Common FAQ

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

    Our recommended coffee recipe: * see table at end of page

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

    Measure the diameter of the microfilter: 32 oz = 4.125 inches, 18 oz = 3.375 inches.

  • Does my press come with two filters?

    Yes, every Espro press comes with two micro-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 tea-specific micro-filters, and sell our coffee double micro-filters separately, if you require a new one.

  • What size press should I purchase?

    Our presses come in two sizes: 18 oz and 32 oz. We recommend the 18 oz press if you are making coffee primarily for yourself, and the 32 oz press if you’ll be sharing your brew with friends.

  • How do I make coffee with my ESPRO press?

    1. Preheat: Fill the bottom of the press with hot water (this step can be skipped if you’re in a hurry
    2. Grind: Grind coffee just before use. A coarse, drip grind gives the best results.
    3. Measure: See ESPRO’s recommended recipes here.
    4. Empty out preheat water.
    5. Add coffee and clean any grinds sitting on the top lip of the press.
    6. Boil water. Let it cool for a minute or two. Ideal temperature is 200-220 °F.
    7. Fill the press until the water and coffee meet the fill line.
    8. Give it a quick stir to ensure all the grinds are wet.
    9. Press the lid on gently without pressing it down.
    10. Wait four minutes. In a rush? Use more coffee and wait two minutes.
    11. Press slowly until the button reaches the lid. If the force feels too high, pull up briefly to clear the filter instead of using body weight. Take 15 seconds to fully press.
    12. Pour and enjoy.

  • 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 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 dissolved solids.

  • Why am I having trouble pushing down the plunger?

    Check your grind size and coarseness, then check if your filters are properly cleaned.

  • Can I put my P7 press on the stovetop?

    Do not place the P7 on the stovetop. The double walled vacuum 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.

  • Why is ESPRO entering the Pour Over market?

    • The market’s leading pour overs are not meeting the needs of consumers currently. Coffee lovers and experts tell us they are not delivering evenly extracted coffee and they make it hard to create consistently good coffee. With other pour over brewers, some grounds are over-extracted, and some under-extracted, leading to increased bitterness and bad flavors.
    • Cafes also desire a better solution to make Pour Overs quickly, and consistently between baristas, without compromising on flavor.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Where can I get more paper filters?

    You can get more filters at espro.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.

French Press FAQ

  • How much coffee should you use when making coffee with a French press?

    Our recommended coffee recipe: * see table at end of page

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

    Measure the diameter of the microfilter: 32 oz = 4.125 inches, 18 oz = 3.375 inches.

  • Does my press come with two filters?

    Yes, every Espro press comes with two micro-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 tea-specific micro-filters, and sell our coffee double micro-filters separately, if you require a new one.

  • What size press should I purchase?

    Our presses come in two sizes: 18 oz and 32 oz. We recommend the 18 oz press if you are making coffee primarily for yourself, and the 32 oz press if you’ll be sharing your brew with friends.

  • How do I make coffee with my ESPRO press?

    1. Preheat: Fill the bottom of the press with hot water (this step can be skipped if you’re in a hurry)
    2. Grind: Grind coffee just before use. A coarse, drip grind gives the best results.
    3. Measure: See ESPRO’s recommended recipes here.
    4. Empty out preheat water.
    5. Add coffee and clean any grinds sitting on the top lip of the press.
    6. Boil water. Let it cool for a minute or two. Ideal temperature is 200-220 °F.
    7. Fill the press until the water and coffee meet the fill line.
    8. Give it a quick stir to ensure all the grinds are wet. 
    9. Press the lid on gently without pressing it down. 
    10. Wait four minutes. In a rush? Use more coffee and wait two minutes.
    11. Press slowly until the button reaches the lid. If the force feels too high, pull up briefly to clear the filter instead of using body weight. Take 15 seconds to fully press.
    12. Pour and enjoy.

  • 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 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 dissolved solids.

  • Why am I having trouble pushing down the plunger?

    Check your grind size and coarseness, then check if your filters are properly cleaned.

  • Can I put my P7 press on the stovetop?

    Do not place the P7 on the stovetop. The double walled vacuum 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.

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
    Astra - 56 mm
    Aurora - 56 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
    Cremina Olympia - 49 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
    Reneka - 56 mm
    San Marco - 55 mm
    Spaziale - 52 mm
    Synesso - 58 mm
    Unic - 56 mm
    VFA - 58 mm
    Wega - 58 mm
    Home Espresso Machines
    Ascaso / Innova - 57 mm
    Bodum Granos - 51 mm
    Delonghi BAR32, BAR42, BCO264B - 51 mm
    Delonghi (old) - 49 mm
    ECM Giotto/Cellini - 58 mm
    ECM Botticelli - 58 mm
    Estro - 53 mm
    Faema Family - 53 mm
    *Francis!Francis! X 1 (old) - 52 mm or 53 mm
    Francis!Francis! X 1 (new) - 56 mm
    Francis!Francis! X3 - 57 mm
    Gaggia - 58 mm
    Innova - 57 mm
    Kitchen Aid Proline - 58 mm
    Krups - 49 to 52 mm (measure)
    La Pavoni Lusso, Pisa, Si - 53 mm
    La Pavoni Duet, Club, Napolitana - 57 mm
    La Pavoni lever machines (before 1999) - 49 mm
    La Pavoni lever machines (after 1999) - 51 mm
    La Riveria - 45 mm
    LaSpaziale - 53 mm
    La Valentina - 58 mm
    Mokita - 55 mm
    mypressi TWIST - 53 mm
    Olympia Club, Cremina, Express - 49 mm
    Pasquini Livia 90 - 58 mm
    Quickmill - 58 mm
    Rancilio - 58 mm
    Saeco - 53 mm
    Solis SL 90 - 53 mm
    *Starbucks (barista) - 52 mm or 53 mm

    *for a standard fit without binding and even compaction 52 mm is recommended. Actual size is 53 mm but due to the extreme precision a 52 mm is recommended for regular use.

  • Can you make a custom ESPRO tamper?

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

    58.35 mm (VST) flat base with a red handle
    58 mm convex base with a black handle
    58 mm flat base with a black handle
    57 mm convex base with a black handle
    53 mm convex base with a black handle
    53 mm flat base with a black handle
    51 mm convex base with a black handle
    49 mm convex 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 we’ll send you an email with a shipping address for you to send your tamper to. Most of the time, our technicians are able to make a repair. In the event that a repair is not possible, we will send you a new tamper. Please note that repair will take 2-3 weeks.

  • 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?

    Yes, you can. Make an ultra-clean, oil-free pour-over coffee by adding a paper filter to any Espro press. Since paper absorbs the aromatic oils that most of us 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 lower basket-shaped filter is slightly more coarse, and it separates the majority of the grinds from the dissolved solids. The upper 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 need 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 scrub the mesh, removing all visible grit. We recommend using a soft brush 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.

  • What are the micro-filters made from?

    Our filters are all made of BPA-free stainless steel mesh.

  • 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, wash the filter with soap and a sponge. 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 service@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?

    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

    ----

    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