Carafe Type: A French press carafe is made of borosilicate glass or steel. Borosilicate glass is a special type of glass that’s resistant to heat. However, they are prone to chipping and cracking if handled carelessly. Steel carafes are more durable than glass carafes are. But, with steel carafes, you can never tell how much coffee remains in the carafe.
The plunger has a layered construction. On the bottom is a spiral plate with a coil around the sides-it keeps the filter mesh firmly in place, and helps account for slight differences in glass manufacturing. In between is the mesh filter, to keep the grounds at the bottom of the beaker. On top is a simple cross plate which holds the mesh onto the spiral plate.
Coffee grind and amount: For a French Press, you should choose a coarse grind to get the most flavor out of your beans. You can adjust the grind to suit your tastes, and a finer grind will result in a stronger brew. There's no exact measurement of how much coffee-to-water you should put in the French Press, but Serious Eats recommends "60-70 grams of coffee per liter of water."

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.
Put simply, coffee maintains its heat better throughout the brewing process in a glass carafe. Also, you can keep your eye on proceedings rendering your coffee making a highly visual experience. Crafted from heat-resistant borosilicate glass offset with rugged stainless steel, you don’t need to worry about a tiny impact shattering the carafe either. Plastic only makes an appearance on the upper lip so you won’t get any taint in your drink.
Even though, Espro ranked second, this is mainly because we still consider it a newcomer to the coffee world. Kona has been arond for several years, and it has proven to be very consistent with its brewing capabilities. Espro did perform excellent, but we only tested it for a week. Meaning, it is hard to determine how well the French press will perform after a year.
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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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 plunger has a layered construction. On the bottom is a spiral plate with a coil around the sides-it keeps the filter mesh firmly in place, and helps account for slight differences in glass manufacturing. In between is the mesh filter, to keep the grounds at the bottom of the beaker. On top is a simple cross plate which holds the mesh onto the spiral plate.

Like the name suggests, this is a vacuum insulated steel press with insulated double walls designed to maintain a stable temperature during the brewing process. It also features two patent-pending filters that get underneath the grinds and filter twice in order to leave all the flavor without any of the grit that usually accompanies it. At the same time, it benefits from a double lip seal that prevents grinds from passing the micro-filters.

Equipped with a reliable coffee carafe made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a BPA-free handle, this French Press can be considered one of the strongest in this price range. We can also add to this that it has a 3-part stainless steel plunger with a mesh filter that helps extract the coffee’s aromatic oils and flavors instead of them being absorbed by a paper filter, a feature you will find quite useful in the long run.
This model has a 34-ounce carafe made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass. So, Bodum didn’t shortchange the product in terms of capacity. The filter system uses a single screen, which means you can expect some grinds in your coffee. But, for the price, we can let this slide because French presses more expensive than the Bodum Brazil come with single-screen filters.
The Travel Press works like any regular press. You pop in your coffee grounds, add hot water, wait for 3-4 minutes and press down the plunger. With the travel press, the plunger is also attached to the lid and you can seal the lid once you are done. The screen (or filter) takes all the coffee grounds to the bottom of the mug, and you can enjoy your freshly brewed coffee.
In today's world, with the plethora of options available to the coffee connoisseur, there is a new breed of carafes making the rounds. These are hybrids, with construction made of a combination of glass, stainless steel, and plastic parts. Though the durability of the products, and the quality of the brew they produce, are yet to be thoroughly tested, we believe a mention of them does need to be made for a complete review of the French press genre. 
This retained bit of liquid does make for a slightly gloppier clean-up, though, unless further effort is applied to strain the grounds before scooping them out into a kitchen compost bin.  Another very slight hitch comes upon rinsing the cup-shaped interlocking components comprising the double filter system. There are a lot of tiny corners in the eight rectangular windows of mesh that make up each of the two filters, and because the micromesh is so effective, a residue of fines may cling stubbornly to the corners of the inner filter. It takes a bit of focus with a sponge to get every nook fully clean, and the plastic-and-mesh filter components feel fragile enough to suggest that extra care should be taken in this process. Espro sells replacement filters for $18.95, should a corner spring a leak.
The Chambord is enjoyable not only for its visually impressive juxtaposition of transparent glass and gleaming chromed steel, but also for its combination of performance and affordability. In nearly all respects, it represents a happy medium: Its sturdy glass carafe, while not as durable, insulated or expensive as dual-walled stainless steel, retains heat reasonably well and provides a lovely view of the brewing process. The components of its filter assembly are manufactured solidly enough to allow easy disassembly and reassembly while cleaning.
One researcher we spoke to found those results alarming. According to Rob Martinus van Dam, an epidemiologist at the National University of Singapore, this rise in serum cholesterol is equivalent to a 6 percent increase in risk of coronary heart disease. “Given that heart disease is a complex disease with many contributing factors in the development of heart disease, this is a substantial impact for a single dietary habit,” van Dam said, adding that he would recommend regular French press drinkers who have high cholesterol or are at risk for heart disease switch to another, filtered method of coffee preparation that they enjoy.
Similarly, you want to have confidence that the glass, plastic, and metal components in your new french press all meet appropriate food safety standards. Generic offerings from China often have plastic parts with all sorts of toxic chemicals (including BPA’s). They’ll leach into your coffee, throwing off the flavor and making your brews pretty unhealthy. Likewise, generic glass from anonymous Chinese factories isn’t always tested to be completely free of lead.
The Brazil’s lid has a less-than-snug fit on the top of the beaker and can wiggle if you jostle it, but it still traps heat in the pot long enough for you to brew and pour. Freeing the beaker from its snug-fitting plastic shell to clean in between the two is also more difficult, requiring more wiggling than the Chambord’s shell. But you won’t need to clean the inside of the plastic too often.
Price - There is no considerable difference in the quality of the finished product produced by low-end and high-end models. However, price becomes a main consideration where durability, reliability, construction and ease of operation are concerned. In general, high-priced French Press coffee makers offer a more solid construction and better heat retention, while budget-priced models tend to focus on serving size variations and enhanced visibility during the coffee-brewing process.
In our day-to-day use of the contenders, the SterlingPro quickly rose to the top of the pack thanks to its durability and simple good looks, and the clean, consistent coffee it produced. The double-walled insulated 100 percent 18/10 stainless steel carafe felt good in the hand and cleaned up easily after brewing. (I hand washed it, but it is dishwasher-safe.) We also appreciated its extras, like clearly-marked measurements inside the carafe that make it easy to see how much liquid is inside, and an extra double-screen filter, should you want a replacement after years of use. Which is a good thing, because this is a press that's built to last.
Like the glass model, the stainless steel model from SterlingPro comes with a double-screen system. However, this model has a double-wall construction that provides better thermal insulation than the glass walls do. This means the coffee inside stays warm longer and the outside remains cool. The design and build quality of this model are also superior to those of the glass variant.
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 Good Ol’ Glass – Traditional French Press were made of glass and still remain to be the favourites among coffee aficionados. The clear glass helps you see the coffee grounds being immersed in water and you can monitor the extraction. They are also pretty cheap and you can get a basic one for close to 15 bucks. The obvious downside is durability. So if you are always breaking things, the second category is probably for you.
While buying a French Press there are not many things you need to consider. You basically need to pinpoint at one basic purpose of your French Press. If you need something durable and prefer a stronger cup of coffee, then getting a stainless steel French press is recommended but for aficionados, nothing beats the experience of brewing coffee on a glass French press.
One of the top models, if not THE top model when it comes to insulated French presses is the Espro Press Stainless Steel vacuum insulated French press. As you can easily see from its name, this machine has a vacuum insulation. Double wall is good, but making a vacuum in the middle is great, because it’s hard for heat to travel through empty space! This gives it one of the best levels of insulation that you can achieve.

