5 Stars By William E. Mouser on 2016-08-22
I'm a long-time French press fan and recommend this press without reservation
I purchased this French press to replace the one with a beaker I had accidentally cracked. I selected the Sterlingpro model based exclusively on price and what appeared (from the reviews) to have satisfactory quality. I have been using it daily now for a month, and I write this review to report on my use of this French press. I have used a French press for over 40 years.
Overall: this is an excellent product for the price. Characteristics of this press which attract my attention:
"Tightness:" There's probably a better term for this, but I'm referring to the way everything fits snugly together, especially the lid (while brewing) and the screen as it is depressed via the plunger at the end of brewing. Also, when cleaning the plunger, I partially unscrew the housing which holds the screen. The machining of the parts is accurate, resulting in a tight-fitting assembly which comes apart for cleaning without exhibiting any wobbliness.
Position of the stainless steel housing: the beaker is held in place by two stainless steel rings, fastened to four vertical bands which extend below the beaker to form small feet. In French presses I have previously owned, one of these vertical bands is sometimes positioned so that it is exactly opposite the handle. This positioning is a design flaw. My Sterlingpro press avoids this error.
Here's why it makes a difference: no French press - including the Sterlingpro - will ever ~completely~ remove particulate matter from the brewing. Even the most coarsely ground coffee will contain fine bits of coffee which the strainer simply will not remove.
For French press fans, this is NOT a problem! We love the earthy, robust punch of a French press brew. HOWEVER, the very fine silt that is still present sinks to the bottom of the beaker by the time the brewing is finished, to lie calmly on the TOP of the screens. If one decants the resultant brew ~carefully~, almost all of this silt can remain in the beaker.
Here's where the positioning of those bands is critical: if one of them is directly opposite the handle, then it lies immediately below the beaker as it is being decanted. This makes it very difficult, mostly impossible, to see the residual sludge as the beaker is being decanted. The Sterlingpro, however, does not place a vertical band of stainless steel in this position, allowing one to easily see the small amount of sludge remaining as decanting is coming to a conclusion, and so enabling the brewer to stop decanting just before this sludge departs the beaker.
Yeah, I know - picky, picky, picky. But, I've been using a French press for about 40 years now. Plenty of time to develop all sorts of pickiness.
The screens: this product uses a dual screen, the first press I've run across that does this. Additionally, the box contains an EXTRA pair of screens. When I first examined these I wondered if they were too much of a good thing. But, the plunger depresses without any muss or fuss, and except for the inevitable micro-bits of ground coffee which no screen system will every remove, the resultant brew is totally free of visible grounds.
The screens clean easily. After brewing, I run hot tap water over the screen assembly, unscrewing it six or seven turns - enough so that the plate over the screens can rotate and I can flush larger pieces of ground coffee away from the screens. I do not need to totally disassemble the plunger to perform this cleaning. Running hot tap water is sufficient, and this avoids damaging the very fine screens.
Overall, the design of this press is excellent. Also well done is the execution of that design. I've though hard about what is do not like about this product, or what suggestions I might make for improvement. French presses are not complicated things! Every press should be as well done as the Sterlingpro, but many are not. So, I recommend this one without reservation.
By the way, I paid for this product myself. It was NOT provided to me by Sterlingpro.
5 Stars By Oliver Twist on 1969-12-31
The french press already came assembled which is a great time saver - it also came with an extra ...
Woohoo, it's finally here! I've accidentally dropped my old coffee press and it broke so I ordered this french press. The french press already came assembled which is a great time saver - it also came with an extra mesh. My previous french press left small coffee grind when I poured into the cup. First time trying this out I haven't noticed any! Looks easy to dissemble and wash. Overall very happy with this product.
5 Stars By Morgan on 1969-12-31
Packaged very nicely, even comes with an extra screen. Makes a delicious cup of coffee! I ordered this looking to get rid of my Keurig since I heard that the insides of those machines get moldy, so glad I upgraded! This is also very easy to clean and the directions are clear, very simple to understand and right on the side of the box.
5 Stars By Missy Miller on 2016-07-23
Smooth and Perfect for Cold-Brew!
