I really want to like this press, but having a hard time. Don't get me wrong- it's beautiful sitting on the counter, but I just don't see the hype in these reviews. I've had it a couple of weeks, and here are my concerns:
1) the glass is really thin. I don't think it's going to take much banging on the granite counter, or in the sink before it shatters. Bodum sells quite a few glass beaker replacements for their coffee press line (I have one), and that is for a device that has the beaker encased in some type of frame. This tea press glass is unprotected, and I can't imagine that it is going to last too long.
2) The plunger mechanism is a good concept, but poor execution. When you plunge down to stop the brewing, there is no where for the water to go after you get past the strainer. Imagine trying to plunge (or unplunge) a capped syringe. It just doesn't work well, and you have a vacuum lock when you pull up to remove the tea leaves.
3) The strainer sits so high in the carafe, you have to make a pretty big pot of tea to get a brew. It needs to be at least half full to get going (more the better). If you only need a serving or two of tea, you're going to waste a bunch of leaves to get a pot bigger than you need.
4) the rubber gasket at the top has airspace behind. This is an area that collects junk, as it's hard to wash. A good brew is all about purity- big $$ leaves, reverse-osmosis water, clean carafe, etc. No telling what bacterial colonies are growing in there.
5) the lid fits loosely, when you tilt to pour, the chrome top can slide off, and out comes your tea leaves everywhere.
6) You can't use this carafe to brew flowering pots with the beautiful hand sewn tea leaf boquets. The top of the carafe is part of the plunger mechanism. Use the strainer or this model stays in the cabinet.
Again, it's a pretty pot, but I don't think anyone serious in tea brewing would take this model seriously. YMMV.