Indeed, this press pot is in a league of its own. The carafe of the Espro Press is faultless in build and performance and impressive in appearance. Fabricated entirely in polished steel, its commanding, elongated form is further emphasized by a long handle that gracefully curves almost from the top of the carafe to the bottom. The weight of the carafe in hand imparts a reassuring sense of sturdiness and potential longevity.
It may not have the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of a drip coffee maker or the cachet of a pour-over kit, but if you're looking for a quick and uncomplicated way to make a great cup of coffee, the French press (also known as a press pot) is hard to beat. The best French presses have a simple design, but the marketplace is littered with all sorts of subtle variations on the form, each one claiming innovation and vying for supremacy: glass versions, plastic versions, stainless steel versions; press pots that are insulated or double-filtered or oversized.
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We also held a blind-tasting panel with four coffee fiends among Wirecutter’s staff to assess how bright or muddled the flavors were from each press, as well as how much grit lingered in the bottom of each cup. For the panel, we upgraded to a more luxurious bean—Café Grumpy’s Mahiga, a single-origin roast from Nyeri, Kenya––which we ground in one of our favorite burr grinders, the Baratza Virtuoso. For each batch, we used 25 grams of coffee to 350 milliliters of water, steeping for four minutes sharp. Each panelist took notes on how clarified, acidic, and muddy each brew tasted, as well as how much of the grounds remained in their cup. We concluded our test with a roundtable discussion of what we liked and didn’t like about each press.
The classic Bodum Chambord makes a balanced cup of coffee, retaining most of the tasting notes of the coffee and little of the grit of the grounds. Designed in the 1950s, the Chambord looks like the quintessential French press, and its steel frame is more durable than the Bodum Brazil’s plastic body. The Chambord didn’t make the brightest coffee of the bunch, but the flavors of its brew held their own against those of presses three times its price.
When it comes to high-end French presses, Secura’s Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker stands out as one of the absolute best. We say this because it features a 3-layered stainless steel filter structure that traps even the smallest coffee grounds to produce an exceptional full-bodied flavor. Not only that but it also comes with a stainless steel screen that is extremely easy to disassemble and clean when needed. When stacking one or more screens together, you get the capacity to refine your espresso even further, thus giving it that extra bit of flavor many people look for.
Clean up is a breeze. I add just a bit of water to the carafe after I remove it from the frame and pour into a strainer over the sink. Rinse with water and then dispose of the grounds in the garbage. Then wash by hand, remove and wash plunger ( screen, coil press, etc), dry all pieces except screen and put back together. Takes about 3 minutes or so. Ready for next use. And looks so pretty on the counter and while brewing.
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yes, its great for coffee and thats been reviewed by many. What isnt mentioned is how great it is at brewing other hot drinks: tea, citris rind beverage, hot ginger tea for a sore throat, even real hot cocoa nib hot chocolate. leaves no particles, perfect size for a couple cups. combine with a tea kettle, mortar & pestle, sharp knife, citrus rind plane maybe and you can make any natural hot home beverage
The Bodum Chambord’s straightforward elegance has withstood the test of time. It is a café-quality brewer capable of producing a café-quality cup, although an aficionado may find its glass carafe less effective at retaining heat and less sturdy than metal designs. Nevertheless, for the budget-minded yet discerning manual-brewing devotee, the Chambord is a golden oldie that still deserves our respect.
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.
A good French press has a plunger with a tight seal, meaning the plunger fits snugly inside the walls of the press to ensure that stray grounds don’t escape into your coffee. The plunger should also have a steel filter with a mesh screen to trap grounds at the bottom of the pot. The screen should be sturdy enough not to warp over time, but it’s still a huge plus if you can purchase replacement filters online.
Material When you think of French press coffee makers, you might think of a glass carafe with a metal plunger — but as French-pressed coffee has become more popular, presses are being made from a wider variety of materials. Glass has the advantage of being clear so you can see the coffee, but it’s breakable. Metal is more durable but might not be as pleasing to the eye. Materials also affect the insulating ability of the carafe, and thus the length of time the coffee will stay hot.
The plunger and filter assemblies are made of stainless steel, but the actual grade of that steel may be variable. We do like the fact that the Primula's fragile carafe is protected by a plastic framework with a full-sized handle for easy pouring. Our conclusion is that the Primula Tempo is ideal for the casual coffee drinker who may only require one or two full cups at one sitting. The Primula Tempo's advertised capacity is six cups, but that is closer to three American-sized mugs.
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.