Here at Hollis 5 Corners, both me and Richard drink copious amount of the brown goo. No, I don’t mean that kind of brown goo…we aren’t that kinky and get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about coffee! You know – the sludge, java, mud, battery acid, the brown brew, varnish remover, cuppa joe, yada yada.
I first learned to brew using the ubitiquous French press but soon found that the system literally left a bad taste in my mouth. Grit and sediment did not always stay in the bottom of my cup but often found its way into my teeth.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the sultry thickness that only a coffee press can produce; the oils impart a flavor that you can’t get with filtered brewing methods. However, I could no longer deal with the sludge. Enter the Espro Press. I discovered this device this past Christmas and bought a large model from Cup And Brew. Finally, a press pot exists that can produce an awesome extraction with almost no sediment.
How does it work?
Two plastic filters covered in a very fine mesh stack on top of each other and work in tandem to double filter the coffee. This is a significant improvement over the old style presses that often leak grounds both through the filter and along the sides. Many traditional models have very thin metal or nylon that flex and allow ground to slip by due to an incomplete seal and not fine enough filtering. Not so with the Espro, the rigid BPA filters and rubberized rings enable a tight seal that keeps the grounds where they belong – at the bottom of the press. That’s not even the best part – the filters pop right off for easy cleaning unlike the normal four or five piece assemblies found in other models. The Espro is sort of like the Vitamix of the French press world. Easy to use, easy to clean and does its job damn well – pardon my French (pun intended).
How is it constructed?
The carafe itself is constructed of a double-wall stainless with no visible seams – high quality construction indeed. The mirror polished double walls create a vacuum similar to higher end thermos bottles to keep you brew warm for longer periods although this made lead to over extraction if you leave it in to seep. This double walled model retains heat longer than any almost any glass based models and has the added bonus of being nearly indestructible in daily use. Drop it on a countertop? No problem; with a glass based unit you would end up trying to find all of the tiny glass shards making this press ideal for those who are around children, travel a lot, or have granite “everything” in their kitchens.
I admit I’m very happy with the Espo’s appearance and sturdiness. The shiny finish gives it an industrial look that fits in well with any style of kitchen be it modern and gives a hint of commercial level quality to you countertops. Moreover, the sold heft in your hand confirms this model is made to last unlike many other items sold in the stores today.
How does it perform?
After extensive testing, I can find barely a touch of very fine residue at the bottom of my cup. If you look real closely you may find a barest hint of some extra fine sediment clinging to the very bottom but it is NOT noticeable when drinking even the last drop and I’m happy with it at this level of performance – it’s a damn site better than any of the older versions of the press.
Until we cook, shop and explore again!
Dale The Male Martha