Coffee and technology seem to go hand in hand, you always hear of people stopping at the coffee shop and of course most do offer free wi-fi so it’s just a great pairing it seems. Up for review today I’ve got the Café Artiste French Press and it’s something I’ve always wanted to try and I’m impressed as it makes a great cup of coffee, there is a noticeable difference between the French Press and what I get form my regular automatic drip coffee maker. Read on to learn more…
Specifications and Features
“INSTANT” COFFEE — Brews 8-cups (34oz) of delicious coffee in MINUTES!
PURE BREW — Woven Stainless Steel Filter Means Absolutely NO Grounds in Your Cup!
STYLISH — Elegantly Designed to Complement Any Kitchen!
CLASSY — Perfect Gift for Weddings, Birthdays, and Christmas!
GUARANTEED TO PLEASE — Made from High-Quality Materials and Backed by Café Artiste’s LIFETIME Limited Warranty!
BEST FRENCH PRESS COFFEE MAKER!
Elegant, High-Quality, and Super-Efficient!
– Classy, stylish design fits into ANY kitchen décor! Inspired by baristas!
– High-Quality Materials – where you can FEEL the difference!
– Rubberized Handle and Knob provides a SOFT TOUCH for extra luxury!
– BETTER than “INSTANT” Coffee! Fast, Efficient, and DELICIOUS Coffee!
– Ultra-fine woven filter keeps coffee grounds in the press, not your cup!
Price: $19.97 (from Amazon at time of review)
Let’s start with a video unboxing and then move on from there:
The Café Artiste French Press comes packaged well in an attractive box, the press itself is wrapped in thick bubble wrap for protection during shipping.
Once you get everything unpacked you’ll find the press in two parts, a coffee scoop or spoon and a user guide along with basically a thank you note.
The pot or carafe is made of glass while the frame is metal with a rubberized handle attached to it. You can remove the glass completely from the metal frame which can make cleaning easier. All in all it does feel very well made.
The second half of the French press is the plunger section with a screen on the bottom that keeps the coffee separated from the water.
The screen is attached to a plate with lots of holes in it to let coffee through and then you’ll find a spring around the edge that holds the screen in place and pushes it against the side of the glass pot to keep any grounds from coming up around the edges and into your coffee. It’s a nice a system that works well.
Put it all together and you’ve got a French press that looks very nice. There are many choices when it comes to a French press and I prefer the glass ones as they’re see-through so you can see what’s going on. You can also get solid metals ones, but as I said I prefer the glass to see the process and see the coffee.
I followed the instructions for making coffee the first couple times and it’s basically one heaping spoon of coffee and one cup of hot water but not boiling. It says to boil the water and then wait about 30 seconds to add it to the French press. I like my coffee strong so the one spoonful didn’t work for me, everyone is different and you’ll need to adjust the amount of coffee you use to your taste.
Once you add the hot water you put the plunger/lid back on, but don’t push the plunger yet, and wait four minutes for the coffee to brew.
After the four minutes are up you slowly push the plunger down and this is where having a clear container makes the process more interesting, you can see what’s going on. Once you push the plunger down it’s ready to drink, pour it into your cup and enjoy.
I found no coffee grounds in my brewed coffee so the plunger/screen system here works perfectly fine as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing worse that grounds in you coffee, yuck for sure, and the Café Artiste French Press does a great job of keeping the grounds out of you mouth as it were…
I used this French Press off and on for about three weeks and it was fine until this last time when I pulled the plunger up when I was done and the top knob popped off. I’m sure I could easily put it back on with some glue, but I just thought it should be mentioned that it did break. The main issue is that you really need to have the knob on the top or else it’s very hard to pull the plunger up and not very fun to push the plunger down either. I did check other reviews and feedback about this French press and I didn’t see anyone mention about the top knob falling off so I’m thinking it was a fluke thing.
Another small issue is that the specs say you can make eight cups of coffee, you can’t, it won’t hold that much, I made three cups at a time and it’s over half way full. Not a big problem but just something that should be known for sure about the capacity.
The Café Artiste French Press makes a great cup of coffee for sure, it’s tastes much fresher and just better that it does from my automatic dip coffee maker.
Overall the French Press is well made, I love the glass as it’s clear so you can see everything and you can see what’s going on, the whole coffee brewing process is visible and it’s just more fun really.
The issue with the top knob falling off was a fluke I think, not sure what else to say there, but it’s an easy fix.
The pot cannot hold the stated eight cups of coffee, but for me that’s not an issue really as I don’t think I’ve ever drank eight cups of coffee as I only drink it in the morning.
+Makes good coffee
+Well made overall
+Very simple to use
+No coffee grounds in coffee
-Can’t hold 8 cups of coffee
-Plunger knob came off after a few uses
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