Coffee aficionados looking for a no-mess French press, but who were burned by the Rite Press’ no-show, may be in luck. Planetary Design is currently taking orders for its self-contained BruTrek OVRLNDR French press, which features a removable base plate for easy cleaning.
Anyone who’s used a French press knows how they make delicious coffee, but how much of a hassle they are to clean. The grounds get stuck to the bottom and if left in the vessel have to be chiseled and rinsed out without those coffee grounds going down the drain.
That was the allure of the Rite Press, which crowdfunded a ton of money — only to not deliver an actual product to many of its backers. Rite Press was a whole thing, with a ton of drama around it, and for more you can read the full story here.
The OVRLNDR is a little different than the Rite Press. It’s a rugged, 28 oz, double wall vacuum insulated, outdoor travel mug with a built-in plunger, and the aforementioned removable base plate, which collects the coffee grounds and can be taken off for easy cleaning. Going one step further, the company says that its patented plunger and brew-plate assembly stops the grounds from brewing once fully pressed so the coffee doesn’t become bitter.
Another way Planetary is different from Rite Press is that Planetary has been in business for 15 years and already has a number of coffee-related products on the market. I spoke with Jess Nepstad, CEO of Planetary Design by phone this week who told me that his company has a person in China right now inspecting the final elements of production. Nepstad said the OVRLNDR will be available here in the U.S. in February with an MSRP of $50. Nepstad also said that a more upscale in-home version of its no-mess French press solution will be available in September of next year.
While this hot coffee solution may be cold comfort to those Rite Press backers who never got their device, Planetary is doing those crowdfunders a solid. People who backed the Rite Press are eligible for a 25 percent discount when the product comes out, by providing their email address with the company.