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Enjoy 2 cups (18 oz) of grit-free press coffee. Introducing the perfect size for sharing (or not!).
Enjoy 2 cups (18 oz) of grit-free press coffee. Introducing the perfect size for sharing (or not!).
750 backers pledged $71,185 to help bring this project to life.

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If you didn't get a chance to pre-order through Kickstarter, you can still pre-order HERE!
Please join us, and enjoy grit free press coffee.
Thanks, from the whole Espro team!


"A Sludge-Free French Press" - Florence Fabricant, New York Times

"It definitely achieves its goal to bring a press-pot cup of coffee without the grit" - Dan Nosowitz, Popular Science

"ESPRO Press, a French Press That Works." - Charlie Sorrel, Wired

"A Cleaner, Tastier Cup of French Press Coffee in the Morning" - Leslie Horn, Gizmodo

THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE…

The perfect, unforgettable cup of coffee. Aromatic, hot, full of body and flavor. Without grittiness or bitterness. You've had this cup before, perhaps alone, or with a friend. It inspired your work, your conversation, your relationship. It transported you back to the roaster who crafted it, and to the farmer who nurtured it.

Would you like another cup like that? How about a few!

THE MEDIUM ESPRO® PRESS CAN MAKE YOU THAT PERFECT CUP

The MEDIUM 18 oz ESPRO Press.
The MEDIUM 18 oz ESPRO Press.

Our goal is to make you that perfect cup of coffee, in the perfect size, every day.

The MEDIUM ESPRO Press is a precision coffee brewer, similar to a French press, but with a patent-pending two-stage micro-filter that preserves all the freshly brewed flavors and aromas, while keeping sediment out of your cup.

The MEDIUM ESPRO Press makes up to 18 oz of coffee – the perfect size for two medium North American mugs, or four European cups. The perfect size for your desk, with a top-up… for your table, with a friend… for your next camping trip… for your café brew bar... for your restaurant table service.

Medium pre-production presses are made, and our next step is production! By being the first to own a MEDIUM 18 oz ESPRO Press, you will save 20-30%, and be part of the team bringing this product to market.

WHAT STANDS IN THE IN THE WAY OF THE PERFECT CUP?

The villain in this story is everything that keeps that perfect cup just out of reach.

A typical French press makes gritty coffee, because of its coarse filter and poor edge seal. The nuanced flavors in micro-roasted coffees are lost, clouded by the mud in your cup and on your tongue. Not to mention, every time a glass press breaks, somewhere a coffee bean is over-roasted…

It is difficult to control temperature with pour-overs, because they are completely open. If the brew temperature is too low, coffee becomes sour. Paper filters also remove body and aromatic oils. What would get us out of bed if there wasn't the smell of brewed coffee in the morning? Well, maybe bacon... But imagine having both!

So, if great coffee is so difficult, why even try? Push button pod coffee has caffeine and requires no effort…

STOP THAT VILLAIN! We believe that the perfect cup is worth it, and achievable.

THE ESPRO PRESS MAKES GREAT COFFEE

THE MEDIUM ESPRO PRESS MICRO-FILTERS YOUR COFFEE

The two nested micro-filters work together to block the grinds, and let through only great aromatic coffee. The double lip seal prevents sneaky grinds from sneaking past the micro-filters.

Two unique micro-filters work together to banish grit. (Levitation still under development…)
Two unique micro-filters work together to banish grit. (Levitation still under development…)

MICRO-FILTERED COFFEE TASTES FANTASTIC

In 2012, Geranium Restaurant in Denmark adopted the ESPRO Press for their coffee service. They were also named the 49th best restaurant in the world. In the 2013 Michelin guide they earned their coveted 2nd Michelin Star. Coincidence? Well, maybe… but we like to think that last cup before the bill put the reviewers in a good mood!

Standard press filter vs. the Espro Press Micro-Filter.
Standard press filter vs. the Espro Press Micro-Filter.

VACUUM INSULATION KEEPS IT HOT

The vacuum insulated double walls maintain stable temperature during the brew, for more precise flavors. Changing the brew temperature can bring out new and different flavors. After brewing, the coffee stays hot in the press, so your second and third cups are also hot. And the buffer between the filters prevents over-extraction after brewing.

Vacuum insulation keeps the inside hot and the outside cool.
Vacuum insulation keeps the inside hot and the outside cool.

THE STAINLESS STEEL CONTAINER WON’T BREAK

Breaking a glass French press is as disappointing as an empty coffee bag. We've prevented that by making the ESPRO Press out of shiny stainless steel. This press may very well outlast Grandma’s china.

Never break another glass press!
Never break another glass press!

THE SPOUT DOESN'T DRIP

Once you make great coffee, you want it all in your cup. The spout is engineered for accurate pouring, without dripping on your tablecloth, guests, or pastries.

