Espro is a Canadian coffee innovation company was started in 2002 by Bruce Constantine and Chris McLean. It was founded with the goal of reinventing standard products, such as the French press, to better meet the needs of coffee and espresso enthusiasts around the world. Today, Espro products are sold globally to specialty coffee and tea shops and to consumers online.
The Espro Press solves the most common complaints of traditional French press users, such as grittiness, and has continuous extraction, making the coffee stronger. The Espro Press was a huge hit, but Espro needed additional funding in order to expand distribution. Longer payment times were also an issue, as most of the Canadian-based company’s retailers are located in the United States, making the collection of invoice payments a belaboured process.