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
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.
The P3’s glass beaker is considerably thicker and more insulating than every other glass press in our test group, and it will keep your coffee warmer than either of the Bodum models. If your Espro beaker or any of its parts happen to break, you can buy replacements online—a new beaker costs around $25 at this writing. The circumference of the P3’s plunger is rimmed with two rubber rings, which cling to the inside of the beaker to ensure a tight, silent seal. This design helps Espro’s filter plunge as smoothly as Bodum’s while keeping even the finest grounds out of your coffee. The Frieling French Press we tested also boasted a tight seal, but the metal filter made a terrible scraping sound as it plunged inside the canister. The Espro P3 also has a flat-top plunger handle for a comfortable plunge that fits well against your palm.

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.

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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.

If you want to take your French press coffee on the go without taking the extra time to pour it into a travel mug, this 15-ounce press is just right for you. The press is incorporated into a travel mug that has double-walled vacuum-sealed stainless steel construction that keeps the coffee warm while you go. Bring coffee grounds with you, and you can have fresh French Press coffee anywhere you can find hot water.


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.
Inside, there's a two-stage filter system with both a big metal filter and a fine mesh one, and a metal wire inside the coil presses the plunger tight against the stainless steel wall. Together, these features ensure that you don't get many coffee grounds in your cup. Frieling's French Press is also dishwasher safe, so it's very easy to clean when you're done.
No Filters - Drip-style coffee makers use paper filters that tend to remove the essential oils in the coffee and reduce the richness of its flavor. A French Press does not use such filter and ensures all of the coffee’s essential oils are completely extracted and contained in the finished product. Drip machines also result to more acidity since the essence of the coffee has been reduced.
I have the larger version of this French Press and have used it for many years without issue. Using a French Press is one part science, one part cooking and three parts magic/luck. Once you figure out your settings you are in coffee nirvana land. Since I rarely have the need for 33 ounces of the nectar of the gods I decided to get the three person version.
We originally wrote this post five months ago. Since then, we’ve heavily used the SterlingPro, and the biggest thing we’ve noticed is its durability. After multiple uses around the house, most other french presses have shattered, cracked, or chipped. Although this is due to user error, the stainless steel design of the SterlingPro completely eliminates this potential problem from the equation.

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I have the larger version of this French Press and have used it for many years without issue. Using a French Press is one part science, one part cooking and three parts magic/luck. Once you figure out your settings you are in coffee nirvana land. Since I rarely have the need for 33 ounces of the nectar of the gods I decided to get the three person version.

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.


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.
The base-plate of the filter system is also of noticeably low quality, constructed of thin, slightly warped metal with channels pressed into it. The threading at the bottom of the rod is imprecise, causing an occasional challenge in getting it started back into the filter base. And the cylindrical nut at the bottom of the rod that keeps the three plates of the filter assembly sandwiched tightly together and attached to the rod is especially poorly designed and constructed. Higher-quality press pots have this nut either permanently installed at end of the rod or otherwise prevented from sliding upward on the rod, yet on the Mr. Coffee assembly, the nut winds freely up or down. A user must thread the rod into the filter base, and then thread the loose nut down just so, finding exactly the right combination of tightening to secure the filter, a fussy, annoying procedure. In the course of one busy morning cleanup, I had to abandon a partially assembled filter system in frustration in order to get on with my day.
The Stelton EM French Press has a cool, Scandi-modern look for a semi-moderate price. We were intrigued by the possibility of combining the functionality of a press pot with the heat-retaining capabilities of a vacuum thermos, but the Stelton didn't live up to its promise and lost the most heat of all the insulated presses we tested. Though the Stelton is made from BPA-free plastic, if you're concerned about drinking hot liquids from plastic, or are just interested in reducing your use of plastics in general, our top-pick stainless steel press, the SterlingPro, brewed coffee that stayed warmer longer, at a lesser price.
While this performance is commendable, trouble sets in with the filter. The mesh of the Mr. Coffee filter system is visibly wider than the mesh in other press pots, allowing more than the average amount of silt to pass into the cup. An abundance of particulate mixed into the finished brew can produce bitterness at worst, simple muddling of flavors at best. True, cup clarity and flavor articulation were never virtues of a characteristic French-press brew. Nevertheless, coffee drinkers who love a full-bodied brew but are wary of too muddy a cup might consider seeking a press pot with a more effective filter.
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.

