December 20, 2023

Season 1, Episode 21: Rediscovering French Press - The Muddy Flavor Struggle is Real

By Oaks The Coffee Guy
Episode Summary:
In this podcast episode, I discuss my experience with a Guatemalan coffee roasted to a medium level and prepared using a French press. I share my journey with various coffee brewing methods over time, from starting with French press to exploring pour over and Chemex, and ultimately landing on filter coffee as my preferred method.

I brew the Guatemalan coffee in a French press and find that it produces a "muddy" and lackluster flavor that I'm disappointed with. This leads me to a discussion about the impact of brew method on a coffee's taste profile. I contemplate whether my manipulation of the coffee to try getting a better taste defeats the purpose of impartially evaluating that coffee. I explain my plan to continue experimenting with French press recipes and parameters like water temperature and grind size.

Listeners will learn about my personal coffee preferences, gain insight into French press coffee versus filter coffee taste and experience, and pick up some brewing tips for better flavor. This candid coffee commentary invites listeners along on my current exploration into rediscovering French press through objective sensory journeys.

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