I bought this French press in order to easily make overnight cold-brewed coffee. Out of the box, this product was very easy to figure out how to use as the top was neatly assembled along with the pot. I had no issues with cleaning the base and the press prior to its first use.
What makes me recommend this press with 5 stars is the fact that I used regularly ground (finer ground) coffee the first few times as I didnâ€™t have any French press grind on hand. Because of the double screen system, it successfully filtered out regularly-ground coffee with no particles left behind! I love the convenience because I donâ€™t have to make a special trip to my favorite roaster if Iâ€™m in a pinch and need to use coffee from the grocery store, and it made the smoothest-tasting coffee that I have made at home.
As a bonus, a replacement double-screen filter is included, though with the sturdy assemblage and ease of cleaning, I donâ€™t foresee needing it anytime soon. This is a great press, particularly for first-time users like me.
5 Stars By Sara Bateman on 2017-04-26
This coffee maker is life changing, y'all. I'm ready to throw away my Keurig for good! My coffee tastes smooth, airy, and just all around better when I make it in this. I use plain old Folgers, but somehow it tastes like gourmet coffee in the French press. I wish it stayed hotter longer, but I definitely can't complain! All I do is heat some water in an electric kettle, pour it over the coffee grounds, wait about 5 minutes, and then push the plunger down. This French press is nice to look at, easy to clean, and definitely worth it!
5 Stars By Edgar Tovar on 2016-05-12
Started from the bottom. (Review for those who never owned a coffee press)
It was only until recently that I discovered the wonders of press coffee. As a person who just made instant coffee for years with microwaved water, then moved up to a drip coffee maker, I have now have finally graduated to this little beauty. So what makes having a coffee press so special you may ask. I'll fill you in.
The taste: Smooth, rich, and ever so flavorful. This coffee press makes a wonderful cup of coffee. Watch in wonder as the translucent, freshly made coffee pours slowly into that seasoned cup of yours that deserves better.
The experience: There's something to be said about making something that feels so delightfully raw, yet ever so practical. Don't be derailed by cynics claiming that making coffee in a press is a hipster thing, they can keep their venti $5 caramel macchiato. There's no better feeling than making yourself a rich cup of coffee and showing it off to your friends and family.
The cost: 30 bucks is a steal for a coffee press of this quality. If this review doesn't convince you, read all the other 5 star reviews. They speak for themselves.
The design: Look at it, it's so damn pretty. It'll look great in your kitchen, and people will think your fancy as hell.
The only con I can think of is the cleanup. The coffee grounds will be at the bottom when you're done, but the mouth of the beaker is so wide, you shouldn't have a problem cleaning and disposing of them.
If you're new to this, I'd also get a water kettle and possibly a thermos to transfer the coffee when you're done. If you keep the coffee in the press (as cool and fancy as it is) the coffee will continue to brew and you will have very strong coffee in the end. If you're put off by the process of making coffee in a press, don't be. You'll have it down in no time. Personally, I made the coffee too weak the first time, and too strong the following time. But for me, third time was the charm. Believe me, 8 rounded teaspoons per full beaker does the trick. The whole process takes me about 5 min, tops.
Well, hope this review helped you out in making your decision, and I hope you will enjoy this press as much as I have.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-09-22
Switched to Sterling Pro & now enjoy better tasting coffee!! :-)
We make coffee every morning but broke our Bodum coffee press, twice. We've been using this Sterling Pro French coffee press for over 3 weeks and are very happy with your purchase. I noticed a difference the first time we tried the Sterling Pro. Our coffee definitely tasted better. The double mesh filter plunger is well made and presses through the glass tightly unlike our Bodum which seemed more loose. Even though the plunger pushed through the breaker tighter, it does so evenly, requiring little effort. Overall our coffee was just more favorful and smooth with noticeably less sediment (something I really appreciate as I no longer have that griddy bitter aftertaste I had before. The glass beaker, frame, & handle also feels sturdier because the press over all and its components are better quality. We use our Sterling Pro coffee press EVERY morning and let it sit for about 5 minutes before we pour out the coffee into our 2 Hydroflasks. OVERALL: Sterling Pro works really great, our coffee tastes better, there is noticeably less sediment :), it easy to clean/dry after each use. and for the great price, I feel we are getting a quality product. We love it and would definitely recommend this product over the SIMILAR Bodum model or any other version they offer as they do not have the double filter system the Sterling Pro does, this is the key difference.
