As I mentioned before, I’ve been living in sin, using a drip coffee maker. It gotten the job done, but I’ve wanted a best french press for a while. Part of the reason it took me so long to get one, is that there’s an over abundance of choices for french presses. There’s the glass ones, indestructible ones made out of plastic and stainless steel ones that keep the coffee warm longer.
I went with the Bodum Chambord Coffee Press because it A. looks cool. And B. It was specifically recommended because it’s more durable than other brands and doesn’t have have chamber material factors that could negatively affect the taste.
When it arrived at my house, I couldn’t wait to test it out. I ripped open the box and went to work right away to make the coffee that I had been fantasizing about.
The first time attempt was nothing like the coffee I remembered. It tasted like something extra strong that my dad would make, saying something along the lines of that’s how they made it in the army.
What tangled me up was the ounces to cup conversion, I made it way too strong. There’s a reason that I stopped taking math my freshman year in college, and it probably doesn’t help that I’m not an expert in the kitchen either.
The second attempt made it all worth while. It was the coffee that I was expecting, several notches above any coffee made from a drip maker. It had a full body and had flavors that coffee made from a drip maker diluted and hid.
The price of the Bodum Chamboard Coffee Press rages from $30 to $40, about the same as many drip coffee makers, but the taste of the final product is what really made it stand out. The taste of the coffee really out weighs anything else, even some negatives.
I read complaints online of the Bodum Chambord Coffee Press being fragile and I was a little nervous when I opened it up to find that it was shipped in just a box inside a thin UPS box with no extra padding to protect the glass. Also, there was enough room inside the UPS box, where it could slide around inside, possibly getting damaged during transit. Luckily, mine arrived in one piece.
Other than that, the glass seemed like glass. It’s not extra thin glass, nor is it extra thick either. It’s not indestructible like other models on the market, but I’d rather have one that is glass, where the taste won’t be tainted by plastics or stainless steels.
The actual pieces of the press seemed pretty durable with the weak link in the chain possibly being the filter. I’ve had zero problems with it, but time will be the judge.
I also read complaints about the edge of the coffee filters being sharp enough to cut skin, but I had zero issues with mine, even though I’m prone to injury.
The version that I have is the eight cup model, which I expected to translate into four actual cups of coffee in real world situations. However, with the coffee grounds in it, it’s closer to two or three cups of coffee. Which is fine for me, that’s really what I need at a time, but if I wanted more, it would require making a second pot.
The french press is really for someone that wants better coffee, that isn’t worried about convenience. It does require more effort to make – you have to boil the water, put the grinds in, time it before pressing down the pot. And it does require taking it apart to clean, nothing outrageous, but it’s still more work.
I still use my drip coffee maker in the morning, but when I’m tasting a coffee or just making coffee after dinner, I always use the Bodum Chambord Coffee Press now. I’d recommend this model to anyone looking to improve their coffee.
- Excellent Coffee
- Price Is The Same As Most Drip Coffee Makers
- Did I Mention It Makes Incredible Coffee
- Fragile & Lack Of Padding In Shipment
- Not As Quick And Easy As A Drip Maker To Make And Clean