For your daily cup, brewing coffee with a French press can be so much better than using an espresso machine.
It's like comparing apples to oranges – they both make coffee, but they do it in such different ways that you can't help but prefer one over the other.
Here are the 3 reasons why it is simply more practical to use a French Press.
First of all, a French press gives is so much more forgiving during the brewing process. You can adjust the temperature of the water and the duration of brewing to control the strength of the coffee. The coffee grind size does not impact the final product as much. With an entry-level espresso machine, you don't have that same level of control.
You can't adjust the temperature and brew time of the machine just to achieve the "Perfect" shot. That amazing cup of coffee that you drink at cafes can only be obtained with higher-end espresso machines and grinders that are out of consumer range.
Second, brewing with a French press is so much more affordable than using an espresso machine. Espresso machines can be really expensive – even the most basic models.
And then you need to factor in the cost of the beans, the grinders, the filters, and all the other accessories. With a French press, the cost is much lower and you don't have to worry about all the extra stuff.
Third, the taste of coffee brewed in a French press is much better.
Espresso machines tend to intensify flavors so any undesirable flavor such as bitterness or sourness is also intensified because of the high pressure used in the brewing process.
With a French press, the extraction is more consistent and gentle so harsh and undesirable flavors can be easily controlled with the brewing time.