Veken BPA Free Borosilicate French Press, 34-Ounce
Last updated date: September 25, 2020
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The large capacity on this press means you can always have an extra cup for company. The carafe is made of a borosilicate glass that resists breakage even under high heat. The parts are all BPA-free and easy to clean. In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the Veken Veken BPA Free Borosilicate French Press, 34-Ounce placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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An Overview On French Presses
Living as we are in the age of Starbucks, we’re a little spoiled about the range of options available to us when it comes to our caffeine fix. There are cappucinos, lattes, macchiatos and cold brews in a wide array of flavors, all available a short drive away. But none of these options are as affordable or as satisfying to a true coffee lover than a fresh pot of French press brewed right in the comfort of the kitchen.
French press coffee might have a bit of a reputation for complexity thanks to generations of coffee snobs. But the reality is, the process of brewing it is fairly simple. While French press coffee makers come in many different styles and materials, the components are pretty much the same. There’s a carafe into which you pour your favorite coffee grounds. Add water which has been brought to boil but allowed to cool down for 30 seconds or so. After waiting about three minutes, you put the lid onto the carafe. This lid has a filter attached to a plunger mechanism, and as you push the plunger down, the filter presses the grounds to the bottom. Voila: You’re left with delicious coffee, ready to pour out of the spout.
It’s an elegant but simple device, and it’s known for producing some of the richest, most flavorful coffee you can make. But what makes a great French press?
First of all, you should know that the quality of your coffee will depend a lot more on the type of coffee you use and how you grind it than the type of French press you use to make it. That said, some models provide definite advantages.
The type of carafe is a big selling point. Carafes are made of many different materials, but glass and stainless steel are the most prevalent. Glass carafes tend to have a more classic feel, and it’s always nice to be able to see how much coffee you have left to drink. Just make sure you get a type of glass that’s built to last. Finer quality French presses will be made of borosilicate glass, a material that can stand up to rapid temperature changes. That’s a definite asset if you’re prone to washing your French press right after you use it.
Stainless steel carafes have a modern feel, but they’re also quite functional. As the name implies, they’re less prone to the lasting stains that coffee can leave on any container after it’s been sitting on the counter top for an hour or two. Pop them in the dishwasher, and these durable carafes will clean off easily. They also hold heat for longer than glass carafes, making them better suited to large French presses that might be holding your second or third cup on deck for awhile.
Of course, there are hybrid models: Glass carafes which have a stainless steel frame are common, and they can also keep your coffee plenty warm. Less common are ceramic carafes, which can hold heat well but tend to be more breakable. For those on a budget, there are also plastic carafes. These can be great in smaller, travel-sized French presses but health-conscious users may want to consider one that’s BPA-free.
The other major part of a French press is the filter. This may involve a simple, single disc of mesh or a series of layers designed to push down those smaller grounds. If you use fresh ground coffee and like a finer grind, the more layers the better. Make sure the filter is flush with the sides of the carafe, and keep your cleaning routine in mind. Multi-layered filters will usually need to unscrewed and rinsed after brewing.
Then, of course, there’s the capacity. If you’re brewing for one, most any size will do. If you’re brewing for company or a family of coffee achievers, you’ll want to have a French press with a larger carafe. 32, 64 or more ounces are available on the market. The only difference is the price, but you can expect them to all work just as well.
DWYM Fun Fact
The French are responsible for many great inventions (including the bikini!), but they’re not the greatest at branding. It turns out the french fry probably didn’t originate in France, and the same holds true for the French press. While folklore has it that the method of filtering coffee grounds down through water may have Gallic origins, a pair of Italians hold the first ever patent for an actual French press. Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta made their design official in 1928, and the basic structure hasn’t changed a great deal since.
The French Press Buying Guide
- Now that you’ve got your French press, how do you use it? It can take awhile to find the perfect ratio of coffee to water that’s right for your tastes, but a good rule of thumb is one tablespoon of coffee grounds for each cup of water. As any barista will tell you, use fresh ground coffee beans if you can.
- Did you know you can use your French press for more than just coffee? It’s equally suitable for making tea, especially if you’re using loose leaf.