About Press Express
Called a “portable French press,” Press Express is a triple-insulated travel mug with an airtight, leak proof lid that claims to extract the full flavor from your coffee or tea. This way, you’ll be able to save money on expensive coffee, while reducing your plastic and paper waste to boot!
The manufacturer claims that Press Express works over 4 easy steps:
- Using only the outer chamber, add your favorite coffee or tea.
- Add boiling water.
- Insert the inner chamber and press down to brew. As this occurs, Press Express’ super-fine micro filter creates a vacuum-tight seal to extract the maximum amount of flavor, without having to worry about any grinds left behind.
- Add the secure locking lid and take your beverage wherever you need to go.
Even better, according to the company, Press Express’ stainless steel design will then maintain your coffee at the ideal temperature between 120° and 140°—and up to 50% longer than regular insulated cups.
There’s no doubt that the concept behind Press Express is interesting. Who wouldn’t want a French press and a cup in one; after all, that’s probably why you’re here, right? Is this what you can really expect though? Is it true that Press Express will give you the best cup of coffee?
To help you make an informed purchase, let’s start by comparing Press Express with an average French press.
How Does a French Press Work? Is It Similar to Press Express?
Originally patented in 1929 by Attilio Calimani, the French press is often considered to be one of the easiest ways of achieving flavorful coffee without a lot of fuss. All you have to do is add coffee grounds to a glass beaker (typically, although they can also be made from glass or stainless steel), pour in nearly boiling water, and stir. Then, you’ll wait 2-4 minutes for the coffee to brew.
Once this step is complete, you’ll put the lid in place, which has a long cylindrical rod running through it. At the top this rod is a handle; at the bottom (which goes inside the beaker) is a rounded mesh screen. You’ll apply firm pressure to the handle, which will catch the grounds and leave behind flavorful coffee for you to enjoy.
By all appearances, this is much how Press Express works; but instead of a beaker, you’ll have a triple-insulated mug, and instead of a long cylinder, its stainless steel screen is attached to a large inner insert. A few things to keep in mind, though:
- Whether you’re using Press Express or another French press device, you’ll need coarser grounds than those used in drip coffee makers. In other words, you might have an extra expense involved.
- As with any other coffee or tea brewing method, it’s often more about the technique than it is the device. For French press brewing, this means your water will need to be a specific temperature (usually between 195° and 200°), and you’ll need to learn the optimum times for steeping and plunging based on your preferences.
- Unless Press Express has created a brand new technology, all French press devices will leave some ground sediment behind, so it’s typically not recommended that you drink the last couple sips.
- Finally, even after plunging your grounds, the coffee in a French press (and presumably with Press Express, too) will continue brewing. The longer you let it sit, the stronger it will taste.
How much will you pay for this to-go French press?
How Much Does Press Express Cost?
One Press Express is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, and you’ll be able to order a second at checkout for an additional $7.99 S&H. Regardless of the number you order, each Press Express unit also comes with a milk frother and recipe book.
All Press Expresses come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Tristar Products’ customer service department at 973-287-5157.
How does Press Express’ price stack up against the competition? Is there even such a thing?
Is Press Express a Unique Product?
Although its specific design might be relatively unique, the concept behind Press Express definitely isn’t. To see what we mean, try typing the phrase “French press cup,” “French press insulated cup,” or “French press to go cup” into any search engine, and you’ll find dozens of options that promise many of the same things.
From a price perspective, most of Press Express’ competition seems to fall within the $20 to $30 range. As such, it initially appears that Press Express falls at the lower end of this spectrum.
However, when you factor in the nearly $8 in non-refundable S&H charges—and that you’ll have to pay to ship it back to the manufacturer if you’re dissatisfied—means that you might want to explore local options if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck.
Speaking of the manufacturer, what do we know about the company behind Press Express?
Who’s Behind Press Express?
Second only to Telebrands from a sales perspective, Tristar Products is one of the biggest names in the ASOTV industry, having produced hits like the Copper Wear line of compression garments, Clear TV, Perfecter Fusion Styler, to name just a few.
Here on HighYa, Tristar’s products seem to come with average ratings hovering somewhere around 2 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and less-than-stellar customer service. It’s important to note, though, that this is common for most ASOTV products, and not just those from Tristar.
Will Press Express Strain Your Coffee Making Routine?
When it comes to Press Express, while it might initially seem faster and more convenient to brew and drink your coffee from the same cup, there are a few important caveats.
First, while it might only take about 4 minutes to brew a cup of coffee using a French Press cup like Press Express, you can brew 5-8 cups using a drip machine in roughly double the time. So, while Press Express might be useful for one person, you certainly wouldn’t be able to use it for much more.
Also, remember that unless you’ve used a French press before, the process can take some trial and error before you achieve results that match your preferences. Running late on your way to work? If so, this might not be the best opportunity to try out Press Express for the first time.
Finally, we already mentioned it above, but it’s worth repeating again: The vast majority of French press filters leave behind small pieces of coffee “sediment” (formally known as fines). Unless Press Express’ manufacturer has invented some new technology, you’re likely to experience it here, especially if you drink the last couple sips.
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