Whether you’re asking yourself “why use a french press?” or you’re considering upgrading your coffee maker – I’m here to tell you why you should get a french press next.
My simple glass carafe Bodum french press was my first coffee maker after all I had ever used was a drip coffee maker, and let me tell you it opened a gateway to the world of coffee.
Why use a french press
I love my french press quite a lot, so this question has never really passed my mind until a few friends I had over asked my why I used my french press over other coffee makers – and you can bet yourself I told them.
1. It’s hard to screw up french press coffee
If you’re using the same beans and water, once you find a recipe you like you just add the grounds and water, stir, and press after four minutes. It was reliable and made a great cup of coffee for me when I first got it, and after I’ve tried all of these other methods including the AeroPress, and pour overs, it still makes the most reliable cup for me.
2. It’s one of the cheaper methods
You can get a really nice glass Bodum french press for $10-20 depending on the size at REGULAR price. Not to mention when basically any department store has a sale and you can pick up french presses for $10 and under.
3. It’s an easy grind to dial in
For a guy who talks about a grinder being one of the most important aspects of great tasting coffee, you’d never believe that when I first started out using a french press I just used pre-ground coffee. That’s proof enough for me that the french press grind coarseness is not terribly sensitive. Now, using a more coarse grind will certainly help improve your french press coffee taste but it won’t be a huge limiting factor.
4. They’re portable
In another article I talk about the best ways to brew coffee while camping, and french presses are highly ranking – especially the stainless steel ones. They’re portable, easy to clean, and the stainless ones are bombproof.
5. Serve for yourself, or for a big party
With the wide variety of sizes available, french presses are perfect for the solo drinker, couple in an apartment, or an entire family enjoying a nice cup in the morning or after dinner.
6. Maintenance is minimal
Compared to drip or any electronic coffee maker, there’s basically no maintenance when it comes to french pressing. Keep the carafe clean, clear the filter, and you’re good to go. You might replaced the filter in its lifetime but even then that’s very easy and inexpensive to do.
7. It’s low effort
Pour over and AeroPress require a lot of work. Compared to other electronic methods the french press will be similar in terms of effort which is an advantage because it’s still a manual brew method. Add coffee, boiling water, and you can set and forget for 4 minutes while you tend to the kitchen or other chores. After that, press it down and enjoy!
8. Your recipe won’t change much with different beans
Due to using a coarse grind, and a long brew time, your perfect recipe likely won’t change much from bean to bean. This saves you time, and saves your taste buds when you’re trying out a new bean.
9. Excess coffee grounds have uses
Since the grounds are so accessible in the bottom of the french press after brewing, you won’t have to pick them off of paper filters to reuse them. Coffee grounds can be used for fertilizer among many other things around the house.
10. Less waste than traditional paper filter makers
Whether you’re using an AeroPress, drip, or any pour over cone with a filter you’ll be wasting paper every single time you brew. One of the great things about french pressing is it’s environmentally friendly – no wasted paper!
If these reasons to answer your question of why use a french press are not enough, we’ve done another massive review of all of the best french presses out there to help you even more!
Happy brewing 🙂