If you’re a regular coffee drinker, then you should consider investing in a French press coffee maker. After all, buying coffee every day can get pretty pricey, and you don’t necessarily end up with better coffee. The one that I recommend is the Bodum Brazil 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker. If you’re familiar with Bodum, you’ll know that they’re a Danish tableware and kitchenware company that is known for the aesthetics of their products as well as being a recognized leader in French presses, coffee brewers and double-walled beverage glasses. Bodum has become synonymous with the French press. Bodum uses borosilicate glass, which is a very strong glass that can handle high heat, such as in ovens or microwaves. Many otherU.S.manufacturers, on the other hand, have had issues with their products shattering or exploding since they use lime soda glass.
According to Bodum, the Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker has the following features:
- Coffee is measured in 4 ounces. cups, this 8-cup, 34-ounce French Press serves 2-3 people
- Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass; BPA free Plastic handle and base. Both Dishwasher Safe
- 3-part stainless steel mesh filter helps extract your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors
- Pressed coffee extracts the perfect amount of essentials oils and acids from the bean for the maximum amount of flavor from your coffee
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
When you order the product, it comes in an easy-to-open box that is recyclable, making it easy for anyone to access since we all know how frustrating it can be to open certain kinds of packaging.
Aesthetically, the French Press Coffee Maker has a nice, simple design and comes in four different colors: black, red (which looks like hot pink), lime green and orange. I like how the top and bottom part of the coffee maker are made of plastic, while the center is a clear glass. It’s like the best of both worlds where you aren’t afraid of chipping off the top or bottom of the coffee maker, but you can also see what’s happening with the coffee.
Is it worth it? I can say that it is. I used to buy French press coffee makers at the dollar store, thinking that it would last awhile and would be cheaper in the long run. How wrong I was! Coffee maker after coffee maker would break after using it a few tries, and I would have to buy a new one after at least a few months. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve tried the more expensive, traditional French press coffee makers and I find this one works just as well. The 3-screen mesh really helps to filter out the ground coffee, resulting in a smooth, strong coffee. Also, I’ve had it for a long time and no breakage yet! This just goes to show how durable the glass is and that the Bodum coffee maker is a worthwhile investment.
I’ve had bad experiences in the past with some coffee spilling out or the lid not being shut tightly enough on the coffee press, making me very paranoid of spilling out coffee. However, Bodum’s Brazil French Press Coffee Maker has a secure lid to keep coffee from spilling while you push down on the press.
I find it’s also great for using at work since everyone likes their coffee differently. With this coffee maker, I can customize my coffee to my wants easily. Also, it can be frustrating when only one person or two people want to drink coffee at a period of time. This coffee maker is a great size for one person if they want seconds, or for two people to share. Like other people, I find it easy to clean. I just swish water with a bit of detergent around and dump out the ground coffee. Although if you like to be extra clean, you can put all the components of the coffee maker into the dishwasher without fear of it breaking.
I know that I’m not the only one who likes this product since I know other people who have used it think it’s really useful as well. Online, its average customer review is 4.5/5 stars out of almost 400 reviews, which goes to show what a good value others have thought it was too.
Where to Buy
As you know, there are a few ways to buy this coffee press, such as at your local department store, or on their website (although it is only available in red and lime green and was out of stock last time I checked), or at Amazon, where you can get the Bodum French Press Coffee Maker at a lower price. Normally, it is $27 retail price (likely lower online), which is great considering that many other presses cost around $40 or so and don’t look as nice. In terms of quality, this one rivals the more expensive ones, so it’s definitely great value from my perspective. As Peter Bodum, the founder of Bodum says, “Good design doesn’t have to be expensive”.
Even if you don’t drink coffee, this coffee maker makes a nice gift. It’s easy to gift wrap the coffee maker on Amazon by selecting “This will be a gift” at checkout. I haven’t ordered it as a gift (yet), so I can’t say what the gift packaging looks like.
Of course, no one product is perfect for everyone. If you don’t like it, you will probably get to refund it or exchange the product depending on the retail store. I do know that if you buy the press off Amazon, you get an option of a refund, replacement or an exchange if you item was damaged. Even if the coffee maker wasn’t damaged, you can still refund the product if you just don’t think it works well enough.
The Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker works extremely well for me, and I hope it does for you too.