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Old 02-25-05, 07:33 AM
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I had my first cup of coffee from a French Press tonight...

Delicious.

My roommate works at Starbucks now and picked up a <strike>French</strike> Freedom Press for me the other day. I used the same beans I usually run through my conventional drip and they taste so much different with the FP. I love it. I think I'm a coffee drinker again. I more or less stopped drinking coffee 7 or 8 years ago, but now I think I'm gonna start again. Sooooo good. It pulled so much flavor out of those beans - stuff I never tasted before. I had thought it was gonna be too strong and bitter, but it was probably the best cup of coffee I've ever tasted. Anyone else like coffee from a FP? It's like 6:30am and I can't sleep... next time I'll try having a cup in the morning instead of after midnight... *slaps forhead*
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I hear that the French Press will change the oil on your car every 3000 miles.
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Please, it's a "Freedom Press"......
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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
Please, it's a "Freedom Press"......
But does it give you the "freedom" to read the original post (and not just the subject header) before responding?
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I hear that the French Press will change the oil on your car every 3000 miles.
bonus!
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I've often wished I had a "Freedom" press for coffee making, but my wife just got me a small Cuisinart coffee maker for my birthday.
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When I bought mine, I think the box called it a "Brazilian Press". Anyway, I use mine everyday at work, with Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

The flavor is much better than the swill they have for sale in our cafeteria, and that does include the Starbucks they offer.
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The French Press rocks! I use mine every day. I want to try a vacuum model though. I heard the taste is incredible.
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Originally Posted by tdirgins
The French Press rocks! I use mine every day. I want to try a vacuum model though. I heard the taste is incredible.
Dude, that's a bong!!
Old 02-25-05, 10:53 AM
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Love the french press. I used to have the little french press in a tumbler for work every day. Yum!
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French presses are great. I prefer Italian roast (over French roast). Make sure to try that combination.
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A french press is nice, but I've never been happy about the way that you always end up with some coffee grinds in the resulting cup. And I always find cleaning the thing to be a bit of a PITA, given that you only get a couple cups out of it at best.

Whereas a vacuum coffee maker (aka the coffee bong) produces better coffee, is much easier to clean, and can produce a whole pot of coffee. The only thing I dislike is the reusable filters. They work very well, but they're somewhat fragile, IMO, and easy to break. Still, they're cheap to replace.

The all glass ones are pretty, but a bit fragile, BTW. Get the one with the built in electric heater in the base instead.

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I love my french press!! I have found that 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water makes fantastic coffee.. it seems like too much, but it is the perfect amount.. here is my 'recipe' if anyone is interested:

8 tablespoons coffee (30 grams) ground for 10 seconds with blade grinder
2 cups (24 ounces) boiling water
brew for 4 minutes

enjoy!
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This vacuum coffeemaker is pretty freakin' sweet.
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i've been doing a lot of french presses lately. my triceps have never looked so good.
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Good stuff!
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Originally Posted by Otto
A french press is nice, but I've never been happy about the way that you always end up with some coffee grinds in the resulting cup. And I always find cleaning the thing to be a bit of a PITA, given that you only get a couple cups out of it at best.

Whereas a vacuum coffee maker (aka the coffee bong) produces better coffee, is much easier to clean, and can produce a whole pot of coffee. The only thing I dislike is the reusable filters. They work very well, but they're somewhat fragile, IMO, and easy to break. Still, they're cheap to replace.

The all glass ones are pretty, but a bit fragile, BTW. Get the one with the built in electric heater in the base instead.
that's bizarre... I'm sure I have a different model than you cuz I didn't have any grinds in my cup - and I ground em up fairly fine. I also thought the FP was super easy to clean.
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Originally Posted by waporvare
Dude, that's a bong!!
I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking that.
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For those who use french presses, make sure you ground your beans coarsely (I think most coffee shops like Starbucks can do that).

One thing that I don't get, when I bought my coffee I said to the shop attendant I'm using a french press, and she ask whether I want to ground the whole pocket or just a half of it. She said the coffee would be fresher if only half of the bean being grounded. Although this is logical at some point, what am I supposed to do with the whole bean, just put it on the press when I brew or do I have to ground it just before I brew?
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Originally Posted by Otto
This vacuum coffeemaker is pretty freakin' sweet.
And you can tell all of your friends that you took a side job as 'mad scientist.'
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Originally Posted by tdirgins
The French Press rocks! I use mine every day. I want to try a vacuum model though. I heard the taste is incredible.
I use that coffee maker at home and it's great! The coffee tastes amazing and the theatrical value of the brewing process is a great conversation starter.
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I freakin' love my french press.

That vacuum thing looks pretty sweeeeet.

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