French Press vs Pour Over vs Aeropress vs Vietnamese Drip

Pourover

What is pourover coffee? Pourover method involves pouring hot water through coffee grounds. Pourover is known as drip coffee and can be called hand brewing or manual brewing.
The technique has been commonly used in Europe since 1900s and was rediscovered by specialty coffeee movement.


What equipment to use? Popular brewing device used are Hario V60 and Kalita Wave.

French Press


A french press is a coffee brewing device. In 1923, Ugo Paolini, an Italian logged patent document relating to tomatoes juice separator. He developed an idea creating a pot with a press action and filter. He assigned his 1928 patent to Attilio and Giulio who filed in 1929.

Moka Pot


Moka pot often refer to stovetop Espresso makers. The pot is divided into three chambers, one for water, one for grounds, one for results. The follows is how a moka pot work:
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Aeropress

Aeropress is the new kid and is designed by Alan Adler.  Aeropress is a phiston style brewer that forces coffee through a thin piece of paper dorectly into a cup. It brews just a serving of coffee at a time.

Vietnamese Drip Phin Filter


Vietnamese Drip or Phin filter is a combo of the pourover and french press. To have a thick texture, you can add in butter or soy milk.

Pros and Cons

Pour Over
Pros

  • People looking for smooth tasting cup of coffee like drip coffee will prefer pour over over french press. Pourover gives light coffee.
  • Control is the key. Total control over temperature of the water, speed of pour, amount of water, amount of coffee, ….

Cons

  • Brewing coffee with pourover will lose some flavors.
  • Does not relies on pressure to extract flavor, hence, not like espresso machine.
  • Very portable
  • Difficult. Total control over temperature of the water, speed of pour, amount of water, amount of coffee, …. Require utmost attention to detail.

French Press
Pros

  • Fuller bodied mouthful, is more aromatic, silky,  flavor has more of strongbite taste, has sediments.
  • Does not cause coffee to lose overall flavor from natural oil
  • Control. Control over temperature of the water, amount of water, amount of coffee, …. More versatile.

Cons

  • Does not relies on pressure to extract flavors, hence, not like espresso machine.
  • Some french press is portable

Moka Pot
Pros

  • Relies on pressure to extract flavor, hence, like espresso machine.
  • People use to get concentrate of coffee, strong and sharp.

Cons

  • Need stove. Stovetop Espresso.
  • Not portable.
  • Less Control. Less versatile.

Aeropress
Pros

  • Relies on pressure to extract flavor, hence, like espresso machine.
  • Aeropress uses paper filter, hence, it is cleaner and brighter flavor profile.
  • Control. Control over temperature of the water, amount of water, amount of coffee, …. More versatile.

Cons

  • Portable

Vietnamese Drip Phin filter
Pros

  • Strong and bold coffee. Produce extremely strong coffee.
  • Combine french press and drip
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Does not relies on pressure to extract flavor, hence, not like espresso machine.
  • Very portable

Difficulty


Pour Over: Very Difficult

Total control over temperature of the water, speed of pour, amount of water, amount of coffee, …

Aeropress: Difficult

Put coffee. Put hot water and let it bloom. Put hot water again. Then press. If too difficult, pull up a bit then press again…

French Press: Medium

Put coffee into french press,  put hot water then wait 4 to 5 minutes. Press.


Moka Pot: Medium

Put coffee into funnel, then put hot water into chamber and screw. Boil the pot and the coffee is coming out.

Vietnamese Drip: Easy

Put coffee. Put the  filter press.  Pour hot water and let them bloom. Then pour hot water again.

How to Select?

  • If you want smooth tasting, you should go for pourover.
  • If you want espresso like with pressure, you can go for Aeropress and Moka.
  • If you want bold coffee and no need pressure, you can go for french press and Vietnamese Drip Phin.
  • If you want more control, you should go for pourover. If you want control, you should go for Aeropress and French press.

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