We do not have a coffee machine in this household. We used to. We also had an espresso machine, but then Tony went camping and was introduced to a French press. And our coffee drinking experience was changed forever.
I received an opportunity from Francois et Mimi to review their Vintage Double Wall French Press. Knowing that we needed a French press upgrade, I seized it. And I am SO GLAD I did!
When the package arrived in the mail, I was surprised by the weight of it. Not especially heavy, but heavier than the French press we got from Walmart. As I opened the top of the box, light shone - literally. It's made of stainless steel and reflected my overhead kitchen lights, but it was almost like an epiphany. A real French press!
When Tony got home for lunch, he was very excited to give it a try. He examined it and found that the handle is welded on. Nothing is going to break this baby! We quickly boiled some water, put fresh ground coffee in the container and placed the French press lid on top. After a few minutes (because you have to let coffee sit in the very hot water for a little bit), we were again pleasantly surprised to find the plunger easy to push down. And much less grounds were floating in the coffee than what we were previously used to.
We both were also happy with the look of the press. It's very aesthetically pleasing. And it can stay pretty without much effort, as it is dishwasher safe.
The only downside to this press is that it doesn't hold any more coffee than our old press. We still have to make more coffee to fill Tony's mug he takes to work and my cup at home. However, for small groups of people and weekends, it is perfect!