There have been countless different ways to make cups of coffee. Each of them is different from one another and has certain pros and cons, making people sometimes feel confused as to which one they should use. In this post, we’ll talk about two methods – french press vs pour over coffee.
Pour Over and French Press are the two very popular brewing methods among coffee drinkers. These two methods are common in some characteristics, but different in some aspects. So what makes them different from each other and which one is better? In this post, we’ll dig into:
- The specifics of french presses and how they work
- The specifics of pour over coffee and how it works
- Comparing both brew methods
- Comparing the flavor profiles
- Comparing other factors like sediments and brewing consistency
French Press vs Pour Over Coffee: a detailed comparison
A French press, also known as cafetiere or coffee press, is a round cylinder-shaped glass with a plunger. It normally comes with stainless steel filter which works to direct the grounds to the ending and filter out the coffee.
A French press is the most widely-used brewing method in Europe and the US. And unlike it is suggested in its name, the press was first developed by an Italian designer in 1929, and then it is promoted and preferred in other area around the world.
French Press is loved due to the fact that it can deliver much bolder and richer taste beverage compared to that delivered by other machines.
However, one distinct disadvantage of french press is that it can produce rather murky coffee as the stainless steel filter does not do a good job of filtering out very small particles. For this reason, and because it is an immersion brew, the grounds are usually rather coarse.
Very fine grounds would result in an even muddier coffee and most likely over-extract, ruining the flavor.
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Pour Over Coffee
While French Press has its share of die-hard proponents, Pour Over coffee has nothing short of its own cult following.
It uses a cone to gain the full extraction. To brew pour over coffee, you need a special cone shaped device(like the Hario V60). The dripper has a paper filter inserted into it.
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You place medium-ground coffee into the filter, and use a slow, steady, circular pour of water over the grounds. A circular pour ensures that the grounds are wet as evenly as possible. Eventually the grounds will become saturated with water, and you have to wait for all the water to drip through before adding more water.
Keep doing so until you have the desired amount of coffee. 6-8 ounces is a standard cup of coffee.
There are many variations of Pour Over methods. Some users choose drippers to place on a mug, but others choose glass decanters. What device doesn’t matter, it is up to your own preferences.
Coffee brewed by Pour over methods seems to be in a lighter flavor than that by French Press. This may give one more factor for you to consider between the two types. So what more the two methods are different from each other? Keep reading!
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- V60 Size 02 makes 1-4 cups
- Made in Japan
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- Kit includes: Hario V60-02 Coffee Dripper, Hario V60-02 Coffee Server, Hario coffee scoop and Hario V60-02 Disposable Paper Filters (100-pack)
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- V60 Size 02 makes 1-4 cups
- Made in Japan
- Hario V60 drip coffee scale measures in 0. 1 gram increments for highest precision
- Includes a drip timer for perfect bloom times and pours each time
- Integrated timer for complete and total control of your coffee brewing process
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- Easy to use and clean
- Heat-proof glass
- Designed and manufactured in Japan
- Our full-fledged professional coffee flavor can be tasted at home; Beautifully crafted for an expert cup of coffee
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- Stainless steel kettle with an ergonomic design.
- Capacity: 41-ounce/ 1. 2 L/ 1200 ml (best filled to about 800 ml)
- Slender spout for slow, steady and controlled pouring.
- Ideal for use on any type of cooking surface, including induction.
- Works perfectly with the Hario V60 ceramic Coffee dripper.
- Hario V60 cone shaped disposable paper filters for pour-over brewers
- Each filter is for single time use
- Contains 200 disposable white tabed size 02 paper filters
- Capacity of Size 02 is 1-4 cups
- Designed in Japan to fit the cone shaped Size 02 dripper
More differences between pour over and french press
The French Press used to be the most convenient way to brew coffee at home. All of you need for a nice cup of coffee are the brewer itself, of course, coffee grounds, and hot water.
Simply add your coffee grounds to the french press, add water, let it steep for 4 minutes, and plunge down to separate the grounds and coffee. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
Pour over coffee, on the other hand, has the water in contact with coffee grounds for comparatively less time. Additionally, the paper filter is far more effective in not letting any grounds pass through and the resulting brew is much cleaner.
