New Guy - Can I use a french press with espresso beans?

tlhfirelion

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I have a decent espresso machine but am interested in getting a french press. I like the starbucks espresso and I get them to grind it. My question is, do I understand correctly that I can use the same beans in the french press but get it ground to a rougher grind? Then just follow the directions with the press and I should have the same result?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

CCafe

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You won't get espresso if that is what your asking. It will be more like a French roast drip coffee. French presses make more of a flavorful coffee drink. The only true way to make espresso is with pressure let it be from a Moka pot all the way up to a Super Automatic. They all make espresso under pressure.
 

carlamoose

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Espresso does not refer to the bean itself. Espresso is the coffee extracted when lots of pressure is added. Yes, you can use the same beans. Espresso will be a very fine grind while a french press is coarse enough that the grinds won't go through the filter.
 

MegMalyutin

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You can totally use a french press for espresso roast beans, but like the others said, it won't be "espresso" like you know it to be, it will be a cup of very dark roast coffee. For an alternative to your espresso machine, try a Moka Pot- this site has all the info and instructions for it and they are very inexpensive!

http://www.coffee-illuminated.com/moka-pot.html
 
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