A more nontraditional category of French presses is the travel French press. The idea is that you can brew your coffee and drink it with the same vessel. This is great if you’re just making coffee for yourself, or you want to be able to make coffee at work, or you’re often on the road. But if you’re looking for something more versatile that can make more than one serving of coffee at a time or will look handsome on your counter, go with any of the other options.
We settled on 600 grams of water because that not only represented a weight/volume that all our test products could contain, but also because it represents just a bit more than one would need to brew two 10-ounce mugs of coffee, which is among the more common serving volumes needed in a household brewer. We wanted to test the same weight/volume in each device, given that different presses have varying maximum capacities and their rate of heat loss when filled to the maximum will differ.

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But, while this press may be sort of fragile, and the warranty may not be terribly encouraging, it's fairly inexpensive and does its job well. Just treat it carefully, and be sure to let it cool down before cleaning. Although it is heat-resistant, borosilicate becomes much less stable when heated up. Otherwise, consider investing a little more in a stainless steel model. Glass is still glass, for now. — Owen Burke
However, the lid of the coffee press is loose. If you’re not careful while pouring, the coffee may spill, especially when the carafe is full. This brings us to another point. Since the carafe isn’t transparent, you can never tell how much coffee is left in the carafe or how much water to pour. But, if you make the same quantity every day, you will get a feel for it.
This French Press comes in two capacities, one liter or 1.5 liters, and it's made out of 18/10 stainless steel. The double-wall design keeps your coffee warm and protects your hands from burning when you touch the sides or handle. Just like on the glass SterlingPro French Press, this stainless steel one has a plunger with two screens to filter out most coffee particles. You also get two free replacement screens.

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Chambord is a true original – the classic French press Coffee maker designed in the fifties. And we still produce it with the same painstaking craftsmanship we used way back when with the original. The frame and lid, made of steel, undergo several Chrome Plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use. The only difference in the production process since the fifties is our commitment to the highest standards of environmentally correct manufacturing, which is especially important during the Chrome Plating process. The black CHAMBORD polypropylene handle comes in a matte finish that not only gives a comfortable grip while serving but adds to the classic quality of the design. The French press system has always been the simplest and ultimate way of brewing an excellent cup of Coffee. Using fresh coarse ground beans with water between 92 and 96 degrees Celsius brings out the very best in all types of Coffee.
And that steel isn’t just for looks. The combination of double walls and a relatively tall, narrow carafe adds up to the best heat-retention of five French presses we tested, keeping the contents safely within the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) recommended range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of a typical French press brew cycle. When 600 grams of 205-degree water was added to the carafe following a one-minute preheat with freshly boiled water, the temperature dropped to 199 degrees within 30 seconds, losing only another six degrees over the course of five minutes. No other press performed as well in our tests.


