To enjoy your daily caffeine fix, you no longer have to order from your local coffee shop just to enjoy an exquisite cup of coffee. Thanks to technology, you can now create these drinks right in the comfort of your own home! There are various methods, but French Press and traditional drip coffee are probably two of the most popular choices for an at-home brew.
When used with high-quality coffee beans, both methods produce a rich and flavorful cup of coffee but the difference in preparation also equates to changes in some aspects of the drink. If you’re curious which one – French Press or drip coffee comes out as superior, keep reading to find out more!
The French press is a device that allows you to extract the coffee manually by pressing the filtered plunger into a container that holds a mixture of the coffee grounds and hot water. The grounds are pushed to the bottom of the carafe as water passes through, producing a delicious coffee extract on top.
The whole process is simplicity itself, and can be used with the full range of ground beans, from lightly roasted right up to full strength.
The KONA French Press produces a smooth, grit-free drink, thanks to its ultra fine mesh filter system, while the borosilicate glass carafe gives the Press a sleek, contemporary look, and can hold enough for 8 cups of coffee.
The ever-so-reliable drip coffee maker has become a staple in every home, office, and shop. It’s quite understandable why this is a popular method for making coffee. Aside from the abundance of machines available on the market, they’re budget friendly and easy to use. All you need to do is load the ground coffee into the filter and switch on to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of java.
A drip machine can prepare up to 12 cups, and the Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker will keep your coffee hot until you remove the carafe from the warming plate. It’s also programmable, so you can set it to have fresh coffee waiting when you wake up! Talk about convenience!
Press vs Drip: Which is better?
To understand the differences between these two methods, let’s take a look at the following factors that set them apart:
When you wake up in the morning, which one would you choose especially if you’re running late for work? From this factor alone, a lot of people choose drip coffee machines. Brewing time only takes about 5 minutes, with others reaching a maximum of 3 minutes only. The French Press, on the other hand, needs at least 6-8 minutes to fully extract the flavor from the grounds.
This can be a subjective one, but most coffee experts would agree that French Press produces a more flavorful cup of coffee. It gives you more control over the taste than an automatic drip coffee machine mainly because the oils tend to be retained in the paper filter. This reduces the flavor and leaves you with a lighter tasting coffee.
Ease of use
French Press and drip coffee makers require different processes. The latter is a much better fit for casual coffee drinkers who need a quick and easy way to brew coffee, while the latter is suitable for experts with an affinity for trying out different brewing methods. Based on ease of use, there isn’t a better one between the two because it all boils down to your personal preferences.
So which one is it? The answer depends solely on your preferences. What works for you may not work for others, so it really is up to you to decide which brewing method is the best for you.
If you have the time, a coffee produced by a French Press is a great option for depth of flavor, but the drip coffee machine offers a speedier delivery time. Most of us at Fika NYC have chosen to equip our kitchens with both – one for hurried work days, and one for lazier weekend brews.