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    Why does french press coffee taste better?

    A friend of mine made some coffee for me in a french press and it was much different from my drip coffee maker. The coffee was really smooth and so much better in taste. Is there a reasoning behind this?
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    Cupped, I prefer the taste of my coffee from a french press as well.

    The french press method allows the coffee to "steep" for a few minutes before filtering out the grounds. With a drip brewer, the water just passes through the grounds, as fast as gravity allows.

    I would assume that's the difference.

    Maybe there's a better chemical explanation. Or the fact that there's no paper filter? Hmmm.....
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    Part of the reason it tastes different is because there is no paper filter. A paper filter will soak up some of the coffee's oils... If you look at side-by-side cups of french pressed coffee and drip filtered coffee, you'll notice that the one from the press has an oilier surface. You get a similar effect using a metal cone for a drip brewer for the same reason.

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    French press is wonderful

    French Press is a wonderful thing, After I discovered it, I put my auto drip coffee maker in the cupboard and it only comes out for when I have a lot of people over.
    It tastes different because yes, the coffee seeps and water does not run through it quickly but also, when you brew coffee using a filter all of the wonderful oils and sediment that occur naturally in coffee beans is filtered out. When you use a french press, the only thing you don''t drink is the ground coffee- everything else is included in your cup and it allows you to fully appreciate all that coffee has to offer.

    I found a great site with all the different brewing methods and information about them www.coffee-illuminated.com

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    As villagejoe said, part of the reason is that there is nothing between the coffee and your mug......well, I guess there is the fine mesh there....but nothing to taint or otherwise add a little impurities to your cup. With a french press, nothing is filtered out, meaning you get all of the goodness out of the bean and into your mouth!!
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    1. Complete saturation of the coffee grounds
    2. (usually) proper water temperature (196-200) for the duration.
    3. No loss of oils or taint of flavor from "standard" paper filter.


    You can try brewing on a Technivorm using a gold filter and the results will be awesome as well.

    In addition, properly done Melitta (hand drip) will produce an incredible cup.
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    are there any french presses that are better than the others?

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    I've used several different brands of french presses, and I haven't really seen much of a difference between them. Bodum is one of the most popular... and it's easy to find replacement parts if you break a beaker or something. Probably where you have the most options is size... you can have a little 9 oz press or a 48 oz one. They're almost all the same basic design.

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    Ahh, the French Press!

    There is so much to this brewing method than just the great flavor due to the factors mentioned in the previous posts.

    It's handy, comes in many designs and colors, very earth friendly for not using electricity, and most of all, there is an element of "waiting".

    Waiting for the coffee to fully steep takes about 4 minutes and this helps you become more patient!

    Drinking coffee using this method can be therapeutic as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeBeanScene
    are there any french presses that are better than the others?
    I like the Bodum Chambords much more then some of the other variations I've seen at friends homes. My favorite is the 16oz (4C) model as its a nice "personal" size. Brewing in a press adds some of the hands on romance of brewing coffee lost in an automated brewer. I own 4 different size presses & always look forward to making coffee in the morning. In fact I usually fall asleep thinking about which coffee I get to brew up in the morning.

 

 
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