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View Poll Results: Which Type Of Coffee Maker Do You Prefer: DRIP OR PERCOLATED?
I Prefer Drip Coffee Makers. 69 58.97%
I Prefer Percolator Coffee Makers. 32 27.35%
I'm Not Sure Which I Prefer. 6 5.13%
I Have No Opinion. 10 8.55%
Voters: 117. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Fruita, CO
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I use press like some others...makes best coffee. I do use my Tassimo after dinner for a cup of cappuccino.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Neither, I have a Keurig and enjoy it immensely--great choice of coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I used to have a drip coffee maker but ever since I got my Keurig I'll never go back.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Hmm...I may have to try a French press and see. Any suggestions for reasonable priced brand??
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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I use an old corning glass percolator. Rich, flavorful coffee. I did enjoy my son n laws Krueger (sp?) while visiting recently...but I'm positive as much as I drink coffee I would go broke. lol
Exactly why I haven't bought a Krueger. I still have a Faberware percolater, but don't use it much.

You posted about a French Press. The Bodum Bistro is good,have had it for several years. Its nice for one cup. I still favor drip or percolator
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Hmm...I may have to try a French press and see. Any suggestions for reasonable priced brand??
The Danish maker Bodum is the leader, with many different models at different price points, largely differentiated by decoration and appearance. Their least expensive line make fine coffee, will run about $20, and have plastic handles and lid and a glass pot. They're widely available from different stores, like Macy's and Target, Whole Latte Love, Amazon, etc. They're also the most practical line, because if you happen to break the glass you can buy a replacement from their online shop.

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A couple of things to get you started...
  • The cup sizes given are in "European coffee cups," which are about 4 oz. or half a US measuring cup. Big US mugs can equal 2 - 2.5x their cups, so size your brew accordingly.
  • The best coffee grind for a French Press is coarser than for a drip maker. Too fine a grind makes it hard to press, and leaves fine particles in the coffee that show up as sediment in the cup.
  • Measure the ground coffee directly into the pot, using the spoon provided. Then for subsequent pots use a little more or a little less to suit your taste.
  • The best temperature for making coffee is slightly below boiling. So get a rolling boil, take the kettle off the heat for 15 seconds or so, then pour over the ground coffee. If you have a digital thermometer, 195F is good.
  • After you've poured the water, place the lid on the pot and lower the press to just above the surface of the coffee.
  • After 3 -4 minutes (preferences vary) lower the press to the bottom by pushing down slowly but firmly on the rod, which will leave the brewed coffee on top and the spent grounds at the bottom, under the press.
  • Press coffee is more "lively" than other types. The coffee will continue to slowly brew, even as it slowly cools, due to suspended colloids and solids in the coffee, so many feel it is best to make only as much coffee as you will consume in about 20 minutes. Others actually appreciate the more developed taste of the later cups poured. I use an unbreakable stainless steel thermal press pot now, that I bought at REI Camping, because it keeps the coffee hot for an hour or more, and I have come to enjoy the more "mature" cup at the end. But tastes vary... do what YOU like!
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Fruita, CO
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Hmm...I may have to try a French press and see. Any suggestions for reasonable priced brand??
I don't think the brand matters much because it is very simple. I'd check at places like Ross or Tuesday Morning...You can pay $40 at Starbucks or $8 at Ross. You pick.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:47 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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I don't think the brand matters much because it is very simple. I'd check at places like Ross or Tuesday Morning...You can pay $40 at Starbucks or $8 at Ross. You pick.
I'll disagree, the brand does matter and why I mentioned Bodum. I had another no name brand, the $10. price range. The press seal wasn't as tight and would tilt slightly to the one side when pressed down, a few of the coffee grains escaped around the edges into the coffee.

Bodums are around $24, if on sale even cheaper and most online stores heave coupon code for discounts, some offer free shipping too.

An FYI, You do have to drink immediately and not leave fresh made coffee to sit in the grains and get muddy (unless you like coffee that way).
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:56 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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The taste difference is because perked coffee is boiled. I agree it makes a stronger cup. Don't discount the coffee. My opinion of name brands is that Folger's makes a crappy cup of coffee no matter how it's made. I grind my own beans right before I brew it, local brand called Oyster Reef. Yes boys and girls, I'm a coffee snob.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Keurig! And yes Bodum is the best press, IMO.
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