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long post about the pros and cons of coffee preparation with a French press (>3000 chars) 

@Gina
I don't drink coffee myself, but @Siiw uses a .

She either uses pre-ground beans (usually when she lacks time or doesn't want to make noise), or grinds her own with a DeLonghi grinder I found on finn.no (Norwegian Marktplaats-like solution) for about 10 bucks, which you just fill up with beans and will provide a consistent portion at a consistent coarseness (both adjustable).

Before that she used an electric hand-grinder; an old Braun (and before it broke down, a Philips) that came from my parents', possibly grandparents', kitchen that was decades old but barely used. Not sure if she noticed a difference quality wise between the Philips/Braun, and the full-automatic DeLonghi, but the latter provides a more consistent grind.

The french press solution is simple enough that someone who doesn't know how to make , can easily make a couple of cups as well.

Pros:

  • + Doesn't require electricity as long as you have ground coffee and boiled water
  • + Easy to clean; just a glass jar, a metal rod and a metal filter, which are easy to separate and wash by hand (probably dishwasher proof too? wouldn't know as we don't have one)
  • + Trivial to make multiple cups as long as the container you bought is large enough
  • + Can also be used to make a pot of tea using tea leaves. (Though if you don't clean the filter well enough, I guess it might leak some flavour/aroma into the tea if you use it for a lot of coffee.)
  • + Doesn't have to be expensive.
  • + Doesn't need to take up a lot of space, though see cons for a bit more on this.

Cons:

  • — It's not an instant cup of coffee. You need to take the time for your water to boil, the coffee to brew, and optimally the beans to grind, into account.
  • — Consistency depends on how much grounds you add, the coarseness of the grounds, the temperature of your water, and how long you brew it for. This sort of applies to all methods though, so it just depends on how much you want to automate it. A manual or adjustable solution doea give you more control to experiment to find your preferred combination.
  • — You would usually end up making a pot for multiple cups, and it doesn't take an external heat supply. Keep this in mind if you usually drink multiple cups in a sort period of time, as if you are a slow drinker, or get distracted, you might find your second or third cup quite a bit cooled down.
  • — French presses come in various sizes. If you just make coffee for yourself, and maybe a partner, you probably just can use one with a small container.If you also want to serve to multiple guests, you are probably better off with a large container. Or a small and large one to be used depending on the occasion. (I've basically claimed our large one for tea, but when we have guests it can be used again for coffee.)This does add up to the space used, but it's probably still less than a semi-professional espresso machine.
  • — Depending on the quality of your filter, you might find some sludge at the bottom of your cup

Perhaps my missus has more points to add. :)

(edits: fixed mention and formatting (I hope...))

long post about the pros and cons of coffee preparation with a French press (>3000 chars) 

@FiXato @Gina I'd like to add one thing. The press is extremely versatile. You can make your coffee as strong as you like by varying the grind and time. My press is small, and I have discovered that it does better with finer grind since it cools down so quickly. The old grinders produced a lot more sludge with a grind that fine.

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