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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice! But tastes like rubber if it sits..., November 22, 2005
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This review is from: Bodum Columbia Thermal 51-Ounce Stainless-Steel Coffee Press (Kitchen)
Just like every review; I will also say nothing beats a coffee press! I used to have a glass, 8-cup press which I had for 2 years and just loved it. The glass broke, and instead of replacing it, I seen this (non-breakable) stainless, insulated, 12 cup unit (I love coffee). I made my first pot and just like the glass press, it tasted fantastic the first round. The second round; it had the smell and taste of the rubber gasket around the screen (and yes I washed it thoroughly). I sure hope this issue subsides with usage. I would have preferred if they stuck to spring gasket (like the glass pot). Perhaps the metal on metal prohibited this design. All-in-all, I wish I just replaced the decanter.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2008 9:52:05 AM PST
BB says:
Has the nasty rubber taste subsided? If so how long did it take?

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 10:50:44 AM PDT
Janice Wade says:
I have noticed a funny smell that affects the taste. What can I do about this? Did your smell and taste go away?

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 6:47:44 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 3, 2011 9:11:43 AM PST
griller says:
Yes. They definitely should have stuck with the 3 part stainless steel innards instead of the plastic gasket. I found a friend with an old broken glass bodum who saved their stainless steel parts so I replaced the plastic part and I am much happier now. What's the point of making a beautiful stainless steel press pot and then putting plastic in it Bodum? If I had known there was plastic insides I would not have bought this model.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 9:01:56 AM PST
M Eubank says:
Just got this press and have had a glass bodum press for over 10 years. I too noticed the plastic taste and called Bodum... The customer service rep had the fix. THE SOLUTION is to put about a 1/2 cup of vinegar and about 4 cups of boiling water in the press for about 20 minutes (soaking the plastic parts). Rinse well. Bad taste is gone.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 9:08:39 AM PST
I've got the rubber smell as well. I might try the vinegar thing suggested below but I'm just not a fan of rubber and plastic in my near boiling water. I'm trying to see if I can find just the stainless plunger for sale somewhere. Other that I love the press.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 5:34:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2013 5:34:50 PM PDT
trisailor says:
I've had this unit about 4 years, and never noticed any bad taste or plastic taste. Maybe they changed the material after you got yours.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 5:41:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2014 5:42:48 AM PST
I too have never noticed any rubbery taste. I also use it to make loose leaf tea (it's great how versatile this thing is), and with the subtler flavors of tea I would have picked up on any off-notes.
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