I’ve just received one of the first batch of Impress Coffee Brewer’s from Gamila Company and wanted to share my thoughts so far.
Visually, I think this is quite a nice looking gadget. There are no unnecessary bells and whistles, no intricate (and ultimately awkward) design features; it’s clean, simple and solid. Size wise I’d say it’s just right – not so small that you barely get any coffee in it but not so big as to become obtrusive. Imagine the thickest part of a standard pint glass and you’re close (there are of course more specific dimensions on Gamila’s website).
Each Impress is made of 5 separate parts – a rubber lid, rubber seal, stainless steel filter, stainless steel inner section and stainless steel outer section. The simplicity of this designs makes cleaning and maintenance extremely easy.
Bottom heavy by design with a rubber ‘foot’, the Impress would be fairly difficult to accidentally knock over and coupled with the lid virtually impossible to spill out your coffee.
Unfortunately, I do have one complaint. The inner section and filter both feel quite fragile and it’s easy to imagine these getting accidentally dented, which could render the Impress useless. The finish is already starting to spoil on my Impress after just a couple of days (although that doesn’t affect usage of course), though it’s hard to imagine what Gamila could do to prevent this.
As I’m an early adopter of this product (I backed the Kickstarter campaign, as the very nice signed postcard from Gamila shows above) there is currently no way of replacing any of the parts; I couldn’t even buy a completely new Impress right now if I wanted to! I am hoping that Gamila will recognise the need to make spares available upon the official launch however and the simplicity of the parts should make this very easy for them to do. It’s such a simple design that they could even sell different variations of each part and let us assemble our own, customised Impress, though this would of course be more of a marketing than a practical venture!
The most important aspect of any coffee brewer of course has to be in the taste and I’m happy to say that the Impress doesn’t let you down. The filter works perfectly, letting absolutely zero ground coffee back in to your drink and produces a lovely cup every time. The insulated outer shell and rubber lid means you really can prepare a cup in the morning and take it on your commute without it getting cold. Wonderful!
What I was also very pleasantly surprised to find was that the filter basket doubles up as a measuring cup, measuring out approximately 4 tablespoons of your favourite coffee; just the right amount to put in to your Impress for a medium strength coffee. It’s the little bits of attention to detail like that which can make you really love a product.
So, to summarise:
I’d definitely recommend this product to any coffee lover and really hope that Gamila see the need to provide affordable spare parts in the future. As a first iteration of this product, it can only get better from here. Well done Gamila!
For more information and to pre-order your Impress, please see the official Impress Coffee Brewer website at http://impresscoffee.com