Here at Bergies, we like to take our fresh-roasted beans home to brew up when we’re not at work. Two of our favorite brewing methods are the pour over and the french press. Not only are these two of the most popular brewing methods, they’re also two of the best ways to enjoy a great cup of coffee. Both methods are superior to the standard drip coffee machine and are very convenient for making just one cup.
The main difference between the pour over and french press is the pour over uses a filter. Coffee filters were developed in Germany in the early 1900s and led to a cleaner and more efficient cup of coffee. Unlike an auto-drip machine, a pour over doesn’t use forced hot water. Instead, the coffee is entirely immersed in water and is slowly extracted through the filter. The result is a crisper, fuller cup of coffee with a smooth finish. Some common types of pour over devices are the v60 and Chemex.
The french press (or coffee plunger) was developed in France in the 1920s. The coffee grounds are immersed in boiling water in a carafe. After four minutes, the water and grounds are separated using a screened plunger. The result is a bold, rich cup of coffee. The french press comes in a variety of sizes. You can find a one-cup press to a full pot-sized press, and in a variety of materials (such as glass or metal).
To ensure the best cup of coffee, it’s best to grind your beans at home before brewing, preferably with a burr grinder. A french press uses the coarsest grind setting, while a pour over typically uses a medium grind. Regardless of which method you choose, have fun experimenting at home to enjoy a great cup of coffee.