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Grosche Rome French/Coffee Press - Sleek, sturdy, quality
on November 14, 2011
I purchased two of the Grosche Rome French Press units through Amazon for $14.99 apiece. I thought that they were worth the risk, due to the affordable price, appearance, and free shipping option. Prior to purchase, there were 0 reviews for this product. One was given as a gift, and the other has been used by me.
- Note: Part of the following review mentions "both" presses, but that is due to the fact that I looked at both presses out of the box, so as to check for quality. In fact, I only brewed coffee in one of the presses. -
Upon receipt of the items, my first impression was very positive: both items felt very snug within their packaging and did not "rattle" at all. Even quality presses from competing makers often feel somewhat fragile in the box, either because they are not snugly fit, the box is of somewhat poor quality or there's not enough inner packaging, or the press itself has some "play" within the components (often either the press mechanism fitting to the lid, or the lid fitting to the glass). Though there was very little packaging within the boxes (only a bubble wrap sleeve, and a plastic cover for the lid), they were designed specifically for shipping this type of glassware: strong, puncture and impact resistant, and fitted specifically for the product down to the millimeter. A smaller person may be able to stand on one of these boxes with no problem (note: do not try at home, because I may be wrong). Those who have worked in fields of science, or have shipped/received coffee presses in the past, realize how important this can be, and I commend Grosche for thinking, as it were, "about" the box while so many competitors think "outside" of the box.
After opening the boxes, and prior to use, I noticed that the presses were made well. The fit was right, they have a nice heft to the metal framework, the glass appears to be of good quality, there is a proper balance for pouring a cup of coffee, and the base is heavy enough and wide enough so as to keep from tipping. I appreciate fully-rotatable lid with a filter, as it allows one to filter out any passed grounds while also keeping the pot as warm as possible. Though the lid is plastic at the base, it is rather well made, and does have a nice appearance. The top of the lid is metal (similar to the framework of the pot), and it provides a nice appearance as well as some added heft to the lid (which improves balance, as far as I am concerned). The plunger handle is plastic, but is wide, easy to grip, and is secured well to the plunger. The press mechanism is well-fitted within the lid, so that it is easy to plunge but is also not full of play. The presses have a rather sleek brushed metal finish on the outside, and look good on a counter or coffee table. The metal framework feels very secure to the glass (and to itself at overlapping areas). The handle connection to the metal framework could have a bit less side-to-side play, though compared to other low-cost presses the handle still seems very secure - I appreciate that there are multiple brace-points on this handle-press, compared to presses of some quality makers (which connect the handle to the rest of the pot via one connection location near the top of the press). The screen is of good quality, as is the whole of the press mechanism. The rubberized handle is very slip-resistant, which is a great asset when anywhere in the kitchen. The handle is essentially a half-circle, and not overly large, so it would be a decent fit for the hands of most people, though maybe not as "comfortable" as a coffee mug handle. The metal frame supports the glass, whereas some competing presses are designed so as to place undue stresses on the glass itself, as opposed to an outside framework.
Upon brewing my first cup of coffee, I could tell that the press screen was fitted rather well, as I noticed absolutely no grounds in my coffee (down to the final cup). Again, even when brewing a pot of coffee, it was very easy to plunge but also did not have a "loose" feel associated with some other coffee presses; it was not too hard to press even while getting near the bottom of the pot. The screen did a nice job keeping finer particles out of my cup, while providing a great, full flavor. Though the lid "feels" somewhat loose from side to side, as long as someone does not attempt to pour the entire contents into a cup at once, it provides a very nice pour without any "dribbling" or overflow - just remember to properly align the lid filter. It did not feel as if the lid would fall out while pouring, again unless one were to literally dump the pot upside down, and I believe the "depth" of the lid (literally an inch from the top of the glass to the bottom of the lid inside of the glass) and the surface tension properties of liquids help to create a nice seal, so as to keep the lid in place.
After having my coffee, cleanup was rather easy with this product. The plunger lifted easily, and grounds were removed similarly to other presses. If one is not careful, they may get grounds in between the glass and metal framework, but it's easy to get out. I bumped this on the side of the sink a couple times, and I didn't "worry" about breaking the glass as I may have with some cheaper presses.
If these presses were to have any drawbacks, I would say that one would be the simple fact that they are glass, hence they may break. Another possible drawback may be due to the size and shape of the handle; though it is a huge asset to have a rubberized handle, I assume that one with large hands or with an arthritic condition in their hands may have more difficulty with this press, as the handle size is not very large and it is not designed ergonomically. If that were to be the case, I may suggest trying out the Grosche Madrid product, which provides a handle that looks larger and designed to better fit a hand (and based on pictures, looks to be of a similar quality, albeit different design and appearance).
Quite honestly, I would recommend this press to just about anyone, and would "advise" someone to buy it if found at a price range under $25 and in need of a good coffee press. It seems to be made with quality in mind, and the resulting coffee suggests the very same. It looks nice, it feels nice, it tastes nice. What more could you want in a French/coffee press?
-Hand-wash before initial use, always! This is particularly true with any similar food-use product that contains glass or metal.
-One should use a plastic, wooden, or other non-metal stirring apparatus when stirring in this press, as with any other glass press.
-Though I believe directions imply that this may be dishwasher safe, I always hand-wash coffee presses by themselves.