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homebrewdude
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Posted Thu Jan 30, 2014, 7:43pm
Subject: What to look for in buying a french press
 

Decided to see what french press coffee was like.
Wife had a french press she was using as a decoration.

The bottom filter portion is just a metal with a center rivet.
Edges are rough and sharp.

Would like a press for 2-4 cups
I am assuming I could make 1-2 cups from a 4 cup press.

I would prefer all stainless vs glass - I have a tendency to break glass..

Any thoughts?
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Posted Thu Jan 30, 2014, 8:34pm
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Check out the Espro press. It's expensive, but before you let that be a deal breaker, read the review of it on www.espressomyespresso.com  In my opinion, the press is everything Randy makes it out to be.

 
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Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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Posted Thu Jan 30, 2014, 8:48pm
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The Espro is amazing !!!!
I've got a Bodum Presso (double-wall stainless), and was not ready for how incredibly much better the Espro results are.
Now I want one in every size.
It is definitely expensive, but....once you taste what you get in that pot, you will never turn back.

Susan
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Posted Fri Jan 31, 2014, 5:46am
Subject: Re: What to look for in buying a french press
 

For 4 diner mugs you'll want to brew with at least 1l of water (allowing for coffee dose, that's going to be 1.2l or more in terms of press size), bigger is better in terms of retaining heat during the brew. I like to brew as much as I can in one hit, anything not drunk at the end of brewing I'm quite happy to drink left over when cold, or even chilled in the summer.

Don't decant/pour until it tastes great in the brewer, I discard the first 1/4 cup or so as you get an oily film on the very top.
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homebrewdude
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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 7:10am
Subject: Re: What to look for in buying a french press
 

Not sure I can swing $100 for a french press!

Still saving for a better espresso machine!
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Posted Thu Feb 27, 2014, 8:54pm
Subject: Re: What to look for in buying a french press
 

Ended up buying the small espro

It does work very well.
I still have some fine dust in my cup after drinking the coffee.

I wish I would have bought a medium size.

Not sure it is worth the money, but it is much better then the free/cheap one I was trying to use
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