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French Press coffee. What's special about it?


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2 hours ago, rotuts said:

but

 

everything is better in NYC.

 

it has to be

 

or everybody would have HighTailed it out of there years ago.

 

just saying

 

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On 3/11/2020 at 3:17 PM, rotuts said:

I can't view lots of videos posted here for some reason

 

including yours

 

its a bit sad Id say

 

Here's a link, @rotuts- maybe it will work...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W_iIXRxbsk&feature=emb_logo if you copy and paste it?

 

And despite your misplaced misgivings about everything NYC, I decided to finally use that Rite Press French press coffeemaker (with NYC water) I supported during their kickstarter phase.

 

And you know what? It makes a really nice cup of coffee. Surprisingly, less sediment than most other French presses I've used - they have a really fine screen in there, tight to the sides of the pot. The insulated pot also keeps the brewing coffee nice and hot.

 

The thermometer? While it looks cute, it's superfluous as I generally use an instant-read to test the water temp; this one is not an instant read, and therefore kinda silly, imo.

 

The "hourglass" timer - also superfluous. In my case, I use a kitchen timer.

 

Bottom line - despite the bells & whistles, the unit itself makes a wonderful cup of coffee.

 

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I was finally able to view @weinoo

 

video contribution 

 

for some reason , impeded vids do not play for me

 

and ' use original tag does not work

 

I enjoyed the vid.   put a smile on my face

 

reminded me  how much Spin commercial coffee has

 

commercial coffee is always better when pitched in a heavy spanish accent.

 

Juan Valdez   individually pick each an every bean

 

4 tons a day.  nothing wrong w coffee from Columbia

 

its just a neutral neither here nor there coffee

 

and mostly used commercially for stretching other beans w more distinctive chrateristics

 

but its your cup , no one else's     If you enjoy Columbian Coffee   :  good for you!

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You seem to be over looking the obvious.  As compared to drip,  the coffee is totally immersed and you have more control of the extraction time and grind.   There is no paper involved in the extraction leading to a cleaner cup flavor wise, if you don’t mind the sludge that often passes through the screen filter.  

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my drip , enjoys a 3 minute bath

 

in a pyrex measuring glass vessel

 

initial water temp 205 F

 

then gets  filtered via the metal Bodum filer

 

not saying the is perfect

 

but its easy and tasty for me.

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10 minutes ago, rotuts said:

my drip , enjoys a 3 minute bath

 

in a pyrex measuring glass vessel

 

initial water temp 205 F

 

then gets  filtered via the metal Bodum filer

 

not saying the is perfect

 

but its easy and tasty for me.

I was just ribbing you.  There are so many ways to prepare coffee.  Some are very anal about it.  Auto  Drip is my go to because it’s easy and works well on most days.  The Bonavita has served me well.  On days off with more time on my hands I play with the areopress, FR ch press or other methods but in the end it’s just a cup of joe and as long as the beans were roasted well it should be good 

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Question. Several people have noted the sludge with the French Press. We get very little sludge in our cups. A lot of sludge must mean the grind is too fine for the standard Bodum style press, no? Or maybe I just like sludge. I like Greek and Turkish coffee, and that's mostly sludge.

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No question, if your grind is too fine the sludge factor goes up.     I’m okay with some sludge, my wife hates it.  So no French press  for her.  When she’s away I often brew with a French press or the Areopress.   I like diversity 

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I dont know this as a confirmed fact

 

but way when , the Bodum in FR did not come w the very fine nylon 

 

filter ,  which came w models you bought in the USA

 

Ive had FP  in FR and there was some sediment in the cup , and I was

 

told that was a desirable characteristic .   not too much   but some

 

Im guessing the grind for this system is on the coarser side

 

w the nylon filleter in the stack  , there s much less silt.

 

guessing via marketing analysis  Bodum added the nylon filter do to USA preferences

 

but things alway change 

 

https://www.bodum.com/us/en/

 

going nuts I dont have this beauty :

 

https://www.bodum.com/us/en/11571-01us-1-pour-over

 

sort of like a Chemex  i used to use a long time ago

 

I look forward to treating myself to one of these

 

in early fall this year.

 

 

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On 3/11/2020 at 1:41 PM, cdh said:

Wouldn't a soak in peroxide bubble out the junk you want to clean out of the press screen?  Use coffee oil remover first like Urnex or Joe Glow... then any organic junk left over would get bubbled out by peroxide, no?  I use a french press to ferment water kefir, so when organic slime turns up in the screen, a soak in H2O2 seems to do the trick for that purpose. 

 

Peroxide only bubbles if a biological enzyme, peroxidase, is present.  Shouldn't be any there since beans were first roasted then treated with boiling water

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@scubadoo97 

 

you must like ' Counter Aged ' coffee.

 

Ive noticed my Coffee Ground Stash

 

near composting time ,  has been partially colonized

 

w green fuzz    no ordor at all

 

but the grounds might have a tiny bit of sugar in them

 

as I use the same filter to pass the sediment ( tiny bit of sugar / each cup )

 

left in my cup   and add that to the Mass

 

@gfweb  

 

I didn't know that , re H2O2  

 

I do know what happens when you add K-Permanganate to it

 

dont try this at home

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1 hour ago, scubadoo97 said:

Bubbles could be coming from it’s reaction to biological enzymes from a biofilm 

 

If you let it get THAT grungy 😉

 

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12 minutes ago, gfweb said:

 

If you let it get THAT grungy 😉

 

 

Yeah... my experience is based in making water kefir in the thing, not coffee... I'm purposely growing biological stuff, so getting the film off the screen is where the peroxide helps me... 

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@cdh 

 

I nevet thought about kefir in the FP

 

i tried mild kefir and didn't get anywhere 

 

wrangling those kernels up

 

maybe we can PM or you might start or add to a kefir stead 
 

and i can start again

 

once the New Modern Era   settles down.

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37 minutes ago, gfweb said:

 

If you let it get THAT grungy 😉

 

 


 

Me, never.   Keep all my coffee equipment clean except the grinder doesn’t get a complete cleaning after each use but all old coffee is brushed away daily.   Periodically I take that monster Mazzer Mini of mine outside and use an air compressor to blow out as much coffee as possible and brush between the “teeth” of the grinding plate and wash the hopper with soap and water 

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@scubadoo97 

 

nice  , very nice 

 

Mazzer Mini

 

mighty fine.

 

have you considered  " minute rice " 

 

and various other items , commercially made

 

but might not be that better than ' minute rice '

 

its about removing the oils.

 

isn't  working about improving your Personal Cup

 

a fine hobby ?

 

personal is the key

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my drip , enjoys a 3 minute bath

I "bloom" my drip coffee as well. I pull the coffee pot out from under, so that the cone (where the paper filter and ground coffee go) is plugged up. (Coffee maker is off at this point.) Then, I pour in hot water and let it sit for a minute or two. Then, I push the coffee pot back under the cone, which unplugs the cone & lets it drain. Then, I turn on the coffee maker and let the water in the tank drip through like normal.

 

Hope that made sense. But that's a real nice way to get more out of your drip coffee.

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8 hours ago, rotuts said:

@scubadoo97 

 

nice  , very nice 

 

Mazzer Mini

 

mighty fine.

 

have you considered  " minute rice " 

 

and various other items , commercially made

 

but might not be that better than ' minute rice '

 

its about removing the oils.

 

isn't  working about improving your Personal Cup

 

a fine hobby ?

 

personal is the key

 
yeah I’ve used instant rice but then you have to get the fine coffee covered rice powder out of the grinder.  A good hard blow with an air compressor does a decent job

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