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2013-05-12 03:01:18 PM  
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Waldo Pepper: Marcus Aurelius: French press FTW.

Does French press give a stronger coffee ?

You can vary the strength a little with how much ground coffee you add, the freshness of the beans, and the fineness of the grind.  What you get from the French press is better body, and you get the oils emulsified into the end product instead of being wicked up into a paper filter or sitting as a faint slick on the surface.

Amount of coffee:  Too little and you'll over extract and get the bitter shiat, too much and you won't be able to extract enough and it just tastes watery.

Freshness:  The tasty bits in coffee are volatile and as soon as the bean is roasted, it starts to lose that flavor, grinding it speeds the process.  if it takes more than a month for you to go through the can/bag, switch to a smaller size.  Some may even say don't buy more than a week's worth at a time.

Fineness of grind:  The finer the grind, the faster it extracts, too fine will clog or get past the filter, then you get gritty, nasty coffee.  If the coffee is too bitter, try a coarser grind first.

Roast:  Mild or light roasts are more acidic, and have higher caffeine content, darker roasts move towards bitter, and have less caffeine.  Start with medium roast, and see how it is, then move towards what you would prefer. If you want Decaf, your move should be for the door, you don't belong here. (Kidding)
2013-05-12 10:35:59 PM  
1 vote:
Get a Chemex.  Bad coffee problem solved.
2013-05-12 01:40:44 PM  
1 vote:
Nothing beats the smell of fresh perked coffee, to me, it's the memory of my childhood.  You don't get that with drip makers and is most likely the reason the younger generation is not that into coffee.  I have a percolator for Christmas and all significant family gathering.
2013-05-12 01:04:08 PM  
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BKITU: Gee, I can't imagine why the vacuum method and its top-heavy, all-glass, openly-boiling process fell out of favor....

I saw that thing too and went "Howdaphuq is that gonna... Woah....  Yeah, that's safe..."

Drip coffee is what most of us Americans use, though I have tried both percolator and French press.  Drip's adequate, and simple.  French press and percolator require attention, but the results are significant enough to be worth the extra attention.
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