The French press is both a device and method for brewing coffee. The device itself is simply a container with a plunger attached to a metal filter, which separates the grounds from the brewed coffee. A major advantage of this brew method is the precision afforded the brewer, given the control over the grind size, water temperature and steeping time. As with any brew method, adjusting any of these elements allows you to personalize what ends up in your cup.
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The AeroPress gets a lot of odd remarks. Although it looks better suited for use on the set of Breaking Bad or Grey’s Anatomy and was developed by a sport toy company, don’t let that confuse you out of trying it. This brewer is adored by the coffee community, and for good reason: at just under thirty bucks it’s extremely affordable, plus it’s quick and easy to use.