I was excited a while back when I saw the headline for this article about a new type of French press coffee-maker. It hinted at a new type of press that could “Solve All Your First World Coffee Brewing Problems”. I read it with interest only to find that the only problem it really solved was keeping finely-ground coffee from the brew. I was disappointed because that’s never occurred to me as a real problem.

What is a real problem with French presses is what to do with the grounds after you’ve poured out the coffee. It’s a wet mass of coffee grounds at the bottom of the glass container. If you dump it into the garbage, the grounds stick to the insides of the carafe but all the watery coffee in them dumps into the bag. If you are composting the coffee grounds, as I do, you still have the water problem. And, in either case, you still have to clean out the remaining grounds in the sink – a messy job that uses more water and potentially clogs the drain.

Again, this is a First World Problem, but it’s a daily annoyance that could be solved with a little design thinking. While the Espro linked on Gizmodo doesn’t address the remaining grounds issue, the OXO “Good Grips” press does. It has a ladle-like piece that goes into the bottom of the carafe and pulls up all the grounds after the coffee is poured out. It’s not perfect, but it makes the removal of the grounds pretty easy. (and, as to the question of fine grounds ending up in the coffee, you are using uniformly ground, large particles of coffee, aren’t you?)

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