Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Double Wall French Coffee Press,34 oz
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- Stainless Steel
- Holds 1000ml, or 34oz
- Dribble-proof spout
- Dishwasher Safe
- Double wall feature keeps liquids hot longer
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Our "main" French Press is a huge 51 oz. stainless steel Bodum pot* that not only looks terrific, but produces an awesome cup of coffee. However, we don't always want to brew a large pot, so I was thrilled to see the FRANCOIS ET MIMI 34 oz French Press available as part of the Amazon Vine program.
In its polished stainless steel, the pot is quite attractive, and as my wife pointed out, the slight flare at the base makes it very stable. (Our Bodum is flared in the middle, and not that its ever tipped over, but I think it makes her a little nervous!)
It arrived in (mostly) good condition, and though I'm not inclined to take off a star in my rating because of this, but the packaging leaves a bit to be desired. The pot comes in a thin, plain white box with no markings whatsoever, and no "packing material" holding the pot in place. This may be the reason that there was the TINIEST of little dings in the side, but again, that won't affect the performance in the least, and is probably part of the reason this isn't more expensive. It did seem a little odd though... if this were to be sold in stores, they'd have a hard time marketing it the way it is!
We ran it through the dishwasher prior to the first use (can't be too careful!) and as expected, got an absolutely killer brew. (We're currently drinking a wonderful whole bean Costa Rican coffee (Monte Crisol) mail ordered from Old Bisbee Roasters in Bisbee, Arizona.)
One of the advantages of a stainless steel double-walled French Press is that it retains heat very well. Being the science-guy that I am, I decided to do a test, and I've posted the results in a graph (it's in the product photos).Read more ›
As with the Frieling, the Francois et Mimi is made of double wall insulated stainless steel. It seems to retain heat well during the brewing process, but I don't keep my coffee in the pot after that, so I cannot speak to how long it stays warm. It has a steel plunger mechanism that seems well built. One thing I do prefer about the Frieling is that the plunger plate is more solidly connected to the screen, so I don't end up with as many grounds stuck along the edges of the plate. Not a big deal to clean out, but Francois loses a few points here.
It is also lighter than the Frieling (30 vs. 42 ounces) and feels less rugged overall. It seems like this would dent fairly easily, to be honest. Being a bit more picky, mine has some sloppy welding on the handle and the lid does not fit as snugly as it should. Nevertheless, the Francois performs very well and I do prefer its wider base when setting it down on the counter. I accidentally knocked the Frieling over one day with a careless elbow - fortunately, it was on the edge of the sink and the coffee landed there instead of the floor.
Overall, I think the Francois et Mimi press is a nice stainless steel option for the price. If my Frieling were stolen or whatever, I'd be happy using this one as a replacement. Provided I'm not too rough on it, I imagine it will last for quite a while. There are some noticeable areas of cost-cutting, but they do not detract from the core function of brewing and decanting a good cup of coffee.
1. Both are double-walled stainless, for both the body and the lid.
2. The screen portion is virtually identical in the two pots.
3. The coffee produced is indistinguishable between the two pots.
1. The Francois & Mimi press here appears to have a significantly larger air capacity between the walls, which means that if you pre-warm (by putting hot water in and leaving it stand before you make coffee -- dump that to make your actual coffee!), this should retain the heat better. Probably it will retain it better even if you don't pre-warm.
2. The capacity of the Frieling is slightly greater.
3. The pour is overly slow, to my mind, on the Francois & Mimi (there's a small slit the coffee pours through). The tradeoff is that that's also helping to keep the coffee warm.
4. Obviously, visually they are different; the Frieling is an enhanced cylinder.
5. The Frieling has more heft to it... I think there's more metal / probably stronger walls.
Note that many coffee purists will tell you not to leave your brewed coffee in the pot anyway, but that's what I always do, so I prefer the double-walled stainless pots over the glass or plastic (Bodum, for example), which I have also used. I also like that the stainless is so incredibly durable, and I expect to have these (both brands) for years.
Also note that of course you can use these with loose tea... French presses are great!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great coffee and stays hot longer than in my old glass pot. Also my husband broke the carafe 2 days after it arrived so it saved the day.Published 21 days ago by Mary Kyle
First one had a loose ball/handle, this one is in excellent condition. Nice press.Published 27 days ago by A. Suhy
This is so attractive and simple to use and easy to clean and great. I love this French press. I have had other plastic ones in the past that I hated. Read morePublished 27 days ago by cf86
When it first arrived it looked great. We used it for a few weeks and were really happy. Then at the very top there was a hole in the vacuum seal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Nicely made for the price, packaging was good externally bubble wrapped, but just the coffee maker in the box, so perhaps there's room to improve there to better protect its finish... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew P. Basiletti