Impressive. Most impressive: Impress Coffee Brewer review
Part of the job (and joy) of being a product jockey is spending as much time as possible looking for all the cool stuff that - hopefully - will end up on the store, delighting our customers.
With the advent of Kickstarter (and other crowd-funding sites), buyers can now actively help bring the products they'd like to see come to market by investing in the project. One of these, which we backed in October of last year (it finally reached 300% of its funding target) is the Impress Coffee Brewer from Gamila Company and ours arrived yesterday...as their blurb says the Impress is a "handcrafted coffee brewer. No paper filters, electric mechanisms, risky balancing acts or fussy coils and plungers… just a great cup of coffee" - and they're absolutely right.
The retail price will be around $40 (£24.99?) and although that seems like quite a high price for 'a traveller' it's actually a really well made, quality bit of kit.
The Impress consists of 5 components (a double-walled outer cup, nesting inner cup with a silicone gasket & removable filter basket and a silicone lid). Once assembled it is essentially a 2-piece nested press that brews a full-flavoured, rounded cup of coffee in 3 minutes or less.
The image above shows the 4 step process. After placing fresh grounds in the outer cup and pouring in hot water, let it brew - Gamila suggests 3 minutes. Then, simply push the inner cup (a "reverse-flow filter inspired by the portafilter" apparently) all the way down, and lovely, rich, delicious coffee flows up into the vessel as the grounds get pushed down. And that's it...really simple! The grounds stay at the bottom and out of your coffee until you are ready to pull the inner cup filter back out to clean it (good news...it disassembles for dishwashers). The filter technology keeps the grounds from brewing any further, after the inner is pressed, so you only get the 3 minute brew for primo java, even if the coffee stays put for a while longer!. The Impress is uniquely designed so that brewing stops completely once the inner and outer cups are fully nested.
The Impress is pretty much a triple-insulated vessel (2 wall outer and nesting inner) that keeps your Blue Mountain hot...like seriously HOT! I couldn't really sip it from the Impress itself for a good 10-15 mins. And it stayed very warm for a good couple of hours.
The Impress makes 14oz - about 400ml - of coffee, enough for 2 people to share. The only niggly criticism I have, is that the silicone lid had a very faint taste to it but perhaps this will vanish once it's been washed a few times. Otherwise... "You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here."
MATERIALS: 304 Stainless Steel, food-grade Silicone
MICRO-FILTER: 304 Stainless Steel, removable for washing
Now guys, about the retail packaging...