Which Press Pot Is Best For You?

The Pros And Cons Of Each Type - 

 

It is the simple things in life that seem to have the most impact, especially when it comes to a cup of coffee! What do I mean by that? Well, in the world of coffee, there are many ways to brew a cup - Espresso Machine, Percolator, Pour-over, and many more, but few other methods truly capture the coffee beans' natural flavors as the press pot or more known as the French Press. 

 

Apart from the other techniques, the French Press is a manual coffee brewing process that allows you to control the time and strength of your coffee. All the while, preserving the coffee oils that give coffee its flavor. So it is almost like tasting coffee in its purest form.


Patented in 1928-29, the French Press is a well-recognized design that gives a crisp, flavorful cup of delicious coffee. Since its creation, there have been modern reinventions of the French Press or Press Pot that provides an even fresher fuller taste of your favorite coffee. And although the process is the same, it's the equipment that makes all the difference.


The advantages of using a Press Pot?

  1. Control The Time And Strength Of The Coffee. 
  2. You Can Make Cold Or Hot Coffee In A Press Pot.
  3. The Clean, Raw Taste Of The Coffee.
  4. Retains More Natural Oils From The Coffee Bean.

The three types of Press Pots that are out there are Traditional Glass, BPA Free Plastic and Stainless Steel/Metal.


Traditional Glass Press Pot - 

Keeping to the classic look and feel the conventional Press Pot is the way to go. Perfect for first-time coffee steeper or seasoned brewers, this traditional look renders a delicious cup that helps you start your day. 

 

Pros

  • Made From Glass And Has The Clean Classic Look
  • Uses An Easy To Rinse Metal Filter
  • Control Of Initial Temperature
  • Clear Container So To Watch The Steeping Process
  • Parts Can Be Easily Replaced, I.E., Glass Beaker And Filter Screens

Cons

  • Coffee May Be Gritty Due To The Grinds Seeping Through The Metal Filter
  • The Glassware Radiates Heat And Is Lost Quickly
  • Not Recommended For Travel
  • Higher Chance Of Breaking When Handled
  • Clean Up Is Messy

Plastic Press Pots -

When on the run or relaxing at home, a BPA Free Press Pot is one way to go. It's durable, lightweight, and just as easy to use as a Traditional Glass Press Pot with less fear of breaking.


Pros

  • Bpa Free Hard Plastic
  • Lightly Insulated
  • Durable For Travel
  • Lightweight
  • Retains Heat Longer Than Glass

Cons

  • Coffee May Be Gritty Due To The Grinds Seeping Through The Metal Filter
  • Plastic Could Break Down From Prolonged High Temp
  • Plastic Could Sheer Or Splinter Into Coffee
  • Clean Up Is Messy.

Stainless Steel/metal Press Pot

When it comes to the cleanest smoothest cup of coffee you can have, the stainless steel press pot brews just that. More specifically, the Espre Pot. Designed to give you grit-free coffee at a perfect temperature with easy cleanup. Espre Pot does it all. 


Pros

  • Double Microfilters
  • Double Insulated Stainless Steel Container
  • Easy To Clean
  • Holds The Heat Longer
  • Filters A Clean Cup Of Coffee
  • Durable Enough For Travel
  • Preserves The Taste Longer
  • Has A Sleek Modern Look 

Cons 

  • Most Expensive Press Pot
  • Replacement Filters Are More Expensive

Each of the three types offers more Pros than cons, and it’s up to you to decide which Press Pot is best for you. The cost is one thing to consider, so remember you get what you pay for. 


Keep in mind that no matter which one you use, steeping your beverage too long will make your coffee bitter and less enjoyable.


There are disadvantages to Press Pots. One is the steeping time. As with every Press Pot, adequate time must be given to allow the coffee to brew. 


But if in a hurry, the newest method to hit coffee brewing is an Aeropress. Very similar to the Press Pot, the AeroPress mixes hot water and coffee grounds in a narrow tube than by the palm of the hand, forces brewed coffee through a metal filter rendering a gritty less single cup. 


AeroPress - Works as a taller Americano cup pour or an espresso shot.

 

Pros

  • Micro-filtered
  • Self-cleaning
  • The Filter Is On The Bottom
  • Stainless Steel Or Paper Filter
  • Can Go With You Anywhere
  • The Quickest Way To Brew Coffee
  • Creates A Clean Cup Coffee.

Cons

  • One cup at a time

If you are already a dedicated coffee drinker or if you are just a beginner, manual coffee brewing is the best way to taste the true flavors of your coffee. And it only gets better by the equipment you use.