KONA Reusable Stainless Steel Filter Glass Protecting French Press

Last updated date: July 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

KONA Reusable Stainless Steel Filter Glass Protecting French Press

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Overall Take

This gorgeous French press has a durable BPA-free black shell that protects the glass carafe. The press features a sturdy handle that provides excellent control when pouring your coffee or tea. Consumers will love that the press is portable, safe to use in the microwave and safe to clean in the dishwasher. In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the KONA KONA Reusable Stainless Steel French Press placed 2nd when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best French Press for a detailed review of all the top french presses.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
11,862 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Kona French press comes with a 3 piece stainless steel filter: no plastic ever comes in contact with your brew while steeping and can’t therefore affect the coffee flavor.
- Home Grounds
The three-piece filter system works well and comes apart easily for cleaning. The pot is also easy to clean.
- Kitchen Sanity
The insulated, protective frame of this press gives it a bit of artistic character. It’s available in black or red, and gives a little extra protection to the borosilicate glass.
- Roasty
If you want a coffee pitcher that’s easy to pour, this Kona French press has a specially designed handle. This is meant to be comfortable and very easy to use when pouring out your hot brew.
- Chef's Resource
The chamber is actually a borosilicate glass coffee pitcher that is resistant to heat and is extra thick.
- Cuppabean
If you are looking for the best overall, I recommend the KONA French Press because it features stainless steel, detachable components for easy cleaning and a “shell” design to reduce the chance of glass breakage.
- The Architect's Guide
Additionally, the customer service is superb, and delivery was fast with the product in perfect condition.
- Coffee Really
What experts didn't like
What I don’t like is that the coffee can get cold quickly in the pot
- Kitchen Sanity
The glass is thinner than expected, so watch out for cracking.
- Chef's Resource
Glass if fixed to the holder, can’t clean those parts well
- Cuppabean
The product’s lid, according to various consumers could be more secure. They said if you don’t apply a bit of force on the lid when you’re spilling your drink, it strength spill out.
- Coffee Really

From The Manufacturer

For decades, hand made french pressed coffee is simply the best at brewing the purest cup of coffee espresso or tea. Its classic method effectively extracts any coffee bean or loose leaf tea essential oils, delivering bold unique flavor directly to your cup, that is otherwise lost in paper filters. Smart Barista's know the foundation of a great cup of coffee starts with a reliable & well built coffee expresso tea press. Plunger and filter parts constructed with flimsy plastic & rubber are destine to fail. So we designed a 3 piece stainless steel infuser filter system ensuring taste-free parts so nothing comes between you & your fresh coffee beans. Also, a poor frame design with brittle glass will likely lead to accidental cracks with typical everyday use. These conditions is the difference whether you enjoy your french press for a few months or for many years to come. The fun modern design is inspired by top Baristas from around the world that demand durability & style. Our high quality generous 8 cup size teapot is uniquely made from borosilicate glass, making it resistant to thermal shock, great for an RV camper. We have taken extra care by thoughtfully wrapping the large pot with our protective design to minimize breakage but not at the expense of its looks. Our exciting tea espresso coffee press maker collection will absolutely lively-up any kitchen counter. During summer, these versatile coffee makers can brew cold iced coffee & ice tea. Discover the hidden flavors in your favorite coffee whole bean.

Overall Product Rankings

Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 34-Ounce
4. Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 34-Ounce
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Secura Stainless Steel Insulated French Press
5. Secura Stainless Steel Insulated French Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 51-Ounce
7. Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 51-Ounce
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
Bodum Brazil Coffee & Tea French Press
10. Bodum Brazil Coffee & Tea French Press
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On French Presses

The last decade or so has been a great time for coffee lovers. Barista culture has turned coffee-making from a morning chore into a ritual that incorporates equal parts science and art. Once-esoteric brewing methods like the pour over, cold brew and gravity siphoning are now options at an increasing number of coffee shops, from your local hipster cafe to the corner Starbucks.

