Lets talk about COFFEE

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  1. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    It really isn't all that great, to be honest. But I do think it has the best utility/ease of use for areas where a french press wouldn't quite work.

    Try this - put two scoops (regular scoops, not aeropress scoops. That would be about a scoop and a half) of coffee and fill up with water just off the boil to the 4 mark. Stir for 10 seconds then flip the plunger upside down and put it on top for around 40-50 sec. Then, plunge it slowly. Taste and add more hot water to your tastes. Its certainly not as good as a french press but it ain't too bad. The scoop and water up to the 2 line in the instruction manual tastes like absolute shit.
     
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    I may give it one more shot tomorrow, but it seems like way too much work, too ugly a design, and I get pissed off when I have to jerry rig something just to get it to work in the first place.

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    Yeah, its not as efficient, or as tasty as a french IMO. But once you get the hang of it the whole routine gets easier.
     
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    wha? i much prefer the cleaner cup of an aeropress. i like a little citric acid in my coffee and you dont really get to taste that in a french press. my bodum is pretty much used only for cold brew now. weak and tepid seems like too much water added. try using more coffee. a scale really helps.

    also imo an aeropress so much less work than a french press cuz you dont really have to clean it. just pop the puck of grinds out into the garbage where as with a french press you have to scoop the grinds out and then wash it out and then wait for the sink drain to drain and then try and get all those grinds out into the garbage.

    its so easy. boil water. grind coffee. wash filter. add filter. add coffee. add water. wait. stir. wait. press. voila awesome coffee. like how can it get easier than that. also the plastic seems to hold heat better than the glass walls of a bodum press.
     
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    French press is my favorite brewing method. I like how you can get some thicker mouthfeel with more acidic coffees that with any filter method are like water.
     
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    i enjoyed it, but after using a french press daily for a year i got super tired of it. on to different things. kinda really want a chemex, but then i'd need a hario kettle and then i would want an electric kettle (maybe the breville maybe the pino) and then i'd want nice cups to go with my nice chemex and some day i would get tired of the chemex and want a vacuum pot. i'd also want different filters.

    sf has ruined me forever. i have consumerism ingrained in me.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is a beautiful thing.

    For the economy.
     
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    Tried it again and it was marginally better, but I took it back anyway and exchanged it for a press.

    BPA-free aside I prefer steeping hot liquids in glass rather than plastic.

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    It could be that you're not a paper-filter kind of guy. Do any of you French press users filter the coffee again once it comes out of the press? One of our local coffee shops runs theirs through a Swiss gold filter, though it still has a lot of sediment.
     
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    I find that the swiss gold filters capture a lot of oils though that could end up in the cup. It still affects mouthfeel and flavor, imo.
     
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    I don't mind the chemex and will make that once in a while. I think I was just pissed off at the shitty design. Anything that comes in a box and the consensus is to disregard the instructions and turn the thing upside down to make it work is just poorly thought out and not something I want to reward with my money. At the very least they should revise the included directions.

    There's a part of me that thinks the only reason this thing is popular is bored baristas trying to come up with some new bullshit to wank over. Hence the world aero press championship.

    lefty
    first wave coffee drinker
     
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    Agreed. But I already had them so I might as well give the damn things a go. Ordered the metal filter and that mini Hario grinder for the trip. Hopefully all will be well.
     
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    I think we should all revert back to cheap drip machines from Target and call it the 4th Wave.
     
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    I was at a cabin a few weeks ago that had an ancient Mr. Coffee and a container of Maxwell House.

    To be honest, it was kind of refreshing.

    lefty
     
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