Both French press coffee and stove top espresso coffee are usually brewed wonderfully so that the resultant coffee will possess full extraction of oils and flavor from the beans. Both these methods offer excellent quality coffee with which you will be able to rise and shine in each new dawn. These two types of coffee are considered better than drip coffee because the drip coffee makers engage paper filters which separate coffee oils from the coffee and limit the flavor profile of your drink significantly.
A French Press coffee maker brews coffee as you do for your tea whereas a Stovetop espresso coffee maker brews coffee just as the reverse process of drip coffee making under high pressure. The process will earn you coffee which potent and much closer to espresso
The stovetop espresso coffee can be consumed as it is or it can be mixed with water to create an americano sort of drink. Like other espresso types it can also be mixed to make variety drinks like cappuccinos, lattes etc.
For those who prefer to have straight coffee, French press coffee is the ideal one. Coffee experts in general consider French press coffee as the best brewing process but people who look for versatility the stovetop espresso can provide the best option.
Stovetop espresso Coffee makers are also called machinetta or moka pot, and French press are known as coffee press or cafetiere.
Methods of Preparation
There is huge difference in the method of preparation of these two types of coffee.
A French press requires coarsely ground coffee because finer grounds will escape through the filter and final product will contain the traces of it. Go for coffee ground uniformly because very coarse grounds may clog the filter.
Ground coffee is placed in an empty beaker and adding hot water having a temperature between 93-96 degree Celsius in a proportion of 28 grams coffee to 450 ml water. Add about 1/3 of the water in the beginning and give a light stirring. After 30 seconds, add the remaining water by pouring gradually over this. Cover it and brew so that the total time for brewing should be four minutes. By pressing the plunger the grounds can be separated and holding them at the bottom of the beaker the coffee can be poured into the serving vessel. Decanting the coffee into a serving vessel is not a good option, and if you let the brewed coffee to remain in the beaker along with the used coffee grounds, the taste of your drink may change and it may become bitter. The optimum time accepted by experts for brewing is about 4 minutes. It is believed that the coffee will be spoiled after brewing about 20 minutes.
Espresso coffee pots use pressurized vapor to force water up into a reservoir through finely ground coffee. This method will give you an extremely flavored espresso which can be consumed by adding milk or hot water. For brewing stovetop espresso coffee, water is filled in the boiler nearly up to the safety valve and a funnel shaped metallic filter is placed. After adding finely ground coffee to the filter, the upper part of the pot having the second metallic filter is tightly screwed to the base. The water is then heated to reach the boiling point, and steam is created inside the boiler.
The tightly closed unit with a gasket lets pressure build up in the lower part, and the safety valve ensures pressure release in case the pressure gets too high.
When the steam attains a high pressure, it will force the boiling water up the funnel through the ground coffee and to the pot’s upper section, where the coffee will be collected. When the lower part of the pot becomes almost empty, steam bubbles will mix with the boiling water creating a distinguishing gurgling sound.
Stovetop Espresso and French Press Coffee
French press coffee is thick and strong compared to the espresso. Properly prepared French Press coffee is quite pure though it may sometimes get criticized as chalky. One thing to careful about is that French press is highly susceptible to over-extraction. Because of this problem, the entire contents of the preparation pot are to be transferred to a cup or serving vessel immediately after brewing.
If you compare the moka pot with a French press you can see that a French press is a simple coffeepot with an attached plunger. You can add a measured amount of ground coffee into the press, simply add hot water and you can steep the coffee. Then push the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container and serve.
Espresso coffee pots require a heat source to heat the pot. Extreme care is needed to prepare the espresso coffee because otherwise the pot may get burned. But in the case of French press only ground coffee and hot water is required for brewing coffee within a few minutes. Espresso coffee brewed in an espresso pot is really strong but it cannot be treated as ready to drink. On the other hand, the French press will fetch you a drinkable beverage which is milder and acidic than the espresso.
The coffee prepared in a French press will be similar to traditional American coffee, definitely not strong like European coffee. The stovetop espresso will give you traditional Italian type coffee which is quite rich and dark. So if you want to have a longer shot coffee with more water and less espresso, go for the French press. Or if you to prefer to have a shorter, more stronger shot, just best option is the stovetop espresso.
Cafestol, a potent stimulator of LDL cholesterol levels found is high in French press coffee. So for people with high cholesterol levels it is better to avoid this boiled coffee. Stovetop espresso is found to have lesser content of cafestol than French press coffee and more advisable than French press coffee.