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LawrenceTaylor56 : 5/14/2018 5:59 pm
I'm starting my new job next week, which will require me to be up at 430am. I'm not much of a coffee guy, never have been. The few times where I had coffee I was just fine with it black and caffeinated.

Talking with some coworkers they told me about investing in a Kuerig. Too pricy. Doesn't really fit my needs. Someone mentioned to me about a French press. Are these things handy and convenient?
Every Morning  
Chris in San Diego : 5/14/2018 6:14 pm : link
boil the water
grind the beans (20 seconds)
pour ground beans into french press
pour water in
wait 4 minutes
push down and pour

I have a milk steamer also...when Im feelin fancy I add that and it's kinda like a latte
I have a press, and used to work at a coffee  
chopperhatch : 5/14/2018 6:15 pm : link
Shop in college so I know how to use it. They are convenient in that you can make just enough for what you need and get the most possible flavor out of your coffee. They WILL take literally 5 mins longer to make coffee than a reg maker unless you have a boiling water faucet.

I use an electric kettle which boils the water in five mins. While its boiling, I use an electric grinder to make a coarse grind, then pour the water in. Set a timer for 4 mins and depress the plunger after it goes off. Its important that you do it right at 4 otherwise the taste will get more and more bitter. I use an 8 cup press and 4 level scoops of beans in the grinder. Its the only way I drink coffee.
RE: Every Morning  
chopperhatch : 5/14/2018 6:16 pm : link
In comment 13963595 Chris in San Diego said:
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boil the water
grind the beans (20 seconds)
pour ground beans into french press
pour water in
wait 4 minutes
push down and pour

I have a milk steamer also...when Im feelin fancy I add that and it's kinda like a latte


That drink you are referring to is called a Cafe Au Lait Chris you plebeian... LOL
yeah  
Chris in San Diego : 5/14/2018 6:18 pm : link
dat
Nope  
Jim in Fairfax : 5/14/2018 6:36 pm : link

Aeropress

For french press, do not grind the beans too fine  
Anando : 5/14/2018 6:52 pm : link
they should be somewhat coarse.

once you pour in the boiling water, let it sit for 2 minutes before stirring. let sit another 2 minutes before you "press"

press slowly so nothing goes thru the mesh
French Press.  
smshmth8690 : 5/14/2018 6:58 pm : link
Yes, yes, and yes.
Especially with Tres Guatemala beans from these guys:
Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters - ( New Window )
Good coffee but...  
trueblueinpw : 5/14/2018 7:25 pm : link
Theyíre a pain in the nutsack to clean. Iím up pretty early for work too and I love coffee, but a French press is the last way Iíd go with at 4:30 am. Get a paper cone filter coffee maker with a timer.
Used to use one  
BillT : 5/14/2018 7:34 pm : link
However they leave a large amount of grounds in the cup and I was told the leftover stuff is not that great for you though Iíd check that for yourself.
Donít by a Keurig  
UConn4523 : 5/14/2018 7:52 pm : link
worthless machines that make shit coffee thatís boiled in awful plastic cups. Wish they would ban them to be honest.

French press is great but time consuming. You could also buy a quality drip machine and spend your money on high quality beans. If you are up early you can program them to grind and then brew at a desired time.
Keureg coffee Iíd terrible.  
Giant John : 5/14/2018 7:55 pm : link
Iíd wouldnít touch the stuff.
RE: Nope  
02/03/2008 : 5/14/2018 7:56 pm : link
This +1000
Make sure you buy quality coffee, Mayorga or Zekeís here in MD. I always grind just before I brew. Youíll love coffee after you use this.

In comment 13963612 Jim in Fairfax said:
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Aeropress

I have a Nespresso  
bigbluehoya : 5/14/2018 8:08 pm : link
And I love it.

Dharkan FTW!
put it on your desk.  
madgiantscow009 : 5/14/2018 8:15 pm : link
coffee is better on company time.
I prefer Melitta pour through  
Jay in Toronto : 5/14/2018 8:16 pm : link
also don't need a fancy grinder since it takes a finer grind (easier to make).
OK I can help here!  
Jerz44 : 5/14/2018 8:27 pm : link
I'm a big coffee drinker. I started by trying to save money by skipping Starbucks and ended up spendings $100's more by investing in equipment, high end coffee, etc etc

Anyways, the NUMBER 1 thing to do to get good coffee is to grind the beans yourself before brewing. Start off with a cheap electric grinder. If you like it, you can invest $100-200 into a burr grinder to get more options.

Using a French press, a pour over, artisanl coffee, etc etc all can help too but grinding the beans is most important. Also, get a vac seal canister and keep your beans in there until you grind them instead of the bag.

I go back and forth. Sometimes I do French press, sometimes pour over, sometimes I just do a drip. They're all good.
Coffed  
floridafan : 5/14/2018 8:27 pm : link
The aerobics is great
If you want simple and quick get a chemex.
Another alternative  
JohnF : 5/14/2018 8:49 pm : link
Aicok Single Serve Coffee Maker, Coffee Machine for Most Single Cup Pods including K-Cup Pods, Quick Brew Technology Travel One Cup Coffee Brewer

Great deal, great ratings on Amazon. You don't have to use pre-packaged Keurig, buy a reusable K-Cup and use whatever coffee you like.

