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May 20, 2013
Portland, Oregon, has long been famous for its DIY culture and fussy foodies. Bucket, a Portland-based design firm founded by Bryan Kappa and Rob Story, has found the perfect synthesis of Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Etsy with the Portland Press, a clever French Press that attaches to an every day mason jar. Bucket devised the spout, press, and felt cozie. The rest is nothing you won't find in Aunt Ida's basement. Provided you haven't raided it already for your pickling projects, you hippie. Click through the slideshow for a look at the product and more from the Bucket boys.
Parts of the Portland Press by Bucket

"The story about french presses always breaking and then you're without a coffee maker, is something that we'd really like to express to people," says Kappa. "We really think this product, despite it's initial cost, solves a problem and saves people money in the long run." He and Story expect the press to cost $119.

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Three Portland Presses

Bucket is currently trying to get funding for the Portland Press on the site Crowd Supply. Part of their pitch is that the Portland Press is a made-in-America product whose most delicate part is easily replaced. "The Portland Press is a french press for a Mason jar, made in the state of Oregon, out of materials sourced in the USA. It’s a simple, clean, practical design made out of fundamental materials: glass, wool, steel, wood. Most importantly, the Mason jar is easy to replace if it breaks, and the rest of the Portland Press is backed with a lifetime warranty."

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The wooden top to a Portland Press

Unlike other French presses, whose coffee cools quickly, the wool cozie on the Portland Press ensures another layer of insulation, and a better chance that cup number two from your pot won't be lukewarm.

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The Portland Press has a wooden top and wool cozie

"Some of the manufacturers who we're working with include Portland Stamping & Manufacturing, Spooltown, Creekside Fiber Mill, Puddleduck Farm, B&L Wood Creations, Northwest Spring Manufacturing, Oregon Screw Machine Products, and Tualatin Valley Workshop," says Portland Press. Their crowd-funding efforts are aimed mainly at "tooling that is required to produce the spring and the stamped sheet metal components."

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Parts of the Portland Press by Bucket

"The story about french presses always breaking and then you're without a coffee maker, is something that we'd really like to express to people," says Kappa. "We really think this product, despite it's initial cost, solves a problem and saves people money in the long run." He and Story expect the press to cost $119.

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