My Freiling French Press Coffee Maker
I believe that making coffee should be a simple process that results in an exquisite cup of coffee. Consequently, for the past 15 years, I've dripped a cup of intense coffee with my Melitta cone, unbleached paper filters, and top of the line coffee beans.
Recently, I crossed "The Great Divide" and bought myself a "Freiling French Press Coffee Maker." I am absolutely in love.
The reputation of French pressed coffee is absolutely true.
Until I used the Freiling to make my first cup of French pressed coffee, I did not realize how the coffee bean oils absorped by the Melitta paper filters altered the taste of the coffee. My cup of coffee now has a complex taste, is a darker color, and tastes the way it smells.
The Freiling French Press coffee maker is very well designed. The 18/10 stainless steel construction of the caraft, press/plunger, and cap are dishwasher safe (making cleanup easy). Although cleanup does involve the extra step of scooping out the grounds from the bottom of the caraft, this is actually easy to do and not that significant a task.
Although the double wall construction of the carafe is designed to keep the coffee warm, I hedge the hotness factor by warming up the carafe with hot water first and, when my hot water is ready for making a cup, I pour the "warming water" out, spoon in my beans, and start the process of making my 1-2 cups of morning delight. I have had absolutely no problems using it.
If you are filling the carafe to the top, you do have to be careful that you fill the carafe to below the opening to the spout. Otherwise, overfilling will result in your cup of coffee having some grains of coffee in your cup.
In addition, the carafe itself is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It's very simple with good lines. Furthermore, the 35 ounce carafe I purchased is only 9" in height. Given my lack of storage in a very small kitchen, this piece of kitchen equiptment is easy to store and does not take up much room. If I leave it out on the counter, its appearance is pleasing to the eye and does not leave me with the feeling of clutter.
Lastly, although it is spendy ($69.95 on Amazon), I think my Freiling French Press Coffee Maker is worth every penny.
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