Espro Press P5 review:

Ultra-filtered French Press and pretty good cold brew in a pinch

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Espro Press P5 (18 oz)

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The Good The Espro Press P5 effectively strains unpleasant grit from the coffee it brews. The P5 can also create tasty cold brew coffee and even steep tea if you purchase an optional filter.

The Bad The Espro Press P5 costs twice as much as conventional French Press coffee makers. Despite its steep price, the Espro makes half the amount of coffee as similar appliances.

The Bottom Line French Press coffee fans who sometimes enjoy cold java will love the highly filtered drinks the Espro Press P5 slings but serious cold brew addicts should look elsewhere for their concentrated coffee fix.

7.4 Overall
  • Performance 8.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Maintenance 7.0

Dark, rich, and intense, classic French Press coffee is delicious. With more ground particles in solution than regular drip coffee though, this potent yet often gritty beverage isn't for everyone. Equipped with a unique double filter, the $60 (roughly £45 in the UK and AU$80 in Australia) Espro Press P5 solves this problem by sifting out residual coffee grounds with satisfactory results. It's quite a capable cold brew coffee maker as well, thanks to a dual strainer that's just as adept at filtering chilled java as it is when handling piping hot joe.

Like any French Press, the Espro Press P5 is a cinch to use and consists of just a few parts. These are a glass pitcher, a metal cradle and attached plastic handle to hold it, plus a steel lid and plunger assembly.

The Espro Press P5 looks like a basic French Press but is more capable.

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The P5's genius though lies in its plunger design. Instead of the usual flat perforated plate that sits at the end of a metal rod, at the foot of the Espro Press' plunger is a big basket filter.

Really two interlocking mesh baskets, one inside the other, the filter functions as a tight sieve. A silicone gasket at the filter's top prevents coffee liquid, and solid coffee bits, from escaping filtration. The result, French Press coffee which is outstandingly clean without sacrificing the beverage's signature strength and big flavor.

The Espro Press P5 has a secret weapon, a special dual coffee filter.

To make cold brew you add slightly more grounds than you use for hot coffee and cool water instead of hot. You also let the coffee brew in the fridge overnight and drop the plunger in the morning to filter.

The cold brew drink I made, while not super concentrated like what you get from the Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker, Toddy or the Filtron, had a smooth and pleasing coffee taste yet still packed a punch. Refractometer readings of my cold brew had a TDS (total dissolved solids) percentage of 2.2 percent -- a little higher than drip but less than the Oxo (5.4 percent), Toddy (4.7 percent) and Filtron (4.6 percent).

The Espro Press P5 makes some darn tasty cold brew coffee.

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You do pay a premium for the P5's impressive coffee-making abilities, about $30 more than similarly styled press products from Bodum and $20 more than dedicated cold coffee brewers such as the $40 (roughly £30, AU$55) Toddy and $40 Filtron. That's why I recommend springing for the $60 Espro Press P5 only if you love French Press above all and only occasionally enjoy cold brew. Cold Brew addicts will be better served by the less expensive Toddy, Filtron and $50 (roughly £40, AU$65) Oxo.

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