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We selected the top nine products and, over a highly caffeinated five-day stretch, performed four in-depth tests on taste, usability, heat retention, and amount of coffee grounds remaining after a pour. We also compared their key metrics: cost, capacity, cleaning ease, material, accessories, and portability. Our finalists are all made of high-quality material, like borosilicate glass and stainless steel.


The press should also be sturdy enough to handle daily plunging and cleaning with ease. Presses with a glass beaker should have an exterior that will cushion and protect it from bumps and drops. But even the nicest glass beaker may crack after years of handling, so if you want a French press to grow old with you, a stainless steel model is a great choice. And any good press should have replacement parts, such as beakers and filters, available to purchase online.
With those criteria in mind, we sorted through dozens of presses—from simple glass beakers to elegant and fragile Japanese designs—on the websites for Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. We also looked through best-selling presses on Amazon, got recommendations from Scott Carey of Sump Coffee and Matt Banbury of Counter Culture, and took into consideration research from our guide to the best coffee maker for camping before settling on six finalists to test.
Unfortunately after several months use I have discovered it has a major design flaw that has really bummed me out on this purchase. Namely the handle. The handle is designed to not need screws or rivets as it pops together and is held together by tension of the metal cage that holds the glass chamber. Over time it seems something has warped and it keep swinging loose at the bottom which can be a bit scary as it ONLY does it when its full of boiling hot water!! Had this problem surfaced earlier I would have returned it and looked at a different model or brand. It is sad as it really fits my needs and works in all other ways exactly as I want it and it makes great coffee but this makes it feel like kind of a chintzy item. It's a real shame.

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Howard Bryman is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance journalist who focuses on the specialty coffee industry, which he has either worked in or written about for the past 10 years. He is the associate editor of Roast Magazine's Daily Coffee News website, and an occasional contributor to the print magazine as well. With experience as a barista, manager, roaster's apprentice, origin tourist and equipment tinkerer, Bryman's fascination with specialty coffee's tools, trends and challenges is matched only by his enthusiasm for the beverage itself.
In addition to this, customers have complained about corrosion issues in the filter assembly. Yes, this model needs a few durability upgrades. But, such upgrades will increase the cost of the unit. So, all things considered, what you get right now is good for the money. However, if you’re looking for a French press that would last for years, this is not the product for you.
The Espro Press entered the market about five years ago with the distinction of having been the focus of one of the earliest successful coffee-related Kickstarter campaigns. When the crowd-funding platform itself was less than three years old, the Espro project raised over 550 percent of its $15,000 goal, then actually shipped its promised product to backers only three months later. So, not only did the company pitch, design and manufacture a superlative product, but its fundraising efforts and follow-through were also exemplary.
The size of a French press determines the amount of coffee you will be able to prepare at any given time. When choosing a coffee press, you must consider just how much coffee you usually drink on a daily basis because bear in mind, these presses may take a bit of time to brew a batch of fresh coffee. Although high-end models usually come available in different sizes for you to choose from, a standard model can prepare around three to eight cups at a time.

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