It's a very cool product, but makes me wonder, what's local? If someone in Philadelphia needs some new coffee-making equipment, is it better to buy something made in Oregon or China? From a quality standpoint alone, someone might choose something like the Portland Press—it's beautifully-made, and the sturdy Mason jar is designed to last longer than the typical, easily-shattered French press container. For the environment, though, it's not necessarily a giant advantage; shipping by sea is pretty efficient and is actually less polluting than sending something a shorter distance by truck or plane.
Economically, making a local product like this can have huge benefits for a region (check out the math behind a somewhat similar product locally-made in Boston). But what does that mean for someone in Philadelphia, or Paris? Saying that Americans should support American manufacturing has us-versus-them undertones. What's wrong with supporting workers in China? One answer is that this product is responsibly made in a way that many mass-manufactured products are not. Another answer is that we need more local choices—more options for truly local products no matter where someone lives. For now, coffee-loving Portlanders can buy the Portland Press because it's local, and everyone else can buy it because it's a pretty awesome French press with a great story.