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Javaale Video Review

Javaale Video Review

A while back I made a little video about coffee presses. It’s a topic I’m quite passionate about, as you can tell. About two weeks ago, the manufacturers at Highwave contacted me regarding their new product, the Javaale. This is what their site has to say about it:

The new 14 oz Javaale is perfect or more java… tea or a beer stein with no handle. The slightly wider base allows this to go where no coffee/stein have gone before. Handy also for California earthquakes!

Keep Java hot in the AM and Ale cold in the PM. All glass in this series are mouth blown, these like the others are packed in gift boxes. The silicone base and glass are microwave and dishwasher safe.

What it doesn’t tell you in the copy is that it comes with a press feature to make fresh coffee right at your desk. While they tout the product can be used beer (hence the ale part of the name), I doubt I ever will. It does make good coffee and tea but there are a few shortfalls.

Pros:

  • Double wall construction preserves coffee/tea heat for about 30 minutes.
  • The press is easy to use.
  • The top flap (see video) can create a water tight seal that prevents spilling (even when inverted).
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • VERY easy to use.
  • Sturdy.
  • Rubberized base means you don’t need a coaster.

Cons:

  • No fill line. With no markings on the glass, it’s hard to know how much water you need to put in to make your coffee/tea. The glass is rated for 14oz. This also impacts how far down you push the press and affects the seal. It would be nice to have some kind of frosted design to mark where you should stop filling the cup with water.
  • The top flap hits your nose. The cup is designed to have you leave the press in while you drink. To allow your beverage to slip into your mouth, you tilt the top flap and drink. If you have a large nose, or are at the end of your dink, you must tilt the cup more and more… and then your nose comes into contact with the lid. It takes a little getting used to.

All-in-all, I really like the cup and it will certainly make the journey with me to Korea as a way for me to make a cup of tea on the spot. They tell me the full product goes on sale in July. By the way, this is the company that brought you THE travel mug some 20 years ago.

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Written by Steve Miller

May 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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  1. You are certainly a man who cares about his coffee presses. lol

    John Lacey

    May 19, 2009 at 6:58 am


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