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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 3:04pm
Subject: Size Matters...(Frieling French Presses)


I really want to get a french press--and the Frielings look like they are built to be indestructible (all stainless, no plastic).

The problem is I can't figure out what size to get. I typically make at least an 8 oz cup each day, but like to often fill a 12-15 oz thermos to take out with me.

The second smallest model (called on some of Frieling's pages the "16 oz" and others the "17-22 oz") looks like it could do the trick, but I'm concerned that I'll be doing something wrong by often filling it to 8 out of the stated 22 oz capacity. The 8 oz model is called an 8-11 oz model on some pages, but I'm a little worried that this model might be too small if its max is really only 8 oz.

The contradicting pages are here:

Does it matter how "full" your french press is? Does an underfilled french press produce a worse cup than a fully filled one? Is there an optimal french press fill level?

Can someone clear this up, esp. if you've used frieling before?

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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 6:43am
Subject: Re: Size Matters...(Frieling French Presses)

Not at all. :)  As long as you got the coffee to water measured out and the grind to your liking your all good.  I have an 8 cup that I usually just use for 3-4 8 oz cups.  If your using a 16 oz cup go with a min 2 cup press.  PS:  I know the Frieling's are SS but unless you are storing the breed coffee in the press itself a glass press will do.  Most are built with Pyrex so they are pretty durable.  I prefer glass. Prettier.  I have no issue with heat retention ever.  

4 cup Frieling = $100
8 cup Glass Bodum = $40
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