330 of 333 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2008
I work in an office that does not allow individuals to have their own coffee machine due to fire concerns. Rather, they offer free coffee (ahem, if THAT stuff could be called anything other than hot colored water).
So, the french press is the way to go, and this thermos keeps the coffee hot just long enough for me, which is about 2 hours (don't know why they claim 6 hours, mine is OK for 2-3 hours). I have seen some negative reviews of this product, and I think those folks need to take a minute to work with the product a bit more. Here are my recommendations:
1. If it leaks coffee grinds, then look at the screen. There should be NO bends in the screen along the coil. This is where coffee grinds can leak through. Nissan should replace the screen for you free of charge if you receive a defective screen, which is not all that uncommon. You can also buy replacement screens at local kitchen supply places.
2. If you don't like the super-fine grained coffee that still gets through (I am like this), then do what I do. I place a regular paper coffee filter on top of the grinds prior to placing the screen on top. This does a fantastic job for me. It slows the press a lot, but the extra 10 seconds of press time is worth it in my mind.
3. Rinse the thing with HOT water prior to adding your coffee water. It makes a difference in my experience and helps make for a hotter cup of coffee.
4. Make sure the water you use is HOT. Be careful of some office coffee machines that have a hot water tap on them. This is usually not hot enough for coffee. You may want to use a separate container for microwaving your water to boiling hot before pouring into this container. This is true for all french presses, but the added thermal capacity of this stainless steel model cools the water slightly, so it helps.
5. Between pours, rotate the lid closed so that it is sealed off and won't cool down as quickly. I usually forget to do this, but when I remember, I get warm coffee for almost 3 hours.
In summary, I get fantastic coffee with mine. For those of you that don't, maybe try a few of these tips.
I would give this 5 stars, but I believe they ship too many of these with faulty screens that need replacement (the small bends in the screen near the coil can let grinds come through). This is a minor complaint for the price, though, as replacements are readily available if you don't want to wait for Nissan to send you a replacement.
220 of 226 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
I went through several glass presses before seeking out a metal one I couldn't break. I've been using the Nissan a month now and am completely happy with it. I'd like to address a couple of issues I see other people raising.
Some have said it's not a double-walled thermos. It IS. However, the lid is a single (thick) layer of plastic. You can 'seal' it by rotating the lid so the spout is fully closed, but it's not as insulated as the rest of the press, and it doesn't screw on. What I can't say is how long it would keep fresh-pressed coffee hot, because I wouldn't think of trying to store it. Coffee made in a french press should be consumed IMMEDIATELY. It doesn't keep, hot or cold. You want coffee you can drink three hours from now -- use a drip coffeemaker. The oils that make french pressed coffee taste better than drip also give it a short lifespan. So make what you need, and drink up; it's easy enough to use that making it fresh isn't a hassle.
I've seen some reviews expressing concern that the mesh is defective, the wrong size, or hard to replace. I have the leftover parts of several other presses to compare it to, and I can state categorically that the mesh is a standard size, exactly the same as every other mesh on the market. I've held this mesh up under a strong light next to two other brands -- they are identical and completely interchangeable. Same size, same material, same make. I wonder if there's really only one manufacturer and they just sell them to all the makers of french presses to re-brand and resell.
So if you're worried about finding a replacement mesh when the time comes, don't fear. You can replace it with the Bodum that can be ordered here at Amazon, or another one you buy, or the old mesh from your Starbucks or Bodum or other press whose glass canister you broke. As long as it's a standard-sized french press (and most of them are) you'll be fine.
Several people have complained about the "ill-fitting" mesh letting coffee grounds through. I have to wonder if something they're doing is causing that. It hasn't happened to me even once. No kinks, tears or buckles in the mesh, no loose grounds (at most a couple of strays--a few can get by in any press); after approximately 70 uses, mine still looks like new. Perhaps the people having trouble are shoving the plunger down hard and fast, as actors often do for dramatic effect on TV. Folks, don't do that; the plunger exerts pressure that has to be released somewhere. Tap the canister gently on the countertop a time or two to let the grounds fall on their own, then depress the plunger slowly and evenly. This is true for any press, not just this one; even more so for glass models, because the pressure from a too-swift plunger can cause the glass to explode.
Some cheaper presses have a plunger that is partly plastic; they are flimsy and break easily. This one is all steel and heavy-duty. The plunger shaft, embedded through a close-fitting punched-out hole in the plastic lid, moves freely up and down, but isn't going anywhere. It's thick and well-made. The other three parts that screw on (the mesh and the two flatteners) are identical to steel parts you've seen on other presses. No cheap substitutes here.
A big thing I like about this model: the dripless pouring spout. Yes, it's plastic, but the coffee doesn't linger there - everything inside the container, where the coffee sits, is all steel. Some reviewers warned of other metal presses that their spouts dribbled, that it was necessary to put a saucer underneath when pouring. This model does NOT suffer from that. Very clean, easy pouring. The plastic does not seem at all fragile or flimsy.
