quote:Originally posted by jfaberna
The best coffee I've made is using the French Press. They are usually less than $20 a press and the coffee needs to be coarse ground so that's easier to accomplish with a manual crank grinder. So you could do the best coffee every with no electricity.
That is also my opinion, French Press is hard to beat, especially if you grind just prior to brewing. I have never tried coffee from a cold brewing apparatus(I hear it's awesome though) because I wouldn't have the patience to wait that long for the end reward.
For a regular cup of coffee, French Press is my choice. As a plus, no electric draw unless you run the exhaust fan over the stove when you boil the water.
For Espresso, Cappuccino's, and Latte's, my Saeco Syntia fits the bill. It also puts out regular coffee, but I prefer the French Press results.
I use a Hario Skerton, conical ceramic burr, manual grinder for the French Press, and also use it to grind dark roast beans for the espresso machine, as oily beans are not recommended for its integrated grinder.