Common FAQ

  • What is the best coffee-to-water ratio to brew a great cup?

    The Golden Ratio: 1 gram of coffee per 15-18 milliliters of water. We write this in shorthand as 1:15 to 1:18 (coffee to water). For more information on this topic, we have a full blog post on the subject here.

  • I don’t know what size press I have. How do I know if it is an 18 oz or 32 oz?

    Measure the diameter of your filter from the top. If you own a large 32 oz ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 4” in diameter. If you own a medium 18 oz size ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 3.3” in diameter. If you own the discontinued small 8 oz ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 2.5” in diameter.

  • Does my press come with two filters?

    Yes, every ESPRO press comes with two micro-filters. A smaller filter is nested into a secondary filter, and they can be separated with a simple twist. We also make a tea-specific micro-filter, and sell replacement coffee double micro-filters separately, if you require a new one.

  • What size press should I purchase?

    Our presses come in four sizes: 12 oz Travel Press, 16 oz Ultralight Press, 18 oz and 32 oz table top presses. For single servings on the go, we recommend the Travel and Ultralight Presses. We recommend the 18 oz press (approx. 2 US cups) if you are making coffee primarily for yourself, and the 32 oz press (approx. 3-4 US cups) if you’ll be sharing your brew with friends.

  • How does the ESPRO press work?

    The ESPRO press is similar to a French press. The difference between our press and other French presses is that ours delivers a much finer double-filtration, leading to what we believe is the cleanest, smoothest cup of French press coffee available. Grounds are placed into the vessel along with water at the desired temperature. After brewing, the filters are pushed down to separate the grounds from the brewed coffee using the silicone seal around the filter.

  • Why am I having trouble pushing down the plunger?

    Check your grind size, making sure that it is coarse, then ensure your filters are properly cleaned. If you’re noticing that it’s getting hard to press the filters down, they might be clogged with fine coffee particles or residue. ESPRO's double micro-filters use a very fine stainless steel mesh which is designed to filter coarse cofffee particles. If your coffee is too finely ground, it may clog the filter screens, making it difficult to press.

  • Can I put my Press P7 on the stovetop?

    Do not place the Press P7 on the stovetop. The double-walled insulation makes it impossible to heat the press from the stove and the direct heat will likely melt the press, which is not covered under warranty.

Pour Over FAQ

  • What is pour over brewing?

    Pour over is a method of brewing coffee manually. It is popular in specialty cafes as a personalized, high quality alternative to batch brewed drip coffee. It is similar in texture to automatic drip coffee but gives customers an option to choose from a menu of several different coffees to drink. Drinking a pour over also means that you are drinking a freshly brewed cup of coffee, rather than a cup that may have been sitting in a carafe all day.

  • How is Pour Over different from French Press brewing?  When should I use one or the other?

    • Pour over and French Press are two different methods for brewing coffee manually, and they deliver completely different experiences of the same coffee bean. While pour over is a percolation method, French press is an immersion brewing method.
      • The taste and feel of the coffee differ between a pour over and French press coffee. With a French press, you will get a more full-bodied mouthfeel because the water stays in contact with the grounds for four minutes and it utilizes a metal filter, which allows for the retention of oils inherent in coffee beans. With a pour over, you get a cleaner cup and a lighter body because of the use of a paper filter, which absorbs the oils present in coffee.
      • While pour overs typically output 1-2 servings of coffee, you can brew multiple cups of coffee at a time with a big French Press. If you’re brewing a cup for yourself and a friend, make a pour over. If you’re sharing coffee with family, bring out the French press.

  • How is the BLOOM Pour Over brewer different from all the other pour over solutions in the market?

    The Bloom Pour Over brewer is very different in important ways, all leading to even extraction and consistently great tasting coffee. The deep, flat brew bed, combined with the advanced micro-filter with 1502 holes, channel the water evenly through the coffee, releasing its true flavor. For other cone shapes, water exits on all sides, leading to some over-extracted coffee and some under-extracted, giving a different brew every time.  For other flat bottom brewers, there is no deep bed and only a few exit holes, leading to inconsistent results and some over-extracted brew.

  • What experts helped design the BLOOM Pour Over?

    Many experts and coffee lovers helped us by sharing what they didn’t like about existing pour overs, and what they would change to make the perfect pour over.  These experts include Kaley Gann | 2019 Brewers Cup Champion, Rachel Apple | George Howell Coffee, Edmund Keung | café owner and Q-grader, Tommy Kim | Brewers Cup Competitor, and Aaron Kafka | café owner.

