Which is better: French press or pour over coffee? | The Tylt
Which is better: French press or pour over coffee?
The French press brewing method involves putting freshly ground coffee into a carafe, pouring in hot water, letting it steep, and then separating the grounds from the new brew with a plunger.
The legend of the French press method dates back to the mid 1800s, giving the process an antique feel. On top of that, using a French press is also fairly simple. All you have to do is pour, wait, push, and you have fresh, bold coffee to enjoy. According to RoastyCoffee.com:
With this brewing method, much more of the coffee’s oils are drawn from the grounds, making the flavor more intense. Also, if you enjoy the idea of customization, the French press is ready to serve. Since the brewer gets to choose basically any grind size and control the strength and richness by altering the time the grounds are steeped.
The pour over method, quite simply, involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds. The grounds are placed in a cone filter, saturated, and left to sit. After a few minutes, it's time to add more water, which must be poured in a circular motion over the grounds in order to avoid a gritty texture in the final product.
The pour over method produces less coffee than the French press, so it's perfect for the average adult on the go–whether your running to class or commuting to work. According to Anchor Coffee Co:
If you want to enter the world of specialty coffee, then [pour over] is a perfect way of getting started. Pour over is a simple method into upping your coffee game and getting the best taste out of your coffee.
When going up against a coffee maker, pour over brings out flavors that may be missing in a coffee maker. Coffee makers run hot water through a chamber and straight into the pot. This does not allow the coffee to brew thoroughly and can result to under extraction.
Gasses also become trapped and don’t allow the coffee to bloom. This causes your coffee to taste acidic, gassy, and bitter. Pour over allows you to be in control of water flow and quality of your coffee.
If you like strong, bold coffee, the french press method is undoubtedly superior to pour over. A French press is easier to use and is faster than the pour over method. This method also releases the healthy antioxidants and nutrients in coffee in a way that filtered coffee does not.
Although some may lament the grit in French press coffee above all it's other benefits, the Bean Ground's Mark Morphew responds:
I say what nonsense, sure you might get a bit more sediment passing through into your cup, but the end brew is a much fuller bodied cup of coffee. Plus, you aren’t using paper filters which means that there is no paper waste.
Not only that, because of the more porous metal filter found in the French Press much more of the coffee bean’s essential (healthy) oils go directly into your coffee cup delivering much more flavor which is often lost when using paper coffee filters found on other coffee makers.
Pour over coffee enables more control over the final flavor. Plus, there is not gritty, thick texture in the final product. Although this method is a bit more hands-on than even the French press, pour over also enables easy clean up. The reward is a beautiful, smooth cup of coffee that brings out the subtle hints in your carefully-chosen beans.
The pour over coffee method brings out the inner “mad scientist” in me. It reminds me of sitting in basic science as a kid in elementary school. All I could think about was, when do we get to mix the chemicals and blow something up...Manual coffee-making revives my “experimenting” juices. How fine is my grind, what is the ratio of coffee to water, and at what temperature do I get the best results? It doesn’t take long to find the perfect process that yields the best brew for your unique taste.