another_jim wrote:[Preparing for lots of disagreement here] Personally, I think FPs suck, the press-down seems to add a huge amount of bitter roughness to the taste when compared to standard cupping. I much prefer decanting steeped coffee through a filter. The only use I have now for my FP as a container for my hand blender.
Truth be told I haven't done any cupping
or FP cup to cup comparisons
since June and never have very often. Your comment explains something I experienced NY Eve but hadn't put my finger on. We went to a party at my sister's where everyone except Debi & I didn't drink coffee. I brought some 50:50 Brazil YB:Harrar Oromia to make us a FP. The cup was ok but seemed to have a bitter edge
to it, besides lacking full complex richness and creamy smoothness I get from Cafe Crema Americanos (~4oz double basket pulled 20-25sec plus hot water). NY Day made Cafe Crema Americanos same beans no edge, wonderful cup.
I'll go traditional or pour over to filter.