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Old 06-03-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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Good coffee

Since my bf took the French press with him to the new city, I made coffee in my grandma's regular drip coffee maker and it tastes awful!! Is it because I've just gotten used to the French press, or do you think it needs to be cleaned? It looks visibly clean inside... I used to drink drip coffee when I lived with my parents (and folgers no less, not the good fresh ground coffee I use now) and I don't remember it tasting bad lol

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:50 AM   #2
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Since my bf took the French press with him to the new city, I made coffee in my grandma's regular drip coffee maker and it tastes awful!! Is it because I've just gotten used to the French press, or do you think it needs to be cleaned? It looks visibly clean inside... I used to drink drip coffee when I lived with my parents (and folgers no less, not the good fresh ground coffee I use now) and I don't remember it tasting bad lol
In the French Press your coffee does not have enough time to get acidic. In the drip it has plenty of time to get the acids. I bet that's the taste you are getting.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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In the French Press your coffee does not have enough time to get acidic. In the drip it has plenty of time to get the acids. I bet that's the taste you are getting.
Could be- I guess it does taste a little like coffee that sat in the French press a little too long. Well I've been wanting to cut down on coffee ha ha. I'm hard pressed to get one cup down, so I guess that's something. Even cream barely improved it. Yuck! My bf has been telling me for years how gross drip coffee is and I never knew what he meant lol.
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Try one of these out. They make great coffee without the bitterness introduced by auto-drip machines.

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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Is your drip coffee pot electric, or do you boil your water in a kettle and pour over the grounds? I love drip coffee, but detest electric coffee makers. They just don't get it right, with the possible exception of Bunn drip coffee makers, which are designed to heat the water to the right temperature and allow the water to spend the right amount of time in contact with the grounds. That said, I use either an old Revere Ware Drip-O-Lator, usually with a four cup paper filter, and boil the water in a kettle, or a Chemex drip pot, with unbleached Chemex filters, and boil the water in a kettle. I get consistently great coffee.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #6
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Since my bf took the French press with him to the new city, I made coffee in my grandma's regular drip coffee maker and it tastes awful!! Is it because I've just gotten used to the French press, or do you think it needs to be cleaned? It looks visibly clean inside... I used to drink drip coffee when I lived with my parents (and folgers no less, not the good fresh ground coffee I use now) and I don't remember it tasting bad lol
It might be that the coffee maker and coffee pot need to be cleaned. Old coffee can make the fresh coffee taste less good.

But, also not all coffee is suitable for filter coffee making. If you dont have a good coffee maker that pushes the water through the coffee, then try one of the ones you put on the stove, that pushes the water through the coffee as it boils. That might be more suitable for the type of coffee you have, if it is strong flavoured. If it is not, then try a plunger pot. Those are good for the more subtle flavoured types of coffee in my experience.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:29 PM   #7
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Is your drip coffee pot electric, or do you boil your water in a kettle and pour over the grounds? I love drip coffee, but detest electric coffee makers. They just don't get it right, with the possible exception of Bunn drip coffee makers, which are designed to heat the water to the right temperature and allow the water to spend the right amount of time in contact with the grounds. That said, I use either an old Revere Ware Drip-O-Lator, usually with a four cup paper filter, and boil the water in a kettle, or a Chemex drip pot, with unbleached Chemex filters, and boil the water in a kettle. I get consistently great coffee.
I have a bunn and love my coffee in it
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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Try one of these out. They make great coffee without the bitterness introduced by auto-drip machines.

Chemex Coffee

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That looks really interesting- our French press has a broken handle and I've been meaning to replace it anyway, so maybe I'll have to give it a try. I even have $20 credit on amazon right now that I could put toward it! Bf is pretty set in his French press ways, but maybe if I did a blind taste test I could change his mind ;)
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Is your drip coffee pot electric, or do you boil your water in a kettle and pour over the grounds? I love drip coffee, but detest electric coffee makers. They just don't get it right, with the possible exception of Bunn drip coffee makers, which are designed to heat the water to the right temperature and allow the water to spend the right amount of time in contact with the grounds. That said, I use either an old Revere Ware Drip-O-Lator, usually with a four cup paper filter, and boil the water in a kettle, or a Chemex drip pot, with unbleached Chemex filters, and boil the water in a kettle. I get consistently great coffee.
I usually use a french press. My grandma's coffee maker I've been using is electric.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:15 PM   #10
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Well, since getting a Revere Ware coffee pot that has been out of production for fifty years is probably kind of iffy, I would suggest going with.40's recommendation of a Chemex. Be sure to use their filters, and expect great coffee.
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