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4.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee, but fragile, December 14, 2003
A french press is one of the best methods of brewing coffee at home. I have never liked the "drip method" machines like Mr Coffee which, in my opinion, produce a very bland cup of coffee. Some reviews have mentioned the extra effort involved in comparison to a drip machine. This really is not a big issue. You have to boil the water separately and remember to press the plunger down when the coffee has finished brewing. The clean up is about the same.
Some tips for getting the most out of this machine. Always use coarsely ground coffee. I've found a 9 second burst with my grinder works best. You'll have to experiment. I also gently shake the grinder while using it. This results in a more even grind. With this approach I have very little sediment in my final cup.
Allow the boiled water to cool for a minute before adding to the grounds. This seems to produce a less bitter cup. Finally, stir the grounds and water with a chopstick or similar. Let the coffee brew, then press the plunger down *slowly*.
If making more than one cup per person, store the extra in a vacuum flask. The coffee cools very quickly if left in the press.
Always clean your grinder. Oils accumulate very quickly resulting in increasingly bitter coffee.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 16, 2011 4:11:13 PM PST
Vaclav Czech says:
Informative, but not really a review of the product

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 12:53:00 PM PST
Matt says:
another tip for getting the most out of the machine: never use a blade grinder

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 7:43:39 AM PDT
Very good point about the grinder. I have noticed the coffee tasting bitter. I will clean the grinder now and thank you for pointing that out. I'm not the coffee drinker or grinder. The hubby is but sometimes I have a cup. I am not a coffee lover like you all. I have to have mine froo frooed up. LOL
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