All of this would be more forgivable if the unique stoneware carafe exhibited better-than-average heat retention. Alas, it does not. In fact, it was the poorest performer of the five French-press brewers in our heat-retention tests. The contents of the carafe dropped well below the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) recommended brewing temperature range within 30 seconds of receiving 600 grams of water at 205 degrees Fahrenheit, then dropped another 14 or 15 degrees over the following five minutes.
We tested six glass French presses and two stainless steel French presses. All of the glass carafes are constructed with borosilicate. The addition of boric acid to the glass mixture increases its resilience to heat and sudden temperature change. It is the standard not just for coffee presses but for all glass cookware and scientific laboratory equipment as well.
Okay, so there's not a lot to a French Press: stainless steel for the frame and plunger, a little polypropylene for the handle, and heat-resistant borosilicate for the carafe. If you want to jazz up your pot a little, consider the cork-topped plunger. Bodum, though a Danish company, makes its French Presses in Portugal, which is, after all, the cork capital of the world.
The filter itself is Stainless steel and disassembles into just three parts: the spiral plate, mesh, and bottom cross plate. While there is only one filter, it is a fine mesh and does a good job of keeping your coffee clean. (Not as clean as some of the newer micro-filters or dual-screens.) This simple design does make it easy to clean and maintain though.
Born and raised in Paris, the land of unapologetic butter, Francois has spent the last 20 years shaping the American culinary world behind the scenes. He was a buyer at Williams-Sonoma, built the Food Network online store, managed product assortments for Rachael Ray's site, started two meal delivery businesses and runs a successful baking blog. When he's not baking a cake or eating his way through Europe, Francois enjoys sharing cooking skills with cooks of all levels. Rules he lives by: "Use real butter" and "Nothing beats a sharp knife."
The Kona French press is a glass carafe (extra thick borosilicate) with the protective plastic outer shell that wraps around it. The plastic look is cheaper than the stainless-steel look, but on closer inspection, you’ll find the BPA-free plastic to actually be of a great quality like the Bodum travel French press. Furthermore, the plastic components don’t come into contact with the coffee at any point.
The Espro P3’s two bucket-shaped micro-filters make every other plunger’s fine mesh look like Swiss cheese. According to Espro, the shimmery, gauze-like mesh on its filters is nine to 12 times finer than typical French press filters. The two filters lock into each other so they stay together while plunging, but you can easily detach them when you clean the press. The lock imposes an extra step that takes a few tries to get comfortable with, but it’s easy to master. In our testing, the filters kept out even the most slippery of runaway grounds.
This particular French press enjoys a fine-crafted chrome housing with a Schott-Duran Borosilicate glass beaker. Equipped with a dual filter system, it will retain heat and allow a better temperature flow through the brew in order to retain as much flavor as possible. At the same time, we should point out that thanks to its sophisticated design, this press offers a stylish look with a bottom glass beaker that never comes in contact with any surface other than its base.
This coffee maker was a very pleasant surprise for our testers in more ways than one. One reviewer, who’d never tried a French press before, didn’t expect this one to be so easy to use and produce such a “solid” cup of coffee consistently. In terms of negatives, our testers wished the plunger and filter were a bit more sturdy to ensure that you’re plunging directly downward every single time so no grounds escape into the coffee. One tester also wished he had requested a larger model. (We got him a 12-ounce press, but this coffee maker can be as big as 51 ounces.) His small French press couldn’t make multiple cups with each use, but he did note that its small size made cleanup especially seamless.

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For this survey of French presses, we selected a representative cross-section of widely available units from this popular brewer category. We tested one example for each of five key sub-categories: a classic model (Bodum Chambord), a budget-friendly option (Mr. Coffee Coffee Press), a high-tech addition to the market (KitchenAid Precision Press), a technically refined premium press (Espro Press), and a press for which aesthetics and brand identity are chief appeals (Le Creuset French Press).
Coffee presses, also commonly called “French presses” are one of the oldest and simplest forms of coffee-making equipment. Portable, virtually waste free, and easy to use, it’s clear why many prefer press brewing. Here at Seattle Coffee Gear, we proudly carry a wide selection of coffee presses in varying sizes and design styles to suit living spaces of all kinds. Read on to learn more about the joyous simplicity of French press coffee brewing, and order your high-quality coffee press today!
This proved to be true. Yet, while the Espro and the KitchenAid carafes are both constructed of insulated steel, it was surprising that the Espro performed better than the KitchenAid in our heat-retention test, probably owing to the Espro’s taller, narrower carafe design. Nevertheless, we were impressed not only by the KitchenAid’s digital add-ons that facilitate precise, weight-based brewing, but also by its robust and meticulous construction. However, the Espro’s double-filter design and optional paper filter, coupled with its elegant profile and similarly robust construction, pushed it to the highest rating among the five French press models we tested.

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The press is made from 18/10 stainless steel with double-wall construction that retains heat better than single-wall metal or glass carafes, so it’s great as a serving carafe at the table, while the interior is brushed stainless steel. The press disassembles easily and is dishwasher safe, but you don’t need to disassemble the plunger before washing.

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