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Video Overview | Espro P3 Glass French Press
Hey, folks. Steve at Prima Coffee here. Today we're going to take a look at the Espro P3 glass French presses. These are Espro's newest products. They've kind of been looking at their product line and retooling things a little bit. So, now they've come out with a set of glass French presses that are a little bit less expensive than their stainless steel double-wall presses. So, if you want to get the Espro patented, dual-wall filter in that cleaner French press cup without a little bit more expense, you can get these guys and brew just as good quality coffee at home.
- Espro P3 Glass French Press
So, they come in two sizes. We've got the 18 fluid ounce and the 32 fluid ounce. The 18's going to be good for maybe one to two cups of coffee, or let's say you got a nice travel mug, you want to bring coffee on the road with you. That's going to be good for this guy. The 32 ounce is good for maybe two to three larger cups of coffee, or even three to four if you're going to split some smaller cups with some friends. So, you got two great sizes to fit a lot of different brewing preferences and situations. Of course, you don't have to brew a full pot on either of these if you don't want to. So, if you just want a single cup out of either one, you'll be just fine. Now, Espro, of course, likes to make their products sort of perfect and the best on the market, so while these are like many other glass French presses, they're also unlike many other glass French presses. Specifically, this glass carafe is made of a much thicker and more durable shot glass. So, it's about 40% thicker than most other glass carafes.
So, basically, one of the most common complaints you'll see with French presses is that they break a little bit too easily or they crack at the most inconvenient time, like right first thing in the morning when you're trying to get that cup. So, these are going to be much more durable, and they're actually going to retain a little bit more heat because of that thick glass. So, right off the bat we've got a nice, more durable product, certainly worth a little bit more than your average department store French press. Of course, we have the patented, dual-layer Espro micromesh filter. So, this has two layers of stainless steel mesh, which is going to give you a much cleaner cup than a standard French press, but it also even has optional paper filters that you can throw in.
You just get one of those nice and wet, and you sandwich it in between the filter here. So, if you prefer an even cleaner cup of coffee, if you don't want to have the little bit of oil that might be on the top of the cup and you want to make sure that all of the silt is gone, you have that optional paper filter. But these guys do such a good job of cutting out the mud and the silt that you usually find in a French press brew. We've loved them for years, and they've certainly been revered for that. So, you get, of course, that double-wall filter along with this. Now, I'm going to do a quick little brew here, just to kind of show you. You brew just the same way that you would brew for any other French press. Now, with the 32, I'm going to do 45 grams of coffee and about 800 grams...or milliliters of water, and I'll start my timer right now. So, again, brewing with this is just the same as brewing with pretty much any other French press. You can throw your grounds in there, fill up your water, let it steep for about four minutes, and just as a basic recipe, that'll be really darn good.
If you want to get a little bit more funky and play with it, one of our favorite methods is a cupping style brew, that I think James Hoffman popularized, where you add your grounds, you let it steep for a little while, and then, towards the end of the brew, you're actually going to scrape off the excess coffee and let it steep for a little bit longer. Now, I don't really need anything but time any more. But, again, yeah, just like any other French press, you can just brew as you like, and, again, that double-wall Espro filter's going to make a very clean but nonetheless rich cup of coffee. It's basically going to filter out the fines and the sediment that might make it through other mesh filters, but those oils and that richness is still going to come through in the cup. Another nice thing to note is that we've got a little locking mechanism here that you probably won't find on most French presses. So, I can show you here on the 18. It's a little plastic tab that's glued directly to the glass, and it locks in the carafe into the handle. So, you can throw this guy upside down, and it's not going to fall out, which is great. Again, that's going to prevent some accidental breakage. It's going to make it a lot easier and more convenient to pour. You don't have to worry about the carafe slipping out.
So, really, they've thought of a lot of excellent details to add to this product to make it just a little bit better and a little bit more worthwhile than your average French press. Now, unfortunately, because of that tab, we don't really recommend dishwashing, which is okay because these things are pretty easy to clean out, anyway. If you just have like a soft foam brush, you can just get in there with a little soap and water, give it a nice little soft scrub real quick, rinse it out, and you're good to go for your next brew. Everything else...you can throw the filter into the dishwasher if you like, but, obviously, it's really easy to take apart. You just give it a little twist, pop it apart. You can soak those or just give them a little wipe, and in most cases, you're going to be just fine. We really love the Espro presses for being easy to clean and easy use in pretty much any case, and these are certainly no exception. So, for my larger brew here, we're about two and a half minutes in, at about four minutes I'll just give it a press, and you can.
Again, just as easy to use as any other French press. You do want to make sure that the cup on top is aligned for the slots to be at the spout, but that's...you got a nice little indication arrow here, so you know where it is without having to actually look, or pick it up like I just did. But that's pretty common in most French presses, anyway. But, again, Espro's really done a great job with these. A fantastic glass French press, certainly one of the best we've seen on the market, and, once again, we're very impressed with the product that Espro's put out. So, that is the Espro P3 French press. Thanks for watching.