Not complete until you buy this!


Deathwish Coffee

Strong AND Smooth! Once you try it, you won't go back. Blows Starbucks away!
I alternate between the moka stovetop espresso maker  
jgambrosio : 5/14/2018 9:15 pm : link
And my bodum travel French press mug. Best of both worlds
Loose leaf tea  
Larry in Pencilvania : 5/14/2018 9:29 pm : link
And a steaper
Death Wish haha  
beatrixkiddo : 5/14/2018 9:31 pm : link
True story, I used to Roast coffee for them when they first blew up . I used to roast coffee for a small company and they contracted with us for a few months. Unreal, they became like 60% if the business, we roasted on average like 800 lbs a coffee a week. They were ordering 1200+ lbs of coffee a week. They far outpace that now. Was great to see them take off the way they did. IMO itís good coffee by all marketing. I can t believe people buy that at $20 a bag Though.

Anyway yes, French press is the shit and my favorite way to have coffee. Havenít ever had aero press however. Get decent beans, grind them fresh in the morning before brewing and thatís the way to go.
RE: Another alternative  
giantsfaninphilly : 5/14/2018 10:16 pm : link

Quote:


Deathwish Coffee

Strong AND Smooth! Once you try it, you won't go back. Blows Starbucks away!


I grew up 10 minutes from Round Lake. Yeesh. In the 70s that body of water was close to a biohazard.
Surprised nobody mentioned the ďgehsaĒ cultivur.  
NYRiese : 5/15/2018 12:54 am : link
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Yes French press is the way to go.  
chiro56 : 5/15/2018 1:02 am : link
Bullet proof your coffee. In a blender, half teaspoon of ghie, tablespoon mct oil, tablespoon collagen, blend medium speed. Best latte great for your brain.
I have used a lot of products  
Jim in Scranton : 5/15/2018 1:37 am : link
from a French Press, Chemex, and a Moka Pot just to name a few. By far, the Chemex was my favorite way to brew coffee, but it's so time consuming. I roasted and grounded my coffee. I roasted a lot of different varieties and roasts, but by far, the Chemex brewed the best. What drove me nuts about a french press was the coffee grinds at the bottom constantly getting in my cup.

I just don't have much time anymore to roast and brew my coffee with a Chemex or French press. I like to think myself as a connoisseur. but I don't have the time. Now days, I usually get my whole beans from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods and grind them myself. I do recommend the OXO Barista Brain. It makes a really good cup, but still doesn't compare to a Chemex.
French Press makes a great cup of coffee,  
Section331 : 5/15/2018 9:50 am : link
but it isn't especially convenient. You have to wait for water to boil, for the grounds to steep, and then there's the clean-up. I'm not a fan of Keurig because of the incredible waste they incur, and they make a shitty cup of joe.

I would just get a drip coffee maker, you can have it ready to go before you go to bed, and just start it when you get up. Or get one with a timer that starts on its own.
When I pour the water over the grounds  
NorwoodWideRight : 5/15/2018 9:57 am : link
I swirl the water, pouring slowly. I have no idea if this makes any difference, but it was in an article I read before getting my French press, so I have stuck with it.

Also, when I pour coffee from the press into a cup, I pour it from a distance to aerate the coffee. I feel this extra step makes the coffee less bitter.
Keureg absolutely not  
GuzzaBlue : 5/15/2018 10:21 am : link
Do not buy! Coffee tastes terrible.

French press is great. I have one that I use on the weekends and gives nice pure taste, but I use Mr. Coffee machine more because it is more convenient. No boiling water separately. They are cheap and get the job done. $30 bucks gets you the machine with a timer setting so you can set it go start your coffee even before you wake up.
I use a french press every morning  
TJ : 5/15/2018 12:24 pm : link
It is so much better than any affordable electric drip machine that I don't mind the small amount of extra work.
My friend  
phil in arizona : 5/15/2018 4:04 pm : link
Swears by his chemex.

He also boils down flavorless la croix and uses that as his water. It has something to do with the mineral retention in the water. Swears by it.

I just use k cups. Iím not a stickler, just want to get up and go.

Also  
phil in arizona : 5/15/2018 4:14 pm : link
He said that if you use the Chemex, you really need a good bean. If you use it on bad coffee itíll make it taste even worse.
RE: My friend  
Jim in Fairfax : 5/15/2018 4:14 pm : link
In comment 13964719 phil in arizona said:
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Swears by his chemex.

He also boils down flavorless la croix and uses that as his water. It has something to do with the mineral retention in the water. Swears by it.

I just use k cups. Iím not a stickler, just want to get up and go.

Chemex makes great coffee.

Boiling down sparkling water is whack.
Go retro  
Gman11 : 5/15/2018 7:13 pm : link
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