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Drinking vs. Tasting: Brewing Parameters

In the blogging, twittering, and generally-interneting specialty coffee world, there seems to be a renewed interest in not just the way we brew coffee, but particularly in the specifics involved in the ways we brew coffee. Take, for instance, the french press: it allows coarsely-ground coffee to be saturated with hot, almost-boiling water for roughly four minutes to create a brew that is then filtered by the pressing action of the french press, thereby separating the grounds from what has now become brewed coffee.

The French Press Myth

A week or two ago, Kyle Glanville of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea shared a thought on Twitter: many high-end coffee shops that pride themselves on the quality of their espresso serve downright mediocre filtered coffee. This is not a sentiment I can agree with based on my own personal experience, as I've not been able to frequent many such shops in person, but I do agree with it in principle.

French Press Revisited

Last week, I wrote about what I perceive to be one of the most common misconceptions in all of coffee, the myth of the french press. This morning, I got a text message from my buddy Justin telling me that he's becoming frustrated with the fines he's getting in his french press brews. Mind you, he's currently borrowing my Zassenhaus grinder, so it's not as though he's grinding coffee with something terrible; it's just that he's appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of that particular brewing method with that particular equipment.

Friday Morning Cup: Panama La Berlina Estate Typica

This morning, I pressed a batch of Panama La Berlina Estate Typica. I remember it having a wonderful, full and round mouthfeel, quite viscous and pleasant. I go back and forth between thinking it's a bit syrupy and a bit hefty, like whole milk. No chalkiness, either, which is extra nice. And its taste? Brightness like a Central American coffee often has, with citrus fruit notes that fade into a graham cracker finish. It's a somewhat juicy cup, too, in that it doesn't give off too much of a drying sensation.

It's American Press Coffee Brewer

Video Overview | It's American Press Coffee Brewer

A hybrid of immersion and percolation brewing, the American Press is a completely new brewing device that’s simple to use and easy to maintain. With its internal brew basket and micro-fine steel filters, the American Press produces a clean, quick brew that’s ideal whether you’re at home or on the road. To learn more about this unique brewer, watch along as Steve shares on the features that make the American Press one-of-a-kind.

 
Yield Press glass and ceramic french presses.

Video Overview | Yield Design French Press Coffee Brewers

Add a touch of modern style to your kitchen with Yield Design’s newest line of sleek, contemporary french press coffee brewers. Seamlessly combining art and function, these brewers bring the best to your counter-top and your cup. Available in both glass and ceramic, these devices provide great temperature retention while being totally free of rubber and plastic. Ready to get a glimpse of the Yield press in action? Watch along as Ryan puts the spotlight on these stylish brewers.

 
Espro P3 Glass French Press

Video Overview | Espro P3 Glass French Press

The Espro P3 glass french press takes a classic design to new levels, with its patented dual-layer micro-mesh filter and durable glass carafe. Available in two sizes, the P3 makes getting a clean, rich cup of coffee easier and more affordable than ever, without losing a drop of quality. In this video, Steve explores the advantages of the P3 french press, highlighting each unique attribute that sets it apart from the pack.

 
Espro Travel Coffee Press

Video Overview | Espro Travel Coffee Press

With the Espro Travel Coffee Press, your coffee on the road just got better! Its patented dual-layer french press filter design keeps excess mud and silt out of your brew, and the vacuum insulted tumbler keeps it nice and toasty while you're on the go. Plus, the compact size and spill-proof lid make it the ideal car companion. To learn more, watch along as Steve examines the Espro Travel Coffee Press.