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.

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Kay W

Kay W has more than 10 years of freelance writing experience, including technical papers, grants for youth and environmental nonprofits and consulting materials. With a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Arts in environmental organizational leadership, Kay W has a diverse educational and technical professional background.