Seals / Competing with the Espro Press
A PRIMER ON THE SEALS IN YOUR ESPRO PRESS
Common French Presses allow coffee grinds through in two ways: through the filter mesh (which has holes many times greater than the Espro), and along the walls (metal against glass makes a relatively poor seal). In a typical French Press, we've seen instances where grinds can bypass this type of seal. Early on in our design process we knew we couldn't just fix the filter, we needed a better seal!
So we created a custom solution: a lip seal with two lips that conform to the inner wall of the press and provide double sealing. This prevents grinds from passing around the seal and getting in your cup.
Why are we writing an update about seals? Well, the full production run of seals was received today. The lip seal is a custom FDA approved silicone seal, made by a company in Quebec, Canada. The other seal, which keeps coffee from passing between the filters without going through the filters, is the o-ring. This is also an FDA material, by a US company. You can see both seals (fitted to the last pre-production filter) below.
The rest of the parts are in production. We will update you soon, as we will be visiting the factory for final inspection of the container and lid.
AND THE WINNER IS!
We would like to congratulate Jordan Barber (Third Rail Coffee in NY, NY), who won the US North East Regional Brewers Cup Championship! His brew method was the Single Serve Espro Press.
The competitors make 9 cups of coffee in three services. The coffee is evaluated on aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, and balance. The competitors are evaluated on how they describe the taste of the coffee, their customer service, and the overall impression they give.
Jordan will next compete at the US Brewers Cup Championships in Portland, Oregon (during the SCAA tradeshow). You can read the full article from Sprudge.
PORTLAND, HERE WE COME
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) hosts a yearly tradeshow and symposium. This year it is in Portland, Oregon. If you are in the neighborhood, drop by for a cup of coffee (made with an Espro Press of course)! You can find us in booth 3095 from April 19-22. Event details are here (http://www.scaaevent.org/) - we would love to meet you.
SHIP DATE UPDATE
We know you’re excited and many of you are asking about the shipping date. We will announce it shortly. Stay tuned! We’ll be sending the survey soon, so we have your current shipping address.
Cheers, Chris and Bruce