Friday, September 23, 2011

My New Toy - Coffee Press [Review]

I finally bough a coffee press!  I found a Palm Restaurant Coffee Press at Marshall's.  I made my first batch of coffee this morning and I am loving the easy process of pressing coffee.

[Review] The Palm Restaurant Coffee Press features double-wall glass exterior, a glass handle, and a removable rubber base.  The double-wall glass keeps the water hot longer and the rubber base prevents the press from sliding around on the table.  My only concern is the thin glass handle, which I could see snapping off if I hit it against something.

The coffee press holds 3 cups of coffee - three small cups of coffee.  Think European, not American sizes.  The size is perfect for when I'm working from home and do not want to turn on the 12-cup coffee maker.

The plunger design brews coffee to enjoy immediately, usually within 10 minutes, so you should buy a pot to suit your requirements.  Since this is a not a coffee maker with a heated bottom, the coffee will become cold if you make more than you will drink.

The process is easy.  Put the coffee in the bottom, pour hot water on top, let it sit for 5-10 minutes depending on your preferred strength, and then push down the plunger to "press" the ground to the bottom.  I like my coffee stronger, so I let the coffee "brew" for about 10 minutes.

Green Note: The only energy expended on this process is the energy used to heat the water in the tea kettle.  Other green aspects are using glass, a reusable container, no coffee filters, and not keeping the coffee pot on for 2 hours.

Emergency Prep: I am always thinking of alternate ways of approach my daily routines and chores without the use of electricity.  You never know when the power is going to go off.  I cannot function without coffee!  The coffee press is going to be more useful than a coffee maker, especially if I have some way to heat water (gas grill, InstaFire, coals, etc.)

Disclosure: I purchased this product on my own. This review is not sponsored by any company or individual other than me. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.


Debbi said...

We bought one of these recently to use when we go camping. I am glad you mentioned letting your coffee steep for 10 minutes...I will have to try that. Our coffee has always turned out too weak!

Unknown said...

I'm glad to help with the tip! I love using the coffee press.

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