  • Do I need to use a paper filter?

    No, you can make it the way you like it, with paper, for a clean oil-free brew and easy cleanup, or without for a more full-flavored coffee and less waste. The advanced micro-filter is built in, so you don’t need the paper filter if you don’t want to, or if you find yourself without. The paper is also renewable and compostable, and oxygen-whitened, making it eco-friendly.

    Brewing with paper filters is faster, taking only 2 minutes. Brewing with only the metal filter taken 3-4 minutes.

  • Will other paper filters work in the ESPRO BLOOM Pour Over Coffee Brewer?

    In a pinch, you can use paper from other brands of flat-bottomed pour over brewers, but for best results, it is recommended you use the ESPRO Bloom filters.

  • The paper is white – is it bleached?

    The ESPRO Bloom paper is chlorine-free for best flavor and eco-friendliness. The paper is also renewable and compostable, and oxygen-whitened, making it eco-friendly.

  • Where can I get more paper filters?

    You can get more filters at espro.com, Amazon.com, Williams-Sonoma.com, EightOunceCoffee.ca, WholeLatteLove.com, SeattleCoffeeGear.com, and wherever they are carried at retail or online.

  • How much coffee should I use? 

    16.5 g of coffee, or 2.5 Tablespoons, for 1 serving (9 oz)

  • Can I make more than 1 serving?  How many can I make?

    The Bloom Pour Over brewer is designed ideally for 1 or 2 servings.  However, you can add as much coffee as you like, and keep pouring, as with any pour over brewer.  Just follow the same coffee to water ratio (19:1) for all brew sizes.

  • What is the recipe for 2 servings?

    For 2 servings, simply double the one serving recommendation. Use 33 g of coffee, or 5 tablespoons, and 620 ml of hot water.

  • How finely should I grind my coffee (with paper filter)?

    We recommend a grind size of 450-500 microns when using a paper filter. Off the shelf, choose fine grind.

  • How coarse should my coffee be if using without paper filter?

    We recommend a grind size of 550-600 microns when using the metal filter without paper.  Off the shelf, choose coarse grind.

  • Why did my brew take longer than 2 minutes?

    The 2-minute brew time is with the exact recipe as outlined on the package and website:  16.5g  (2.5 tablespoons) of finely ground coffee, 310 ml of water at 200 degrees, using the ESPRO Bloom Paper filter. Time will vary by grind size, type of coffee, water composition, water temperature, and pour method.  Without paper filter, brewing will take a little longer.

  • Faster does not mean better coffee.  Isn’t 2 minutes too fast?

    No, not anymore. Speed is a by-product of the design of the Bloom Pour Over Coffee Brewer- for a more even extraction. An uneven extraction means you are over-extracting some coffee and under-extracting some coffee. It takes extra time to over-extract coffee. And you get the bad flavors as well when you over-extract and under-extract coffee. An even extraction gives you better flavor, and less time. In this case, a great cup of coffee in 2 minutes.

  • What is the little window for?

    The little window serves two purposes: 1. to help you see the coffee in the cup as you are pouring it so you don’t overpour. 2. Some baristas prefer to pour in a little hot water at the end, or “bypass” the brewer. This is why it is called a bypass port.

  • Is the BLOOM Pour Over brewer dishwasher safe?

    Yes. The BLOOM Pour Over Coffee Brewer is dishwasher safe.

  • What type of water should I use? What if I have hard tap water?

    Many will use tap water brought to a boil however many baristas and experts prefer to use filtered water. Your choice. Brew it your way.  

  • I have hard water. How do I descale or clean the metal filter?

    If you have hard water, it is recommended you clean the filter with a recipe of half vinegar and half water to descale when you see signs of scaling.

  • How does the metal pour over brewer compare to a ceramic one?

    • The BLOOM Pour Over Coffee Brewer is crafted of food-grade stainless steel so you don’t have to preheat, and to facilitate a micro-filter for even extraction. With ceramic, you need to pre-heat or the ceramic will absorb the heat, and your coffee will lose a substantial amount of heat. With metal, you can pre-heat, but it is not necessary.
    • Metal has low thermal capacity, and we chose the thickness of the metal to retain the most heat for best flavor.

ESPRO Press FAQ

  • I don’t know what size press I have. How do I know if it is an 18 oz or 32 oz?

    Measure the diameter of your filter from the top. If you own a large 32 oz ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 4” in diameter. If you own a medium 18 oz size ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 3.3” in diameter. If you own the discontinued small 8 oz ESPRO Press, your filter measures about 2.5” in diameter.