To sum up: it's heavy-duty, probably unbreakable, so you can take it anywhere or handle it clumsily without fear. No plastic touches the coffee except the pouring spout. It is cool to the touch. It undoubtedly does keep coffee hot longer than a glass canister, but can't double as a regular thermos because the lid is single-layer and the plunger is not detachable from it. So, if just getting a thermos is your priority, this isn't the item you're looking for. (I would have given it five stars if it had had a spare insulated, non-plunging lid so it could double as a regular thermos.) Plunger is thick, all-metal and probably the same manufacture as other popular brands. Mesh is industry standard size/make and easily replaceable. No-drip pouring. Handle, lid and spout are heavy, thick plastic. Burnished stainless steel finish. What else is there to know? I love mine.
229 of 240 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2000
I drink my coffee stronger than average, okay, my husband calls it "Jet A" (the fuel used for jet engines) and I've never been happy with these automatic drip coffee makers. It came down to a professional espresso thousand dollar job or this little Nissan and I couldn't be happier with it and the 9 bills I saved buying it. While some say it doesn't keep coffee hot for very long, well how long does it take 2 people to drink 2 cups of coffee each? I just fill the pot with hot tap water while waiting for the kettle to boil and this keeps the coffee hot enough. Much better than that burnt taste of coffee left on a heating element.
263 of 285 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2000
I've had one of these press pots and have used it for about 5 years. The description says it keeps coffee warm for hours. This is not quite right. It will keep it drinkable for an hour (the press pot is not double hulled like nissan thermouses). I transfer mine directly after pressing into a nissan thermous. My press pot has been used daily and it is as good as new. I don't under stand why people buy the glass one press pots. This nissan will last forever! The mesh screen does get worn, but mine is not so bad I'd replace it.
108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2000
I bought this coffee press about two years ago and I love it. Makes a great cup of coffee. Easy to clean, usually I hand wash it but about once a week I toss it in the dishwasher. (They say to hand wash it only, but it seems to do fine in the dishwasher.)
I find that it keeps coffee warm enough for a couple of hours. Maybe not as fun as the see-through glass coffee presses but I like the extra insulation.
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
OK, lets address some points made in another review.
1: This IS a double walled vacuum insulated coffee press. Not sure if the other reviewer is reviewing the same product?
2: This press DOES keep coffee hot for hours. Reading directions is a hobby of mine and the first line of the directions for this press is "Preheat press by filling with hot water" I run hot water into it from the tap and let it sit while the water is boiling. This is a crucial step with any vacuum thermos if you want the best performance. I also realize that "Hot" is a subjective term so I did a side by side comparison.
I set my old glass walled Bodum* french press sided by side with the Nissan vacuum french press. I preheated both with hot water from the tap. I poured 30oz of boiling water into each at the same time.
After four minutes (the standard time for making coffee) The Nissan press was at 188 degrees, while the Bodum glass press was at 174 degrees. After 30 minutes the Nissan press was at 182 degrees and the Bodum press was at 140 and one hour later the Nissan press was at 177 and the Bodum press was 101
I'd give this press five stars except that my press arrived with a misshapen filter screen. The screens are cheap and replaceable (I had a new screen for my old press that fit perfectly) but obviously it should arrive ready to use. I expect that this was a quality control oversight.
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2002
I bought this particular french press because I was going to use it for camping, and I thought it would be wise to go with metal over glass. Sure enough, this thing has bounced around with me for thousands of miles, been banged off rocks in mountain streams, dropped, kicked and stepped on, and it still works as well as when I bought it a couple years ago. It never got all the grounds out of my coffee, but what the heck? The insulation is nice, too. I'd say that it keeps coffee drinkable for a couple hours.
77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2002
It's a great press, does what I want it to. However, I've needed replacement screens for several months now, and everytime I call customer service, I'm told there is a backorder, call back in 6 weeks. So you can't put your name on a list, and they are always out of stock! By the way, the number is 800-831-9242. Call them repeatedly and bug their grouchy customer service reps!
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2006
I have been using this for at least 6 months now. It works great. You get Nissan's quality vacuum insulation, and a sturdy press mechanism. The rod is not fused to the screen with plastic like in the Starbucks units. The press consists of four metal pieces that easily break down for cleaning. The container is also wide enough to get your hand into, also benefitting cleaning. Best of all, for klutzes like myself, it's unbreakable!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2005
I got this because the Bodum presses invariably break at the junction of the rod and the steel filter after a year. We'll have to see how this one fares, but it looks much sturdier in that regard. This presses the coffee and keeps it hot as advertised - even up to four hours later, it was still hot enough to drink. But you can't see what's going on inside of course, and pulling the press out to clean it all is invariably a mess - more so than with the glass filters which let you see what you're doing. I have a feeling this press may grow on me so that a year from now I might give it a "5", but we'll see.