According to the National Coffee Association, over 54 percent of the American population drinks a cup of coffee each day. While java enthusiasts can agree on their affinity towards the coffee bean, the largest schism in the coffee world is in how the grounds are brewed. Both the percolator and French press require fresh coffee grounds and quality water, yet the final outcome differs.
The French Press: How to
According to Sally’s Place, a food connoisseur’s website, a French press is used for coffee infusion. You place the coffee grounds in a glass beaker, add hot water and allow the mixture to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Push down the top—a plunging device—to strain the coffee grounds from the coffee drink.
The Percolator: How to
A percolator is made of three sections in a steel container. You pour the water in the bottom section, place coffee grounds in the middle section—the brew basket—and the coffee rises in the third section. Place the percolator on a stove for five minutes.
Benefits of the French Press
The benefits of the French Press include a strong aroma and dense coffee concentration. More natural oils from the coffee beans are maintained in the final beverage. The caffeine content is very high for coffee made from a French press.
Benefits to a Percolator
Coffee made from a percolator is incredibly strong, robust, hot and sometimes more bitter than other coffee brewing methods. A percolator is easy and efficient to use, and the outcome is consistent.
Disadvantages to a French Press
One possible drawback is that grounds can enter the coffee if the strainer is old and slightly used. Also, if the time the blend steeps is shorter or longer than three to five minutes, the coffee may be too weak or too strong.
Disadvantages to a Percolator
Some coffee drinkers love the bitter taste of percolator coffee, while others dislike it. If the percolator is left on the stove for more than five minutes, the coffee and the percolator can burn.
References and ResourcesCoffeeResearch.org: The National Coffee Association trends and statistics
Coffee-Makers-Cafe.com: How to Use a Percolator
Sally's Place: Methods of Brewing Coffee