A new press pot design that recently surpassed its $US15,000 Kickstarter funding goal by $US2K could solve all our gritty, muddy, dirty, French press problems.
The Espro press works mechanically similarly to the classic French press, but incorporates a new-fangled filter that according to its inventors provides the clarity of a paper filter, but doesn't block aeromatic oils like a paper filter does.
While I personally don't mind a slightly gritty cup, those particles can apparently hide the flavour, according to Espro co-inventor Bruce Constantine. And some people dislike the French press for its sediment residue among other things. The new device packs two filters: one that's 5 to 10 times finer than that of a typical French press, then a second even finer micro-filter. It's also made of double-walled stainless steel and has vacuum insulation to keep the brew temp hot and constant.
Constantine and his partner have already released a single serving pot, which they say is selling well. You can pre-order the larger 4-cup version by pledging $US85 here. Me, I'm sticking with my pretty, if gritty, French press for now.