Pour Over vs French Press Coffee Makers

Guide to craft brew coffee makers

French press and pour over coffee brewing methods are typically the favourites amongst coffee lovers in terms of manual brewing. Although they both have similar characteristics, each technique offers unique features and tastes that will make one method stand out more that the other. So what is it that really makes pour over coffee different from French press coffee and how do you prepare them? Let’s go ahead and measure up pour over vs French press coffee.


What is French press coffee?

A French press also called a cafetiere or coffee press, is a round cylinder shape beaker with a plunger. Attached to the plunger is a stainless steel filter that forces the grounds to the bottom and allows liquid to flow through it. A French press is the most widely used method of brewing coffee, specifically in the United States and Europe.


Unlike the name suggests, the French press was patented by an Italian designer dating all the way back to 1929.


What’s the flavour of French press coffee?

Due to the design and brewing process, a French press delivers a bold and rich taste unlike any other. For French press coffee, the grinds stay in the bottom of the beaker throughout the entire process. Because the grinds remain in contact with the coffee, the bean extraction never ends, creating an oily and bold taste. If you prefer a more mild coffee, this taste may be overbearing. If you prefer a stronger coffee, however, the richer taste and texture is what will get you hooked to this unique and full extracting brewing technique.


How to make French press coffee

Follow our simple French press coffee instructions below. Use 1 tablespoon of medium to coarse grinds for every cup of coffee you want to brew.

What you’ll need: 

1. Remove the lid and the plunger from the glass beaker and fill it with the coffee grounds.

pour over vs. french press | French press step 1


2. Carefully pour boiling water (195-205 F) in a circular motion making sure to cover all grounds.

pour over vs. french press | French press step 2


3. Place the lid and the plunger in the beaker and let grounds and water sit for about 1 minute.

pour over vs french press | French press step 3


4. Push down the plunger and serve.

pour over vs french press | French press step 4


GROSCHE MADRID Premium French press | Side view with tea 1500 ml

Our most popular French press coffee maker- Madrid

The MADRID is a premium French press that lets you enjoy perfectly brewed coffee or tea. It features a dual stainless steel filter, chrome housing and a German SCHOTT DURAN® borosilicate glass beaker.



What is pour over coffee?


While a French press coffee maker has been the go-to brewing device for years, the pour over coffee maker is quickly gaining interest amongst caffeine addicts.


Unlike a French press, pour over coffee relies on a cone-like filter for its full extraction. It kinda works like your standard drip coffee maker, the major difference is that you pour the boiled water yourself. That way, you have full control over the coffee brewing process and can customise it to your personal liking. The faster you pour in water, the lighter the flavour will be and the slower you pour, the stronger it will taste.   


What’s the flavour of pour over coffee?

Pour over coffee brewers tend to produce a lighter and smoother flavour compared to that of a French press. This may be the factor that determines whether pour over vs French press is for you.


How to make pour over coffee

Follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to make pour over coffee. Use 2-3 tablespoons of medium coarse coffee for every cup of coffee you want to brew.

What you’ll need: 

1. Put the coffee grounds in the top of the cone.

pour over vs french press | Pour over step 1


2. Slowly pour boiling water over it in a circular motion ensuring all the grounds get soaked.

pour over vs french press | Pour over step 2


3. Let the coffee grounds sit for 30 seconds to let it saturate.

4. Slowly pour more boiling water in a circular motion and repeat several times until you have the desired amount of coffee.

pour over vs french press | Pour over step 4


austin pour over coffee maker by GROSCHE 

Our most popular pour over coffee maker

The AUSTIN  pour over coffee maker will make you the smoothest, tastiest coffee while looking extremely good. It comes with a permanent stainless steel mesh filter, so you don’t need to buy any more paper filters that trap the natural oils of your coffee.



Pour over vs French press coffee makers: The verdict

After we have explored both craft brewing options in more depth, one thing is clear: both of these coffee makers make extremely tasty coffee. Who wins the pour over vs French press battle? It depends on your taste and how much time and effort you want to invest.

You will need to spend a few minutes on both brewing methods. But while you can sit & relax when using a French press, the pour over coffee maker requires you to be a bit more involved and slowly pour the water over bit by bit.


In terms of flavour, the French press makes a stronger and bolder coffee, while the pour over coffee maker produces a milder and smoother flavour.


So what’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

Next Up: What’s the best coffee grinder? 


4 thoughts on “Pour Over vs French Press Coffee Makers”

  1. Truly interesting. I like Pour over myself because its smooth and not as gritty as french press. but sometimes i like the press for richness. anything is better than drip from a machine. D.S.

  2. Great article about making coffee.. thanks for writing it. I will be buying one of your pour overs as Im looking for more smoothness in my coffee than I can get with A french press. i find the french press is a little gritty when I make it.

  3. I Used to use a Chemex pour over, now Im with the stainless steel pour overs all the way. The paper filters were taking away the flavor of my expensive coffee. But I also make cold brew in my french press to avoid acidity which bugs my stomach from time to time.

  4. Can you compare the flavor to Syphon coffee? If i’m to ditch other methods might as well see if these are better or Siphon coffee makers are better.

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