Scott Carey of Sump Coffee told us he recommended a French press for anyone who loved dark-roast coffee. While lighter roasts shine in their clarified fruity tasting notes, dark roasts have less palate complexity and are perfect candidates for a French press, according to Carey. “When you muddle the cup and add body, you get that great mouthfeel and you can get a little more sweetness,” he said, adding that it produced a brew that had “more bass than treble.”
Just like the name suggests, this French press from Frieling features a double wall intended to keep the contents warm at a steady temperature for long periods of time. It also features a spacious carafe that doubles as an insulated serving pitcher, a feature that helps it retain heat four times longer than glass carafes. Furthermore, this press features a two-stage filter system with a pre-filter & super-fine mesh to minimize the risk of sediments.
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Scott Carey of Sump Coffee told us he recommended a French press for anyone who loved dark-roast coffee. While lighter roasts shine in their clarified fruity tasting notes, dark roasts have less palate complexity and are perfect candidates for a French press, according to Carey. “When you muddle the cup and add body, you get that great mouthfeel and you can get a little more sweetness,” he said, adding that it produced a brew that had “more bass than treble.”
This traditional French press from Le Creuset is built in the style of old-school presses and even behaves as such to some extent. We say this because it features a stainless steel plunger and a mesh press among a few other interesting features. Among them, a non-porous enamel finish makes the press stand out, one that enables it to resist odors, staining, chipping, and cracking. It also owes its impressive durability to a glossy enamel glazing that is sure to resist extremely hot temperatures with no issues whatsoever.
But if you want to be a little more precise, here’s the ideal brewing method and amount of ingredients, according to Carey. First, consider your ratio of coffee to water. If you’re brewing a lighter roast, a ratio of 1-to-14 or 1-to-15 is ideal. In practical terms, this ratio would require 63 grams of grounds to make a full 32-ounce pot. With fuller-bodied darker roasts, you’ll get more flavor extraction, so a ratio of 1-to-16 or 1-to-17, or 58 grams for a 32-ounce pot, would suffice. French presses also require a much coarser grind than most brewing methods, so use the appropriate setting on your grinder or look for bags of preground coffee that advertise a less fine blend.
If not elegant, the Brazil’s simple design is inoffensive, belying the fact that its shell is plastic. Some testers even preferred the look of the no-frills Brazil to the fussier-looking Chambord. The Brazil’s triangular handle puts a welcome amount of space between your fingers and the hot glass of the beaker. And if you dislike the handle’s modern look, an older version of the Brazil comes in a more traditional design with a symmetrical handle, though this shape will bring your knuckles closer to the hot glass.

On a related note, you also want to consider whether you want a portable coffee press or not. Now, there are many advantages to using a portable French press, even though they usually come at the expense of a large capacity and strong construction. Furthermore, you might want to invest in a compact press if you do not have a fully equipped kitchen or if you plan on using the press at work where you might have issues accommodating a coffee maker if it’s too large.
The press’s carafe is made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass with an 18/8 stainless steel plunger and gaskets, and a commercial grade plastic filter screen. It has 16-ounce water markings, so there’s no need to measure the water before you add it. This has a unique screw-top design that’s different from the competition and holds the lid safe from accidental removal.
By allowing coffee grounds to steep before pushing them through a steel filter, the French press releases natural oils that create a robust, clean taste that’s simply not possible with drip coffee makers. We spent over 30 hours of research and testing to determine that the SterlingPro –  Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press is the best French press coffee maker. It keeps coffee hotter for longer than any other French press we tested, and its sleek and durable construction contributes to a delicious cup every time. Our runner-up is the Bodum – Chambord.

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The Planetary Design Table Top French Press remains our favorite coffee maker for camping. It brews cleanly and offers better insulation than any other press we tested. But while it travels well to a campsite, it looks unwieldy on a kitchen counter. If you plunge too fast, you’ll end up with splattered droplets of hot coffee on your breakfast. It’s also harder to clean, with a small metal cap that detaches from the end of the filtering pole and can slide into the drain if you’re not careful.

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