Choosing Between a French Press or Drip-Brewed Coffee Maker


Many people who visit coffee shops often take notice of the odd-looking beakers sitting on shelves next to prepackaged bags of ground coffee. These beakers are used to make French press coffee. This knowledge calls into question the difference between French press and standard drip coffee. According to coffee enthusiasts, the differences are vast.

Advantages of Using a French Press

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Many coffee purists will argue that brewing coffee using a French press is the only way to brew coffee since it is far more accurate and all of the flavors and oils grounds are enhanced while the coffee is brewing. There are several factors that give French presses an advantage over their automatic cousins.

Temperature Control is Much More Precise

One must brew their coffee at a temperature range between 90-200°F. The exact temperature depends on the bean. When using a French press the temperature is much more easily regulated because the water is heated separately from the grounds and then added once the desired temperature is reached. Most automated machine spits out the same temperature of water no matter what types of beans are being used. Being able to control the heat of the water using a push pot will ensure that the grounds are being brewed to their maximum potential.

Coffee grounds steep in water

Using a French press allows the user to control the exact amount of time that the flavor is extracted from the grounds. The amount of time the coffee is in contact with the water determines the type of brew that is produced. For a mild drink, the grounds should be combined with water for about 90 seconds. For a truly strong flavor let the water and grounds sit for four minutes.

No Filters are Used

One of the most flavorful parts of the coffee is the oil that is in the grinds. Using a filter does not allow these oils to transfer into the coffee, and the brew will lose some of its flavor. A French press does not use a filter, but rather a pressing screen that is only used at the very end of the brewing process. It allows all of the oils and extracts to mix with the grinds and water to produce a rich cup of coffee.

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Advantages of Using an Auto Drip Coffee Maker

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Some folks prefer the speed and convenience of a quick cup of drip coffee. The “set it and forget it” features of this method have been helping busy workers multitask while their coffee was being brewed for them. Here are some of the perks of choosing an auto drip coffee maker.

Automatic Features Make Brewing Easy

This isn’t the analog, unautomated 1950’s anymore. Modern day automatic brewers can do almost anything except for actually buy the coffee. It is simple to set a drip coffee maker to make your coffee at a set time and have it waiting for you at the exact time you need it. There are some brewers that can even grind the beans right before brewing the coffee for maximum freshness.

Coffee Stays Warm Longer

Many of the drip brewers have a warming plate under the coffee pot to keep the coffee warm for a much longer amount of time than coffee that is sitting in a French press.

Drip System Produces Lighter Flavored Coffee

While the argument is made that French press coffee is richer, some find it to be too oily. Drip coffee will filter out the oils and keep the coffee tasting much lighter.

Choosing between a French press or drip coffee maker depends on several factors. If you think that using the most precise brewing technique and extracting the true flavors and aromas from the grounds is most important, then a French press is the right way to go. However, if you value speed and efficiency over flavor, then it is best to go with an automatic drip brewer.


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Jamie Alberico

I've come a long way from peanut butter and ramen. Trust me. If I can figure out how to make a healthy and delicious meal-- so can you! And best of all, I'll share my do's and don'ts. (I've learned a lot of don'ts!)

1 Comment

  1. The only problem i have with the French Press is what to do with the messy grounds afterwards. What does everyone else do with these? Please reply.

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