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French Press vs. Drip Coffee: What's the Difference?

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Do you wake up every morning hoping for a coffee that will energize and invigorate you? If you do, you have likely heard of the French press and/ or Auto drip coffee, two popular coffee brewing devices and types. But what is the difference between the two, and which one should you choose?


Let’s dive into the differences between French press and drip coffee so you can make an informed choice. Try with Peacemaker Coffee Company – Dark Roast



What Is French Press Coffee?

French press is a device used to brew coffee by infusing water with coffee grounds. It has a cylindrical glass container with a plunger that holds coffee grounds. To make French press coffee, the water is heated (200 ℉) and added to the French press with a course grind Peacemaker Coffee. The plunger is pushed down after 4 minutes, filtering out the grounds. This type of brewing produces a strong, full-bodied cup of coffee with bold flavor, natural oils, and flavors from the beans extracted during brewing.



What Is Auto Drip Coffee?

On the other hand, Auto drip coffee is a brewing system that relies on gravity to pass hot water through a bed of ground coffee to extract its oils and flavors. It involves pouring hot water over a filter of ground beans and using gravity to extract the flavorful components from them. Auto Drip machines are easy to use and require little effort to operate. The hot water is dispensed evenly over the grounds, allowing them ample time to steep properly before filtering out through a filter basket as it drains into a carafe or mug below.


Which One Is Better?

The answer lies in personal preference – it comes down to what type of coffee you like to drink. French press and Auto drip brewing systems produce excellent coffee but differ.


French press is known for its strong flavor, while Auto drip coffees tend to be milder in flavor. In addition, French press brewing results in more sediment in your cup, while Auto drip brewing yields a cleaner cup with no sediment.

When it comes to preparation time, French Press coffee takes a bit longer as you will need to allow it to be steep for 4 minutes before pressing down the plunger. In contrast, Auto drip systems usually take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how much coffee you’re brewing and how finely ground your beans are.


Lastly, price-wise French presses are usually cheaper than Auto drip systems due to their simplicity in design and construction.




If you’re looking for strong flavor but will have ample sediment in your cup, then the French press is for you. On the other hand, if you prefer a gentle yet flavorful taste with a clean cup, go for Auto drip coffee.


The preparation time should also be taken into consideration - If you’re looking for something quicker, perhaps the French press would be best as it takes less time.


But if you don’t mind waiting a bit longer, the Auto drip system will surely provide an excellent cup of rich flavor!


Ultimately, it’s up to personal preference, so why not try both and decide which suits your tastes better?





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