I was actually EXCITED to brew my coffee this morning, armed will all of this newfangled coffee information.
I carefully, and coarsely, ground my beans, measured them out, and placed them in the Bodum (sp?) coffe press. Added the boiling water, let the grounds steep for 5 minutes, then presto, down went the press.
The resulting cup o' joe was deep and rich in color, and had a pleasant and refreshing bouquet. But the taste was, well, disappointing. I was using some Kona Peaberry I recently was given, and the taste was flat and astringent. All bitterness and surpirisingly thin body, given the color.
Please help me! Am I doing something wrong, or, even worse, to I actually prefer BAD coffee?
For many years, I made coffee every day in an automatic drip coffeemaker. I always thought press coffee was, eh, though I used a small press to make coffee at work. I didn't much like the sludge or the flavor.
Then I started roasting my own beans, and as I was home in the morning, I started brewing it one cup at a time in a small Melitta unit. The method I ended up going with was to put the coffee in a Pyrex measuring cup, pour on the hot water, and stir. After 3 minutes, I would pour it into the filter, it would rush through, and my coffee was done. Rather like steeping tea.
Then I found that the automatic drip coffeemaker was no longer acceptable to my taste. The coffee tasted awful, though I'm sure there wasn't any change in the machine. So I gave the machine away and went strictly Melitta.
I don't drink coffee anymore, but if I did, that's how I'd do it. I never thought Kona was all that flavorful a brew, though, YMMV. My favorite was a blend of Yirgacheffe and monsooned Malabar. Sigh.