The borosilicate glass of the BEAN French press is encased in colourful plastic, protecting the glass beautifully. It also makes the BEAN completely spill-proof and safe, in case it gets knocked over. The silicone gasket connecting the lid and the glass has an insulating effect and helps maintain the heat of the coffee longer. The simple push of a lever lets the coffee flow into the cup–all easily manageable with one hand. The BEAN coffee maker is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.