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I’ve owned three of these and they’ve served me fine. Only issue I had was that one shattered when my wife dropped it but, yanno, glass so ��.
KONA French Press Coffee Maker With Reusable Stainless Steel Filter, Large Comfortable Handle & Glass Protecting Durable Black Shell [link]
Are we playing good-cop-bad-cop?
OP-you-suck!^I'm ^bad ^cop
But seriously, I have the Kona French Press. The Aeropress says it's superior to 'regular' french presses, but I'm fine with mine.
KONA French Press Coffee Maker 8 Cup (1 liter, 34 oz) Glass Tea Pot, Black [link]
I have bought several and this has been by far the best I have used for under $30-$40.
I started with this French Press on Amazon. It was really easy to use. I also bought a tea kettle to heat the water and a thermal mug.
As far as brands of coffe, I just went to walmart and bought a couple brands. The french press technically should be used with a courser grind but I just used normal grounds. You can buy whole beans and a grinder as well. Coffee preference really was trial and error for me. I have no good suggestion.
I just bought my first drip coffee maker on black friday. Those are pretty easy to use as well. It's up to what he wants to do really.
This has been going strong since last September. I use it daily. When I bought it it came with a "code" for a second screen as well.
I would do this:
1) If he doesn't have a coffee grinder, get a cheap blade grinder from Amazon - $20 bucks or so. Doesn't matter what kind, they all do the same thing.
2) French Press - KONA French Press [link]
3) Go to a local coffee shop and get a good medium roast, whole bean and let him grind it at home. Ask them what they recommend. Depending on the shop and the type of coffee it's probably $14-17/lb. Get something they has been roasted within the past week or so. If it doesn't have a roast date on it then I would pass and find something that does.
That will TOTALLY change his life in terms of coffee. Have him research ratios for the French press and maybe If you can swing it, pick up a cheap food scale so he can start weighing his coffee and water. Not necessary in the beginning but something he may want to pursue later.
You can also go Aeropress instead of French press, but I have zero experience with one. From what I understand they are amazing.
The money you'd spend on a Keurig could be spent on beans, a scale, etc.