Monday, 24 February 2014

SterlingPro 8-Cup French Coffee Press

Well, I believe most my blog readers already know that I love a good cup of coffee, especially after I wake up in the mornings, as I'm not much of a morning person. A little pick-me-up is highly needed. That being said, I have owned different coffee makers over the years and I have tried a variety of coffee grounds and the instant kind.

Recently, I got a chance to review the SterlingPro 8 Cup French Coffee Press. What exactly is a French Coffee Press? It is an easy coffee brewing system that was created in 1929 by Italian designer Attilio Calimani. Over the years there have been many different brands and styles of the French Coffee Press all over the world. In South Africa it is called a Coffee Plunger.

The SterlingPro 8 Cup French Coffee Press has a heat resistant glass beaker, a stainless steel plunger, a stainless steel interior fitting and chrome plated lid and frame. The plunger uses double screens. The glass beaker is dishwasher safe.

The French Coffee Press is simple to use. All you need to do is put 1 rounded tablespoon of course-ground coffee into the bottom of the beaker for every 4-ounce cup. Then you pour hot water (don't use boiling water) into the beaker, but make sure to leave at least 1 inch of space at the top. Stir very gently, so you don't break the beaker. Next, you need to put the lid/plunger on the beaker. With the spout turned away from you, gently press down on the top of the knob to lower the plunger into the pot. Use only minimal pressure while lowering the plunger to get the best results. Serve the coffee immediately.

Never use a steel brush or any type of abrasive cleaners. Only wash in warm water using detergent and a soft sponge. The glass beaker can be removed from the frame if needed. The filter on the plunger can be removed as well by unscrewing the plunger shaft ant-clockwise. Make sure the flared edges of the mesh faces upwards toward the lids when reassembling.

A few quick tips:

  • Never Place the French Coffee Press over a fire or direct heat.
  • Don't hit or scratch the beaker with a spoon or other metallic objects.
  • Dry thoroughly before storing for extended periods of time. Place the beaker in a plastic bag and keep it covered.
I have heard of a French Coffee Press, but this is the first time I have ever seen one, let alone actually use one. I was surprised at how fast it takes to make a cup of coffee, which is less than five minutes. The coffee is strong, so if you can't handle it I recommend putting less coffee grounds in it. There is a pair of extra steel filters in the box, which the filters keep the grounds pressed down while you pour the coffee into a cup. Overall, I love the French Coffee Press. It is great to have close by your desk late at night, as it makes less noise than an average coffee maker, so you won't have to wake up your whole household.

The French Coffee Press can be purchased at:

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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