So - who has theirs then?
I got mine on Tuesday, went out and bought some coffee last night (Starbucks Medium Colombian if anyone's interested - not great but my local Tesco didn't have much choice!) and am happily supping from it today :)
I love it but I am a little concerned about the fragility of it, it seems that you could quite easily damage the innards. In fact, I've already grazed the finish around the rim just by having it in my bag and there's nothing sharp/hard in there :(
I'll take one please!
Got mine earlier this week too and tried to upload a picky but attachments don't seem to be working.
Let's try a link to my blog instead:
Here's mine, taken the other day:
Time to go refill her :)
wonder when/where they'll be available to the public. looks good
One of the good things I find is that they are nice and bottom heavy so stable on the desk although you can't always work out if you've got coffee left without having a peak inside :)
It "looks" big, but how big is it? I always have a half-pint mug for my tea/coffee.
This is how the Vietnamese have been making coffee for years, I've had two similar but mroe basic sets of these in the house for about 5 years following the father in law visiting Vietnam on business. Amazed nobody's done this before.
A couple of things I don't remember reading about it but which are worth knowing:
- In use, you get roughly the same amount of coffee as you would in a decent sized mug
- The filter screws on to the bottom of the inner section, and the rubber seal slides off. This design makes cleaning very easy
- The upturned filter section holds roughly 4tbsp of ground coffee - which just so happens to be the perfect amount for a medium strength mug :)
- In addition to being bottom heavy, there's an anti slip rubber 'foot' on the bottom to help prevent spillages
- The internal part feel quite weak, I can easily imagine denting it which could ruin it if there were any damage near the filter
- The filter is part of the filter mount, so if it breaks, there's no replacing it (I hope Gamila will be stocking spare filters on their website soon!)
- The finish is easily marked. I've already got parts of the pattern on the outer shell coming off, the usual scuff marks you get with brushed aluminium and some quite nasty looking marks around the rim of the outer shell (although none of this affects usage at all)
- The rubber material the lid is made out of seems to attract every bit of dust and fibre in the air like a magnet!
So, would I recommend them? Yes. It's a fantastic little product that's easy to use and makes preparing fresh coffee very quick and easy (ideal for work/travel). I think Gamila need to put some thought in to toughening it all up a bit and certainly need to sell spare parts. Fortunately, there are only 5 parts in total (the inner section, filter, seal, lid and outer shell) so this shouldn't be too hard for them to do and they'll hopefully keep the price of parts down. Hell, they could even sell variations on the individual parts to allow you to assemble a completely unique Impress!