My old shop switched over to the Bodum SS after the fourth glass FP broke: mid-press, spilled hot coffee over a barista's leg. I wouldn't say that the glass versions were unsafe, but why risk it? WE had good results with the SS, but the rep from a roaster whose beans I was working with a while back said the coffee from the Bodum SS FP tasted 'bad.' However, I would recommend a blind taste of the glass/SS side by side (something the rep didn't do) before actually comparing the quality of brew between the two; a rigorous methodology will save us all.
OK everybody, this is the one that we finally settled on after trying them all http://www.planetarydesign.us/products.html?paction= . They work great- no grounds in the coffee- they are thermal so the coffee doesn't get cold before we get it into the airpots-the price is right- easy to buy wholesale- you can get your logo printed. On the downside: the anodized colors peal after some use and look funky. The all stainless silver model does not have this problem.
I really like the Frieling stainless steel french presses. Pretty much he most durable french press on the market. The Bodum columbia is really nice, too. Stainless steel presses cost a bit more but are definitely worth it in the long run, as you can get years and years of use out of them.
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