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Planetary Design Desk Press Stainless Steel French Press Black


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  • The luxury of a French Press, anywhere, anytime.
  • Patented double filtration system
  • Double-walled 18/8 stainless steel and vacuum-sealed for optimum heat retention.
  • large 20 oz. capacity.
  • Winner of the Specialty Coffee Association of America

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Planetary Design has revolutionized the century old art of brewing coffee and tea via French Press. The Desk Press mugs, constructed of 18/8 marine grade stainless steel, are incredibly durable and equally impressive in their ability to retain heat for extended periods of time. The patented double filtration system, modeled after a hydraulic cylinder, ensures that grounds will not pass through, creating the perfect brew of coffee or tea. Simply, pour hot water over coffee grounds or loose leaf tea, let steep, push stopper down and enjoy the best brew around. No need to pour into a separate container, you can drink right from the pot. The mug presses are ideal for the coffee or tea connoisseur that doubles as an outdoor enthusiast or professional on the run. The 20 oz. press comes standard in four vibrant colors; Cornflower Blue, Mango, Wasabi and Iris and includes an extra, spill-proof lid to convert your French press to a conventional coffee mug. 6 3/4"H. 3.5" W

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great press & insulated mug, but with some quality control problems... July 20 2011
By Nathaniel Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Don't be fooled by the photo - at 7 inches tall, this press pot is bigger than it appears in the photos.

The plunger design is ingenious, bordering on "cheap." But it works, and better yet, has been amazingly durable! It's a plastic plunger ringed with lots of paper-thin vertical slices, dividing the plunger of dozens of wall-hugging pieces that are forced outward by a very simple ring of sprung steel. Plus there's a screen over opening in the sippy-top. I've have had absolutely no problems with getting stray coffee grounds in my mouth.

Google "planetary design plastic flange" and click on the "100 cups of coffee" result for close-up photos of the plunger design.

To keep the grounds contained, you will have to drink with the plunger top on, unless you want to perform a liquid transfer, rinse out the grounds, and pour the liquid back in. In that case, a non-plunger sippy top is included, or you could try drinking out of it like an adult, with no lid.

This is actually my third Planetary Design press pot. The first was their Boot Cut French Press Mug that I've owned and used regularly for about 4 years. It's still going strong.

About a year ago, purchased my second Planetary press, this Desk Press design. It came via a third party -- Niner Bikes, with a Niner logo on it -- but it was otherwise identical to Planetary's off-the-shelf Desk Press. And here's where the long story begins (but I'll make it short):

The handle was loose, and became looser with use. A quick email to Planetary, and they instructed me to remove rubber plug from the bend in the handle and tighten a screw under there. I did, and that solved the problem for a short while. Then the looseness came back, and soon thereafter, the handle snapped off. I emailed pictures to Planetary, and they replied that it was apparent the weld point broke, and they were within months of having redesigned Desk Presses with stronger handle attachment points. That was January of 2011. Complicating matters was I wanted mine with the Niner Bikes logo. Fast forward to July 2011: Niner ordered another batch of Desk Presses, Planetary worked with Niner to sort out whatever financial details needed attending to, and Niner Bikes sent me my replacement Desk Press.

The new handle can be seen on the planetarydesign dot US webpage; at the time of my posting this, the Amazon photo does not reflect the redesign.

My original review stands, and both companies (but especially Planetary Design) were good about working with me to resolve this, but (pros and cons):

+ the new handle is certainly beefier, with two external screws and a chromed "butt" to the handle (where it connects with the mug), though it's not quite as svelte-looking as the original
+ the new handle is ergonomically a little more pleasing to hold, both in shape and in texture (more rubberized)

- there are a few minor cosmetic blemishes on the red exterior
- the "stainless steel" base (that ring of silver that stands out at the bottom of the mug in the website photos) turns out is not actually what it appears -- my new mug has a blemish down there that makes it obvious this is actually an heat-applied applique of some sort; I hope, over time, this doesn't begin to peel away

But at the end of the day, this coffee press makes good coffee and keeps it hot for a hours (literally). So much better than my uninsulated glass Bodum press that I've been using at home, which loses heat almost immediately (and fagiddaboudit when I take it camping).

I did knock the Desk Press one star due to the original broken handle, and the replacement's cosmetic blemishes (I'm leaving my original Boot Cut press at 5-stars because it's been perfect all along). But my problems may have been a simple roll of the dice, and I continue to have no problems recommending this press to my coffee-loving friends, especially those who hate the junk that gets brewed at work.

BTW, the difference between the Boot Cut vs. the Desk Press? Nothing but the exterior shape. The Boot Cut is a bit more bottom-heavy and therefore more stable if you need to set it on the car floor, or some other unstable surface. The Desk Press fits my car's cup holder. Internally, both are identical, use identical press parts, and hold identical amounts of coffee.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well done Planetary Design Feb. 5 2013
By Catherine Shafer - Published on Amazon.com
Finally a mug that can with stand the bumps and the knocks of daily use of a coffee mug. Good quality stainless steel that keeps hots hot. With it being stainless steel, coffee doesn't stain the mug.
I highly recommend the mug. I now own two for the days when I forget my mug at work I have another at home, so I will never be without.
Great mug, but some cosmetic issues Oct. 3 2014
By William Ader - Published on Amazon.com
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The french press mechanism is flawless. Easy to clean at work, and wonderful to use. The only thing that is preventing a 5/5 is that the fit and finish could use some work. There is a seam between the rubber of the handle and where the metal starts that catches some crud. The rubber band around the neck right below the stainless part on top has a seam and the black paint is chipping somewhat. But don't let these dissuade you - this is a great product and perfect for making fresh coffee at work or wherever! It's also quite a conversation piece.
Not so great at 2nd glance Oct. 24 2014
By BRET LIEN - Published on Amazon.com
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*UPDATE*: I was too hasty in my original review - the handle broke off after just 3 days of use. I'm not happy about that as I could've had this drink spilled all over me at work. It was flimsy before that but not a big deal. It's clearly from poor welding being assembled in China. On top of that, as another user pointed out, it does leak at the lid somewhat. If you're careful and adjust the rubber ring to fit tightly before closing the lid, it does seem to help. I will still give it 2 stars because it's a great idea, but poorly executed because of cutting corners on cost, most likely. This would be a 5/5 product if it had decent craftsmanship. Unfortunately it doesn't and I'll be choosing a different brand with the same idea.
----Original Review----
Love it. I use it at work to covertly drink tea from my mug alongside the rest of the coffee hipsters without being ostracized. One thing to note is that it won't come close to fitting in a general car cupholder, although I prefer it because it feels more stable on my desk (less risk of knocking it over). Another positive is that it has a nice rubbery base on the outside of the mug so it stays firm where you set it down. Would recommend to anyone, it's just as you would expect it.
It feels good Sept. 6 2013
By Ka Xiong - Published on Amazon.com
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It feels nice and heavy in my hand without liquid. It took me two tries to push the bottom of the press in correctly so coffee grounds would not escape. I liked that the top of the inside of the cup slants in so that the press works the way it should. The cups arm looks like it is made of quality medal and screwed in with screws. There is additional filter at the mouth piece incase some grounds escaped. Very nice. I like that I ordered the color black so I can decorate it!

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