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I'm also on board with Frieling. I lived in a cold drafty house and got used to the coffee losing a lot of heat while brewing in a glass Bodum. I got this stainless steel, double walled one from Frieling, and it stays hot hot hot.
We bought it for grilling meat, but french press coffee is ideally brewed between 195ºF-205ºF, so we started using it for that as well. It definitely effects the taste.
We use it with our BIFL french press ... also good for tea!
If you're gonna go BIFL on French Press, gotta go with the Frieling stainless steel. Thing is built like a Sherman tank, looks elegant enough to be used as a water pitcher (I have the brushed version) at a nice dinner and cleans really easily. Stainless is much easier to clean, stays hotter/colder longer and I think looks better. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for any other FP on the market.
Recommend it to everyone, and it's cheaper on Amazon ($70) than usual.
I went with a 23 oz Frieling french press. Sometimes you can catch them on sale, but I think I paid about $75 for mine. The only complaint I have heard about this particular brand is that the screen is not fine enough for some people, but it hasn't bothered me at all.
I found myself in a similar position a few years ago.
I have two different stainless steel french presses (one more expensive model and a cheaper one). If you have ever had coffee from a stainless steel mug or thermos without complaint (I haven't had your thermos issue), I think you should be fine. You can wash with vinegar the first time (or first few times) if you're very concerned about it.
An electric kettle (there's some great suggestions in bmzink's comment), and a Frieling french press. I bought my first french press to use in my college dorm room and discovered it was an easy way to make great coffee. And you'll find many other uses for an electric kettle. The french press's I've bought from Starbucks/etc. were not BIFL items. The glass breaks readily and I found they lasted an average of 14 months around me and my friends. The Frieling is solidly built and absolutely the kind of item that will last you a lifetime.
Add a burr grinder (this Hario Skerton is a rock-solid BIFL-quality option that is very affordable), and you'll be set.
I have this french press, it's a bit more money, but I would highly recommend it. I can't use a glass one (too fragile) so my little brother suggested this.