French Press Coffee VS Electric Drip Coffee

Comparing french press coffee to electric drip brewers, here's a brief outline of the advantages and disadvantages of the coffee press vs coffee machines.

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On the plus side...

  • The french press does not require electric power, so it doesn't have the bad overtones often felt in machine coffee, and there are no motor-malfunctions.
  • It makes richer, more complex and flavorful coffee due to the direct contact and soaking of the grounds in the hot water.
  • It is really HOT being boiled on the stove or electric burner unlike many electric drip coffee makers that make lukewarm or not hot enough coffee.
  • The french press has a smaller footprint and takes up less counter or table space than a regular electric coffee maker.

On the downside -

  • Frenchpress coffee involves much more of a mess.
  • It takes longer, requires more labor and is more time consuming. There's an extra step to first boil the water in a kettle; the french press doesn't do it for you, and it has to be done manually. After adding the water you have to stir and then wait several minutes to let it steep, and then return to press down the strainer.
  • If water volume level marks are missing, it is hard to know how much water to add to the french press pot and you have to use a separate measuring cup to measure the water.
  • It lets through coffee grounds to the cup.
  • Once brewed you have to consume it right away or it will cool off pretty soon. It doesn't keep heating the coffee.

To summarize, the coffee press is great if you appreciate the stronger richer coffee taste and are ready to take the extra steps and extra time to use it.

On the other hand, if you opt for more convenience, or if you really hate the "sludge" remaining at the bottom of the cup, then perhaps it's not what you are looking for.

My personal view:

As for my personal biased view, I have shifted quite a while ago to the french press and am keeping the electric coffeemakers in reserve for busy moments when I don't have the time to brew with the french press.

I like the better french press coffee and I don't mind about the sediment remaining at the bottom of the cup.

I prefer it much more over the compromised machine coffee with its bad after tastes, under-extraction and relatively low temperature.

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