Espro Review of the 32 oz. Press and the Espro Ultralight Coffee Press
Except in the hottest of weather (and sometimes even then), a hot cup of coffee does wonders for the outdoorsman or woman. The difference between emerging from your tent to a cold and slow wake up and knowing a steaming cup of java is just minutes away is huge. It’s the incentive to unzip the tent door, and it’s the boost to get your day going in the right direction.
There are so many ways to get hot coffee when you are outdoors. Cowboy coffee, instant coffee, French press, percolator. I have tried them all, and I am partial to the French press. It’s easy for me to boil water in my JetBoil. Coffee grounds pack in small and lightweight. In the past, I have carefully packed my French press – the one with a glass beaker – in the hopes that it wouldn’t shatter.
Now, for so many reasons, I intentionally and eagerly pack a press by Espro. Espro has designed its presses to make a rich flavor without grit every time, the coffee does not continue to steep or extract once pressed as some do, and the walls are insulated and unbreakable.
I have two versions of the Espro Press: the P7 for Coffee which offers 32 oz. of amazing coffee and the Ultralight Coffee Press which brews 12 oz. I use both, depending on if I am with a group or if I am alone.
One of the first differences I noticed about these presses compared to others is the double micro-filter. There are two filters of fine mesh that snap together. Because of the dual filter and the very fine micro-mesh, you will feel more resistance when pushing down on the plunger. This is because the grit as well as the grounds are being pressed down to the bottom. This leaves only the smoothest coffee above the filter.
Espro’s design also stops the coffee-extraction process as soon as the filter is completely pushed down. This prevents your coffee from becoming over-brewed and bitter. Your last cup of coffee will taste just as great as your first.
In addition, your last cup of coffee will still be warm. Unlike with a glass beaker, the double-walled, insulated stainless steel container (with the P7) and the vacuum insulated stainless (with the Ultralight) keep your coffee warm for hours.
Beyond this, there are just so many reasons to want to use these presses. They are easy to clean. A quick rinse of the filters at the campsite or a run through the dishwasher at home does the job. And it is important to keep your coffee gear clean. Both presses pack well. The filters, of course, store in the containers themselves. If you want coffee on your hike or in your pack for later in the morning, the Ultralight comes with a leak-proof lid. You can put prepare the coffee at site, screw on the lid, and place it in or on your pack and away you go. It will not leak, and it will not continue to brew.
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