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Because I got the 17 oz, I will say that the wideness of the press is unusual and I was a bit taken aback by how this particular wide design made the filter feel as it plunges. At first, I honestly thought there was a design flaw since the plunger didn't depress as easily as other presses I have had in the past. However, after using it to make coffee a few times now, it works flawlessly and I appreciate the extra resistance while plunging.

Metal French-press coffee makers are, in many ways, the most versatile. Like ceramic or stoneware coffee makers, metal French presses are also ideal for entertaining, handsome enough to put out as part of a fancy brunch spread. Though metal isn’t known for retaining heat, these are often well-insulated with double walls, meaning your fresh coffee will stay hot for a while. A lot of metal French presses are also dishwasher-safe, and the chances of breaking one are slim to none. The trade-off is that metal French presses are often quite expensive, so you’ll be paying if you want this kind of versatility.
Here’s what we do know. Coffee made without a paper filter does contain substances called cafestol and kahweol. These molecules can decrease LDL receptors, which are responsible for siphoning LDL cholesterol out of your body’s circulation. “This decreased number of LDL receptors would be expected to raise your cholesterol,” said Dr. Karol Watson, a cardiologist and co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology.
The two stainless steel French presses, made by Frieling and SterlingPro, are both designed with two layered walls of 18/10 stainless steel for insulation. Steel has two distinct advantages over glass: it keeps liquids hotter for longer and it is nearly impossible to break. There’s also no need for a protective frame. This is a major reason why insulated French presses made from stainless steel are so popular among professionals and aficionados.
Our testers found that the KONA French Press Coffee Maker made quality coffee and was easy to use. “The combination of a protective insulated outer shell with a glass carafe makes the product more design forward but still practical and more durable,” one of our reviewers said. Just be aware of the “pronounced” design, one of our testers cautioned: “At the price, this is a nice option if you're okay with the swirl design.” Our reviewers particularly liked that the French press came with a measuring spoon for the coffee. In terms of negatives, our testers wished it were offered in more size options and also noted that the handle’s shape made storage tricky.
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.

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.
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
To test the presses, we first ran them all through the dishwasher to confirm that they wouldn’t break in a machine wash. We also filled each beaker to the brim with boiling water to verify that the glass was indeed heatproof and wouldn’t shatter in use. To see how the presses would handle a common, ready-bought grind that’s finer than the coarse one recommended for a French press, we brewed three batches of Dunkin’ Donuts preground coffee and noted how much of the grounds remained. Between batches, we disassembled and reassembled the various stainless steel screens and plates that made up the presses’ filters in order to see how easy it was to clean them.
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

While this performance is commendable, trouble sets in with the filter. The mesh of the Mr. Coffee filter system is visibly wider than the mesh in other press pots, allowing more than the average amount of silt to pass into the cup. An abundance of particulate mixed into the finished brew can produce bitterness at worst, simple muddling of flavors at best. True, cup clarity and flavor articulation were never virtues of a characteristic French-press brew. Nevertheless, coffee drinkers who love a full-bodied brew but are wary of too muddy a cup might consider seeking a press pot with a more effective filter.
Speaking of which, a French press should always be equipped with a reliable carafe, regardless of its comprising materials. Even though glass carafes are perhaps the most common, they tend not to have inbuilt handles and must be placed in a holder when used. With plastic carafes, you get roughly the same look as a glass carafe, with the added benefit of being much more durable overall. You then have ceramic carafes that have built-in handles and tend to keep the contents at a steady temperature for longer periods of time. Like we said, stainless steel carafes are without a doubt the most durable, albeit more susceptible to scratches.
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.
Making French press coffee isn’t rocket science, but it is a culinary art that can be helped greatly by a little diligence and a well-made coffee press. At Seattle Coffee Gear, we’ve stocked our inventory with high-quality coffee presses from some of the industry’s top brands to help you make the best cup of French press coffee possible. We also offer a host of tips and tricks to help you improve your coffee craft, as well as customer support to answer any questions you might have. Browse our selection of French press coffeemakers and order with us today!

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