When I was moving across the country, I shipped a box of my seven favorite coffee mugs and my french press with the USPS. I'm not sure if they misread the word "fragile" written all over the box as "f-ya-drop-kick-this" ... but, by the time it arrived, every single item in there was crushed into hundreds of pieces. Including my french press, which was made of metal (don't ask me how that's even possible).
The brightside of the cardboard box carnage was that I treated myself to an upgrade. Let me introduce you to the Bodum Eileen! A modernist golden french press named for the Irish designer Eileen Gray. The only drawback is that the press is so pretty I take it to my desk, where I inadvertently drink a whole pot of coffee and end up rapidly surfing the internet.