Getting your morning jolt has become more convenient than ever with quick brew pots of drip coffee or single servings from K-cup coffee makers—but when was the last time you sat down with a hot, fragrant cup of freshly ground and brewed coffee and savored sips over breakfast or dessert? If you find yourself craving a better cup of joe, here are 4 ways a French press can help you up your coffee game.

1) You’ll keep all the oil and flavor.

Paper filters don’t just filter out grounds, they also filter out oils and acids which are essential for keeping the full flavor of your coffee. Using a French press allows the coffee to steep in those oils, and the result is a bolder and more complex drink.

2) You have more control over taste.

With a drip coffee maker, you can control the amount of coffee you put in a filter, but that’s it. A French press allows you to control the temperature of the water, the amount of time the grounds are brewed, and the amount of grounds you use. It may take some experimentation, but you’ll eventually find the combination that’s perfectly suited to your individual taste.

3) It’s less cleanup than you think.

One of the major reasons people choose drip coffee makers or K-cups over a French press is the amount of cleanup—but most French presses are now dishwasher safe so you can simply toss or compost the grounds and pop it in the dishwasher.

4) It’s less wasteful.

If you’re concerned about the amount of household waste you produce, switching to a French press can help you cut down on plastic K-cups and paper filters.

Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker 34 Ounce available from Amazon

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