Did someone say they wanted some coffee? Well, one quick and easy way to satisfy that craving is with a French press. Essentially, you are pushing ground coffee through hot water with a plunger. It’s fast, it’s efficient and it makes good tasting coffee. One of my favorite kitchen coffee makers happens to be the Frieling French Press. Here’s what I like about it.
Frieling French Press
Frieling was built to improve the glass regular French press and the result is a coffee maker that is head and shoulders above the competition. There might be some temptation to buy cheaper knockoffs, but please resist that temptation. If it's cheaper, is for a reason.
Frieling French Press – Video Review
We’re often used to using the glass French Press. I’m a real fan of the French press but the downside to using a glass French Press Coffee Maker is that it cools off immediately. Exposed hot water will immediately start cooling down in the first minute. And after 5 minutes, the ideal temperature to brew coffee has steamed off.
The Frieling French Press Coffee Maker offers a great heat retention due to its double-walled body. What’s great about this is that the lid is also double walled. This lets your coffee stay hot for four times longer than your average glass French Press coffee maker. In fact, I compared it with two other stainless steel French presses I own and it is the best. I measured the temperature after one hour, and the water in the Frieling was the hottest of all three. The difference was 3, respectively 6 degrees Fahrenheit. The double wall retains the heat inside the coffee maker while keeping the outer layer cool. That makes it hot on the inside but cool to touch for improved safety.
The Frieling French Press was initially made for restaurants only. That’s why it’s built for a heavy and rough use in the hotel making it a must-have item in your kitchen or your coffee shop. The company behind it is so confident in its reliability that it offers a 5-year warranty.
Durability and Reliability
This is literally a French Press that’s like a tank. It’s really sturdy since its made of 18/10 stainless steel. It’s a 304 Grade stainless steel making it a great cookware. What’s great about it is that it is highly resistant to corrosion.
You’ll love that the item uses a thick sheet of steel. This is really ideal to not just prevent the coffee from cooling down quickly but to also make the pot impact resistant. Let’s face it, accidents happen. You accidentally drop the pot, it’s almost unavoidable. This pot can take a lot of drops without a dent. There is no comparison with a glass pot from this point of view. And if we compare it to other stainless steel French presses it’s still one of the most durable ones.
The simple and beautiful design was crafted in Italy but the pot it is made in China. Even though it is China made - I know your concern over the matter - it’s still a pretty amazing coffee maker. The quality control and the quality standards are really high and consistent. However, the dual micro-filtration system is Italian made.
18/10 stainless steel is also known as a 304-grade stainless steel. This refers to how much chromium and nickel are used in the alloy. In this case, it’s 18% chromium and 10% nickel. The chromium prevents oxidation. That means that it prevents the steel from rusting. Nickel, on the other hand, gives steel a higher resistance to impact making the material very tough.
Functionality and Filtration
Clumsiness is not a problem with the Frieling French Press Coffee Maker. What we love about this item is the fact that it is non-drip. So even if it tips over, none of your black gold gets wasted. It has a nicely contoured spout allowing you to pour your coffee--or tea--seamlessly.
Other than that it contains a double micro-filtration system. But, as compared to other stainless steel French Presses, the filtration system of Frieling is very unique. It has a unique coil rim within the press filter. The double filters are actually two different mesh sizes. The smaller filter is finer on top of the typical mesh that we use and find in most French press coffee makers. This prevents silt from ever going through the filter. That’s why you’ll get a perfectly smooth brewed coffee in every sip.
Aesthetic Value and More Functionality
One of the perks of owning this stainless steel coffee maker is that it is 100% made of stainless steel--no rubber, no plastic, just stainless steel. You won’t have to worry about any plastic leaching in your cup of joe. And it is completely BPA-free, (no plastic at all), and definitely resistant to mold, a common problem with plastic or rubber sealing.
It also comes in three different finishes: brushed, mirror or polished, and black. The black finish is a bit harder to get, though. Preferably, the brushed finish unit is better since it is somehow more scratch resistant than the polished finish. However, if I were to choose purely on aesthetic value, I like the polished one better.
It comes in 6 different sizes: 8 oz, 16 oz, 17 oz, 23 oz, 36oz, and 44 oz. What I love about this is that it contains the actual amount of liquid it says it does. The liquid rests easily right under the tip of the spout.
It also has a great handle allowing all hand sizes a great grip. No matter how stubby your hands are, it offers a great full-hand grip on the handle.
It holds on to its promise of zero-sediment. Though it has a superfine mesh filter and a pre-filter, it is quite easy to clean up. It is pretty easy to disassemble and you can simply pop it in the dishwasher for easy clean-up. You also don’t need to assemble or disassemble the plunger every time you clean it, since the dust and silt will easily shake off.
Extra Fun Features
The 44-ounce sized French press is pretty amazing since you can also use it as a weapon. In case you want to knock somebody out. Just kidding. But it is pretty heavy though weighing at about 3.5 pounds. You’ll also love using it as a teapot too.
Frieling is also an awesome cold brew coffee maker. We have an article where we explain how to do that. The great thing about the Frieling is that it retains the water temperature because of the insulation. The great filtration system is also a great advantage because it allows you to grind finer than with most other coffee makers. With many cold brew coffee makers, there is a lot of silt in the cup. This is why you need to grind coarse and prolong the steeping time. When you grind finer you can shorten the steeping time.
My favorite use for the Frieling is frothing milk. Because it retains heat much longer, and the screen is very fine, you can produce a fine sweet frothed milk, perfect for a latte.