Double-Wall Stainless Steel Coffee Press, 8-cup
Sadly, the "elegant details" are the problem.
I am on my second pot in less than two months and the replacement has the same problem as the first: the wood-colored paint/coating on the handle and the top of the plunger chips off as soon as it's used. I will be sending this one back, too.
Whatever the method is of coating the handle/top is defective. I use the pot at my office and am very careful in washing -- it does not go in the dishwasher nor soak in water (although for a stainless steel item, water shouldn't hurt it). As soon as I started using it, the paint/coating began to chip again.
I will be returning this one as well. I will say that the ease of replacement was nice.
February 17, 2015
The Press is great, once you get over the wood finish
I've had this press for over a year, I use it practically every morning, and it is a pleasure.
The double-wall stainless steel does indeed keep the coffee hot much longer than a glass press. Also, the steel construction has proven to be very sturdy. Mine is in perfect working order after over a year of constant use. Sure, if you drop it, it might bend, but it isn't going to break in normal everyday use, unlike glass presses.
Now for the oddities.
The wood finish on the handle is terrible. It started coming off within three uses. I finally decided I've had enough, and sanded the rest off. I intend to refinish the wood bits with a penetrating stain (hey, it will match my kitchen woodwork! Custom!) and keep the surface in good shape with mineral oil as needed -- just like any other wooden kitchen implement. (Seriously, people, it's not like you expect your wooden spoons or your knife handles to have a flawless finish. It's a kitchen tool.)
The plunger rod assembly tends to come unscrewed easily, both the knob at the top, and the screen assembly. Just something to be aware of. Give everything a quick twist to tighten it down before use.
One other minor nitpick: there is a little ledge on the inside near the top, where the double walls are joined. It is possible for a few grounds to settle on the ledge, and then when you plunge, you have floaters in your cuppa. To avoid that, give it a little tap to knock any loose grounds to the bottom before you pour in the water.
I say: buy it, don't worry about the flaky wood finish, and enjoy your press coffee. French Press is my favorite brewing method, and this is my favorite French Press so far.
February 7, 2015
I like the quality of the press. Coffee is kept warm . I do not like the wood handles. The handle started peeling even though I handwash.
January 28, 2015
Makes great coffee and keeps it hot!
I just used this coffee press a few times so far and I love it! My old coffee press was bodium and made out of recycled plastic and the coffee was ok but was always cold by the 2nd cup.
This coffee press makes great coffee and it was still hot when I went back for cup #3! Plus I love the look and it goes with my kitchen! Highly recommend
January 23, 2015
Wood finish is peeling off after just a week or so with hand washing, no dishwasher.
January 15, 2015