Monday, November 11, 2013

Folgers Classic Roast vs. French Press

Well since I am reviewing more and more coffee, I wanted to test something as a baseline. The wife and I go through about 4-6 pounds of Folgers classic roast per month in our auto drip coffee maker. She doesn't really like strong coffee so we drink this medium roast day-to-day. We break pretty much all the rules with this coffee; we buy it in 3 pound containers and we keep it in the original container instead of an air-tight canister.

Anyway, I decided to see how this Folgers coffee performed in my press to establish a baseline for all my other reviews. This seemed like a good idea at the time and I think did find out what I wanted to know.
After measuring out the proper amount of coffee, I filled the press with boiling water. To my surprise the combination of water and coffee did produce some froth at the top and it gave off a nice strong coffee aroma. So I thought to myself "this may turn out OK". Well, I was wrong.

After giving the coffee a few minutes to brew I pressed it and poured my first cup. The first thing that was apparent was the absence of any oils rising to the top. There was still an nice aroma rising from the cup, so with apprehension I hoisted the cup and took my first sip.

This is where the fun ended with this review. The coffee was strong, which is a good thing, but it was bitter and acidic. Bitter? That's not really an adequate description, it was pucker your mouth, make your face cringe bitter.

Although this test didn't turn out the way I thought it would, it still provided me with valuable information and a greater appreciation of good coffee!

I give this 1 out of 5 stars.

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