French Press For Me, Thanks

Published by Toronto Mike on December 6, 2012 @ 15:08 in My 2 Cents

coffeeI start every day with a steaming hot cup of coffee. I usually start boiling the water at 9am and by 9:15 I'm enjoying my first sip.

Lots of people are espousing the virtues of Tassimo, Keurig, Nespresso and other convenient one-cup coffee systems but I'm not the least bit interested. Same goes for percolators. I'm loyal to my coffee preparation methodology.

I'm a French press guy. There might be easier methods and there might be faster methods, but there's no method that produces finer tasting coffee.

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18 Responses to "French Press For Me, Thanks"

Argie
December 6, 2012 / 15:35

I've heard coffee tastes best via the French press method.

We'll go that route once our over-priced drip coffee maker dies.

Toronto Mike
December 6, 2012 / 16:19

As a bonus, you can enjoy the same hot, great tasting coffee when camping.

Wulv
December 6, 2012 / 16:20

Aeropress for me. I do like French Press coffee as well but I find the Aeropress gives me better results for my taste buds. It is also a great conversation piece at parties:)
We have a Keurig at work, specifically to use the K-Cup filter thing so we aren't using the disposable ones all the time just our own coffee.

My Wife has bad acid reflux issues, the only coffee she can drink is cold brewed stuff. I brew up a batch from a Toddy every week for her, it is awesome for iced or cold coffee.

Lorne
December 6, 2012 / 16:31

My wife has coffee every morning. I admit, I use a drip-- just because I can set it up overnight, and it has an automatic on timer. It's a mix/max between good coffee and trying to operate machinery while caffeine deprived.

On the weekends though, I use a nice 1L Bodum french press. I have an adjustable bur grinder, so I can grind fresh beans to either press or drip. My kettle has a digital thermo readout, so I can get the water to JUST the right temperature.

And best of all, after the coffee's done, I can pour it in a cup, give the Bodum a quick rinse, and the use it to froth up some milk and cream. Mmmm, homemade latte.

And it can also handle loose-leaf tea!

A pox on those plastic "one cup" press things. :|

Rosie
December 6, 2012 / 16:53

Love French press coffee, it tastes perfect. And the ritual is nice. I use a drip for the same reason as Lorne, the automatic timer means one less thing I have to do in the morning before having consumed coffee. Everything hurts before my coffee. I do not understand coffee made blasting hot water through a plastic pod. It never tastes right to me and it's so expensive. It's funny how every coffee chain has jumped on the K-cup fad, even Tim Hortons sells them. No thanks! I'm so annoyed with them right now BTW- they got rid of the egg salad sandwich. Am I the only one upset about this?

MrFascination
December 6, 2012 / 17:05


9am First Cup Of Coffee.. Must be nice.... :)

McNulty
December 6, 2012 / 18:43

9am?

I've been at work for 2 hours. I love coffee and have never pressed it French style. I may have to try.

Anon&on
December 6, 2012 / 18:57

What kind of coffee do you put in your French Press? And what kind of grind? I had a lot of trouble settling on a grind that didn't leave too much sediment.

Toronto Mike
December 6, 2012 / 19:07

@Anon&on

So long as it's coarse grinds, I never have any sediment. Coarse grinds are essential, though.

I've tried all kinds of coffee that are ground this way, but my default that's always in my fridge is President's Choice - check the label for the picture of the French press to know you have the right grind.

Gary
December 6, 2012 / 19:24

My parents are European and all they ever have done is percolated coffee. I use a grind and brew coffee maker. I would NEVER use the pods. That is not real coffee.

I must say, when my mother takes freshly ground coffee and percolates it....there is nothing like it.

VegasGeoff
December 7, 2012 / 04:18

Fridge? You talk about a fine cup of coffee, yet you keep your coffee in the fridge? You know you are ruining it, right?

Cambo
December 7, 2012 / 08:06

Agreed, most coffee sites suggest NOT to store it in the fridge.

http://www.coffeedetective.com/should-i-store-my-coffee-beans-in-the-fridge.html

An airtight container on the shelf will keep the grounds fresh. If you're storing them long term (who does this?) then maybe freeze them. But buy just enough for what you need and simply store in an air-tight container.

Argie
December 7, 2012 / 09:03

Yeah Mike, you had me until the coffee in the fridge thing.

Toronto Mike
December 7, 2012 / 09:16

@Argie

I keep my coffee in the fridge to keep it fresher, longer. I guess I'm doing it wrong.

Yet it tastes so good!

Toronto Mike
December 7, 2012 / 09:35

But I'll trut you guys... the coffee is in the cupboard now. I've got some Second Cup Christmas blend freshly ground and ready to go.

Douglas
December 7, 2012 / 10:02

I have a drip filter machine that has been consigned to its box in the basement, a Tassimo machine (it was a gift) and have a French press. Medium to coarse grinds are all that I put in the French press. On the odd occasion when I forget to count how long I am grinding, I lightly swirl the last half of the mug, just to make sure that last drop (sorry, Ricardo Montalbán) is still good/does not have a lot of sediment.

Maybe it's just me, but for the sake of comparison, I have done taste tests of Starbucks vs. Tassimo Starbucks pod (when the latter was still on the market) and some other comparables. There was a difference with the Charbucks (I love that nickname for them), in that the store-brews were way stronger. I did not find that with Seattle's Best (Tassimo vs. my French press) or Second Cup.

I like to drink good coffee. To me, that by definition excludes the stuff from a certain major doughnut chain. Conversely, I'm no Starbucks snob. I like the variety that I can get for the Tassimo, especially when you cross the border and take a look at the far-larger selection in the U.S., which should come as a surprise to nobody. I also like the virtually unlimited variety that you can get when you have a grinder and French press. This morning's coffee, which I brought to work, was Seattle's Best #4 roast. I have yet to truly enjoy a cup of Seattle's Best from the fast food outlets that are serving it here in Canada. Let's just say "don't bother".

I have bags of Seattle's Best delivered to a friend who lives in the Buffalo area. Before Seattle's Best (owned by Starbucks) consolidated their offerings down to five blend levels, named so-originally 1 to 5, there was a lot of choice. I tried them all out of interest, and found my favourite coffee. Regardless of the blend, they were all, to use their line, "uncommonly smooth". Coffee for personal consumption is not taxable or dutiable, so there is no issue coming back home.

Now my coffee mug is empty. After writing this, I have a taste for more coffee. Looks like I'll be making a trip to the nearest Second Cup or Starbucks later.

VegasGeoff
December 7, 2012 / 15:13

I have a Keurig that I use during the week for speed and convenience. But on the weekends, I also do a French press. I used to work at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and I've become partial to their coffees. Some Starbucks flavors are good, but their regular line up is pretty dismal.

Trying Kopi Luwak coffee is on my bucket list. Anyone want to go in on a pound?

Toronto Mike
December 7, 2012 / 15:16

@VegasGeoff

Pusateri's is selling it for $120/4oz.


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