WHY AN ELECTRIC FRENCH PRESS?
One main drawback of a regular french press is that it needs a separate kettle to boil the water that is than added to the grounds in the coffee pot.
The electric french-press is meant to solve that.
It contains a heating system to heat the water and drip it over the grounds. It is then stirred and after several minutes of infusion, the plunger is ready to be pressed down the coffee is ready to pour.
The usefulness of an electric frenchpress is limited. All it does is automating the heating process.
You still have to do the rest of the manual labor, and the process is about as time consuming as with a regular french press.
Some electric coffee presses include a heating element to keep heating the coffee after brewing.
The electric french-press, however, lacks other automatic features included by programmable electric drip coffee makers.
Additionally, the water isn't usually as hot as the water boiled in a kettle to optimal temperature as recommended for best coffee flavor extraction. So, the quality may be compromised.
Generally, it is an electric appliance, with all its implications.
IS IT RECOMMENDED?
For this reasons, I usually do NOT recommend an all-in-one electric french pot, especially when electric french presses may be pricey in comparison to a regular coffee press.
The exception is where you don't have an accessible stove top to heat the coffee and you still want to enjoy the full depth, smoothness and complexity of french press coffee.
BODUM'S ELECTRIC FRENCH-PRESS
One known electric french press is the Bodum Bistro Electric French Press Coffee Maker and Tea Dripper - model # 11142-106US..
It is very nice and stylish and is a solid appliance, available in black, orange, red, and green colors.
It includes many parts and pieces - too many! - and it brews both coffee as well as teal. (You can brew loose tea leaves).
HOW IT WORKS
To brew, you fill the removable plastic water reservoir with water, add grounds to the separate glass jug and press the button.
The machine heats the water that drips over the grounds in the other chamber.
The coffee jug then has to be pulled out and its infusion lid removed. You stir the coffee as you'd do usually with a french press and then place the lid on top of it.
Wait 4 minutes to let it infuse and steep, and then press down the plunger to strain the coffee and pour.
The press includes a heating element to heat the coffee after brewing, but it doesn't have an auto shut-off feature.
For its price, you can get 2 regular french-presses, and all it does is adding the convenience of heating the water in the same unit (plus it makes also tea).
Otherwise, much of the process is the same as a usual french press.
Capacity is 17 oz, thus enough for one large mug. This may be viewed as a pro or a con depending on your needs.
If you don't drink much coffee, you may appreciate the compact size and small footprint. Check out small non-electric frenchpress reviews here.
As with Bodum's non-electric french-presses, the description as a "4 cup" french press is upsetting. It refers to 4 oz "cups".
It is a nice appliance and it works impressively, but is limited in its usefulness. It's pricey, and therefor I would recommend it only if you don't have a stove top available to heat the coffee and you still want to enjoy the richer taste of french press coffee.
Otherwise, I'd stick with a regular, non-electric french press.
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