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A one-cup-at-a-time coffee maker & to-go cup that brews delicious full-bodied coffee and stays hot forever without getting bitter.

The Press Is Impressed!

Impress Coffee is a patent-pending design that helps you brew your perfect cup of coffee in just 3 minutes. The one-cup-at-a-time handcrafted brewing process (without paper filters, electric mechanisms, risky balancing acts or fussy coils and plungers) results in a clean, yet full-bodied cup that has captured all the flavor of the beans and nothing else.

The Impress Coffee design is almost complete. We just need to make a few final revisions from our last prototype, invest in tooling and get moving on a pilot run. To thank you for joining in on the fun and being one of the first people in the world to own an Impress, we'll throw in some incentives, like Impress Coffee brewers, delicious coffee beans - and stickers!! 

3 Easy Pieces - No Mechanical Plungers & No Mess!

The Impress is a 2-piece nested press with a to-go cup lid that brews a full-flavored great cup of coffee in 3 minutes or less. After placing fresh grounds in the outer cup and pouring in hot water, you let it brew to your taste—we suggest 3 minutes (our coffee experts have tested it and we agree). Then,  simply push the inner cup (reverse-flow filter inspired by the portafilter) all the way down, and clean full bodied coffee flows up into the vessel as the grounds get pushed down. That's it - you're done! Put a lid on it and go. 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. The filter technology keeps the grounds from brewing any further after the coffee is pressed, so you only get the 3 minute brew you intended, even if the coffee stays put for a while longer!

Insulated Outer Vessel, Nesting Inner Filter, To-Go Lid
Insulated Outer Vessel, Nesting Inner Filter, To-Go Lid

The Specs

• PIECES: double-walled outer cup, nesting inner cup with removable filter basket, to-go lid
• SIZE: 6" tall, 3.375" diameter (approximate)
• VOLUME: recommended 13 oz (max = 14 oz)
• MATERIALS: 304 Stainless Steel, food-grade Silicone
• MICRO-FILTER: 304 Stainless Steel, removable for washing
• CARE: Top-rack dishwasher safe

Hot Forever

The outer cup is double-walled stainless steel for maximum heat retention while remaining cool to the touch. Early testers have consistently been impressed by how long their coffee stays hot – many of them pour their coffee into their favorite mugs just so they can cool it off.

Insulated Outer Cup Keeps Coffee Hot
Insulated Outer Cup Keeps Coffee Hot

Micro-Filter

The inner stainless steel cup is designed as a reverse flow filter that is pressed down after the appropriate brewing time and nests inside the outer cup. It is inspired by the portafilter, so it allows you some flexibility with the grind size.

Tiny Filter Holes Inspired by the Portafilter
Tiny Filter Holes Inspired by the Portafilter

Clean & Full Flavored Coffee

The Impress is uniquely designed so that brewing stops completely once the inner and outer cups are fully nested. The tiny filter holes work well with any grind size, and the filter traps the grounds below the finished coffee so it can’t overbrew or let sediment in. No more overbrewed bitterness or muddy sediment of traditional press pots! With a stainless steel construction and filter, you can rest assured you will only be tasting the flavor of the coffee itself.

Take It To-Go

Because of the double-walled outer cup and nested inner cup, the Impress is a triple-insulated to-go vessel full of delicious coffee. Arrive at work and coffee is still as hot, clean and full flavored as when you left home. You might even decide to share some of your coffee with a co-worker. The Impress makes 14oz of coffee, enough for 2 people to share.

Drink Straight Out of the Vessel - Coffee Hot, Fingers Not.
Drink Straight Out of the Vessel - Coffee Hot, Fingers Not.

Cleaning is Easy 

Because the Impress is made of simple parts rather than intricate coils, filters, mechanisms and plungers, the grounds and oils can't get trapped in little crevices. Just knock out the grounds and give a quick rinse to be ready for your next delicious cup.

The Idea

A few years ago, we found a bit of time to dive into the world of fine tea and explore the need for a good one-cup tea infuser. After a few years worth of tea times, we were able to bring The Teastick, a one-cup tea infuser, to market. We were simply floored, and humbled, at how well received the design was and how much people loved the simplicity, as well as the great cup of tea The Teastick infused. Since the day it was released, we have been asked if we could create a one-cup-at-a time coffee maker.

Of course, coffee and tea are very different, so a coffee product had to be a brand new concept. It took us a few more years after the Teastick to find the time to dedicate to coffee, but we LOVE coffee, so it was a sacrifice worth making.

Being very regular coffee drinkers, we naturally had a number of different coffee brewers at the office, from electric drip brewers to pour-over options to press pots, and various inventer-versions of all of the above. Although many of them made a nice cup of coffee, there was still something missing. Press pots are known to overbrew the coffee and get muddy as it sits there. They are also difficult to clean when finished. Pour-overs have to work with a different mug and need a paper filter. And most of the inventer versions just felt, well, too inventery. AND, none of them kept the coffee insulated or worked as a brewer and to-go vessel in one. These points became our design criteria. With the prototype of Impress Coffee, we now know (if we didn't before) that there's nothing better than a clean, full-flavored cup of piping hot coffee that stays clean, full-flavored and piping hot all day long.

