French Press or Pour Over: Does method affect taste?Mom's Coffee
French press or pour over? For drinkers who brew their coffee one of these ways, it's the method that makes all the difference.
But does it really matter? In short, yes.
Long answer, every one has their own preference. Some of us LOVE our K cups, while others insist on grinding their own beans.
Now, many of us are too busy to get hands on with our grinds in the morning, but the general opinion is out, if you want to create YOUR best cup of coffee, getting to control every aspect with the french press method or pour over method will allow you to extract flavors just like your favorite barista.
You may just find out how to make the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.
Here’s a breakdown on brewing with a french press or pour over method and why some coffee aficionados swear by them.
The French Press Method
Small cafes across the city and a breakfast diet of bread and coffee. Ah, to be French. There is no doubt that France is obsessed with their food and that obsession definitely extends to their coffee.
For many coffee lovers, the French press is the only way to make an amazing brew, so it is no surprise that it is the at home barista favorite. The best part, it’s actually very easy and quick to make coffee with a french press.
The trick is in the grind and the time.
Want to try it? Here’s some tips:
Bean: Get a dark roast, like the temper tantrum. The extra time in the roasting drum releases extra oils from the bean that allow for a great infusion in a french press.
Grind: Keep it Course. Unlike drip machines and K cups, your coffee will be sitting in the water. That means coffee extraction will be much too intense and bitter with a finer grind. Plus, you may get have come coffee slip through the mesh plunger if the grind is too fine. Go course and your coffee will taste clear and bright.
Temperature: Bring water to a boil, let it sit off the heat for just a little bit, then pour. French press coffee tastes best if the water is just under boiling.
Time: Steep your coffee in the french press for 3 – 5 minutes, the POUR IT OUT. Your first cup may taste great, but letting your coffee sit in your french press will ruin your second cup. Use a thermos for extra cups. (or just brew one cup worth)
If you want to try switching to a french press at home, this press on amazon is a great one to start with.
The Pour Over Method
If you want complete control or if you want to create your custom flavor every time, the pour over method is the way to go.
Boiled down, it’s just a carafe and some paper. This method really shows that flavor really depends on the maker.
Lovers of the pour over method say that, because it is slower and controlled by hand, the method allows good coffee beans to really show off their subtler flavors, like hints of chocolate and floral notes.
Want to try it? Here's some tips:
Bean: Did you know that coffee can go stale? Make sure it’s fresh. Most coffee is good for 4 – 6 weeks. Most roast's go great with this method, so long as you've got the right grind and a high quality bean. Give Mom Fuel a try!
Grind: Medium. One cannot emphasize enough how much the grind will affect your coffee. A medium grind will let the coffee bloom, release extra CO2 and enhance the flavor as water filters through the coffee.
Temperature: Bring water to a boil, and pour right when you take it off. Hotter water means faster extraction, which is important since the pour over method goes straight to the cup. That being said, the speed you pour matters. Keep a slow continuous stream to get the most out of your grind.
Time: 4 – 5 minutes. Don’t wait for every drip of water to filter down, but make sure you give your brew time to bring out the bean’s full spectrum of flavor.
The pour over method is hands on and takes time, but it is perfect for those who love the flavor and experience of making great coffee.
If you want to become a master barista at home, we recommend the Chemex carafe on amazon.