Chambord Coffee Press by Bodum® 12 cup
Many Happy Cups, then no cups at all.
A fine device.*
French presses are relatively simple and ingenious little things, but this one is quite lovely to behold, stands out. Every piece is has a solid feel and it all disassembles for thorough cleaning. The Bodum carafe glass is thick and slides snugly into the base.
However, I must mention that mine did break after affording me 2 years of pleasant coffee experiences. Specifically, the glass broke. It was not due to an instance of dropping or banging it. It did crack, and the crack began as a perfectly straight line down the inside of the glass, which caused me to suspect the metal mesh on the plunger.
Looking at my plunger, I did notice the mesh filter unraveling a bit, with a bit of sharp metal wire sticking out along the edge. I concluded that that placing the plunger in the pot was akin to using a glass-cutter. So,simply using a less that pristine filter as intended resulted in a shallow cut in the glass which-after the constant heating and cooling of the french press as it brewed coffee- caused the carafe to eventually break.
So, if you buy a press like this, it might behoove you to chuck your filter at the slightest hint of damage to the part of the filter that contacts the glass. I've no idea how much it would set you back, but its probably cheaper than replacing the carafe, which would be about $18 each, depending on where you find them avalable.
*I'm reviewing a different color (i.e. red, but still steel [ha!] as shown) of the same size Chambord press. If you buy a different color with the shiny, lacquer-like finish, be aware of the fact that it may chip or crack in a dishwasher, even if the product is described as 'dishwasher safe'. My finish did, but I used an abrasive pad to scrub the finish off the plunger top, which gave my chambord an improved two-tone look. Yeah!
I cannot comment on this new chrome finish.
I implore you to brew loose-leaf tea and herbal tea in your Chambrod (I did!) in addition to coffee. The carafe allows the tea leaves and/or other dried ingredients to expand fully, ensuring that all the deliciousness is pulled from them. Increasing exposure to the solvent (water) is important! Watching tea brew in the large carafe with natural backlighting is as beautiful as watching calm snowfall or a time-lapse of flowers blooming.
April 4, 2014
really love this
So easy to use and taste better than a dip coffeemaker.Wish I bought one along time ago.
January 20, 2014
Yummy Yummy Yummy
I was a little nervous to try this French Press out. The directions were very easy to follow. It brewed the BEST cup of coffee I ever tasted. This will stay on my kitchen counter.
December 29, 2013
I bought this for a Christmas present so it hasn't been used yet, but the quality is great and the price was reasonable.
October 27, 2013
Easy to make Great coffee at home or on the road
This is the only coffee maker we have found that can rival my wife's Capressa coffee maker--our Daughter liked it so much she took our original Bodum coffee press with her when she returned to Detroit so this is actually our second one! bogie
September 25, 2013