It takes some work, but the French-press method brews a smooth, velvety cup that's deep and rich. The best vessel for making it is one of Frieling's well-constructed French presses, made from stainless steel. Available in various sizes, they fix two French-press flaws: They're insulated to keep your coffee hot, and they're dishwasher-safe to speed cleanup. [$70; frieling.com]
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