bodum french press, a great gift and as good a personal reward !!!

Before the plunger goes down...

bodum french press precompression with cheddar croissant and red globe grapes
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bodum french press, great gift and total coffee necessity !!!

My family and I finally used our last wedding gift card and went to bed, bath and beyond to buy a french press, although I did notice as of writing this article that Amazon.Com beat the $50.00 we paid for ours and then some!

Our regular drip coffee maker was constantly getting clogged by the large amounts of lime in our water. Rather than constantly clean the beeping menace with vinegar every other week and also bear the ambient vinegar taste, we decided to follow my father-in-law's precedent and try a french press, or as the French say, a cafe piston. So far it has worked great! It makes a strong cup, and the long and short of it is that some grains of coffee inevitably get through, still I recommend it. The nuanced flavor of coffee made in the french press is excellent.

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A long line of coffee drinkers

My folks drank ( and to some extent still drink ) a pot or two of coffee between them each day! Now they do half/caffeine but I'm not a fan of that product as they use formaldehyde in the process of removing caffeine. In regards to bodum's french press (the company spells their name in all lower case) I have been enjoying this new coffee ritual, there's something about the method, the plunging of the piston into the frothed and stirred coarse coffee that's really mesmerizing. The essential oils in the fresh ground beans we use really come through in the bodum cup. I bought the largest the 12 cup (51 ounces!~) because we also drink quite a bit, and have company, and have designs on using the french press on our next camping trip, as my father-in-law does. Now all I have to do is take the heads up from my other two father's-in-law and buy a carafe to keep it all warm! Where we live in Wisconsin and it gets pretty cold, as do many of our homes, so the french press coffee will go cold in maybe 5 minutes without an insulated carafe or as my wife calls it, a thermos. I am a die hard coffee microwaver though, haha, so it's all good to me.

Also, if the 12 cup behemoth is too much for you fear not, bodum makes smaller sizes, and decorative versions too, all the way down to one cup. Really a wonderful gift, even for that yahoo in your life who seems to have it all!!!


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... the paper fibers of the filter don't have a chance to absorb the essential oils in the beans

Lastly, as my friend De Greek asks below, do you need a filter? No. That's part of the beauty of the thing. It comes with a fine stainless steel mesh that is part of the plunger. So coffee "experts" (you know who you are!) claim that this imparts more flavor in the coffee, because the paper fibers of the filter don't have a chance to absorb the essential oils in the beans. Also, this reminds me, when plunging down your coffee, be steady and slow! You can use freshly ground beans or preground (or a combination of both like my hot wife and I do!) for just the right flavor. The parts to the filter can be easily disassembled by twisting the black plunger nob righty tighty lefty loosy! Final heads up: grind the beans coarse, not fine, it jibes better with the fine mesh. Here's to your bottomless cup made from a real bodum French press.

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JBeadle 5 years ago from Midwest

I've not had coffee from a french press... sounds interesting though. I've been using a Mr. Coffee maker which gets the job done. A friend of mine bought one of those coffee makers that uses the pods - and it is good but the pods are expensive if you drink a lot of coffee. Nice article. Wish I could taste some of that coffee from the french press.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

How did you know I was looking for information on this? :-))

So may I assume that ordinary filter coffee will do for this, or will I need a special type of coffee?


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I haven't heard of the pods JBeadle interesting! I used to use a Mr. Coffee they work well, but the french press is a process and a really strong cup, we noticed if you put just a little too much water in the cup tastes too watery. Buy the small one, they were maybe $15 I think?

Cheers Beadle!

Ben


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've never been a huge fan of coffee, although I like the aroma. Given my mastery of mechanical or electronic contraptions, it is best I stick with something that comes from a jar or can, anyway. It sounds as though you've found the ideal coffee-making solution....

By the way, you have a most unique profile picture now. I am guessing I'm not the first to mention it, but it is quite distinctive.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

Mike


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

De Greek! Glad to be of service! Thanks for the heads up, I've answered your question above in the final paragraph. I meant to answer that question in my original article, thanks for the edit mon frere!

Ben


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Mike, I can understand the wariness around coffee, I've tried to quit several times myself, but am inevitabley drawn back. I find too much leads to an angry streak for me, however, if I can tune it just right, I can achieve a certain caffinated cynicism that is warm in that most Vonnegut of ways, haha.

Thanks for noticing the new profile pic, too much? I don't want to scare anyone away, I'm not that pale. It's actually a photoshop rendering from my previous profile. From one artist to another, I'll take your "unique" as a compliment!

Hope the stuffing wasn't too soggy for you this Thanksgiving man.

Ben


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I have seen it in the shops but never knew all these ins and outs. Thank you.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Hello, hello. The coffee has been very good, very strong! But very good.

Ben


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

I like to use a French press and I think you can tell a difference in taste verses a drip coffee maker. My husband on the other hand likes a drip coffee maker and so that is what we use. I've got to keep the man that washes dishes, does laundry and vacuums happy. Good article and very useful. Teresa


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

Just to let you know that I have actually bought one of these and it makes perfect coffee. Only I later found that my local supermarket has it for sale at one third the price..:-)))


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

events, good to have both if you can! Good to share the chores too, that's key isn't it!! Be sure to eat something if you all drink too much coffee in the morning, my wife and I call time out if it gets too heated! Haha, toast!

Ben


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Great De Greek I hope I helped! We both seem to have been duped on the price, a well such is life my friend right?

It really does make perfect coffee, enjoy!

Ben


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whcobb 5 years ago from Fort Campbell, KY

Ben... This is a good hub... I've thought of buying a press before but never really had any good insights on them. I may actually buy one now, though, I did just buy a Kuerig Coffee maker and it is wonderful. It is one of those coffee makers that uses those "pod" things. Those are fairly expensive but I only use those when I have company or want to get "fancy" with the coffee I drink. However, I paid $17 for a special filter and along with the 20% off Coupon I had from Bed Bath and Beyond, I still paid less than the listed price for the coffee maker alone. Gret hub man. I think I will go buy me a French Press... As a matter of fact, thanks to your Google Ad at the top, I will actually find one there and hopefully get a decent discount. Cheers, bro and Merry Christmas!


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Big Bill! Just like you I thought about buying a press for a few years, but with all the lime in our water it just pushed me over the edge. I just heard about the Kuerig from a student of mine, he bought it for his mom. Good deal with the coupon too at B, B and B, we had a gift card from our wedding so it only cost us half as much.

Thanks for checking in on me bud! I'm about to edit my profile, just published my first eBook on Amazon man check it!

Ben

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

I don't drink coffee so often anymore (I have become a hardcore tea drinker!), but whenever I make coffee, I love to use my French press. I'm not sure why I favor it over my coffee machine. Maybe because it just looks a bit more refined. lol


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Om, I am with you on the bit more refined part, it really does. There's something about the process that is endearing too. I also like tea, I once read that certain countries overseas are crazy for our sage tea, because it is so organic and has so many healing qualities, as compared to say, earl grey, do you have an opinion?

Nastrovia!

Ben


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truefaith7 3 years ago from USA

Nice review of the Bodum French Press! I have a different French press brand (but came very close to buying a Bodum) that I can't start the morning without! If I ever get a new French press, it will most certainly be a Bodum. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the Bodum with us and offering a little insight about French-pressed coffee to those who have yet to experience its wonder!:-D


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Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks truefaith, it makes a great cup. We've been thinking of buying another, as we are trying to cut down on our coffee intake! We brew around 8-9 cups a day with our 12 cup Bodum Press, we might go buy the 8 cup to get our daily down to 6-8!!!

Glad you liked the review, thanks.

Ben

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