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I prefer my French Press. It doesn't use paper or plastic filters. No waste. Here's the brand I got.
Special note: I do have to buy whole bean coffee and grind it on the "coarse" ground setting on my grinder. The normal ground coffee is too small and will not work in a French Press.
However, many stores have coffee grinders too, like Albertsons or Ralphs etc.
Both grinders need to be held in one hand while cranked in the other; in both cases the grinder fits comfortably in the "hold" hand. In both cases, the crank arm is a reasonable length & size and feels good for the comfortable rotations.
The porlex felt easier to turn and feels like a similar-style pepper grinder - there's very little resistance to grinding and the effort put in feels less than the result. The Hario is bigger but more hand-shaped, and feels more sunstantial to turn, but actually feels like grinding - with the porlex I was more pleasantly surprised by the result than feeling like I got what I'd expected.
Bodum brand is always dope, they're good enough "bodum" is synonymous with French Press to some folks. This looks like a reasonably priced model, with current sale taking it down to ~$20.
Vaults & similar products "purpose" is mostly "take your money" and marketing hype, combined with placebo effects and confirmation bias. Most consumers at ~2 cups a day are running through their beans before they start to noticeably stale, while even if you're pushing past that, you're going further than the day or two the vaults gain - at ~1 cup a day, folks are often a week to two past stale date by the time you've finished, at which point the extra day of not-stale you gain is kinda moot.
Others have said it. Bodum Brasil, 18.85 with free shipping at amazon. 34 ounces, too, so you can make a good amount, not just 1 or 2 cups.
Are you looking for convenience and the ability to make a lot of coffee at once, or do you want to get the best cup of coffee you can for the money, even it's just one cup at a time and you have to do a little work?
If it's the former, then a basic coffee machine is your only option based on your budget. If it's the latter, then I think an Aeropress is the way to go. I'd recommend it over a pourover cone + filters (like the Melitta or V60) because it's going to be easier to consistently produce a good cup of coffee without a scale and gooseneck kettle.
You could also get a French Press which isn't much work, but a scale would be a good idea. Fortunately you have room for both in your budget. For example:
$25 total, and you don't really need to invest in anything else. A coffee grinder would be ideal, but that won't work with your budget.
EDIT: On second thought, I think this is your best bet!
You also have to consider how much you're willing to spend on coffee. Freshly-roasted beans are going to be a lot more expensive than something like Folger's; anywhere from $8-9/lb at the cheapest to $20+/lb. If your budget doesn't allow for that then I don't think it makes a lot of sense to go the pourover/French Press/Aeropress route, as they won't enhance low quality coffee very much.
This one is the one we have. Works really well.
They make a larger one, too.
Good to know. An almost high is frustrating like an almost hot bath :)
French Press, like this.
> I'm not familiar with the French Press. Are you? There are no reviews in the ad you showed me. Why do Keurigs start at $70 at Amazon, and how much quality do you think you can get for $9? Or $3??!!
Are you saying you don't know what a French Press is, or that you don't know about that particular French Press? Because if you want one with reviews, you can get this one for $18 with nearly five-star reviews from over 1,800 customers on Amazon.
And if you don't know what a French Press is, but you're going on and on about good coffee and how to get a good cup of coffee... That's a severe lack of knowledge on your part.
> By the way, I have not as yet received answer to my question - Why do Keurigs start at $70 (other machines - $100, $130, and up).
You think that just because something is expensive, that makes it better than anything else? Keurig can charge whatever they want for their machines because people are willing to pay for the convenience of the K-cups (which you can only use with a Keurig without modifications), not having to clean out their coffee filters, and being able to make a cup at a time in thirty seconds.
And every single article you can track down on how to make the best cup of coffee, not a single one of them mentions anything about a Keurig coffee maker.
Even on lists of the best coffee maker, Keurig coffee makers either don't rank very highly, or don't make the list at all.
I have a french press I use just for frothing milk. Works pretty well and didn't cost much.
Damn, was available this morning, oh well. So I was thinking of ordering these.
press ginder pot
Only thing I am unsure about is the grinder.
One study I found claims that people who drink 4+ cups of coffee daily had less time in the hospital from heart arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation, that sort of thing), my wife has occasional arrhythmia, but I don't think she'd like the idea of loading up on that much coffee in the morning.
For tasty coffee get yourself a French press or AeroPress.
Bodium makes good ones.
This one is a little enormous, but I have it and love it
Not sure what the difference is between the french press you linked and this one, but the Brazil is cheaper.
The cheapest French Press I've seen is the Ikea version at ~$8-10. In your case I'd go for the Bodum Brazil as I trust them to make a solid press.