned here my crappy coffee was the fault of a coffee maker not capable of getting the water hot enough. A french press will help but I have also found that putting boiling water into my MR Coffee piece of crap will make a much better cup of coffee.
     
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    Main difference is how long it will last.... something like a bodum like I have, has lasted an average of 2 large cups a day for 5 years and is still good.
    But a cheaper one that was at my ski lodge only lasted 1 ski season with average usage of 8 cups per day before the filtering part broke. :rant:
    It has since been replaced with this!!! :D
     
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    I'm going to get her to try that.

    Shoot even if she didn't use it, she'd like it for the look of it on the kitchen counter. :biggrin:
     
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    urbaindk The Real Dr. Science

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    I've got one. It makes a good cup of coffee. Like westy says, it tastes chocolaty, creamy or even nutty. I really like it. I'll drink either that or espresso but not coffee maker coffee, that stuff is nasty.

    They also make a really good cup of tea. I like to take loose leaf tea (Darjeeling is good) and spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a dash of black pepper) to make home made chai tea.

    When camping I always make the old standard 'cowboy' coffee. Boil your water, throw the grounds right in, boil another minute or so and let the grounds settle and the drink. That makes a strong cup of coffee. You have to make sure not to boil it too long or else it gets bitter.
     
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    I love mine!
     
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    FYI, the water should be hot but slightly cooler than boiling. The ideal temp is about 200 F and water boils at like 210, 215 (at sea level anyway). Too hot and it can be more bitterer. :biggrin:
     
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    The press is easier IMO. I have one of those hot water dealies on my sink, so I grind a few beans (coarse!), mix beans and hot water in the Bodum, and it's done. Cleanup is easier too - although I understand drip coffee makers don't get cleaned too often :)

    My problem is that I break a couple a year - that thin glass requires care.
     
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    All coffee makers are not created equal. There is a very noticeable difference in the taste quality of coffee produced in a $20 coffee maker and a more expensive, higher qulity coffee maker. Mostly due to the temperature of the water during brewing is my guess.

    I have a basic mug-at-a-time brewer and a high-end all stainless coffee maker, (including the carafe), and using the same tap water, same coffee, brewing at the same time, the high-end coffee maker simply taste's much better.
     
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    I have used them in the past and actually have a single cup on my x-mas list!
     
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    French press only for at least one year now. And an electric hot water heater for speedy results.
    IMHO it just makes way better coffee than a coffee maker. I like to use a finer grind to get the smooth creamy texture.
     
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    Makes sense if you've got the instant hot water. I dunno, a regular drip is just so simple. I throw it together and hit the shower, when I come out it's ready to go. And yeah it's less cleaning on a day-to-day basis. Whatever, to me this is kind of like debating bongs vs. doobies...either way you'll get what you want!
     
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    Post of the day.:cheers:
     
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    LOL! Wow - you have a good eye on ya!
     
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    Hahahahahaha! Hahaa...ha...errr...dude, WTF?
     
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    i think i'm going to try using my dad's french press tomorrow morning. generally we just use our regular drip coffee maker but the coffee tastes crappy and burnt all the time so i have to put in tons of milk and sugar in to mask that taste. hopefully the french press will be much better because i prefer my coffee black.
     
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    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Only FP here.
     
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    if i want a good strong cup i use regular beans coarse not packed, and obviously if i want espresso i grind em fine and pack in a bit more.. for campin, i dig these:
     
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    Might as well make that thing from pressed camel dung as plastic. :disgust:
     
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    no reason to hate just cuz back in your day they didn't have plastic.....
     
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    I agree it doesn't taste quite right when made in plastic. Still, I use a polycarb press when camping and this at home:


    As long as you keep up on the easy maintenance it makes a damn fine cup for just pushig one button.
    The wife was scared of it at first but now is a pro and I don't have to make sure I'm the one that gets up to make coffee in the a.m.
    Huge savings over Starbucks or Caribou, et al.
     
  30. Silver

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    You still need a decent grinder and fresh beans...but if you have that, they can make a killer cup of coffee. I use mine when want to drink a full cup instead of an espresso.
     
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    French press is the best way I've found to make regular coffee. Gives a really rich cup and is inexpensive and simple. It really doesn't require that much work. Just grind beans, measure in coffee, fill with water, wait and press.

    Grinding your own beans and doing that part right is critical. You don't need a fancy grinder or anything. It'll be great as long as you get some practice. Actually, grinding your own for any method is the best thing you can do to imrpove the flavor.
     
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    i bought a cheapo espresso machine for 25 bucks at wal mart. its not as good as the 200 dollar job, but it makes a much better cup of coffee than a drip machine and it will steam/froth milk as well. I like it as much as starbucks and its 30C a cup instead of $3:

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1841472

     
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    My mom-in-law bought me a french press machine for the holidays. I made my first cup this morning. Man that coffee is good! It's smooth and creamy. I got one of those basic sets...not a fancy schmancy $300 machine.

    It's easy to use. Put the grounds in, put the hot water in, let it sit.

     
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    Coffee maker acting up, going with a french press. Hit me with any make/model recommendations, preferably supercharged with lots of chrome, and around 4 cup capacity. Go!
     
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    Get the biggest insulated stainless steel French press it won't get as cold as you pour your cups.
     
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    I wish I had an eight cup aeropress...
     
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    i'd settle for two cup at this point.
     
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    @pigboy has an Aeropress. fuck.no.