To avoid any unnecessary confusion as to the origin of a French press-style coffee maker that subs in a delicate glass carafe for the “unofficial mascot for do-it-yourselfers” otherwise known as the Mason Jar, design firm Bucket has gone ahead and named their creation the Portland Press. Because if a Mason jar-compatible countertop coffee maker that’s made from components sourced from local manufacturers such as Spooltown and Puddleduck Farm doesn’t scream “Portland” than I’m not really sure what does.
But before you start rolling your eyes and/or humming the theme song to everyone’s favorite (playfully) Portland-ribbing cable TV show, I should point out that as far as beverage-centric Mason jar accessories go, the rather clever Portland Press will come in more than handy for coffee drinkers prone to accidentally shattering/breaking/destroying traditional French presses that have been “assembled from plastic and delicate glass in an overseas factory.”
You see, if the 24-ounce Mason jar-cum-carafe that’s included with the Portland Press kit happens to bite the dust, simply replace it with a jar leftover from a recent raspberry preserve canning session or snatched from your cousin's fishtail braid-heavy wedding. And aside from the jar, the rest of the handsomely designed Portland Press is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Aside from the easily replaceable nature of the carafe, the manufactured-in-Oregon-using-domestically-sourced-materials aspect is the main selling point of the Portland Press. Much consideration went into the sourcing of the “fundamental” materials — glass, wood, steel, wool — that compose the press and its lovely felted wool cozies. Explains GOOD's Adele Peters:
Local woodworkers make the lid from U.S.-grown maple. Local sheep provide wool for the locally-sewn jar cozies. A local, family-owned metal shop makes some of the parts inside, and a local factory assembles everything. The main container is a simple Mason jar, which in theory someone could provide from their own cupboard (though it does come with the kit).
Peters also brings up a good point: If someone living outside of Portland and environs wanted to purchase a Portland Press — someone in, let's say, Pittsburgh
or Pensacola — would it actually be more eco-friendly from a shipping/transportation standpoint just to purchase a French press from a company like Swiss-based Bodum which manufacturers its coffee and tea presses and a few other products at an eco-friendly factory in Portugal? The short answer: Perhaps it would.
Regardless, over at CrowdSupply Bucket has launched a campaign to raise $80,000 — funds that will help move the prototyped Portland Press into the final design and production phases. A pledge of $99 will get you complete Portland Press kit along with a custom 12-ounce felted wool cozy (the expected post-crowdfunding retail price is expected to be in the $119 range). A pledge of $149 will get you the complete kit plus two 12-oz cozies and a T-shirt. The deadline is June 14.
Coffee drinkers and Ball jar enthusiasts, are you intrigued?