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The filter on this press press is not fine enough to keep the smallest pieces of coffee grind out of the coffee. To use this press, you should not grind your coffee very fine. (If you must brew from a finely ground coffee, then avoid this product and stick to brewers which use paper coffee filters.)
If you are still reading, then you may be in luck or not depending on your preferences. There are two kinds of coffee drinkers: those who like it piping hot, and those who like it warm.
If you are in the first group like I am, you should not buy this coffee press. It is made out of thin cheap glass, and it can easily crack if you pour boiling water in it. To their credit, the manufacturer warns you about it, and they suggest that you prepare the press with warm water for a few minutes. (After that you throw away the warm water, and then make your hot coffee.) This is inconvenient at best, and it also wastes energy by throwing away warmed up water. Well, you get what you paid for: this press costs less than $10.
If, on the other hand, you prefer your coffee warm (not very hot), this is a great little product for you, and it is great value for your money.
So I split the difference between two stars and four stars, and give it three stars on average. But you should either downgrade or upgrade the rating according to how hot you drink your coffee.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2012 10:44:47 AM PDT
Outstanding review! Just the info I was looking for...THANKS!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 10:28:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 14, 2012 10:29:13 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Not to be too picky,but most presses recommend that you use water that is 'just off boiling',rather than boiled water.great review!!!
Posted on Aug 4, 2012 6:35:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2012 6:38:43 PM PDT
M. C. Arnold says:
You're making a suggestion for bad coffee, which confuses me if you're going to bother with a press in the first place. -_-
For the piping hot camp: that's too hot to brew it. You'll lose some very tasty components by using water that is boiling and possibly even pass off a burnt flavor into the grounds. This is, of course, assuming you're using good beans that have been freshly ground.
For the warm camp: that's too cold to brew it. You'd need to increase brew time to extract the good things but this will also give you much more of the bitters in it which, as far as I know, extract much faster. If you like it warm, brew it at the correct temperature ("off boiling" or about 200F-ish) for the correct amount of time (about 4 min, but feel free to play around with that), then just let it cool.
For the camp using grounds that make it past the screen: just don't. How to brew using a press has been well established for getting the best possible cup and, although there is some wiggle room, there's not much. One of the things you really shouldn't change is the size of the grounds. Grounds suitable for a drip machine are NOT suitable for a press. It seems the design approach of this product was based on the belief that if small grounds shouldn't be used then they're not going to account for them.
If this product can't handle boiling water, that's fine, boiling water shouldn't be put in a press anyway. If it can't handle "off boiling" water, though, it's useless. The fact that they warn you to pre-heat the press using warm water tells you that it's a poor quality of glass. If it's that easy to shock the glass, then it shouldn't have been used in this product in the first place.
Posted on Jan 6, 2013 1:19:05 PM PST
J Nog says:
Good review Physics Lover. Even if the manufacturer warns the user about the low quality glass and how to treat it, the seller isn't. Your review was the only warning of the cheapness of this product, so thanks for the heads-up.
Posted on Feb 3, 2013 4:58:45 PM PST
can i use chock full o nuts or maxwell house type coffee brands with a french press?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2013 11:04:50 PM PST
Sure! You can use any coffee you'd like. Of course, the better the coffee the better it will taste, but the choice is yours!
Posted on Oct 20, 2014 12:49:25 PM PDT
Dr. Enzo says:
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