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first_img I like coffee. I’m drinking some right now! While nothing can beat a smooth espresso drink pulled from a commercial-grade Nuova or La Povoni, not everyone has thousands of dollars and several square meters of counter space. I know I don’t, which is why I keep cone filters and french presses around for when I want coffee without going out. And which is also why ThinkGeek offers this Star Wars R2D2 French press coffee maker!This makes a lot of sense. I mean, from a Star Wars branding perspective. R2D2 is a beloved canister-shaped robot on two big stompy feed. French presses are big cylinders. There you go! Just take a French press, paint R2D2’s contours over it, clue on two big stomp feet, and give him a silver-and-blue dome on the top. Or spend $40 (currently on sale for $25) and let ThinkGeek do all the work.This is a nice French press, in that it’s a functional French press. Like with Mellita or Chemex coffee makers, there is only so much you can do to make a French press particularly nice. Make sure the container is a solid glass cylinder, perhaps with a prominent and functional spout, attach a handle to it using some metal bands (plastic and glue alone don’t work so well with a container that regularly gets very hot), and ensure that the press mechanism has a solid and secure piston, a fine metal mesh, and a spring strainer around the edge. Boom, you have a French press, and with the droid art on it, it’s an R2D2 French press.I have one minor complaint about the design, and it’s R2D2’s dome. A smaller circle on the top of the dome is connected to the piston, and there isn’t really a way to lift that smaller part out of the dome without pulling the entire dome up an inch and pressing it back down, so the top part stays up. It’s a really tiny detail, and it could have been fixed with a small tab or something, and it doesn’t actually affect how well the coffee maker works. It’s just a little annoyance.Look, if you like Star Wars and you like coffee, this is a no-brainer. It’s a $25 (currently; MSRP $40) 32-ounce French press, which already is pretty reasonable without the R2D2 accouterments. Add the droid art and legs and dome, and you have a pretty nice kitchen counter or cabinet item for any fan of Artoo. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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