5 steps on how to use a French drip coffee pot

By | August 14, 2020

As PurelyCoffeeBeans knows, French drip coffee is typically what you will be served when you travel to the southern states. You will find that this thick, rich drip coffee tends to grow on you. It is traditionally served with both milk and sugar, but some like it straight up.

French drip coffee

French Drip Coffee Pot listed on Etsy

Vintage French Porcelier Drip Coffee Pot Drip  from Jacqueline @ FernHillRd

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What is French Drip Style Coffee?

Although similar to percolator coffee, French drip coffee is in a class all of its own, just ask anyone from Louisiana. Percolated coffee is continually agitated with hot water until you stop the process.

Using these manual drip coffee makers, French style drip coffee is allowed to sit and steep undisturbed until the coffee is nice and strong. The soaking period allows the flavor to fully develop before serving!

The preparation is similar to traditional drip coffee, but with the manual drip method, the coffee is steeped in hot water for much longer resulting in a thicker, much stronger cup of coffee.

How do you use a drip coffee pot? A step-by-step guide!

Although this type of coffee making is a drip type of coffee, the grounds are suspended above the water, undisturbed, allowing the water to percolate through the filter grid to the bottom of the French pot. Here are the steps!

  1. The temperature of the water is important for a nice, strong brew. Begin by heating your filtered water to a boil, in a kettle, then allow the water it set just a moment, bringing it down just a degree or three.
  2. You will need a traditional French drip pot, this particular type of manual drip coffee makers make coffee right on the stovetop, so you won’t need electricity to brew your coffee.
  3. With your grounds in place in the coffee basket fitted with the compression rammer, slowly pour the hot water over the filter basket. Do not rush this step. Slow and steady is your best bet for a rich, flavorful coffee.
  4. Allow your brew to steep for a minimum of 5 minutes, longer is better, and then make certain that the rammer is compressed all the way (this will insure a thick cup of coffee) pour out your first cup and enjoy.
  5. The coffee will pour back through the grounds, but there is no worry that you will find any errant grounds in your cup, as long as the rammer and filter basket are securely in place before you begin to pour.

Video: Brewing Coffee with The Drip-O-Lator

How do you use a French drip coffee pot? First Timers’ Reactions

Many people who first experience this unique type of coffee in a local restaurant never go back to their old methods of making coffee. And they will tell you it is just a coffee you need to taste for yourself to understand why.

It’s difficult to find an authentic French Press Pot these days … but occasionally you can pick up one of these beauties right on eBay, for a price.

Where can I find French drip coffee pots?

Yes, indeedy. They are available on Amazon. However… be careful. Amazon confuses a moka pot with a dripolator or French Drip Pot quite easily. A moka pot is indeed a different beast.

Aluminum French Drip Coffee pot

Aluminum French Drip Coffee pot

6You can buy
Lindy’s 49W Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker With Protective Plastic Handles8
on Amazon

Originally written by Chris Zeigler & Betty Zeigler

Where can I find French Drip Coffee Makers?

Recently received a question from Mark, New Orleans LA which runs like this.

Do you sell these french drip coffee makers? If not, do you know where I may find one?

At first I thought it was a little odd. Didn’t he mean French Press or Drip coffee makers? How could a French Press drip coffee?

But as you see from the picture at the top, it really is a drip coffee maker. Typically found in the Southern states, a French drip coffee pot is traditionally a teardrop shaped coffee pot. French Drip Type Makers are sometimes as elegant as the one above!

This type of manual coffee pot can use regular ground coffee, as compared to the French press style which coarse grounds are recommended

OldAristocrat writes:

I first learned about a French Drip Coffee Maker when I lost power in my house and so was forced to make coffee on an old fashioned, gas stove. I found that this old drink that I tolerated for so long, was now my favorite drink in the house! Cooking on an old fashioned stove percolator was so superior to my standard coffee pot, that I instantly went online to begin searching for tips to enjoy better coffee. The journey began.

First I went searching on review sites, then on forums, then on e-commerce sites to look at every kind of coffee product available, and after this very long search I found EVERYONE saying one thing — You MUST get a French Drip Coffee maker to truly enjoy coffee.

I’m not sure why I was surprised, maybe because my parents were always standard, non-French coffee drinkers, but when I first got that French Drip Coffee Maker off of Amazon, I was in seventh heaven. I suddenly wanted coffee in the morning, the afternoon, and at night too! This boring drink that I tried to make taste good with sugar, suddenly didn’t need sugar anymore!

Suddenly I could enjoy it by itself! It was amazing! I would strongly recommend someone to try this great form of coffee. But I also have a warning: Once you go old fashioned, French Drip, you don’t go back. You won’t enjoy the burnt, bland, and offensive coffee that normal Americans have been duped into drinking.

You will want the exquisite, rich, detailed flavor that only a true French Drip can provide. And you will find yourself suddenly looking at coffee time as something enjoyable and centering, like a nice walk through the park with your Lab.

Purchasing a second hand one seems to be a little easier than buying a new one. Ebay has a few for sale right now. But I’m not sure that any of those is as romantically designed as the 19th century models. And there’s this one at Etsy.com, that’s made in France. I looked on Amazon.fr to see if there were any models new for sale. But I haven’t seen anything remotely similar. It seems the French are more practical these days, preferring the convenience of electricity.

A Reader Writes by Lawrence Collins

“When my son absconded with my old French drip coffee pot, I couldn’t find one in New Orleans. So I drove to Cajun Country and found one at the first hardware store I saw, it was only $22!

French drip coffee, BTW, is a Cajun thing, and is made with pure coffee (no chicory) with sugar in the bottom of the pot, and served in a demi-tasse. New Orleans coffee & chicory is also quite strong but is usually brewed the same ways as “yankee coffee.” In France, it’s the opposite: chicory in the country, pure in Paris.”

What’s your experience of French Drip Coffee? I’d love to hear that, too!

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