So much has happened in my coffee world since my last post. Thanks to everyone who posted great insight.
Currently, this is my situation: there are two coffee lovers in me. There’s the addict, who must have some form of coffee at relatively regular intervals throughout the day, and then there’s the guy who can relax for a moment to enjoy a really good cup.
I wanted to try a pressure brewer for convenience, but after reading everyone’s comments on the last post, I decided to pull my french press out of storage. After cleaning it out, I went to this nice local coffee place and purchased some Nicaraguan beans, came home, and threw some in the grinder. I then fell in love with the french press :-). The sad thing is that before yesterday, I think I had used it maybe twice. I’ve used it four times since yesterday.
At some point this week I’m going to return the piece of junk Black & Decker HCC100 Pressure Brewer and get the Senseo. It sits on my desk, and is ready to deliver a decent cup of coffee with one press of a button. The HCC100 makes decent coffee, but it has awful reviews and very, very poorly manufactured.
I also had an urge for cinnamon today (and Bulgarian chocolate nut), so I added some [cinnamon] to the grounds in my last “press.” It’s very delightful. I guess the new Folgers cinnamon commercials made me do it.
My conclusion: the pressure brewer delivers “On Demand” coffee services, and the french press relieves you of the guilt of using the pressure brewer. Both actually solve my original problem of coffee being too hot when made by a drip machine, because the water has time to cool with the french press, and the pressure brewer sucks enough to not heat the water up to the same temperature as the drip machine. How neat.