| September 18, 2012

Most of us can't leave the house without a cup of joe. While electric percolators make life easy, French press and other non-electric coffee brewers are becoming more and more popular. Aside from saving on energy costs, non-electric options give you more control over the strength and flavor of the coffee. Not to mention, brands that don't require filters are eco-friendly. Here's what's hot on the market:

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Classic Series Chemex Coffee Maker

Amazon.com, $36.95


  • The Chemex coffee maker has been brewing clear, pure, flavorful coffee without bitterness or sediment for over forty years and remains one of the purest methods of brewing.
  • Coffee can be made at the preferred strength.
  • Simple to use: Place grounds in the cone-shaped filter at the top and pour hot water over them.
  • The polished wood collar and leather tie serves as an insulated handle.
  • Elegant, eco-friendly and simple!


Bodum Chambord French Press, 8 cup

Amazon.com, $39.99


  • Coffee is measured in 4oz. cups, and  this 8-cup, 34-ounce French Press serves 2-3 people
  • Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass; Stainless Steel frame and heat resistant handle. Both dishwasher safe.
  • Three-part stainless steel mesh filter helps extract your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors
  • Pressed coffee extracts the perfect amount of essentials oils and acids from the bean for the maximum amount of flavor from your coffee
  • Ships in certified frustration-free packaging
Le Creuset French Press

Cookware.LeCreuset.com, $60.00


  • 27-ounce capacity
  • High-quality exterior enamel protects against metal marks and other damage
  • Less than 1% porosity, blocking moisture absorption which can lead to cracking, crazing and rippling
  • Resistant to staining and flavor/odor absorption
REI Table Top French Coffee Press - 32 fl. oz.

REI.com, $39.50


  • Simple to use—add coarse ground coffee or loose-leaf tea and near-boiling water; let steep for four minutes, then press the plunger and pour
  • Built-in spout has a fine-mesh screen to filter out the grounds while you pour
  • Vacuum-insulated, double-walled stainless-steel carafe keeps your beverage hot
  • Holds 32 fl. oz.
  • Hand wash the REI Table Top French coffee press with soap and warm water
Frieling French Press, 16 fl. oz.

Frieling.com, $69.99


  • 18/10 stainless steel
  • Double wall construction (retains heat four times longer than glass)
  • Available sizes and finishes: 8 fl. oz. mirror finish / brushed finish, 16 fl. oz. mirror finish / brushed finish, 23 fl. oz. mirror finish / brushed finish, 36 fl. oz. mirror finish / brushed finish