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Posted Sat Jun 14, 2014, 9:15pm Subject: Melior ID???
I have what I thought was a Melior 6 cup French press. It was given to me by an elderly woman who told me she had purchased it in Paris when she was younger. I didn't really pay any attention to it for a couple years, so when I finally got around to brewing with it, I was very confused. It doesn't press...at all. I know that some of the older models didn't press all the way to the bottom, but this one doesn't press at all. I looked everywhere I could think of on the web, and found nothing. I even researched the possibility of it being a chocolate strainer, a tea infuser...no luck. It has all the makings of a great 6 cup Pyrex French press, minus the ability to actually press. I know this sounds crazy, but has anyone ever seen a French press that doesn't press? The strainer is attached firmly an inch below the lid and has exactly the same appearance as a typical strainer/press screen.
Posted Sat Jun 14, 2014, 9:43pm Subject: Re: Melior ID???
If memory serves (hopefully) it is a indeed a french press. Just another brand, not a Bodum, etc. It should operate exactly as does a Bodum traditional. If I remember, mine had a double filter. A screen, and a synthetic sort of membrane thingy? All presses stop when they hit the grounds at the bottom. That's why you wait 3 minutes, to allow the grounds to sink.
It could be you're grinding too fine. A whirly blade grinder allows too many fines, so if that's what you have, therein could be your problem.
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