This is an honest customer review of the Andrew James stainless steel cafetiere I got this for my birthday last Friday, and this was what actually inspired me to start this blog, believe it or not. I was about to go and review it on Amazon, but also I was planning on starting a new blog and was debating with myself over which passion of mine the blog should focus on (I have a few). At the same time I was a bit concerned with the recent news about fake reviews on Amazon left by people posing as customers reviewing their own products or their clients products, so I then made up my mind that my new blog would be about my love of coffee, and one of my first posts would be an honest review of this product.
It costs about £22, but it’s often on offer, click here to check the current lowest price on Amazon.
Andrew James offer this cafetiere in two sizes, the large 1000ml one, and the smaller 350ml one, both which come as a set with the stainless steel measuring spoon which doubles as a bag sealer clip, and is very handy.
After removing the wrapping (which was well done, my wife is definitely better at wrapping than I am, in fact both my kids are probably better at wrapping presents than I am; come to think of it, a one armed one-eyed chimp is probably better at wrapping presents than me, but I’m digressing…) the first thing I noticed was the quality of the box. I have some dealings with card boxes to do with my work, so I know a decent and expensive box when I see one, this is not a cheap box, and gives an impression of quality even before getting a glimpse of the product it contains.
On opening the box, I am really impressed by the looks of the cafetiere, its a high mirror finish steel, really posh looking, big chunky handle, looks really good. The spoon / bag grip combo looks great too, feels fairly decent quality.
First use of the cafetiere, very impressed. OK you may say it’s just a cafetiere, what is to be impressed with? But there is more to it than that. I notice that even though I didn’t scoop the floating grounds off the top before plunging, there are hardly any bits in my coffee. Using the cheaper cafetiere that I usually use I tend to get quite a few loose grounds in my coffee, and this doesn’t appear to happen with my new stainless steel one. Also, like a stainless steel flask it does keep the coffee warm, being twin walled mirrored steel. It pours really nicely too which is important, no drips.
So there you go, really happy with it. This review was written in Oct 2015, and I’ll update the review later to let you know if I’m still happy with it in a few months.
Update: One month later, 26/11/15 Savisto Cafetiere Instructions
I’ve noticed when looking at the stats, that there are a number of people landing on this page looking for instructions, which I mentioned in the review above were lacking. I would assume that the reason they don’t include any instructions is that it’s a cafetiere, and they just assume that everyone knows how to use one, but the saying “to Assume makes an ASS of U and ME I think is a good one 😉 , I also like the quote “Assumption is the mother of all **** ups” . Also while most people might know how to use a cafetiere, they might not know how to get the best results.
Anyway, when it comes to using a cafetiere, this is the method that I find creates the best coffee:
Three tips first:
1: Use coffee which is ground specifically for cafetiere’s – or if you grind your own, make sure you’re using a decent grinder, on a coarse setting. The reason a decent grinder will help is that the more uniform the size of the ground coffee, the better.
2: Use freshly roasted coffee beans. No matter what process you’re using to brew your coffee, you’ll find that the taste of the resulting coffee will be far better the more freshly roasted it is. My favourite supplier of recently roasted coffee is Pact Coffee.
3: Try different coffees, you may be amazed at the difference in taste. This is one of the things I really like about pact, each coffee I get from them tastes so much different than the last.
Step 1: Put in a heaped tablespoon of coffee per 4 ounce cup. This is something I’d recommend experimenting with to see what dosage of coffee works best for you, I personally find that it differs depending on the coffee I’m using, with some I find that a level measure (equal to a heaped tablespoon) per cup gives the best result, with some I find a bit more is required. Obviously it also depends on the cup size. If you’re using a big “builders mug” type coffee mug, then keep in mind that these usually have a capacity of about 10-11 ounces, and if you have a whacking great big sports direct type mug, that’s probably something like 16 or 17 ounces!
Step 2: Pour in just over the amount of hot (not boiling) water that you’d like to convert into coffee. So if you want two cups, and you’ve put in two measures of coffee then put in just over 2 cups of water. I say just over, because some remains in the grounds. With regards the heat of the water, you don’t want it just coming off the boil, I’d say about a minute after boiling would be about right.
Step 3: Give it a good stir, and put the lid on but don’t plunge yet.
Step 4: Follow me on Facebook , Twitter & Google Plus while you’re waiting ;-). Give it 4 minutes for a big cafetiere like this, if you’re using a smaller one you can probably drop the time a bit to 3 or 3.5 mins. Some people suggest stirring again after 2 mins and then waiting another 2, but I don’t find it makes a difference.
Step 5: Plunge, slowly and with even pressure and speed, being careful to apply pressure centrally so as not to tilt the plunger slightly allowing grounds to escape which can result in you having to spit out coffee grounds, not great.
Step 6: Serve, and enjoy.
When it comes to general care instructions, I just rinse the plunger and wash out the cafetiere like I would any other jug type thing. I don’t put it in the dishwasher, I like the mirror finish, and I’m concerned that this would possibly be lost over time from washing in the dishwasher. I freeze my used coffee grounds by the way, see this post if you’re interested in why I do that.
Also for a different approach see this bizarre cafetiere technique.
Update: January 2016
I’ve been using this cafetiere for a few months now, and so far it’s great. There are no marks on it, it seems sturdy, I’ve used it quite a bit. There’s not much else I can add to the review, but there’s certainly nothing negative that I can add to it after using it for the past 3 months.
Update: one year later, October 2016
I’ve been using this cafetiere for a year now, and I have to say, it doesn’t look any difference than it did the day I got it. There’s not a mark on it, and it still works perfectly. There’s nothing I would change now since my review of this cafetiere a year ago. It’s actually now the best selling Cafetiere on Amazon, click here to see the latest reviews & lowest Amazon price.
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