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Vacuum Coffee Maker or a French Press

Updated on October 28, 2013

Brewing Coffee

The coffee that is made by using either of these methods will produce excellent brewed coffee. No matter what method you use to make coffee it is essential to start off with fresh ground coffee. Also choose a good coffee for your brewing needs and if you are so inclined roast your own coffee beans. This is an art form all in its own but can be done at home and there are good websites to by green coffee beans to have shipped to your home. In this article I will go over how these coffee makers work and show you some good buys on Amazon.

The morning cup of coffee has exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

Vacuum Coffee Maker

Best Method: Vacuum Coffee Maker.

The vacuum coffee maker has two chambers where pressure is created from the steam vapors which forces the water into the upper chamber were the coffee grounds are. As the coffee carafe cools off the brewed coffee is sucked through the filter back into the back into the lower chamber.

For the coffee enthusiast this is considered by many to be coffee in its purest form. It takes out the bitterness and leaves a wonderful brewed cup of coffee. For many coffee drinkers once they have had coffee this way, it is hard to drink coffee out of a traditional coffee maker. For those that do not want to use this method the next way to brew coffee is very easy and produces high quality brewed coffee.

If using a table top vacuum maker you will need a heating element.  A butane heating element that is for this purpose is the preferred way to heat your coffee.


French Press

Great Method: French Press.

The first time I had coffee from a French Press I was in heaven. This was of course before I had coffee from a vacuum coffee maker. Though I still use my press often and one reason is I have a beautiful one that gets many compliments when I serve coffee out of it to friends and family.

The French Press is a plunger method in how it is used to make coffee. It is very easy to use and for me I did some experimenting to get the desired strength of my coffee. First step is to put your coffee grounds into the bottom of your carafe, pour hot water in to the carafe, and stir. Make sure you stir with something that will not clang the glass carafe. Next step would be to put the plunger on top but do not press down and should wait a few minutes to let the coffee steep. For me I wait four to five minutes before depressing the plunger. After that you are ready to pour and enjoy your coffee.

Note: if you grind your own coffee use a courser ground so the grounds do not seep into your brewed coffee.

Nothing Like a Good Cup of Java

No matter what method you use to brew your coffee, always use good coffee. With the two methods one thing to keep in mind is keeping your coffee hot. So invest in a thermos to pour your freshly brewed coffee into to keep it hot. I have on occasion with my French Press slid a tea cozy over it to keep it hot. Either that or you will need to be a fast drinker.

Roasting your own is a little time consuming and takes some practice to get the desired results. There are many websites out there that help you with this. It this is not for you invest in a coffee grinder and by coffee beans. Grind the amount of beans you want for that morning to insure fresh taste. If grinding coffee is not for you make sure you store your coffee in an airtight container to keep it fresh. Though I still enjoy coffee from a French Press or any other way I can get a cup or two of the most divine hot liquid on the planet. For those that love coffee no matter what method you use it is always important to enjoy.

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness.  ~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir



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    • mkott profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      It depends on what kind of filter you are using. There is a variety of filters - cloth, paper, glass (old school & hard to find), wire mesh, nylon mesh, and metal non-mesh (considered the best). Cloth - fine grind, paper - regular, and the rest a courser grind.

    • David R Bradley profile image

      David R Bradley 

      8 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

      Hey, what is the best grind for the vacuum?

    • BkCreative profile image


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've been using a French Press forever - but now I'll try your recommendation for the vacuum press. Sounds great. Nothing like freshly ground coffee beans prepared in a press.

      Thanks for the information!


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