If there’s anything I love as much as fashion, it’s probably coffee. Probably also Pilates and my husband and food, not in that order. But coffee is way way up there. I waxed poetic at Gizmodo last December about the French press my parents gifted me for Christmas. I LOVE French press coffee and I don’t mind the grit like some girly people. Maybe I should? Maybe that’s not technically a good characteristic in coffee, according to the coffee experts. But I miss that roughness it when I drink coffee made with paper filters or other extra-filtery means.
Which brings me to my current favorite coffee-making contraption: The Espro press pot. The kind folks behind the invention, which was funded on Kickstarter, sent me the single-cup version of the device after they saw the aforementioned post on Gizmodo. And I’m finally getting around to reviewing it, after every day of my life for months looking at the thing as I make my coffee and saying to myself: “I really need to blog about how much I love this.”
So without further ado, here is why I adore the Espro press pot:
1. It’s shiny and pretty.
2. It’s a personal size so it makes the perfect amount for just me (when I’m really groggy I make a second pot).
3. It has a new fangled filter that keeps the larger pieces of grit at bay, and the resulting delicious flavor some how makes me not miss the grit.
4. The pot is insulated so the coffee stays hot for a really long time (sorry I haven’t timed it) and the outside of the pot doesn’t get too hot to touch.
The inventor of the pot says the key is his novel contraption is that filters coffee from the top and the bottom. “A French press filter is above the grounds. The floating aromatic oils flow through, but so do the fine particles, which make coffee gritty and muddy. A vacuum brewer filter is below the grounds. It makes a very clean cup, but loses the aromatic oils.” So he created one that does both.
Here is an extremely technical review from someone who knows a hell of a lot more about coffee than I do. And here are links to even more reviews. Everyone seems to love this thing. When I received my Espro, it was only available in the small size. But now the Kickstarter campaign has raised enough to manufacture the larger 30 ounce size as well. I am drinking delicious coffee made with mine right now. Is there any greater happiness than that first cup of coffee in the morning? Sometimes I can’t wait to go to bed so I can hurry up that first sip. Aaaah. Yeah I don’t get out much.
Anyway, I will continue making coffee for more than one person with my Freud cafetiere and enjoy my dirty cup. But when it’s just me, I won’t kick this clean, delicious cup out of bed.