so who here uses a drip machine? I've been drinking drip coffee for a decade and its good enough desu. Didnt even really know about french presses until i came to this forum.
I like regular drip coffee, honestly. I think it represents a good middle ground in terms of extraction.
The coarse ground and quick brewing time of the French press gives you the least chemical extraction from the grounds, so less astringency, bitterness, and oiliness for the same roast compared with other methods. Espresso would be the opposite. Drip gives you a nice, medium drink and allows you to get something out of a wide variety of roasts and varieties of coffee.
Also, it's easy.
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I don't mind drip, it really doesn't make bad coffee.
In fact, I'm going to commit a sin and say I generally prefer drip to french press. Maybe the cups I had weren't made correctly, but I don't find the french press coffee as pleasant. Honestly I think if you run decent beans through a drip, it'll be fine. I've had V60s that were indistinguishable from mediocre drip, I can only assume due to bean quality.
Like I said here >>7050117
I don't think a pour over is eye openingly better than drip if you're using the same mediocre beans. Or maybe it's a lack of finesse in pour over technique. I can tell you that a pour over from a skilled barista using quality beans is an eye opening experience - it produces amazing coffee. But again I don't attribute that even primarly to the pour over unit itself. Beans + skill.
You can use ground coffee no problem but I think grinding your own gives the best results. Just look up the best grind for french press and you'll be fine, it shouldn't be too finely ground.
Vacuum siphon, about $40
Also the biggest hassle
I've got an electric drip, a french press, a keurig, and a vacuum siphon.
In my opinion,
Vacuum > Drip > French Press > Keurig
Ease of use:
Keurig > Drip > French Press >> Vacuum
I use the siphon when I've got a relaxed saturday morning and can take the time to watch over the whole process. It is absolutely the most rewarding way to brew.