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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 05-22-2012 02:54 PM 1179 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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05-22-2012 02:54 PM

Yesterday, while waiting for a take out pizza, I stepped next door to a gourmet kitchen tool place. I’d been in there before to buy a grease splatter thingie. It has just the fine mesh I needed to sift crushed stone for inlays. Any how, last Memorial day we visited some old friends who served us some French press coffee. WOW! was it ever good! First time I’d ever had any. Yeah, I know, I should get out more often.

So, I finally decided that a French press would be nice to have and I bought a two cupper (actually, two mugs) at the kitchen store. Besides the one I bought, this store had a one cupper and a 6 cupper available. This morning we used it. The first time we had it, our friends used Don Fransico, ground course at the grocery store. As I said, it was delicious. All we had this morning was Yuban dark roast from the can. So, that’s what I went with. It was still great!

All told, we made four mugs full and used about 50% less grounds than we normally use in our drip coffeemaker for 6 mugs and it was 100% better tasting. It only takes about 4 minutes to boil the water in the micro and another few to make the coffee it’self. The only difference is you can’t make it up ahead of time and just stumble out of bed and hit the switch. But man, is it ever worth the fuss!

I give this toy 5 stars.

Oh yeah, the brand name is Bonjour…the only brand this store sold.

I think our drip machine is headed for the back of the cupboard.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 03:14 PM

They are nice aren’t they. I have a couple myself from Starbucks. Too bad we can’t make it out of wood though, lol.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 05:04 PM

I need to get in on this French Press coffee … the K-cups are way to expensive and most of the time the coffee tastes like ground up tree bark mixed with water and otter urine. Id love one for the weekends when i can relax and enjoy a cup.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 05:35 PM

Glad you have discovered a little corner of the world of coffee. We, too, have been enjoying good coffe at home in the far reaches of rural Arizona…....

Yeah, a french press is WAY better than our old tried and true(?) filtered coffee makers. If you think about it, to have control over your morning brew will pay you back quickly vs going out to starbucks or any other place.


Best Regards,


BTW, let me know next time you come south…...

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 05:43 PM

Bit too strong for my taste. I do, however, have the latest state-of-the-art coffee grinder and Food Network coffee maker, all wired up on a nice roll around table just off my kitchen, with it’s own power strip and switches and timers. We do love our coffee, don’t we!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 02:11 AM

Gene i agree, i have a french press and do not use it as much as i should. i usuallly set up the 12 cup pot before bed so i have a hot cup waiting for me when I get up. After my wife and I power through those 12 cups, (doesn’t last long) we go to the keurig for a quick cup or two, all told I drink between 12-14 cups a day, caffeinated, unfortunatley the effect of the caffine has not worked for many years, I have a cup before bed and pass right out, espresso is the same thing for me. When we lost power for a few days, I used the French press again, out to the BBQ grill, boiled water used the press, its only a two cup press, and after 2 times it was off to DD for a Box of Joe.

Cost wise the French press is neck and neck with the 12 cup pot, K Cups cost a small fortune, and If I can’t get the big box at Costco we go without. Think I will have a cup now using the French press, thanks for putting the idea in my head.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 02:23 AM

I love my French press, I have been using one for about 20 years now, along with a stove top espresso maker, Oh that thing is really good, quite strong for some, but iwith some sweet creme, it’s pretty awesome.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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