5 Stars By D. Wetherbee on 2016-08-13
Beautiful Coffee Press Makes an Excellent Cup of Coffee Every Time
The SterlingPro French Coffee Press is beautiful, all bright shiny stainless and glass, with a black handle. It looks great on a counter. But it's not just important to look good; it must make a great cup of coffee. The SterlingPro comes through, for sure. It is well packaged for shipping. I've been using a small press that is easy to find in the grocery store, and their instructions made terrible coffee. The instructions that came with the SterlingPro will ensure you a perfect cup of coffee every time. I use one coffee scoop of coffee for each 6 oz. of water (coarse ground works and tastes best), heat the water to just below boiling, or let it sit for a bit if you do end up boiling it (I heat mine in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for a minute and a half), slowly pour the water over the grounds in the press, stir it gently, put the lid on with the plunger at the top, let it sit for exactly 4 minutes (any longer and the coffee starts to get bitter), slowly push the plunger down, pour, and drink the best cup of coffee you could ever make. The double screen means no coffee grounds make it into your cup. Your cup will be especially tasty if you grind whole beans just before brewing your coffee, although I usually grind about a week's worth at a time so the noise from the grinder doesn't wake my husband. The frame that the glass carafe is in has a nice bottom on it that, if you bump the corner against the counter accidentally, keeps the glass from breaking. My only complaint about this press is that I wish it was just a little bit smaller, maybe a six cup. No plastic like my other small press means no plastic taste, just a pure excellent cup of coffee.
By G. Chapman
on 2017-05-06 Fantastic French Press
I would consider life incomplete without coffee.
Okay, so with that overly dramatic intro, let me just say I really like coffee and I know what a good cup is and isn't. If you're looking for a superior cup of coffee, as far as method of brewing is concerned, you simply cannot beat a french press. Yes, there are other good ways to brew a great cup of coffee e.g. Large Pour Over Coffee Maker Set - 5-Cups (27oz/800ml) of Perfect Hand Drip Coffee - Tough Borosilicate Glass Carafe - Reusable Paperless Stainless Steel Mesh Filter. Plus FREE Coffee Hacks eBook
but none are superior to a classic french press. It's simple, straightforward, and incredibly effective. Enter the SterlingPro. The truth is there are many good french presses nowadays, of which the SterlingPro is only one, but it consistently ranks very highly among the vast majority who use it, and as a diehard press user for nearly two decades I can confidently recommend it as well.
When you're shopping for a french press, a few things it may help to consider:
There are three main parts of a french press that ultimately matter. the carafe (body), the filter mechanism, and the lid/spout.
The first thing to consider related to each is the construction. What is each part made of? Plastic, glass, or metal? All have pros and cons. For example, in the context of the SterlingPro, since its glass it is obviously more fragile than metal or plastic. Also, it won't retain heat like a double-walled stainless steel press would. How does it work? Does it have a double filter like the SterlingPro? That will help prevent excess grounds from finding their way into your cup. What is the lid like? Does it swivel? Will the lid/spout allow for consistent, controlled, and easy pouring?
Regarding the SterlingPro, the carafe is borosilicate glass, the lid is swivel-type combination of metal (on the very top) and plastic; it pours well without dripping. It has a dual mesh all-metal filter mechanism.
Here are some other helpful questions to ask before making your french press purchase:
Do you have an aversion to plastic parts? Then that will significantly restrict your options, because relatively few presses are utterly plastic-free, but they do exist and most of them are excellent. Do you want to let your coffee stand for two hours while keeping it hot? Then a double-walled stainless may be your best bet (although I would recommend decanting instead of leaving in the press to avoid the bitterness that comes from over-steeping). Are you worried about dropping it? Then you may gravitate toward plastic or metal. Do you have particular sensitivity to any grounds whatsoever being in your cup? Then you'd probably prefer a double filter.