But even the pickiest coffee snob will tell you that for a simple, elegant cup of java at home, nothing beats the good old French press. It’s a method that’s easy to do but infinitely customizable, and it has several advantages over the plain Jane drip coffeemaker or single-serve machine. First of all, there’s no paper filter or plastic pod to dispose of, which makes it eco-friendly. Once you get the hang of making it, you can have a hot cup in your hand quicker than drip coffee. Since there are no mechanical or electrical components to break down, a good French press will keep cranking out java for decades. And best of all, the mesh filter allows more oils from the beans to seep into the final brew. In layman’s terms, that means it just tastes better.

The actual method is simple enough for any first-timer to do. First, heat up your water in a separate pot to just shy of boiling — 200 to 205 degrees or so. While that’s heating up, add a heaping tablespoon of coffee grounds to your French press for every cup of water. If you’re using freshly ground coffee (and you should be), go with a coarser grind. It’s a mesh filter, so fine particles will tend to clog it up or seep into the brew. Next, add your water and stir thoroughly. Wait 3-5 minutes, push the plunger down, and voila! The filter will push the grounds to the bottom, leaving your coffee ready to be poured out of the top.

Once you’ve had a few cups, you can feel free to tweak any of the factors above. In fact, finding the recipe for your ideal cup is half the fun of owning a French press. Let’s be clear: The amount and type of beans, coarseness of your grind, water temperature and steeping time will all affect the flavor of your java much more than what type of French press you’re making it with.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t be choosy about your equipment. This is an item you’ll be using most every morning, after all. Since you’ll be cleaning it after every use, a French press that’s easy to disassemble is key. And while the ability to keep your coffee heated is one advantage that drip makers have over the French press, the materials it’s made with can help mitigate that.

DWYM Fun Fact

While it’s generally agreed upon that the French press method was developed in France (by accident, apparently), the definitive patent for a French press was first submitted in Italy, by Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929. And Spain currently holds the record for the largest working French press. The mammoth appliance, created by Salzillo Tea and Coffee in Murcia, is 7.5-feet tall and 2 feet, 4 inches in diameter. We’d love to try a cup, as long as we don’t have to clean it.

The French Press Buying Guide

  • The material of your French press’ carafe is going to be a major point of preference, and they fall into two main types: Glass or stainless steel. Classic French press models like the Bodum Chambord are made of glass, and it’s easy to see why. With a clear carafe, you can look to see how robust your coffee is while you make it, and the satisfaction of watching those grounds getting pushed down is part of the ritual. Typically, the glass is of a borosilicate composition that can stand up to the quick temperature changes involved.
  • Stainless steel carafes, while they won’t let you check on your brew, are able to retain heat longer. Some, like the Mueller Double Insulated French Press, have a double layer that leaves the outer wall relatively cool while the inside stays even toastier. Heat retention is a definite plus, especially for slow drinkers who want to savor that first cup before getting seconds. Still, other models try for the best of both worlds with a glass carafe encased in partial steel or plastic sheath.
  • The standard filter for a French press is steel mesh, typically paired with some sort of pre-filter disc for stability. There’s not a lot of variation in porousness between filters of different models, though there are exceptions. For example, some models have a bucket-shaped double filter designed to keep even fine granules out of your brew.
  • At a minimum, you’ll want to rinse your filter and carafe out after every use. Frequent full cleaning, though, can help keep the mesh porous so that you can brew consistent cups every time. It’ll help if your press has a filter that’s easy to disassemble and put back together — and easier still if the entire unit is dishwasher safe.
  • Generally speaking, French press coffee is about small batches. Unlike a drip coffeemaker, it’s not made for brewing large pots to accommodate multiple guests. On average, a French press will make about 32 ounces — enough for four cups of coffee. If you’d like a bit more quantity with your quality, models like the Bodum Chambord have larger versions that hold up to 51 ounces.
  • Durability is another factor to consider, especially in the glass vs. steel debate. While the borosilicate glass of most traditional French presses is sturdier than standard glassware, it obviously won’t hold up to a drop like steel would. If the handle is separate from the carafe, make sure it’s securely molded onto the frame. It’ll be getting plenty of use.
  • Preparing French press coffee is about craftsmanship. The French press itself should be too. It’s a simple, functional appliance, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great sitting on your counter, especially if you plan on serving guests.