No drips, drops or dribbles.
No drips, drops or dribbles.

AND, IT LOOKS GREAT ON YOUR TABLE

Did we mention it's made of shiny stainless steel? As a fan says:

“I am in love with it, all shiny and stainless. It reminds me of those lovely shiny presses you encounter every now and again in restaurants, except this one produces a spectacularly clean cup and with the right coffee is downright mouth-watering.”

A flight of three different coffees for breakfast?
A flight of three different coffees for breakfast?

MAKING COFFEE IN YOUR ESPRO PRESS IS EASY

The process is the same as a typical French Press, but the ESPRO micro-filter does a great job of separating the grinds from the coffee! Preheat the container, add coffee and water, stir, wait 3 to 4 minutes, press, and serve. You can adjust the amount of coffee and time to change the strength of your coffee. This video by Will and Norm of Tested.com (the web home of Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters) shows the whole process.

And when you’re finished, as one user says: “Cleanup. Piece of cake.”

AND NOW TO CHANGE THE (COFFEE) WORLD!

If you have been searching for that perfect cup all your life, please join us and pledge for a MEDIUM 18 oz ESPRO Press.

We look forward to bringing the MEDIUM ESPRO Press into the world with you. We will keep you in the loop with regular updates, covering all the aspects of launching a new product. It will be an exciting time, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU for helping to kickstart our project, and to the rest of our small team at Espro for their tireless work to ship great products!

The team at the housewares trade show in Chicago.
The team at the housewares trade show in Chicago.

[ESPRO is a registered trademark of Espro Inc. Global patents pending.]

If you didn't get a chance to pre-order through Kickstarter, you can still pre-order HERE!
Please join us, and enjoy grit free press coffee.
Thanks, from the whole Espro team!


Risks and challenges

The pre-production parts for this project are shown in the pictures and videos. They are fully tested, and have passed our requirements. We have great relationships with our manufacturing partners, and are currently working with them on tooling. The parts shown in the video are "T1" samples, made with production tooling in the in the actual production facility, rather than using typical prototype approaches.

We waited until this stage to launch our campaign, because there is nothing more important to us than coming through for you, and keeping your trust. By starting our campaign now, we believe there is significantly less risk.

There are two main risks at this point:
• Our suppliers could be late. We are in weekly contact with our suppliers (sometimes daily!), and some of the production parts have already arrived (see update 5 on the seals).
• Your orders could overwhelm us. At the moment, the orders we have will fit within the first production run.

OUR COMMITMENT will be to keep you informed every step of the way. We KNOW you will love the coffee. And we back it up with a no-nonsense 1 year warranty.

Thanks for your support,

Bruce, Chris, and the entire Espro Team

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    COFFEE LOVE... Pledge $1 and we'll send you regular updates about this product launch so you can know where to find the ESPRO Press in a store near you!

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    PRESS EARLY... 1 MEDIUM ESPRO PRESS. Be one of the first 250 people to own, enjoy, review and brag about your MEDIUM ESPRO Press, at 30% off retail price! We will ship these first, before anyone else. Shipping to US* and Canada included. For international shipping to Europe & Australia add $50. *For shipping to AK, HI, PR add $25.

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    MEDIUM LOVE... 1 MEDIUM ESPRO PRESS. Be one of the first to own a MEDIUM ESPRO Press at 20% off retail price! Shipping to US* and Canada included. For international shipping to Europe & Australia add $50. *For shipping to AK, HI, PR add $25.

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    A LITTLE MORE LOVE... 1 MEDIUM PLUS 1 SMALL ESPRO PRESSES. For sharing, or for yourself, always have the perfect amount of coffee. Shipping to US* and Canada included. For international shipping to Europe & Australia add $50. *For shipping to AK, HI, PR add $25.

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    A LITTLE MORE LOVE... 1 MEDIUM PLUS 1 LARGE ESPRO PRESSES. Enjoy the Medium Press at work and the Large 32 oz Press for the tabletop! Shipping to US* and Canada included. For international shipping to Europe & Australia add $50. *For shipping to AK, HI, PR add $25.

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    THE INVENTORS’ PROOFS… A signed inventor-set of THREE ESPRO Presses – 1 SMALL, 1 MEDIUM, 1 LARGE. ESPRO Press inventors Chris McLean and Bruce Constantine will engrave their initials on the bottom of each press. Each inventor proof is engraved with “IP”, numbered and dated, and the series will run only during this Kickstarter campaign. Shipping to US* and Canada included. For international shipping to Europe & Australia add $50. *For shipping to AK, HI, PR add $25.

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    MENU PACK... Join Michelin star restaurants, and put the ESPRO Press on the menu at your coffee shop or restaurant. This includes 6 Medium presses, 2 extra filters, and a 30-minute conference call training session with Bruce Constantine to get you started using the ESPRO Press on your Menu!

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