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Bodum New Kenya 12-Ounce Coffee Press, Black

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  • New Kenya coffee press uses the preferred plunger method
  • Heat-resistant, borosilicate glass beaker with curved plastic frame
  • Stainless-steel 3-piece filter system; no paper filter needed
  • Frame protects table from heat; all parts are dishwasher-safe
  • 12-ounce capacity makes 1 mug or 2 after-dinner cups of coffee
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Product Description

Size: 12-Ounce

Product Description

The French press coffee maker is accepted worldwide as one of the best methods for brewing coffee and our New Kenya coffee press is sure to deliver not only gourmet coffee flavor, but modern design. The durable and heat-resistant glass beaker is partially encased by the black plastic frame of the New Kenya coffee maker. The frame covers a part of the sides and bottom of the beaker, making it safe for the tabletop without using a trivet or coaster. Simple to use, the French press is a proven method for brewing flavorful and balance coffee. Coffee is measured in 4 oz. cups, so our 3-cup press will brew 12 oz.; a single serving. The small size makes it great for the home or office, anytime you want just one cup of coffee. For best results, use coarse ground coffee. Just add the appropriate amount of ground coffee to the beaker (we recommend one 7 gram scoop per 4 oz. of water). Fill the beaker with hot water (just off of a boil). Leave about an inch from the top of the beaker. Give the coffee a stir with a plastic or wooden utensil to mix it completely with the water. Set the plunger and lid unit in place with the safety lid in the closed position. Allow the coffee to brew for 4-minutes and then press. Turn the safety lid to the open position, serve and enjoy. Clean up is easy too – just scoop out the grounds with a rubber spatula, and rinse the beaker and filter. There is no paper or additional filter required. The 3-part stainless steel filter system is built right into the press. The stay cool handle is built right into the sturdy New Kenya frame. All parts are dishwasher safe. The New Kenya is also available in 4, 6, and 8 cup sizes.


Freshly designed with swooping curves, the black plastic frame on the New Kenya coffee press adds to the anticipation of the morning coffee. And good coffee indeed this press makes. Most aficionados agree that the French press, or plunger, style of coffee maker produces the smoothest cup of joe. Bodum makes the carafe itself of borosilicate glass, the lightweight, heat-resistant kind found in science labs, and the plunger and three-piece filter system of stainless steel. The plastic frame tightly wraps the glass beaker and protects your table from its heat. The lid is also plastic.

To make coffee in the New Kenya, put in the glass carafe one scoop of coarse-ground coffee beans per every four ounces of brewed coffee you intend to make. Add nearly-boiling water, stir with a silicone spatula, and place the filter-plunger-lid unit in the top. After four minutes of brewing, slowly press down on the plunger. Pour, and enjoy. Use the same spatula to scrape the grounds out afterward, and rinse out the carafe and assembly. All the parts are dishwasher-safe as well. The smallest of the New Kenya presses, this size makes 12 ounces of coffee, which equals approximately one travel-size mug or two small after-dinner cups. --Ann Bieri

From the Manufacturer

Awards and Accolades

In 2004 the Bodum Chambord coffee press received the American Culinary Institute's award for best French press coffeemaker.

The American Culinary Institute judges food preparation products such as mixers, waffle makers, and electric teakettles. These products are judged on criteria important to consumers such as ease-of-use, safety, and the quality of the food produced. The institute also judges food preparation products used in restaurants and hotels, including institutional mixers, large-volume coffee machines, and food slicers.

Instructions for Use

1. Place pot on a dry, flat, nonslip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger straight up and out of the pot.

2. For each 1.25-deciliter/4-ounce cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon or 1 Bodum scoop of coarse-ground coffee into the pot.

Caution: Use only coarse-ground coffee. Fine grind can clog the filter and create high pressure. Place coffee maker on a heatproof, nonslip surface.

3. Pour hot (not boiling) water into the pot. Leave a minimum of 2.5 centimeters/1 inch of space at the top. Stir the brew with a plastic spoon.

Caution: Metal spoons can scratch or chip the glass beaker and cause breakage.

4. Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn lid to close off the pour spout opening. (Does not apply to the Brazil models.) Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes.

