Coffee is a sacred thing in our House. I celebrate the natural rich flavor of coffee. Suffice it to say, whenever I can, I prefer to use a French press. I have a couple of them but am always on the lookout for something better.
I can say without reservation that the Frieling Insulated French Press is that “something better”.
The Frieling Insulated French Press is made of solid steel with a mirrored finish. In a world where French Presses always feel like they will shatter any second, I have no fear of even dropping this one. And I cannot lie; the mirrored finish makes this French Press an incredibly attractive item. I’m actually proud to have it sitting out on my counter.
From the moment I read the instructions, I liked this product. The instructions are clear and concise, even coming with illustrations. I can’t quite put a finger on it, but there is an almost celebratory tone to the instructions. You almost feel like the folks at Frieling are eager for you to use their French Press. These instructions make this product a perfect gift for someone who has not used a French Press before.
The filter on the plunger of the Frieling French Press was mentioned as being able to separate nearly all the grounds from the coffee. I was skeptical…all French Presses leave some sediment. So I boiled up some water and gave it a try.
Pushing the plunger down is one of my top ten most satisfying actions (did I mention coffee is a sacred thing to me?)and the Frieling French Press did not disappoint me. The plunge feels solid and smooth- you can actually feel the coffee grounds pushing against the filter. I felt confident pressing it firmly all the way down, squeezing the last bits of goodness out.
Now for the moment of truth… I used my favorite brand, a mild roast, coarse grain. It had all of the flavor I was expecting, but it was much smoother than the coffee my other French Press produces. When I reached the bottom of my mug, I swirled it around and I saw no grounds! Amazing! I disassembled the filter assembly to see just how Frieling did it. Sandwiched between the frame assemblies are TWO fine mesh screens, one of those screens even curls up a little around the edge to capture grounds that might try sneaking around the plunger.
I was wrong. Ground-free coffee from a French Press is not a myth!
I found this product satisfying in every way. It’s an effective and durable design. The double filters produced one of the smoothest cups of pressed coffee I have ever had, and it’s attractive enough to be made a showcase item on the kitchen counter. The Frieling French Press might just ruin all other French Presses for you!