by Randy Glass - Copyright 2016 - All rights reserved
E-mail me at frcn@digitalpath.net
May 6, 2016


Espro Coffee and Tea Press - P5
 
    I have the pleasure to yet again review another Espro product. And again, another Espro Press. And once again, about all I need to do is say, "Just go buy one!" For a number of years I have been saying that the Espro press makes the "traditional" press pot obsolete. Over that same period of time, on any of the forums I frequent, whenever someone says they want a press, I answer, "Espro." It brain-dead simple. They make very high-quality products that are made to last. They stand behind their products. And most importantly, all their presses make a great cup of coffee!

    Their new model P5 is their first glass press for those who prefer that. But if you think this is just another glass press, you are mistaken. The glass itself is Duran and the vessel is made by the Schott AG glass works in Germany. You can look that up, but basically, it is lab-quality glass and has extremely excellent resistance to temperature changes (think "Pyrex"). Not enough? "DURAN meets the requirements of the USP, EP and JP and is a neutral glass that corresponds to glass type 1. It can therefore be used in an almost unrestricted way in pharmaceutical applications and in contact with foodstuffs... The maximum permissible operating temperature for DURAN is 500 °C... and is suitable for use with liquid nitrogen (approx. 196 °C)." Being detailed oriented, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that above 525 °C the glass begins to soften. I would be remiss if I did not now mention that the coversion temperature would make that 977 °F!

NOTEWORTHY FEATURES

 
On the left you see a black plastic piece affixed to the glass beaker. This is a safety feature. Insert the beaker into the frame with the black tab at the handle then turn the beaker approximately 90 degrees clockwise and the tab "locks" under the stainless steel frame. When pouring or washing, the tab prevents the glass vessel from falling out of the frame! The glass is also thicker than any press I have handled, giving it the feel of a laboratory beaker.
 
Another nice touch is that a number of indicators are printed in mirror image on the outside so they can be read when looking into the vessel, here is one that indicates the maximum recommended level for coffee and another for tea.
 
The vessel is tapered at the bottom. This is specifically for the tea filter. The tea filter has a special seal that completely closes off the loose tea from the liquid once the plunger is fully depressed. This stops the extraction completely and then allows the leaves to be used to brew a second time by lifting the filter out and refilling with hot water.
 
The microfilter is shown here disassembled. The tab on the inner filter (left) fits into a slot on the outer filter (right). A slight clockwise twist locks them together.
 
This back-lit photos shows just how fine the mesh of the filters are. No particles of any size of note can get through these two filter layers. Want an even "cleaner" cup? Round paper filters are available that can be inserted between the two filter parts!
 
The plastic that Espro uses for the filter bodies is of the highest quality for use with food. The inset image shows the marking identifying it for coffee and you can see the stainless threaded insert that holds the plunger rod.

OBSERVATIONS
    I made the mistake of making a pot of coffee with the P5 Espro press one morning after having a morning cappuccino. Bear with.. My schedule for the last three weeks has been hectic and I was trying to catch up on reviews as well as my outdoor work. I couldn't rightly review the P5 without using it.
    I made the minimum recommended amount, two cups of water and used about 22 grams of coarse ground coffee. After steeping for their recommended four minutes, I pressed and poured the contents of the P5 it into a mug. It was a full mug. Took a sip. Yummy. Wife had a few sips, and I had a bit more between her sips. Multiple "yummies" were uttered.
    I took the mug into the office and began typing. Cup was soon empty. No sludge at all in the cup even though I used a basic home electric grinder which has a number of years use on it. Went out to do some yard work and came in after about forty-five minutes with a caffeine-induced head rush. The coffee was just too good to not drink to the bottom of the mug.

Negatives? I give up.. What are they?
    It's stretch here, but I can think of two:
· First, it's made of glass. If you drop it onto a hard surface it will break. If you hit it on something hard, it will break. If you throw it across the room, it will break. There's a pattern there- deal with it.
· Second, it's a press pot so the cleanup is messier than dealing with a pod (ugh).

    If the fragility of glass is a problem in your household the solution is simple. Get a stainless steel Espro Press. Far from breakable, they feel like an iron age weapon in your hand. If you break one of those you're a coffee animal!
    The solution to the clean up? What's more important to you - the quality of your coffee or an extra minute saved by not having to clean up? And if it isn't the former, it should be!

CONCLUSION
    My opinion of the various Espro presses has not changed. They all are capable of making a great cup of coffee. Their filter system allows consumption right to the bottom of the press without the worries of bottom-sludge in the cup. If you make a bad cup with an Espro Press, the problem is with either your coffee or you, not the press. The filter system is so efficient that once pressed, extraction, for all intents and purposes, is stopped.

    The Espro Coffee and Tea Press - Model P5 is Espro's first glass press. It reflects the attention to detail and function that all their presses exhibit. The ability to wash the press with the knowledge that the glass is "locked" into the frame will dramatically lessen the chance of experiencing the dreaded crash of yet another brewing vessel that so many have felt when washing up a lesser press (which is every other glass press I can remember seeing).

    So glass or double-wall stainless steel, the choice is yours. With a 100+ pound German Shepherd, three cats, and my loving wife in the house, I choose stainless steel, and only because of her small, wet hands in the sink, and his big boisterous paws in the kitchen.

    The press has an 18oz. capacity with more sizes planned to be available soon. It is available in coffee-only or tea-only versions (retail about $50 each). The version that comes with both the tea and coffee filters retail for about $75. The street price about $60, shipped!
    The replacement carafe as well as replacement microfilter assemblies are available from Espro as well. And if that is not enough, they give you their, "Make it better guarantee. Simply put, our guarantee is the best in the industry. We stand by our products without reservation and we mean what we say."
    So go buy an Espro Press and make a cup of coffee.. you can thank me later.