We started out using Bodum presses which tend to crack on the bottoms . Then they quit making them -and they are working on a new plastic model. We purchased some GSI presses that work ok - but their "new improved "style has even more problems. What do you all use in a commercial setting to press your coffee. My Baristas tend to break anything that is glass in very short order(Me included) Thanks

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we use Bodum presses also but usually have had good luck keeping them in one piece... but i feel like we're in the same boat, it's a pain to have to go through so many replacement beakers.
We gave up on glass I really like the Bodum Stainless ones.
We tried the bodum plastic ones years ago, and hated them. They worked well enough but, after awhile they became dull and scratched, and looked worn. We went back to all glass and use them for daily service.

For us, the glass is just better looking. When clean and polished, nothing beats it. Yes, they break but with a little finesse, they can last for months.
it sounds like indeed glass is best...i bet you could log how often you replace vs how many you sell and then tack it onto the price....i bet even though when you're buying new beakers it seems like a lot, it's probably only really adding like 5cents to the price of each you sell....or at least that's what I hope :) You could also put a little procedure in place with your staff to try to minimize breakage.
I think I will try the bodum stainless steel presses. They cost twice as much but have to last more than twice as long. Jason - do you use the "Columbia" style?
I'm looking at buying the same one you should keep us up to date on how well it works.

Joseph said:
I think I will try the bodum stainless steel presses. They cost twice as much but have to last more than twice as long. Jason - do you use the "Columbia" style?
Yes we use the Colombia. They are indestructible, I don't think we will ever have to replace them.

Jonathan Morrison said:
I'm looking at buying the same one you should keep us up to date on how well it works.

Joseph said:
I think I will try the bodum stainless steel presses. They cost twice as much but have to last more than twice as long. Jason - do you use the "Columbia" style?
Everyone please save your wallet, go for the stainless steel, and don't go through what we did.

new beakers are $10 a piece for 1 Liter presses. It doesn't take long for those to start adding up.

We went through way too many glass presses until switching to the stainless. Originally we went because we liked the design of the glass model...wrong move.

Yes, the Columbia style is almost indestructible. I had an employee still manage to put a good dent in one, but it still does it's job, and it didn't break like the glass.

I just ordered all new screens for 12 of them after a year...we haven't had to replace one press though. =)

Good luck!
May I suggest the Frieling French Press. They are double walled 18/10 stainless steel, they won't crack and will last a lifetime because we offer replacement parts for the plungers. Check them out on www.frieling.com. I also have picture of one on my page. Let me know what you think?!?

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