Launching with Kickstarter

We are community-minded and community-driven people. To find an online tool that cultivates and grows our community is exciting and intriguing to us. We see Kickstarter as a great way to help us launch the Impress. If we are fortunate enough to realize our goal, we will quickly move forward with a pilot run of the Impress Coffee brewer. If we are even more fortunate and surpass our goal, we will increase our production quantity, add new colorways and patterns to the outer cup and get started on a multi-cup version. Please help us make the world a better coffee place one Impress at a time. Thank you.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The major challenges of any pilot run of a product is finalizing the product and working with the manufacturer to make sure the production is as the design intended. Fortunately, we do this every day for our clients. Aly Khalifa, the owner of Gamil Design and designer of Impress Coffee, is not only a product designer, but an engineer as well, with 20+ years of experience working with factories on tooling, sampling and manufacturing. We have already determined an appropriate factory and have received prototypes and samples from them to prove that they are equipped to handle the job. We have also worked with client product launches as well as with our own product, The Teastick, to launch, process and fulfill orders at first adopter stage, regular every day times and media blitz bumps. We will be ready and excited to fulfill the awesome rewards from this kickstarter campaign.

FAQ

  • The Impress Coffee Brewer makes 13 oz. of coffee comfortably (app. 14oz at tipping-point capacity), so a big ol' mug o' java, or enough to share to smaller cups to get you started in the morning.

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  • YES, but not yet. For this Kickstarter campaign, we will be starting with one production color which will be the navy color that is shown. Once we gather momentum, we are definitely planning to add colors and patterns to the line. If we are fortunate enough to exceed our goal for this campaign, we might be able to venture into new color ways very soon.

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  • **Please message us if this is something you wish to pursure further**

    Well, we were set to offer many different reward scenarios where you could get 2 or 3 or even a 6-pack! But just a couple weeks ago, Kickstarter introduced new rules to product design and technology categories that eliminates the option to offer multiple rewards. We were bummed to not be able to offer this, but we love Kickstarter, so wanted to make sure we introduced our project within the new guidelines.

    Once we are funded, we will be happy (very happy) to offer backers the option to pre-order more Impress Coffee Brewers.

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  • We recommend somewhere close to 27 grams of ground coffee, but it varies according to taste. 27 grams is equivalent to 4-5 tablespoons, which is also fairly equivalent to using the filter as a measuring unit. You can scoop the coffee into the filter until full and then dump it into the vessel. Once the coffee is brewed and the grounds are at the bottom, there may be a little bit of water also remaining below the filter. The filter is not intended to squeeze all liquid out of the grounds, but it is easy to dump the used grounds and the small amount of remaining water out without any trouble.

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  • We love tea. A few years ago we invented a tea infuser called the Teastick, which was an overwhelming hit. This new project came about because many people kept asking us to make a "Teastick for coffee." But the Impress is great for tea, too. Just let the leaves unfurl and steep (based on leaf type and temperature) until you reach the desired flavor. Then press the plunger down to stop the steeping process. Since the filter is a bit raised, there is space left at the bottom even after fully nested, so the leaves don't get really crushed. But even if they did, you are finished with the brew process at that point and any crushed or bitter leaves can't continue to steep into the drinkable tea anyway! One of our staff has been using the Impress for tea regularly since the beginning and loves it. Just be sure to clean the Impress before it totally dries out - those tannins get very sticky when dry and will make it more difficult to separate the two parts.

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  • Right now we plan to manufacture this with a stainless steel bottle factory and a food-grade silicone manufacturer. Both are located in China, and we have personally worked with them for years.

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  • We do not yet know the retail price. Our hope is to retail the Impress Coffee Brewer at somewhere between $30-$40, not including shipping. The final price will depend on how many we can order in production, as well as what the final design refinements will need to be before we approve production. Once we are really in a retail setting, we hope to offer a "Kickstarter Backer Thank You Promotion" where ll the backers can buy additional Impress Coffee Brewers for a special rate.

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  • You can add milk and sugar to everything after you have pressed it down. Those of us who like to sweeten the cup do that every day. You can even add the sugar to the pre-pressed mixture and brew with that and then add the milk afterwards. It is yummy.

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  • Well, we hoped the video and all the supporting text answered that question, but we still have people asking so will try to offer more here. The obvious difference between the Impress and those other mug-like presses is that those other presses are traditional french press constructions. They have the plunger knob at top attached to a stick with a filter assembly (usually made of a fine wire mesh and some coily stuff) plate shape at the bottom. The Impress is not constructed this way at all. The Impress is 2 nested cups with the inner cup having a micro-filter at the bottom of it made of durable stainless steel. The microfilter and the food-grade silicone baffles on the outside of the inner cup serve to keep all of the sediment out of the freshly pressed coffee (a major differentiator to a traditional french press). These elements of the Impress also provide an effective barrier between the grounds and the freshly brewed coffee once the cups are nested and you're coffee is ready. This means brewing stops and doesn't get bitter as it sits there (another major differentiator between a french press and the Impress). Thirdly, the insulation of the Impress is superior to what we have experienced with other insulated mugs. This is because not only is the outer vessel double-walled, but the nested inner cup serves as a third wall of insulation. AND, cleaning is a breeze. Have you tried cleaning a traditional press pot? That plunger things is always finicky and has little coils and crevices that you need a brush to get into. The Impress is just 2 cups, so you can knock out all the grounds and then run water over it (soap if you want to get it really sparkly) and you are ready for the next cup.

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