Pour over coffee is very similar to the drip coffee you are used to from traditional drip coffee machines. The only difference is that in pour over, you are manually controlling the flow of water, whereas in a dripper, the water flow is controlled by the machine.
As far as equipment goes, french press and pour over both use almost the same amount of equipment. The only difference is that a pour over brew needs a paper filter, which a french press doesn’t.
Otherwise, both methods require:
- A kettle to heat water
- A brewing apparatus(french press or pour over funnel)
- Coffee grounds
- A mug to drink from
Here’s where things get interesting, though. There are collapsible pour over funnels that flatten into a disc, which are really easy to carry around with you by throwing into a backpack or a suitcase. It almost makes the added inconvenience of a paper filter forgettable.
Glass french presses are quite delicate and difficult to pack, unless you wrap them and stuff them really well with a bunch of t-=shirts or some sort of padding.
On the other hand, there are travel french presses made of stainless steel which solve the delicateness issue. The only problem with those is that the grounds remain in contact with the water(though separated by the steel mesh), so the coffee can get bitter really fast if you don’t drink the coffee immediately.
Both methods have their pros and cons, and I’ve traveled with french presses back in my french press obsession days, and I’ve also traveled with paper filters.
One last point I’d like to add here though is that a regular kettle is fine for french press, but a gooseneck kettle will result in a much better pour over brew since the consistency of the pour is really critical.
Both methods will result in a very consistent brew if you can control the rest of the variables.
In fact, french press can be more consistent than pour over. The main variable in french press is time: let the coffee steep for exactly four minutes, plunge, and pour out, and provided your grounds are the same consistency and you’re using the same roast and blend, you’re good to go.
Relatively speaking, pour over is more inconsistent because the brew really depends on the consistency of your pouring technique. Unless and until you’ve had tons of practice and can manage to pour the exact same way every single time, a discerning taste bud may be able to notice a slight difference between yesterday’s brew and today’s.
Because french press is an immersion brew, the taste is going to be much bolder and more intense. This is simply because in french press, the coffee has more time to interact with water, and more time means more extraction.
As we mentioned above, this is one of the reasons it’s really important to get your grounds to the correct degree of coarseness for a good french press brew.
With the addition of the filter and thanks to a short extraction time, coffee made by the Pour Over method is much smoother, lighter, and cleaner.
So those who are interested in a more full-bodied cup may prefer the French Press. This method is also ideal when drinking coffee for the caffeine.
But choosing it, you lose your chance to enjoy the intricate flavors – the next level when it comes to drinking coffee. And of course, those who like lighter coffee may like Pour Over method.
In comparison with Pour Over, French Press method is in higher risk of sediment, while it has filters. This issue is due to the fact that uses tend to let the coffee in the press until they are ready to drink, which makes more chances for the coarse grind to escape into the drink.
In contrast, Pour over method is in less risk of this. The method allows much less time for the water and coffee grinds in contact. In addition to this, the paper filter does a much better job of preventing any sediments from leaking through, which can result in more undesirable flavors as the sediments continue seeping.
Apart from the sediments, coffee made with French Press method seems to be more oily when it uses heavier, coarser grounds. That’s due to the fact that the longer steeping time allows more oils to get into the liquid, and also that french press is generally made with dark roasted coffee beans, which tend to be oilier anyway.
The last word
It is hard to say which method is better. While some coffee aficionados assume that Pour Over coffee brews the best coffee, others swear by the French Press.
So there is no definitive answer. The beautiful thing about coffee is that there are so many different ways to enjoy it! I would suggest that since you’ve gone through this article, try the method you are leaning towards, and if you’re happy with the results, stick to it.
Otherwise, you can try the other method and see how that works for you.
Or you can be a true coffee fanatic and just keep both :). French presses and drippers are both very inexpensive and you can definitely have both around to drink from whichever you feel like at that point in time.
As a final takeaway, I’d like to remind you that good coffee depends a lot more on the quality of beans and the ground consistency rather than the brewing method.
You can have a $1,000 espresso machine but if you put stale coffee grounds in it, it will only produce swill!
Finally, we’d love to hear from you. What has your experience been like with french press and pour over, and which do you suggest?
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