For something completely different, I tried Espro P7, which, in two fine mines, produces a strangely clear cup with less fine. It’s like coffee making coffee for people who are any compulsion to make only the French press, or for those camping too far from an outlet to plug in Mr. Coffee. This “clean cup” isn’t a bad thing, but it’s actually different and probably not exactly what French press fans, myself included, want from a press pot. The double -interlocking Espro baskets are still something that needs to be cleaned, but I think you’ll get used to it.
For an outlier, I tried BruTrek 32 and 48 through Planet Plans. Although attracted like a magnet in the beautiful blue color, I struggled with the designs of them, wanting to like them more than I wanted. The lid cover gives the BruTrek a little sippy-cup feel, and you have to turn the lid around before you can grind the plunger. Also, with a round corner at the bottom it is not completely stable on its feet.
I found its claim to fame an interesting idea: the flap of a metal disc at the top of the filter made it a one-way valve; once the plunger is heavy, the brewed coffee will not get around the yard and will become bitter, the theory allows you to keep the coffee there without it becoming a bitter mess. (The company calls this feature Bru-Stop.) Even for me, a fan of the always small broken cup, it’s pretty much the same, because the filter goes through a surprising amount of fine. This is especially strange because those excessively fine coffee seem to not dismiss the work of the flaps. The biggest mistake, in my book, is that the BruTrek is not dishwasher safe. Not a big deal if you’re camping, but that’s a deal breaker at home.
Finally, there is the prototype “Hulk”, which is heavily struggling. The big problem is the visible crack in the hairline after putting it in the washing machine. As I removed the brewer from the washing machine, I could hear the flow of water in the void between the inside and outside walls. The only effective way I have found to get rid of water is to fill the beer container with hot water, thus heating the air in the space between the walls and causing water to flow from the crack under kanto. Also, the cover is hard to horse in the remaining containers, which isn’t something you’ll want when dealing with hot, wet soil.
At this point, just to say I did it, I filled all the machines with boiled water, put on the lids and set a timer to an hour. They all came out very hot enough for the steam to come from above when I opened the lid. Bodum is at least 156 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s shortened! It’s half the size of the competition, and I feel protected as I explain it. Hulk and Espro this time come at equal 160 and 165 degrees, respectively; the Stanley Stay Hot remains an inspiring heat 175. At 185 degrees, it’s BruTrek’s chance to show up. If you don’t put your coffee in a thermos after you’ve brewed it, and the hottest coffee for the longest time is your highest priority, it’s probably your best bet.
After all my testing at my house, I was even happier to discover that although there are a few select options and styles to vary here and there, all the machines seem to make a good cup of coffee. So at this point, I brought some coffee pros from Olympia coffee for some away from the social test.