[Product Review] Lux Essentials Deluxe French Press Set

I’ve talked before about how I love to make cold brewed coffee and tea because they are so easy to make and less bitter too. You can check out how to make a cold brew coffee here  and it is super easy to make.

Today however, I made a hot brewed coffee in a french press. It was one of those days where….

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I had my usual instant coffee. I thought of doing a Nespresso Espresso, oh the pun. LOL!

Instead, I decided to try the hazelnut cream grounds that I got awhile back, and make it a super concentrated brew, so says the SavvyWife take takes an additional 4 shots from Starbucks for every cuppa she drinks. Addicted? That’s an understatement.

I brewed the coffee with this Lux Essentials French Press Coffee Maker . Yep, that’s the quantity for me alone. :)

French Press Review

Pros:
1) I love how this french press has some sort of like black plastic holder that goes around the entire class compartment so that you are able to hold it safely without burning your hands.
2) It comes with an extra replacement screen, I have not seen this in other french presses that I have bought.
3) They send you a coffee scoop as well, makes it easy for you to measure out the ground coffee for the amount that you need.
4) A full page instructions was included in the box, which I followed (and added 2 extra scoops of coffee for good measure.) and my coffee came out great.
5) The filter worked great, I didn’t find much residue in my cuppa, which is a great relief. Nobody likes drinking sandy coffee, if you know what I mean.
6) This is quite a big container so I love that you can make multiple servings in this and serve a few friends at a go.
You can easily brew cold brewed coffee in this french press, which is one of my favorite things to do.

Cons:
1) The plastic holder that is wrapped around the glass compartment is hollow on the inside. Every time I wash it, water and soap gets stuck inside, and I can’t seem to get it out, except to wait for it to dry out. This might lead to bacteria accumulation.
2) Big container. If you have limited cabinet space, do note that this french press is quite tall. About 9 inches.

Overall, I like the usage of this, and am very happy to use it to brew loose tea and ground coffee. I love that I can brew a bigger batch at a time and chill the beverages in the fridge and drink them whenever I want to.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] Comenzar Instant Read Thermometer

If you cook/bake often, this tool is a must have in every home. Thermometers are a great way to check whether your food is cooked to safe to eat temperatures. I own an analog thermometer myself which I use very regularly. The thing with analog faces is the reading is not always accurate. For this Comenzar thermometer, it is stated that the accuracy is up to 1 to 2 degrees, and the numbers appear on the screen, which makes it almost idiot-proof.

Kitchen thermometer

Here’s a quick description of it from the company:

  • Ultra fast: Comezar Instant read thermometer with 4-7 second digital readout, oF/oC button.
  • Special Design: Magnet-Easy Storage on Refrigerators ; Lanyard-Convenient Portability.
  • Energy saving: Comenzar Digial Thermometer with function of auto-shut off,It can saving battery life.
  • Multi-purpose: Comenzar Meat thermometer with folding tapered probe ,Perfect Easy to use for :Kitchen ,Outdoor Cooking,BBQ ,liquid,Food, Meat,Poultry,Candy,Coffee,Milk,Baby`s formula and Bath water temperature
  • “Hold”Function: When using Comenzar indoor outdoor thermometer,Before withdrawing the probe from food ,press “hold” button to hold temperature reading until be pressed again .
  • Measurement Range: -4~292℉(-20~200℃),Display resolution: 0.1°C,Large LCD display,easy to read digits

What I think of it?

This thermometer is handy and it has a safety feature where you can fold the probe to hide away the sharp points. This keeps the tool small and easy to keep. It operates on a single AAA battery. I love that it has a chart on the side of the handle for quick reference on what temperatures are needed to ensure that your food is safe to eat. I used to have to google that on my phone and it is quite a hassle sometimes when you have dirty hands from prepping your foods. The temperatures are listed in both celsius and fahrenheit which is convenient for whichever metric system you are accustomed to.

Another thing I liked about this thermometer is that is has a magnet on the body of the thermometer, which is great for sticking on the fridge for easy access everyday when I cook. This means, I no longer have to dig through my drawers and cabinet full of cooking utensils to find it. Then again, its brightly colored so it shouldn’t take long to find too. :)

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