There are other small details that will add up to significantly affect your personal valuing of a given press. Unfortunately, those things (like the "feel" of the construction or how the lid swivels) are difficult to assess before owning and using it. However, consider that in places where coffee originates (e.g. Colombia, Costa Rica, etc.) they use primarily very low-tech methods such as basic heat sources (even an open fire), a mortar pestle, and rudimentary filters (e.g. cheese cloth) to create the very best cup(s) coffee on earth, so I would encourage you not to get lost in the questions and details but rather find a press with consistently good reviews (such as the SterlingPro) and start enjoying a superior cup of coffee, because nearly any french press will far out perform most brew methods.
A few final thoughts: Although coffee is obviously a matter of taste and opinion, use high quality coffee and water. Don't buy Folgers in a can, boil some tap water, and expect a french press to give you a religious experience. Also, make the effort to get a grinder, a thermometer, maybe a timer and some kitchen scales (see links below). Then research how-to's on french press coffee, experiment a little, and then when you're sipping a truly great cup of coffee while having good conversation with somebody you care about or reading a good book you may indeed consider it a religious experience.JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder | Conical Burr Mill for Precision Brewing | Brushed Stainless SteelKRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, BlackKizen Digital Meat & Cooking Thermometer - Instant Read, Talking, Back Light, Collapsible Probe, Auto-off. Comes in Premium Gift Box, with eCookbook. For Food, Kitchen, BBQ, Grill! (Black)2pcs Digital Kitchen Timer with Premium Magnetic Backing for Cooking, Baking and More (LCD Display, Loud Alarm, Countdown)Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included)
5 Stars By D. Blankenship on 1969-12-31
Makes a wonderful cup of coffee - We are delighted with this thing
To begin I must say that this French Coffee press fulfills the primary reason we use this sort of implement to make or brew our favorite beverage...It simply makes a superior tasting cup of coffee...simple as that.
Now if you are contemplating purchasing this product or it you have never used a French Press before, then I would highly recommend you viewing the video review - the first review available on this product at this time. It is a good review and video and if you follow the simple directions this reviewer gives then you simply cannot go wrong. Now that being said....
We have been using French Press Coffee makers for years and have had several versions by several different companies. The press being reviewed here is far superior to any press we have used of equal cost and indeed, far superior to many that have cost much, much more. After testing and brewing batch after batch for some time now I simply cannot find anything to complain about. It is easy to use, makes a superior cup of coffee, is extremely easy to clean, and looks great and not once have we had those annoying grounds floating in our cups after we pour the coffee from the container.
There are a couple of things to note here:
First; this press works best with coffee that has not been ground too fine. The grind should be courser than you find in drip type coffee makers.
Secondly; DO NOT boil your water...bring it to just under the boiling point. You will find that the flavor us much better if the water does not boil...no oils and bitterness is involved. We personally use one of several tea pots we have had around for years.
Third; do not press too hard on the plunger when lowering it. Let you natural hand pressure do all the work. If you force it you will end up with grounds in your coffee and a bit of a mess on your hands. I suspect that pressing too hard is causing some of the few problems some folks have had with this product.
Forth; this press makes four cups. Now my wife and I drink four cups in less time than it takes the last two in the container to cool off too much. The few times this has happened to us, we simply pour the coffee into our cups, place the cup in the microwave and hit it for 10 to 15 seconds...no problem
Fifth; your cup of coffee will only be as good as the ground bean you are using and the freshness of that bean...keep this in mind.
Sixth; They recommend a heaping tablespoon of coffee for each cup. We have found that this is not a hard and fast rule. Much depends upon the bean you are using, your particular taste and the length of time you stir the brew.
Seventh; The glass on this container is thin, as it should be with this sort of product, so I highly recommend you use a wooden spoon or a silicon spatula to stir the coffee. This will prevent possible cracking to the container.
This press takes up very little room and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye...something that is important to us. We personally use this press, as we have those we have owned in the past, to try new coffee flavors. No sense in buying a couple of pounds of something you may not like and then be stuck with it.
Again, we have absolutely no complaints what so ever concerning this press and have been delighted with it.