5. Hold the pot handle firmly, with the spout turned away from you, then using just the weight of your hand, apply slight pressure on top of the knob to lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces best results. If the filter clogs or it becomes difficult to push down the plunger you should remove the plunger from the pot, stir the brew, and then slowly plunge again.

WARNING: Using excessive force can cause scalding liquid to shoot out of the pot.

6. Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.

7. Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger unit after each use. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

Safety Instructions

  • Not for stovetop use.
  • Check glass beaker for scratches, cracks, or chips. Do not use a pot that is scratched, chipped, or cracked. Install a replacement beaker before using the pot again.
  • Keep children away while using. Hot water is a hazard to small children!
  • Do not allow children to use this coffeemaker.
Scald Hazard
  • Excessive plunging force can cause scalding hot liquid to shoot out of pot.
  • Do not plunge with force.
  • Turn lid to close spout.
  • Use only coarse-ground coffee.

Company History

In 1944 Peter Bodum, the father of today's owner, Joergen Bodum, started Bodum in Copenhagen. Times were difficult at the end of World War II; there was hardly any trade and people were out of work. Peter Bodum managed to wholesale a very small variety of housewares products by Danish manufacturers.

After the war Peter Bodum got an import license for kitchen and tabletop products; he traveled all over Europe and ended up importing kitchen and housewares to Denmark. As in the rest of Europe in those days, a lack of products in Denmark meant a market existed for almost anything to be sold. He specialized in glassware from Eastern Europe.

In the '50s Peter Bodum started developing his own products. He collaborated with the Danish architect Kaas Klaeson for a range of coffeemakers. At the time, industrial-design-type kitchen products were very rare. The first Bodum product to hit the market in 1958 was the Santos coffeemaker--based on a vacuum coffee brewing system. It became an instant sensation not only in Denmark but in all of Europe. Bodum still produces the original Santos design to this very day.

Bodum grew steadily during the '60s, but sadly, in 1967, at the age of only 57, Peter Bodum passed away. His wife managed the company until 1974, when she offered her 26-year-old son Joergen to join her in the management of the company. Joergen quickly brought on board Carsten Joergensen--then a teacher at the Danish School of Art in Copenhagen--and soon put him in charge of overall design for Bodum, including everything from products to corporate design, exhibitions, shops, buildings, catalogs, and advertising. It turned out to be a very long and fruitful collaboration. The two men began to fulfill Bodum's credo--"good design doesn't have to be expensive"--in lots of different ways.

In 1974 the first fruit of Joergen and Carsten's collaboration was introduced: the French coffee press Bistro. It was also the first incorporation of the new Bodum design language--beautiful simplicity and excellent materials for everyday life. Many more variations of coffee presses followed. Since 1974 Bodum has produced over 50 million French presses, taken the leap from "coffee" to "kitchen," and developed and produced a large variety of beautiful household and tabletop designs.

In 1979, when he took over the company, Joergen Bodum decided to move to Switzerland in order to be more centrally located in Europe. He chose the Lucerne area, where Bodum's head office has been located since the early '80s.

In 1980 Bodum Switzerland and its design unit, Pi-Design, were founded. Then, in 1986, the opening of Bodum's first shop in London marked another milestone in the Bodum history. It was designed not only to be the perfect showcase for the large variety of Bodum products but to embody an even stronger presentation of Bodum as an international brand. Many more shops in many more cities all over the world followed: Paris, Copenhagen, Zurich, Lucerne, Tokyo, New York, Dallas, Okinawa, Auckland, and many more. To this day there are 52 Bodum stores worldwide.

With more and more of its own stores in place, Bodum continued broadening its collection of beautifully designed everyday life products--from kitchen to home. Today Bodum offers its customers everything from the latest coffee- and tea-making products to tabletop, kitchen, storage, textiles, bathroom, and home office products. Some stores also have a café where Bodum's own selection of coffees and teas are served.

The Bodum Group is, and always has been, a 100 percent family-owned business. Today the company operates in 14 different countries with over 700 employees worldwide. Bodum has holding companies in Denmark and Switzerland as well as 12 sales companies, 3 production companies, and a design company called Bodum Design Group, located in Switzerland.

