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Because they require no electricity and use only minimal raw materials, the good old French press coffee maker is the greenest option for your morning buzz. A French press doesn’t have to be plugged in, is simple with replaceable parts, and can be easily cleaned and maintained. It won’t keep your coffee warm for long, though. So, if you like to brew one big batch and keep it at temperature throughout the day, consider investing in a French press and a thermos, or an insulated coffee percolator to enjoy a giant pot of coffee without requiring additional energy inputs.
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Grosche has been carbon neutral since 2010, is a B Corporation, is woman-owned and family-run, and is a champion of living wages, working only with factories verified as meeting high social and environmental standards. The company was founded to raise money to help support children and families without safe drinking water and continues to fund its Safe Water Project today. For every product sold, Grosche provides 50+ days of safe drinking water for people in need. So far, they have created 100 Million days of safe water.
So, next time you’re looking to brew some coffee that will really make you feel good, consider a Grosche French Press. Specifically, the Madrid French Press which is a 4-in-1 beauty. Easily replacing both your current cafetiere and your teapot, this system allows you to make regular coffee, cold brew, loose leaf tea, and iced tea. And as you know, a well thought out eco-friendly item that replaces a bunch of single use items is far better in terms of resource use!
The Madrid is a 12 cup, 1500 mL, 51 fl. oz. model idea for family gatherings, guests, or everyday use. It’s made with borosilicate glass and stainless steel press as well as a stainless steel filter for tea. It’s easy to take apart and clean, saves you cabinet and counter space, and looks fantastic.
Also from Grosche, the Melbourne Bamboo and Cork French press, a 34 fl. oz. model is made with 18/8 Stainless steel and heat-shock-proof borosilicate glass, as well as bamboo and cork, both of which are sustainable and eco-friendly materials, not to mention stylish.
The bamboo lid and cork base are not safe for the dishwasher but can be cleaned by hand or rinsed and wiped dry after use.
If you’re looking for a large French press, the SterlingPro 1.75 liter (59 oz.) double-walled French press is just the ticket. With extra filters and entirely made from stainless steel, this coffee maker uses a two-screen system to ensure no coffee grounds in your cup. The double-walled design means your coffee stays warmer for longer without any extra energy inputs, and that the outside stays cooler to the touch.
The Mueller French Press is double insulated, keeping your coffee warm for up to an hour longer than glass or thinner steel models. It is also dishwasher safe, very robust, comes with a spare stainless steel filter, and currently features a bonus matching travel canister for ground coffee on the road. This design is rust-free and can also be used to make tea, hot chocolate, mct oil coffee, cold brew, frothed milk, fruit infusions and more, and all for under $30.
Made from borosilicate glass, the Yield French Press is a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Available in clear, grey, green, and amber glass (or ceramic), this press is designed to keep heat in and for greater durability than a regular glass press. The borosilicate glass is akin to Pyrex, meaning it is heat-proof and able to withstand extreme temperatures. It is also dishwasher safe while offering a delicate aesthetic – the ideal marriage of form and function!
Yield’s French Press also boasts a stainless steel mesh filter and a copper pull. I like that the company sells replacement parts (fiters and pull, lids, and the body of the press), which makes this product more sustainable than presses where one broken piece makes the whole press obsolete. The main downside is that borosilicate glass is not recyclable, so even though it is more durable than regular glass and will likely last a long time, you can’t just throw your Pyrex or other borosilicate glass items in with regular glass recycling. This is because the glass is a mix of glass and boron trioxide and silica, which are safe and environmentally friendly but change the viscosity of glass when it is melted for reuse.
Yield is an independent Florida based company, with products seemingly made in the US.