  • Does my press come with two filters?

    Yes, every ESPRO press comes with two micro-filters. A smaller filter is nested into a secondary filter, and they can be separated with a simple twist. We also make a tea-specific micro-filter, and sell replacement coffee double micro-filters separately, if you require a new one.

  • What size press should I purchase?

    Our presses come in four sizes: 12 oz Travel Press, 16 oz Ultralight Press, 18 oz and 32 oz table top presses. For single servings on the go, we recommend the Travel and Ultralight Presses. We recommend the 18 oz press (approx. 2 US cups) if you are making coffee primarily for yourself, and the 32 oz press (approx. 3-4 US cups) if you’ll be sharing your brew with friends.

  • How does the ESPRO press work?

    The ESPRO press is similar to a French press. The difference between our press and other French presses is that ours delivers a much finer double-filtration, leading to what we believe is the cleanest, smoothest cup of French press coffee available. Grounds are placed into the vessel along with water at the desired temperature. After brewing, the filters are pushed down to separate the grounds from the brewed coffee using the silicone seal around the filter.

  • Why am I having trouble pushing down the plunger?

    Check your grind size, making sure that it is coarse, then ensure your filters are properly cleaned. If you’re noticing that it’s getting hard to press the filters down, they might be clogged with fine coffee particles or residue. ESPRO's double micro-filters use a very fine stainless steel mesh which is designed to filter coarse cofffee particles. If your coffee is too finely ground, it may clog the filter screens, making it difficult to press.

  • Can I put my Press P7 on the stovetop?

    Do not place the Press P7 on the stovetop. The double-walled insulation makes it impossible to heat the press from the stove and the direct heat will likely melt the press, which is not covered under warranty.

  • Why is there liquid left under my filter when I go to clean my press?

    Our patented double micro-filters stop your coffee from extracting when your plunger is pressed. This creates a separation between the grinds and your brewed coffee. The liquid that’s trapped under the filter is sitting in with your coffee grinds, continuing to brew – so for this reason, we don’t recommend drinking it.

    To capture the last bit of liquid in your ESPRO press that’s trapped below the filter (once your press is emptied of brewed coffee): try lifting the plunger, tilting your press to pour out, and pressing the plunger carefully while pouring. This allows you to access the last bit of liquid.

  • What is the difference between the Press P6 and Press P7?

    The Press P7 and the Press P6 are both double-walled insulated stainless steel. The Press P7 is available in both 18 oz and 32 oz sizes, while the P6 is just 32 oz. The plastic handles on the press rod and body of the P6 has a stylish hexagonal design, whereas those parts on the P7 are stainless steel and rounded. The P7 also comes in a couple additional colors/finishes than the P6.

  • I am still getting grinds in my cup. How can I rectify this?

    Make sure you're using coarsely ground coffee. Make sure you take the full 15 seconds recommended to press the filters down, otherwise liquid and grinds may surge passed the silicone lip. If you're still having troubles, we're here to help. Email us at service@espro.com.

Calibrated Tamper FAQ

  • What size tamper do I need for my machine?

    We recommend measuring to be sure, but here are some common sizes to get you started:

    Commercial Espresso Machines
    Astoria - 58 mm
    Azykoyen - 58 mm
    Bezzera - 58 mm
    Brasilia - 58 mm
    Bunn - 58 mm
    Caramali - 58 mm
    Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 - 58 mm
    Cimbali (other) - 57 mm
    Conti - 58 mm
    ECM - 58 mm
    Elektra - 58 mm
    Expobar - 58 mm
    Faema - 58 mm
    Florenzato - 58 mm
    Futurmat - 58 mm
    Gaggia - 58 mm
    Grimac - 58 mm
    Isomac - 58 mm
    La Marzocco - 57, 58 mm
    La Scala - 58 mm
    Nuova Simonelli - 58 mm
    Pasquini - 58 mm
    Rancilio - 58 mm
    Synesso - 58 mm
    VFA - 58 mm
    Wega - 58 mm

    Home Espresso Machines
    Ascaso / Innova - 57 mm
    ECM Giotto/Cellini - 58 mm
    ECM Botticelli - 58 mm
    Estro - 53 mm
    Faema Family - 53 mm
    Francis!Francis! X3 - 57 mm
    Gaggia - 58 mm
    Innova - 57 mm
    Kitchen Aid Proline - 58 mm
    La Pavoni Lusso, Pisa, Si - 53 mm
    La Pavoni Duet, Club, Napolitana - 57 mm
    LaSpaziale - 53 mm
    La Valentina - 58 mm
    mypressi TWIST - 53 mm
    Pasquini Livia 90 - 58 mm
    Quickmill - 58 mm
    Rancilio - 58 mm
    Saeco - 53 mm
    Solis SL 90 - 53 mm

  • Can you make a custom ESPRO tamper?