Product Details

Size: 12-Ounce
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: 10682-01US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,022 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By fp on October 24, 2008
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
This is a perfect coffee maker. The 12-oz press makes exactly one mug of perfect coffee, and looks good too. Easy to use; easy to clean. Make sure the coffee is not too finely ground, though.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Zeynep on August 26, 2012
Size: 12-Ounce
As you can see from others too, the plunger is cheap construction and falls apart. I bought a second one thinking it was random bad lemon from production line, but foolish me, the second one broken even sooner. Nothing you do will keep the filter mechanism bound together, so the plunger stops going down a couple of inches from the bottom.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jayson L. on June 1, 2012
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
Have a ton of Bodum presses and needed a small single-serve one.

This one fit the bill for about 3 uses, until I was drying it out with a paper towel, as I've done a hundred times with another 12oz bodum press, and the glass broke into a dozen pieces.

Thankfully I was able to pull my hand out without a cut or scrape. Decided to buy the 12oz that has the stainless frame, instead of this plastic style.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Chow on August 12, 2008
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
The Bodum New Kenya series of coffee presses is excellent. The plastic handle and beaker covering insulate your hands from any hot liquid. I have thus far not experienced any problems with the plunger clogging up. The only issue I have with the 12-oz version of this product is that it may be difficult for some people to clean the beaker if you don't have a sponge or wash-brush.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jebi44 on January 8, 2009
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
This is a great little coffee press. As a "one cup a day" coffee drinker, I had been microwave brewing coffee grounds in those little single serving bags. Not a good idea, unless you like extremely weak coffee.

I've been using this for several weeks now, and I've not had a single coffee ground get by the filter. The instructions say to use "coarse" ground coffee, but I've never seen pre-ground coffee labeled coarse. Maybe that instruction assumes you buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself. In any case, I've never had any trouble with regular coffee grounds. When cleaning the filter I sometimes have to use a toothpick to scrape around the side, but that's no big deal. I definitely would not use this for something like Mediterranean coffee, which is the only finely ground coffee that I am aware of.

A word of warning - this press makes one regular size cup of coffee only. If you drink more than one cup or use a larger than average mug, you'll want to go with one of the bigger presses instead.

The bottom line is that this makes a great cup of coffee. The only down side to a press is having to dig out the used coffee grounds afterwards...
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Helmick on August 21, 2008
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
Great one-person coffee press. Makes excellent coffee, when paired with good grinds. The only drawback is the size, the coffee is so good I wanted to share, but 12 ounces is just a single serving. Consider the 17 or 34 ounce size if you want to share your coffee.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Butterworth on August 28, 2011
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
When my old one-cup french press broke, I decided to buy this one instead of replacing the pyrex beaker. I'm glad I did. This is a really nice style, much nicer than my old one. It's the easiest, neatest way I know of to make a single cup of good coffee. One thing to note: it's exactly the right size for a single mug of coffee. It even comes with a little coffee scoop that fits inside.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AnotherWindowsBlog on October 21, 2010
Size: 12-Ounce Verified Purchase
While I'm not a hardcore coffee addict, I do try my best to drink at least a cup in the morning. Out of everyone in my family, I am the only one that drinks coffee and so buying a coffee maker didn't make any sense. All this time I basically used a cheap Melitta filter to brew my cup of coffee in the morning and all this time, I thought I was doing the right thing. I mean, what other methods are there to brew just one cup of coffee?

Recently, I learned about the french press and thought it interesting. I did more research on it and basically came to the conclusion that this is one of the best ways to make a great tasting cup (or pot) of coffee. It didn't take long for me to find out that Bodum is a popular brand for french presses and after a long debate, I decided to pick up the 12oz Bodum Kenya model and boy was I glad!

All my life I have never made a better tasting cup of coffee. This simple method of brewing the coffee grinds really does work and the flavor you get out of your grinds is just amazing. The 12oz Kenya model is good enough for people like me who drinks just one cup of coffee at a time. You don't get the full 12oz but it's close enough. After having used the french press for about 6 times so far, not once have I found grinds in my cup of coffee. The strainer really does work to push all the grinds to the bottom of the cup. The secret is to go as slowly as possible when pressing down on the plunger! Also, you must use coarse grinds.

Clean up I do have to say is a bit annoying but it's a small sacrifice to be able to make the best tasting cup of coffee you'll ever brew. After using the press for a bit now, it all feels routine. I don't have a dishwasher so I have to wash everything by hand but it's not that bad once you get use to it.
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