For all its simplicity and no frills approach to coffee making, the French Press is widely regarded, especially by coffee connoisseurs, to make the best cup of coffee. Also known as coffee plunger, cafetière à piston, and cafetière in other parts of the world, it’s one of those things where everything must be done by your own hands, thereby letting you dial in as many variables to brew the coffee right, your way.
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More control means more to do, but this also means that when the coffee is brew exactly right, there can be no mistaking who did that. Yes, you can pat yourself in the back if the coffee you produce with the French Press is full flavored with a sweet, syrupy body.
Think that’s not possible? Well, think again. That’s because that’s what exactly the French Press can do. By brewing more slowly, and by capturing more of your bean’s flavor and essential oils that other types of coffee maker tend to filter out, it’s not only possible, but possible in every brew cycle.
Best Long-Lasting French Press Coffee Maker — Kona French Press
As a French Press maker is typically going to be handled more by hand, durability is key for its longevity. Agreeably, the Kona delivers to this end, as it’s built to last from the inside out.
Its carafe is made of borosilicate glass that is thermal-shock resistant. Its internal components are made of stainless steel. And its three-piece detachable filter system is made of the same material. To further protect it from damage, its carafe is also wrapped in a protective outer shell that extends all the way to the handle.
In this regard, there have been reviews by consumers stating that the Kona’s carafe did not break even after hitting the ground hard. Rest assured that you can bring this maker for any of your camping or glamping trips, and it will probably not break before you do in those rough conditions.
And unless you are a lone ranger, you probably have friends in your camping trip, too. With its 34-oz capacity carafe, the Kona lets you brew up to 8 cups in one cycle. In addition, you can also brew tea and espresso, besides coffee, with it, thereby making everyone a happy camper.
You can get the Kona French Press here
Best Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker — Frieling 18/10 Polished Stainless Steel French Press
While the Kona is more of a maker you want to bring for your camping trip, the Frieling is more of a maker you want to complete your silverware set. Made of only stainless steel, this maker will somehow make you feel a little polished when you’re handling it.
The main advantage over glass French Press maker is of course heat retention. With its double-wall steel insulation, the coffee you are brewing with it will be able to stay hot for a longer period of time, thereby ensuring that a delectable joe almost always awaits to be poured.
Because stainless steel is also more likely not to absorb smells or tastes, it’s also said that you will get a truer coffee or tea flavor with the Frieling. While that may or may not be true, I find that it’s more likely, once again, the maker’s ability to maintain constant temperature within its walls that supports this.
You would be forgiven for thinking that since the Frieling is made of stainless steel, there would be no design options. But that’s not the case, as the Frieling also comes in either brushed steel or mirrored steel.
Get either one here
Best Designed French Press Coffee Maker — GROSCHE Madrid French Press
The Madrid is pretty much similar with the Kona in the way it’s build, but there are enough differences worth pointing out. First up, as if their names did not indicate to you their countries of origin, the Madrid is from Germany, and the Kona from USA.
Both makers have a borosilicate glass carafe, one piece housing-cum-handle, and three-piece stainless steel filter; but the Madrid’s housing is made of chrome as opposed to plastic. Evidently, it’s also in this housing that offers much of the distinction between the two.
Instead of wrapping much of the carafe with its housing, the Madrid’s housing is as minimal as can be. Only thin strips of chrome bars frame the carafe, giving it its protection.
If asked to take a guess, I would think the Kona is more durable, but then again, I could be wrong.
So, which maker should you pick? In my opinion, I think if you prefer a maker that’s better looking, then go for the Madrid. But you if prefer a maker that’s better built, then go for the Kona.
You can get the Madrid French Press here
Best Value French Press Coffee Maker — Sterling Pro French Press
While the Madrid is pretty similar with the Kona, the SterlingPro is considered the one to give the Kona a run for its money. As a matter of fact, it’s the one maker that constantly goes back and forth with the Kona to claim the no.1 spot on Amazon’s best-selling French Press.
All this attention is of course not unwarranted, as the SterlingPro exemplifies quality across the board. Instead of a single screen that meshes unwanted grounds out of your coffee, the SterlingPro offers a double screen. Furthermore, this screen is tightly fitted against the wall of the brewing chamber with no problem filtering out even finer grounds.
A French Press of considerable note of course must also be long-lasting, and the SterlingPro features a borosilicate glass beaker, chrome lid, and chrome housing. Only plastic components are the handle and lining of the lid which does two things: (1) seal the coffee inside the brewing chamber; (2) prevent the lid from getting too hot to touch.
I know what you are thinking, but you can leave your worries behind, as this plastic lining does not come in contact with your coffee while steeping. Also, to make it easier to clean, the SterlingPro’s carafe can be removed from its housing.
Get the SterlingPro here
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