Yeah, it's different than auto-drip. Maybe a for a few reasons-- you do a coarse grind with the French Press, for one, vs a more medium grind for an auto-drip. For what it's worth, you can get the oils in an auto-drip brewing setup, but it helps if you use a metal screen filter, not a paper one. What's nice about a small French press is that it means every cup is freshly brewed, and the effort involved tends to self-limit the consumption. I used to make a full pot of auto-drip coffee, and then feel like I was letting it go to waste if I didn't throw myself at it, but that was a bit silly. Fresh-grinding the bean, preferably with a consistent uniform grind such as a burr grinder can provide, is critical because this approach is about flavor too.I've always wanted a French Press. I've heard it was better than normal coffee machines because it retains the natural oil from coffee beans or something. Can you tell a difference?
A lot of people prefer tea, and it's funny, I recall doing some excellent creative work when getting up, skipping breakfast, and drinking well-sourced Lapsang souchong tea, though I haven't had that in years.