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I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my second year of pharmacy school – probably around age 21.
At first I used some Folgers bags that you dropped in hot water.
Then I moved onto small plastic coffee makers.
Years later, I started down my path of doing things more naturally in my life – including losing weight and treating some of my illnesses that doctors couldn’t. It was during that time that I decided to try and ditch most of the plastic in my life. That included my morning coffee.
So I started looking at other options. The best I found were french presses.
Glass French Presses Were A Headache
I immediately ordered a glass french press. I don’t actually recall the brand but it was around $40. I got maybe three or four months of use from it before the glass cracked.
We didn’t put it in the dishwasher or anything like that. We were simply hand washing it and it lightly bumped up against another dish. Cracked.
I ordered a second one and vowed to be more careful because it made great coffee. So we hand washed it by itself. No matter. Within another 3 or 4 months it developed a crack as well.
I loved the coffee that I made with a french press but I needed a different option. That’s when I found the all-metal Frieling #8 cup French Press.
It’s Extremely Durable
I’ve had this french press for a long time. I went back through my Amazon purchase history to see how long. Their history only goes back to 2009 and it’s not on there. If memory serves me correctly it was no earlier than 2007.
Let’s call it 2008. That a minimum of 10 years of everyday use. Sometimes multiple times a day as my wife and sons use the press as well.
You can throw it in the dishwasher if you like (something you can’t do with the fragile glass presses).
From a practical kitchen perspective – it’s bulletproof. I wouldn’t be surprised if this press lasts 50 years.
Also, all the internal parts are made out of metal as well – including the stem and press screen.
The pressing components are all metal, can be taken apart and are dishwasher safe as well.
It Makes Great Coffee
Life is too short for bad coffee.
Hands down – the easiest way to make a nice small batch of good, dark coffee is with a french press.
One of my immediate concerns when I bought this press is that it might give the coffee a ‘metal’ aftertaste. Nobody in the reviews complained of this – but I couldn’t get it out of my head.
No matter. The taste is the same as the glass french press.
Ingredients I Use To Make Coffee
The Frieling is a great press. But the ingredients you use are important as well. Here’s what I have on hand to make good coffee:
- Good, whole coffee beans. Use whatever floats your boat but make it whole bean. Starbucks French Press is the one I use and a good starter option if you like dark roast. I always keep them in an airtight container.
- Coffee Grinder. I’m currently using a Mr. Coffee that I bought on the cheap a few years ago. It has a coarse grind setting – which is what you want for a french press.
- French Press
- Hot Water. I’ve installed instant hot water heaters in my last three houses for a reason. Here’s the one I have now. They make getting hot water easy and fast. You can always just use a kettle and do it the old fashioned way, too.
- Stir stick. You don’t have to buy the fancy stick from Frieling. I’ve used chopsticks for years. They work great and create a nice froth on top of the coffee.
Coarse grind you favorite beans and throw in the empty french press. Fill up with hot water to bottom of spout. Stir vigorously with chopstick until you have a nice froth. Let sit for 3 minutes (brew). Press and enjoy.
It Does Cost More
One of the turnoffs for people who might be looking at this french press is the cost. My model is 32 ounces which prices out at $99.
Remember, I went through two glass french presses in about 8 months which probably cost me in the $80 range and was completely wasted money.
There’s nothing to go wrong with this press – unless you count the screen that filters out the coffee grounds. It can become bent and worn over the years. But, despite heavy use for 10 years I am still using the original screen.
Would an electronic coffee maker last you this long? Probably. Depends on the model (my Grandpa had an old Buen that I swear he used for 20 years). But they are made out of plastic and heating water to near boilling temps in plastic is a no-go for me.
Bottom Line: if you want good coffee use a french press. And the best french press I’ve found is this metal Frieling.
I also want to note that there are other metal french presses out there. While I’ve never personally used them I have read that many of them use plastic parts sparingly (for example, in the actual plunger and press).
The only press I have found that is 100% all metal is the Frieling.
I don’t drink a lot of coffee each day as far as cups of coffee go. But when I do drink it I want it to be good.
So I buy good whole beans, grind them myself and brew immediately.
I simply haven’t found a better way to make small batches of dark coffee than with a french press.
And I haven’t found a better french press than my Frieling 32 ounce.
The caraffe and the pressing components are extremely durable and will last a long time. Likely decades.
The quality of the coffee it makes is just as high as a glass french press.
The only legitimate knock on this press is the price tag – which normally runs $99. That’s about twice as much as you’d pay for a glass french press.
No matter. It will also last you many times longer than a glass french press. Glass presses were simply too dainty to make it through regular use each day. After cracking two within six months I’ll never go back to a glass press.