Hi all. I'm just a newbie enthusiast--not in the biz--and hope you'll forgive a simpleton question or two. At home I drink espresso shots or else Americanos made with an Aeropress, mypressi Twist, or moka pot. For the Americanos, of course, I make the shot, usually a double, and add hot water till the taste seems best. I do this with all roast levels. Am I missing anything by not using a French Press or drip maker? After I got the Aeropress, I figured I didn't need a French Press, but the brew process and concept is quite different between the two, and so I'm just wondering if I'm missing a different coffee experience by not have the press in the house.

Hope this  makes sense!

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Cindy - I've found that I like coffee brewed using a variety of methods. Sometimes I like a drip from my Bunn, a french press, vac pot, or a single pour over when I have time to myself, maybe an americano or straight shots when I have friends over. That's one of the great things about coffee - it can be enjoyed in any number of ways. It's good to hear you are trying many! Keep on drinking specialty coffee!
I like to make different coffees different ways. for example, pressing latin american coffees gives them a body and texture that they sometimes lack when made with a drip machine. but it's the exact opposite for indonesian coffees with me. i prefer them as a drip coffee or a pour over because they are naturally more full bodied and don't need the sediment from a press. the last time i pressed sumatra it was like a cup of mud. pretty delicious mud... but overpoweringly earthy. but that's the way i like to try the new coffees we bring into our shop. i like to try them as many different ways as i can, and hopefully get a better understanding of their flavor profiles because of it. another method we use is a vac pot or syphon. so clean. so delicious. all of the different brewing methods have their merits. if you aren't too fixed on your current coffee routine i would suggest exploring other types of extraction. it's fun to taste the same coffee 5 different ways and i think a little educational as well.
Thank you everyone for the great replies. Really helpful--and confirmed what I was starting to guess: coffee generally and coffee regions/varietals specifically can and should be tried many ways.
the reason there are so many different ways to make coffee, is because coffee is wonderfully made in so many different ways. not that a french press or a single drip is "better" than your espresso , its just different. so to answer your question...yes, you are missing something. your missing diversity. make coffee however best suits your situation. when im backpacking, i make my coffee with a bandana and a nalgene. and because of my setting, its the best cup of cofffee ive ever had...its more than what is in the cup.
As a fellow backpacker, Jesse, I totally agree with you that things taste different outside--and that it's more than what's in the cup :)

Jesse Darwin said:
the reason there are so many different ways to make coffee, is because coffee is wonderfully made in so many different ways. not that a french press or a single drip is "better" than your espresso , its just different. so to answer your question...yes, you are missing something. your missing diversity. make coffee however best suits your situation. when im backpacking, i make my coffee with a bandana and a nalgene. and because of my setting, its the best cup of cofffee ive ever had...its more than what is in the cup.

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