    Not at this point, however our tampers come in a variety of sizes:

    58.35 mm (VST) flat base with a black handle
    58 mm convex base with a black handle
    58 mm flat base with a black handle
    57 mm flat base with a black handle
    53 mm flat base with a black handle

  • Is your convex base the American base or Euro curve?

    Our convex bases have a gentle curve, 1.67 mm (0.065") in height. This is an American curve. Our convex tamper matches the curve found in a La Marzocco double filter basket.

  • My tamper stopped clicking. What do I do?

    Send an email to service@espro.com and if it's within the 1 year warranty period, and if we have the correct size in stock, we’ll send you a replacement. Please note that currently, shipping could take 1-2 weeks from time of inquiry. 

  • What will the click feel like?

    Our tamper is designed to have a very subtle and gentle click. You will feel it in your hand, yet it will not jar the grinds or cause channeling in the puck. There is a slight, visible bump or click when the tamper reaches the calibration point. There is no sound. This is a click that you feel, but not hear.

Toroid Frothing Pitcher FAQ

Travel Press & Ultralight FAQ

Deep Clean FAQ

Filter FAQ

  • Can I add a paper filter to my ESPRO Press?

    Yes, you can. Make an ultra-clean, oil-free pour over-style coffee by adding a paper filter to any ESPRO press. Since paper absorbs the aromatic oils that many people love in a French-press-style coffee, expect the taste to vary with and without a paper filter.

  • What is a double micro-filter?

    The double filter allows for two stages of filtering. The outer basket-shaped filter is slightly more coarse, and it separates the majority of the grinds from the brewed coffee. The inner basket-shaped filter completes the job, with a much finer mesh than any other press out there. The result is ultra-clean, grit-free coffee.

  • Why does the double micro-filter need to be taken apart for cleaning?

    Each filter comes into contact with coffee grounds, and therefore needs to be taken apart and individually cleaned to ensure you’re getting the best cup of coffee possible. After each use, separate them with a twist and wash both filters thoroughly with soap and water. Gently wash the mesh, removing all visible grit. We recommend using a cloth or sponge.

  • I have a press that is from 2012 and don’t see the filter parts on the website. Where can I get a replacement filter?

    You can get replacement parts and filters for ESPRO products right here, on our website. The filter design has changed over the years however all new filters are backwards compatible with older presses.

  • What are the micro-filters made from?

    Our filters have a polypropylene cage that’s BPA, BPS, and phthalate free. The mesh is made from stainless steel, and the seal is silicone.

  • How long do filters typically last?

    With the recommended care, a filter should have a lifespan of 1-2 years. To extend their lifespan, we recommend hand washing your filters over putting them in the dishwasher. After each use, hand wash the filters. We also recommend giving them a soak in Deep Clean every month.

Warranty FAQ

General FAQ

  • Do you do logo customization?

    We can add your logo to our Travel, Ultralight, and P7 presses. There is a minimum order quantity for each product. Send your request to sales@espro.com and we will be in touch with you shortly.

  • Are you open to collaborations?

    We love to partner with local cafes, baristas, businesses, and our community. Send an email to service@espro.com and we will be in touch.

  • I can’t find an ESPRO retailer in my city, what do I do?

    To find a retailer near you, check out Retailers List here. Our full product line is available through our website. However, if you want some additional support or information, send us an email at service@espro.com.

  • How much coffee to use when making a French press?

     

    Coffee

     

    Water

     

    Makes

     

    Size

    Weight

    Tablespoons

    Volume

    Fill line

    US Cups

    EU Cups

    Small

    15-20 g

    3-4 T

    300 ml

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    1 cup

    2 cups

    Medium

    18-27 g

    4-6 T

    450 ml

    lower

    1.5 cups

    3 cups

     

    24-36 g

    5-7 T

    600 ml

    upper

    2 cups

    4 cups

    Large

    30-45 g

    6-9 T

    750 ml

    lower

    3 cups

    6 cups

     

    45-60 g

    8-12 T

    1000 ml

    upper

    4 cups

    8 cups