questionswhat is a good french press i could buy?

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Does 1-2 cups mean 4 to 8 ounces or 8 to 16 ounces? (I really hate that "coffee cup" is not a standard unit of measure.)

I have and have used Bodum, Ikea, Primula and at least one other brand of french press. Until recently, the Ikea one was my favorite (cost about $13, glass and stainless steel with a plastic handle).

In early November, I got a pair of Primula ones from home.woot (it was one of the first home.woot offerings, see http://home.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=19855). My daughter took the pink one to college and I've used the black one several times a week since then and am very happy with it.

It will make about 30 ounces of coffee, though it does fine for smaller amounts as well. It is also glass and stainless steel, though the lid and carafe holder are plastic.

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I meant to buy that Primula pair, but I vacillated too long and didn't keep track of the clock.

Have you considered an AeroPress? Unless you're in love with the French press, that is.

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@dcpotts: The Aero press seems like it would be more trouble than it is worth because of the filter size. So prolly just the french press.

As for cups: I was thinking something that will do about 16ozs. Essentially nothing too big. Just enough for a travel mug prolly. The 1-2 cups thing isn't a huge deal breaker though. Just nothing too big.

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@baqui63: I'm looking at a Bodum French Press right now. It is a 4-6 cup press. What was your experience with that?

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@kerowyn:

My Bodum is my oldest press (over 15 years, maybe 20) and smallest (8 ounces). It is also the hardest one to clean as it must be completely disassembled to rinse all the coffee grounds off of the screen (it isn't bad, just not as easy as any of the others). I rarely use it since I generally make at least 16 to 20 ounces of coffee.

The Primula can be merely loosened and the Ikea comes apart much more easily than the Bodum. (The other one uses a metal disk with fine holes rather than a screen so there is no disassembly at all. It has a silicone wiper ring around the edge of the disk.)

(BTW- I use soap on the beaker/carafe (ie. the glass) but only rarely on the metal parts of the screen (merely rinse with very hot water). (When I do use soap, the first two or so pots afterwards just aren't as good.)

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I used a bodum for years and really liked it. Cleaning never seemed le too much hassle...about what you get anytime you have a reusable filter.

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None of the Bodum ones I have ever let me down.

None I paid full price for either ... folks obviously were not willing to learn how to use them if they're being donated to thrift shops, brand new and unused. I paid $2-6 for the four that I have (two are standby). So check your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift shop first.

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Nissan Thermos Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Coffee Press
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S1DB/

I picked up the above press a few months ago and it's been a solid performer. Not having to be concerned about breaking glass was a big selling point for me.

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One of my friends pulled one of these out when we went camping the last time and I was instantly smitten:

http://www.amazon.com/Planetary-Design-Commuter-Double-Shot-Stainless/dp/B00064GSVA

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I used a small Bodum press for many years with good results. Then I bought an Aeropress and I haven't used the French press since.

http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso-Maker/dp/B0047BIWSK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325530690&sr=8-1

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@turbinator42: Thanks for replying. :) What, in your opinion, is better about the aero press?

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@kerowyn: Coffee made with the Aeropress is grounds-free (there is a paper filter in the bottom -- I use each filter 4-5 times before disposing). Also, you can make a very tasty espresso-like brew with it. I make a shot, then add hot water for an Americano, or sometimes frothed milk for a latte/cappucino. The Aeropress is very easy to clean; the grounds come out as a compressed cake like from an espresso maker.

Lots of comments and tips are available on Amazon.