What are the disadvantages of French press coffee?

What are the disadvantages of French press coffee?

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  1. I like to have a nice hot cup of coffee waiting for me when I wake up in the morning. I also like my coffee to be made by a French Press.

    What are the disadvantages of French press coffee?

    ** I’m sipping on the coffee from my Divlor at this very second.
    This can create a little frustration. To properly use the French Press, you have to heat your water to a boil, pour it over your grounds, and let it sit for a minute or two.
    This step is essential to extract the best flavor because it causes the coffee to “bloom.”
    After it blooms, you add the rest of the hot water, stir the mix a…

  2. I like French press coffee…mostly. It does have 2 disadvantages, however, that keep me from using it more frequently.
    the carafe is just a bit messy to clean out. I have broken 2 glass carafes during cleaning. The borosilicate glass (if you get a good press) is not “particularly” fragile, but knock the lip on a hard edge or corner of a counter top and it will break. Drop it and it will break. Strike the lip with a metal tool and it will break. I could get a stainless steel carafe version, but I can taste the metal and…as a matter of esthetics, I cannot see the coffee during brewing. I dump what grounds I can by shaking over my compost bucket, but there are always enough grounds stroll in the carafe that requires manual extraction. I use a silicone scraper. You do NOT want to just flush coffee grounds down the drain, so the very easy method of using my kitchen sink sprayer to wash out the inside of the carafe and swish the grounds down the drain is right out. Then you have to get out all remnants of coffee from the plunger hardware. Some days that is a challenge and I have to completely disassemble the plunger to clean the screen, spring, and supporting disk. Pretty much all my other brewing methods are far less messy for clean up.
    “Mud” in the cup. Unless you have a pro-quality grinder, and you use an additional filter, or you wait exceedingly long for them to settle before pouring, you will end up with “fines” in the cup. I have a pretty good grinder and I grind my French Press coffee fairly coarse and I use an aftermarket finer screen on the plunger—but I still get fines. I like my cup to be “clean” and not gritty. Filtering through paper solves the problem, but removes flavor elements that I specifically use the French Press to get! Allowing the coffee to settle before pouring allows it to cool too long or, having been poured into an insulated thermos-style carafe, it allows continued extraction from the fines, resulting in “off” or bitter flavors.
    Those are my main gripes, but I like the coffee enough to still use the method in my rotation of brewing methods.

  3. The disadvantages are:
    Grounds always seep through to your coffee. That muddles the drink. It needlessly detracts from what it could be.
    The process is just so precious and fiddly.
    If you like coffee from a French press, I’ll share the way to a much better cup. Get one of these for $40, but it’s not what you think:

    What are the disadvantages of French press coffee?

    The key is that the filter basket has a silicone flapper. If the carafe is not in place, the flapper closes and coffee does not drip into (the missing) carafe.
    So, to do the French press one better:
    Place the standard paper filter in the basket. Pre-wet to remove any potential for paper taste. Dump the rinse water.
    Fill with ground coffee. Turn the machine on to brew, but do so without the carafe in place.
    The filter basket fills with hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes. The coffee grounds are completely immersed and fully mixed. Thus extraction, and importantly, the rate of extraction is uniform.
    Put the carafe back into the machine. The finished coffee drains quickly into the carafe.
    Now, the details of the extraction process matters. And those details are: ground size, temperature, and time. You have no control over water temperature with this method. So experiment with steep time and ground size for the coffee you like.
    This will out do any French press/Chemix/Aeropress/pour-over style coffee you’ve tried. In particular, filtering through paper means no French press style brown sludge at the bottom of your cup.

  4. If made using the traditional method, you will always get some sludge in your cup.
    But while there are ways to reduce and remove that sludge, like James Hoffman’s recipe. There is still the matter of cleanup.
    While I do enjoy the taste of infusion brewing, the cleanup afterwards sometimes a bit of a hassle if done every morning. That is why I only usey french press on the weekends.

  5. I love French Press coffee, but I don’t go for French Press all the time at home for a few reasons.
    Speed . If you’re looking for a quick cup, the French Press is not your jam. I’m a fan of patience, but waiting 4–8 minutes (depending on your preferred method) can be a challenge if you’re running between meetings. Or teleconferences in today’s environment.
    Convenience . As others have pointed out it is messy. Specifically the cleaning process.
    Sediment . Some people don’t like the fines that you’ll get at the bottom of the cup. I don’t mind them myself, but if you want a “clean” cup a pour over is a better solution.
    That Second Cup . If you let the coffee sit in the carafe it will get bitter, so going back for a second cup later isn’t ideal. It will also cool relatively quickly. I actually solve this by pouring my first cup right out of the carafe, then pouring the remaining coffee into an insulated container to have later.
    The overall quality and flavor of a properly executed French Press pot is hard to beat. I usually reserve it for when I have the time, like a Saturday or Sunday morning or after I’ve made a good meal.

  6. It is messy, it forces you to pour the coffee within 3 to 4 minutes of pouring the hot water into it. If you leave the coffee in the pot for too long, the coffee will become bitter, and a French Press leaves too many solid particles in the coffee.
    Basically, a French Press takes a fairly simple process of making coffee, makes it more complicated than it needs to be, produces a poor cup of coffee, and leaves you with a mess to clean up.

    Victor Allen’s

  7. The coffee often comes out a little crunchy from the grounds that slip though the screen. And if you don’t drink it all quickly the remaining part gets cold.
    Personally I prefer to refill K-cups with my own recently-ground beans. Using fresh-ground beans makes a difference for me but the temperature and timing of the Keurig brew is right. I’ve tried using an aeropress where you can vary all the parameters but it is more work with more ways to get it wrong. With the single-cup brews I don’t have to worry about the rest getting cold or stale.

  8. Main one is that it’s messy to clean. I always disassemble the bottom part (where the filters are) and rinse them, then put the whole thing in the dishwasher after washing out the main body to make sure there are no grounds left.
    I use a metal one, so fragility isn’t an issue, as it is for a glass unit.
    There is a fine sediment at the bottom that can end up in the cup, but that doesn’t bother me — I kind of like it.
    I tend to cold brew it overnight and then heat it in the microwave. This might not be to everyone’s liking, but I get a hot cop of coffee in exactly 2 minutes, and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

  9. The main problem is coffee solids in your coffee, this will mostly gather in the bottom of your cup, so if you don’t drink the last sip, this is not an issue. Also, there is the fragility of the glass ones, which I always use myself as well.
    I do not recognize most of the other problems mentioned here. In my opinion it is quick and easy to make coffee with, just grind some beans and put them in the pot (which you have to do anyway, regardless of coffee making method.) Boil some water and pour it over coffee, wait, push, pour. can’t be any easier.
    For cleaning, you just empty it in the compost bin (hake a few times, that is the only hard part) rinse and let dry, done. Apart from getting the grit out, it can’t be much easier than this.


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