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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
I got this because I wanted a french press at the office (they got a Keurig, no thank you). I have a classic Bodum which I love, but wanted to try a Grosche product anyway. This is a great little piece, very well made. I grew up working at the family business, which sold to machine shops, so I like to think I know a thing or two about manufacturing, haha. Nice polished stainless steel all around, no plastic at all. Even the handle is a piece of stainless steel with a thin layer of hard rubber over it. The filter comes apart really easily so you can clean everything better. Its a sharp, simple, solid piece, and I think it even looks nicer in person.

UPDATE: I've used this press 10+ times since purchasing, and it has been nothing but wonderful. The only super-minor thing is that after washing, water must get in the handle, and the rubber sleeve over the handle slides around. After cleaning and drying it overnight, I applied some super glue, and its absolutely perfect now. Still would advise this product to anyone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
The downside of French presses is that they break. So I have had more than a few. The Grosche York is better quality than some. Good qualities: 1) the glass is sturdy; one (famous) brand uses glass so fragile you don't want to breathe on it for fear of breaking. 2) not only is the filter stainless steel, the screw mechanism that holds the plunger together is also steel; that same famous brand has been cheaping out on at least some models by making the screw mechanism out of plastic. 3) a review of a different Grosche coffee press had me worried as it said the exterior metal started to rust almost immediately; I took a chance because this one was cheap, and am happy to report (UPDATED) no rusting after two months of daily use.
UPDATE FEB 2015: Used almost daily for two and a half years, it's still going strong.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
This is a wonderful french press. Firstly I love the aesthetics of it - great visibility into the chamber, plus it is well built - thick glassed beaker compared to other models, and no grinds get through the screen when the coffee is pressed. I did run into an issue when I removed the glass beaker from the metal cage when I was trying to clean it. Upon reinsertion of the glass beaker into the metal cage, the metal cage snapped at the bottom where the 3 little "feet" meet. I wrote the company and they said that it was a manufacturing error and promptly sent me a new one. Great customer support!
So great product at a great price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
I really shopped for this item looking at many different ones, and decided on this one due to the seller's rating, the customer reviews, the brand, and the value for the price. I am very happy with this item after having this now for a few months. I don't think you can go wrong with this item if you are looking for a one serving French Press that is easily maintained and attractive as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
I purchased this french press because my girlfriend drinks a lot more coffee than I do, and my Bodum 3-Cup French Press is not enough for two people. Coming from a fancier, more expensive product I didn't expect so much... but I've been pleasantly surprised!

Pros:

- Makes more than two mugs of coffee per press
- Durable thermal glass construction (thicker than my Bodum)
- Filter appears to be no different than a Bodum
- Very affordable

Cons:

- The lid is plastic and doesn't feel super solid
- Instructions recommend not using a dishwasher
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
PROS:
Looks sophisticated and contemporary on my counter (better than other brands in my opinion)
Construction is good for the price
Functions well
All metal construction in the handle and in the movable parts
Inexpensive
This size can make coffee for more than one person (I just use less water for one)

CONS:
Plastic Lid that I hold with my thumb when I pour (it didn't fall out, just feels safer. For the price I can't complain)

This was my first french press so I researched them for weeks before I made a purchase. Scoured Amazon, other online reviews and articles, talked to friends who work for local coffee shops (I like the research process!) and finally decided to give this one a try. I also tested out a few Bodum models at Starbucks (they use them and/or sell them - the Chambord, Brazil and Kenya) and they were nice but nothing to write home about. As I researched it seemed that most people liked the Bodums and Grosche brand better than many others (in this price range) and I liked the look of the Grosche so I chose to head that route. I really like the look of the Grosche Madrid and Rome but each of those options were at least twice as much as the York. I looked at the Grosche Libson because the price was similar. I actually liked the look of it better than the York from the pictures but it had an all glass handle and it didn't sound like that particular feature would hold up well.

Ultimately, I am very happy with this purchase. Compared to the Bodums I really like the look of the Grosche brand (just as I thought i would). Functionally, the glass in this french press seems as sturdy or sturdier than some others I have seen. I like that all the moving parts except the spinning plastic top with a second filter, are metal. The metal "press"/screen works good on multiple kinds of coffee I have used and the second screen in the lid is a nice feature that isn't found on all french presses in this price range. Again... I really like the way it looks (I like it better in person than in the picture personally) showing off the glass and highlighting with stainless and black (it looks nice on the counter). Lastly, for the price I could buy this twice before I hit into some of the other models I mentioned (Madrid, Rome, Chambord).

I have had this french press about a month and it seems to be holding up fine. I wash the glass (keeping it within the handle/metal support) in the sink with dish soap (the inside, not the outside) and I just rinse the "press"/screen and lid with hot water until I feel it needs to be washed (roughly 5 cycles of making coffee for me) and then I wash that part by hand. Some people don't ever like to use soap, but I do (true coffee folks - scoff here).

I like my new french press coffee much better than my old drip coffee maker coffee (I no longer own one of those - gave mine to my dad)!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I know the description of this indicates it's small. I was expecting this to be similar in size to a Bodum small press I was replacing. But this is even smaller than that one. It's not a big deal because I just add a little hot water to my coffee when it's done. I like that all the components are metal. The only plastic is on the inside on the lid. I'd prefer if that were metal, too. The filter does a good job, and the whole thing is small enough for the top rack of the dishwasher, no problem.

UPDATE:
After only having this a couple of months, the glass spout broke off. I'm not sure if it was bumped in the dishwasher or feel over at some point, but it was never dropped. I had my previous small Bodum press for about 12 years, so maybe that puts this in perspective. I will not get this one again because it was too fragile.

UPDATE #:
I want to add that I went to the Grosche site to order a replacement carafe (not available on Amazon) and a few other people had commented there that the glass seems very fragile. This is not worth the money. Also replacing the carafe is about $14-15. I'm going to buy another Bodum instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2013
The french press appears to be good quality, but, the bottom feet are not rubberized and will scratch a counter surface. A remedy is to put some felt stoppers on the bottom of it to stop the scratches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
It is what it is. A semi-cheap, reliable french press. It's worked great for me so far. I've tried it with both coffee and loose leaf tea with great results for each. Cleaning is about as easy as you'd expect. Overall, I'm very happy with it. I'd definitely buy more from Grosche.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
The base of this unit broke right away. Let me explain. The base consists of three stainless steel legs that are spot welded together. One was a little crooked, so I tried straightening it with my fingers. With very little pressure, it broke off where it was welded.

I was very disappointed, because this press makes amazing coffee. So, I returned this unit and bought the GROSCHE LISBON French press (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MG4AF8/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00). Please see my review there, because these French presses make outstanding coffee.

If the base of this unit hadn't broken, I would have given this unit 5 stars. Maybe I got a defective one. Anyway, the Grosche Lisbon worked out better for me, because it pops right into the microwave, so I don't have to boil water in advance.
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