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>Anyone know of a more compact system?
Yup, this has less parts and is more succinct. I got given one for a birthday one year - it's only really good if you like your coffee black however, as once you've pressed it, you can't open the lid to add milk (creamer in the US?) sugar etc without releasing the grind again - this suits me fine though.
Also coffee purists will complain that keeping the steeped grinds in the base of the cup you're drinking from will cause over extraction, while some people say that filter on it has a one way seal which doesn't allow this to happen. Me? I drink my coffee too fast to worry about that.
Ah, Well what about one of those French Press coffee cups that have the plunger inside, like this: [link]
The only thing I could think is that when you pulled the plunger out it would have leaves and sticks all over it and be messy. But maybe there's another way to put the hot water in.
Post whatever solution you figure out here!
There's a French press travel mug that works rather well. It was around 30$ on Amazon. It lives at work with me. Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press Coffee and Tea Mug, 0.45-Liter, 15-Ounce, Black [link]
I would not personally make only 8oz of coffee in a 32oz press pot.
In theory, it could work, it's just a lot of surface area for so little water. If you're using 8oz (224ml) of water, 14g of coarse-ish ground coffee is a good place to start.
They make "1 cup" press pots like this if that's really what you want. But I personally use my pour over device or my Moccamaster Cup-One if I'm only making 8oz. Or an aeropress. Or a moka pot.