KONA French Press is a product that has made its mark on the market, and with good reason. Making coffee using a French Press is a fairly simple process, but the quality of equipment and its construction matters as much as your skill and the quality of coffee. Careful design and construction are exactly what has gained KONA a strong position in the market, and a place on many a coffee lovers’ kitchen countertops. Our KONA French Press review will give you a closer look at this French Press, and an understanding of what makes it so popular.
The KONA French Press — What It Does Right
Great Build Quality For Filtration System And Plunger
The Kona French Press puts great effort in an excellent build quality. It is built to last, and to take the pressures that a French Press can be expected to deal with. The piston and filtration system are one of the finest in the industry, as is the borosilicate glass cylinder.
Kona uses a stainless steel piston and filtration system. Not only does this setup work better than conventional plastic systems, it is also longer lasting and helps brew better coffee. The plastic is liable to leave some of its smell in the coffee, as many people notice when they fire up their machines. Plastic dipped in hot water (for brewing coffee) doesn’t really make a great recipe for taste. And in case you’re using one that is not upto health standards, it may adversely affect your health as well.
KONA French Press is not susceptible to these issues. Equally important, its filtration system is more reliable. An average plastic system will warp under pressure sooner or later, even though that is the environment it is supposed to work in. This warping may not even be immediately noticeable, but it will steadily make your coffee taste worse, and even make it bitter. Every single part of its three-piece detachable filtration system is made from stainless steel, and stays miles away from plastic.
Well Built Carafe
Kona’s well built carafe is a star. Made entirely of borosilicate glass, this cylindrical beaker/carafe is made to host good French Press coffee. By any indication, the carafe is built to last. Rather than just throw a piece of borosilicate and call it a win, this cafetière has been built from fairly thick borosilicate glass.
While some reviewers have gone on to suggest that the borosilicate glass used is strong enough to survive a fall, we’ll say it is a very bad idea to test it. Throwing even a fairly strong borosilicate glass on the ground is akin to tempting fate. Let’s not go down that route and be overly confident in the strength of the glass.
That disclaimer aside, the borosilicate carafe does indeed look stury. Much like the piston, it is built to last years of life as a French Press, and it hits the target fairly accurately. It also has better resistance to thermal shocks, which means you don’t have to worry about pouring hot water into the tube even as the ambient temperature is cold. That certainly doesn’t mean this carafe is immortal;l it just means that it won’t throw up cracks and issues for every minor issues.
Aesthetics Of Kona French Press
This French Press makes a great impression with its high-quality materials and components, but most of the heavy-lifting is done by a web-like styling on the exterior. The only purpose it has is cosmetic, and it does its job quite well, in the process creating a unique look for the Kona French Press. Overall, it creates a pleasurable look that combines the modern and the vintage into one fine
No Coffee Grounds In Your Coffee
As we discussed earlier, a cheaper French press will see its filtration system give way, which eventually leads to coffee grounds finding their way into your coffee. Even if the filtration system doesn’t warp, many brands simply aren’t prepared for making French Press coffee, and will let some particles through. Kona’s wide screen and good build keep it safe from such problems.
Not only does this French press make a great coffee, it is well priced and convenient to use. Once you get familiar with it, you can even use to make a variety of coffee based beverages, going beyond just the usual.
Salient Points For The Kona French Press
Kona certainly is priced higher than several other coffee makers available on the market. We’ll say the excellent build quality is justification enough for the higher price. Besides, price is relative, and upgrading to a high-end product like the Kona French Press won’t make a significant dent to your shopping budget.
Kona French Press is available in two sizes, a 12 ounce that works great when you’re making coffee simply for yourself or a single companion. The other option is at 34oz, which is great if you have friends and family over. It keeps its good looks with the two colors on offer: red, and black.
Kona French Press Brews Tea As Well
Kona French Press will happily go beyond coffee and take you to the realm of tea. Just allow the tea leaves to steep in the water, and then steadily push the plunger like you would do with coffee. Kona’s filtration system is thorough enough to trap the small particles usually present in tea and stop them from entering the brew. If you switch from making coffee to tea, be sure to thoroughly clean the filtration system and the French Press. Coffee flavored tea (or vice versa) isn’t the best option to have around.
Use Good Quality Coffee Beans
When using a nice product like the KONA, remember to use good quality coffee beans to enjoy the best of flavors. If you are a serious coffee aficionado, consider using fresh beans and investing in a nice burr grinder.
Cleaning this French Press is simple. The carafe and plunger are both easily cleaned, and are dishwasher safe. You may also choose to filling the carafe with warm, mildly soapy water and running the piston through it a few times. Remember to rinse the French Press well before you make coffee in it.
KONA French Press Coffee Maker Pros And Cons
- Excellent build and aesthetics
- Reasonably priced
- Efficiently keeps coffee and tea grounds out of the brew
- Easy to clean and maintain
- No plastic components in plunger or carafe
There really aren’t many. But to nit pick:
KONA French Press Coffee Maker Review — The Finale
If good French Press coffee is your aim, KONA has you covered. A coveted and popular French press, it brew a great cup of coffee, and look good doing it! It is generally considered a bestseller in the world of French Presses, and we can say it is a title the KONA French Press richly deserves.