French Press Vs Pour Over Vs Drip Coffee Making

Brewing coffee manually is very popular in homes and offices nowadays. Coffee lovers want to be part of the entire brewing process. In fact, nothing excites a coffee lover more than drinking his or her own freshly brewed coffee.

There are different ways of brewing coffee. While some people prefer French press, others prefer the pour over or drip coffee making. If you are an Ardent coffee lover, you are likely to have tried two or even all three styles. At the end of it all, you must have a preference.

If you are only starting out, you would definitely want to know the better and quicker way to prepare coffee.  In this post, you will get to know which method suits you between French press, pour over, and drip brewing.

How to Make French press coffee

First, making French press coffee requires you to have the plunger pot. This pot, which goes by many names in different parts of the world was invented in France in the mid-1800s.

french press coffee maker

You will begin by removing the plunger, then adding about 7-8 grams of coffee to the pot per 200 ml (6.7oz) of water. Pour hot water into the pot up to the halfway mark. Wait for about 60 seconds before stirring the mixture and filling up the pot with hot water. Re-insert the plunger and wait between 3-4 minutes. Afterwards, start pressing the plunger down while applying steady pressure.

With this procedure, you should have earthy, rich taste coffee ready within a very short time. Your main area of concern ought to be selecting the grind. Coarse grinds will clog the filter while fine grinds will pass through to form sediments in your cup. Compared to pour over and drip, French press coffee is much thicker. This is because water stays in contact with the grounds throughout the process.

French Press Coffee Pros & Cons

  • Easy to use the press pot
  • Ability to customize several aspects of each pot of coffee to produce a preferred taste
  • Oils extracted from coffee while brewing are more pronounced
  • Likely to leave coffee sediments in your cup

Steps for Making Pour Over Coffee

Just as its name suggests, pour over coffee involves pouring boiling water over and through the grounds to extract coffee flavors. There are several underlying factors that determine the flavor that ends up in your mug. First, you must grind right. Having same size grinds is important for consistency. This directly influences the quality of the coffee. The grinds will react evenly and at the same rate thus making it easy for you to control the process.

pour over coffee pot

Next step is to work on the coffee to water ratio. For good measure, you should work with about 1:17, coffee to water ratio. This translates to 42 grams of coffee to 700 grams of water. Place the filter in the dripper on your pour over coffee maker and prepare to start brewing. If it is a paper filter being used, wet it first to rinse off paper dust and help it stay in shape. Then add the ground coffee to the filter.

Tap gently on the filter to level the surface of the grounds. Once it is all set, get the brewer and place it on a carafe or cup. Then put the entire set-up on a digital scale that is to be adjusted to zero. The water to be poured over the coffee grind should be around 205 degrees or about 30 seconds off the boil.

You will need a boiling kettle with an extended neck for ease, precision, and convenience when pouring the water. The first pour is known as the bloom because when water hits the grounds Co2 is produced creating a blossoming effect. This pour is meant to saturate all the grounds and should take between 30-45 seconds.

Start the second pour in the centre of the grounds and move steadily towards the outer edge steadily before coming back to the centre. All the grounds must have sunk on the surface of the bed by the time you finish this pour. The third pour is to follow before the coffee and water get to the level of the grounds. The last pour should follow about 15 to 20 seconds after. Timing is everything in this coffee brewing method. A second early or late could have a significant impact in the taste of your coffee.

  • Takes very little time
  • More control over the coffee making process
  • Room to experiment
  • Requires a lot of concentration and patience
  • Investing in several accessories

How to Make Drip Coffee

Brewing with a drip brewer is certainly the most hassle-free coffee making method of the three. You start with grinding your coffee beans to an ideal size before adding into the coffee brewer for best results.

However, remember to grind only the amount you will be using because any excess would be a wastage of the coffee. The best ratio to use is 60 grams of coffee to 1 liter of water. Ensure the water is clean before pouring in the water reservoir.

drip coffee making

Pre-wet the paper filter before pouring the grounds on it. Turn the coffee maker on and wait for the water to heat up to about 205 degrees. Once it reaches this temperature, it will start dripping into the grounds in the filter. Give it a couple of seconds before opening the espresso maker tap that allows the coffee to flow into the carafe.

  • Makes a lot of coffee
  • No need to monitor the machine once it has been programmed
  • Requires thorough cleaning using vinegar


From the three coffee making methods, it’s evident that great coffee requires a lot of input. One simple mistake can ruin everything.

The water has to be right, coffee beans fresh and grounded accordingly. The coffee to water ratio must be precise and timing perfect. You may have to make several adjustments before finding the best combination that produces your preferred cup of coffee. If you have a normal coffee maker, you can add the Jura Wireless Controller to make it a smart coffee maker that can be controlled remotely.

You can never have enough of a good cup of manually prepared coffee. The purity and robustness of the coffee produced using little effort is just what you need to kick start your morning.

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