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The Espro Press takes a new approach to coffee-making
Espro Press features a two-stage micro-filter that preserves coffee flavors and prevents sediments or muddiness in the coffee (image: Epro Inc.)
Coffee lovers Chris Mclean (design engineer) and Bruce Constantine (engineer/ entrepreneur) have spent the last two years developing a precision coffee brewer dubbed Espro Press. The product is similar to classical french presses, however Espro Press features a two-stage micro-filter that reportedly preserves coffee flavors and prevents sediments or muddiness in the coffee.
The Espro Press is made from stainless steel and features vacuum insulation which maintains water temperature for longer periods. In addition, the two-stage micro-filter keeps coffee grounds out of the cup and lets the aromatic oils in. The first micro-filter is vertical and reaches below the layer of coffee, which creates a clean coffee with aromatic oils seeping to the top. The second micro-filter makes sure your coffee is very clean, so extraction doesn't continue in your cup. According to Bruce Constantine, the two-stage micro-filter is 5-10 times finer than other coffee brewers currently on the market.
The first Espro Press model, which is currently on the market, makes a 1-3 cups of coffee and Espro Inc. has recently submitted their concept to Kickstarter to fund a product upgrade. The upgrade is a large Espro Press that holds 1.25 liters (42.27 oz), which would make 30 oz (0.89 L) of coffee - suitable for two to four people (4- 8 cups).
The 8 oz (0.24 L) Espro Press costs around US$70 and retailers can be found on the Espro Inc. website.
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French press, same principle used one since the 1970s, uses a stainless steel screen works great, can make about two litres, have one, just don\'t grind the coffee too fine, great for camping or a lazy day, this seems rather spendy and needless
I\'ve been using a coffee funnel (popular brand, known best for their coffee filters) for years. Makes a great cup of coffee, one cup at a time.
Price is comparable to the Breiling stainless insulated press, and to some Bodum products of similar size, of stainless. Filter system looks interesting. BUT.. donn\'t go for the one and a quarter litre size, go ahead and build a one and a half litre model. That\'s four twelve ounce cups. If ANYONE build a french press type brewer larger than one and a half litre, I know a LOT of people who will buy one..... starting with myself. One point five is TOO SMALL. I may try the current version just to try the principle. Sounds like it might work. NOW.. if onlyb the designers would figure out how to seal the grounds into the bottom of the press once the filter is pressed to the bottom, thus STOPPING the brewing, the double wall feature of the press would have a clear benefit. Otherwise, the coffee continues to brew as long as it is in the pot, making the heat-retention feature a non-benefit. Never leave any brewed coffee in the press more than about five minutes... it gets pretty hairy.
Looks like an unnecessarily complicated copy of the AeroPress.
It may not be as obvious to the lehman or home coffee consumer, but this actually represents a great advancement in press pot brewing. First, it should not be compared to other french presses, as it is capable of eliminating the fines that are left in the brew, and to correct your comment Nick, it already does stop the brewing process when pressed, that is part of the whole idea. It should also not be compared to the aero press, however cool the aero press is, it still tastes like paper, many people prefer the press pot style of coffee because of the clean, bold and oil rich extraction it produces, the aero press is a completely different style of brew in the cup. More than considering the Espro press a \"new\" development, I think it is better to see it as a great improvement on the french press of days old. P.S. I have used other Espro products such as their pressure sensitive tampers for espresso and Toroid steam pitches, both of which are excellent in quality and performance, I am sure the Espro press is no exception. Also having met both Chris and Bruce at multiple coffee trade shows I can attest that if these guys have spent 2-years working on this it must be absolutely perfected. Good job boys.
How often do the filters need replacing ?
I have gone back to basics over 40 years ago after a visit to Ethiopia, the home of coffee. Coffee should be roasted fresh every few days, ground just before brewing, and brewed in a small \'coffee\'-pan/jug. Just be patient while the grounds and sediments settle at the bottom of the cup instead of wasting coffee, water, energy AND 70 bucks.
This is a pricey and less functional rehash of the Aeropress. The Aeropress does an excellent job. The trick to making a good cup of coffee is to grind the beans finely with a burr grinder, and then extract quickly. At present there are three ways to do so: Espresso Machine, Aeropress, or Vacuum Siphon. French Presses require coarse grounds so they are the worst. Drip Funnels use a medium grind, so are still not optimum.
Ditto on the Aeropress. Mine works great and seems much simpler and easier to clean than this.
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