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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Great in theory, much less so in execution.
Anyway, I have a few gripes with this unit. First Bodum did not list the capacity of the unit on the item nor the instructions. I had to go online to find it was rated at 16oz. Since I'm currently traveling I haven't actually checked this with a measuring device. I think the actual usable capacity is a little less. This is important since you need to know the right capacity to put the proper amount of coffee into the press. I worked by trial and error the first few days and found out about 2.5 tbls worked for the amount of water I was using. Since I don't have a travel grinder I had to resort to using pre-ground coffee in the unit which leads me to my second complaint. Grounds getting past the press. I don't know if using a coarser grind will solve this and I always expect a little grounds in my pressed coffee, but this unit lets way too much though. I often have a single layer of grounds on top of the screen after I've pressed the coffee. I don't have this issue with my home press using just a spring loaded metal screen. The silicone ring just doesn't provide the tension on the sides to keep the coffee from getting past. The next item I have a problem with is that the unit is not sealed. For a unit that is both a press and a travel mug it is not very leak proof. There is no seal for the spout that you drink from. The hole in the lid where rod of the press goes though does not have an o-ring seal.Read more ›
bad reviews are warranted to an extent, it does have some design flaws but considering you would pay about $10 for a similar mug thats just a mug this one is worth it. as far as the plastic breaking i would think any similar plastic mug would break too but i'll have to see how mine holds up. you must use coarse ground coffee and press the plunger down slowly to avoid grounds in your coffee, even regular french press can get grounds in the coffee sometimes. the mug itself is tapered which is why people keep getting grounds, because the rubber ring doesnt seal well enough at the top. if they had a traditional plunger it would work better. just fill it up lower and insert plunger then add water above the plunger to finish it
Both on medium grind coffee grounds and loose Chinese tea, the press allowed a significant amount of material to pass.
For example, 1 mm thick tea branches floated up past the silicone sides.
The basic problem is poor design: despite good quality plastics and metal stem, the silicone border is not rigid enough and not large enough to grip the cylinder wall. I do NOT see any material defects in the cup -- it just works poorly.
However, the top lid is quite sturdy and comfortable. Useful as an overpriced hot drink mug for cocoa or milk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this as a hand-me-down from a co-worker's spouse. The plastic container is still in good shape (no cracks as mentioned by other reviews). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Apparently this model has been discontinued, as similar models are more readily available, but this was a gift to replace my wife's favorite that she lost. Read morePublished 18 months ago by El_viejo
The coffee grounds have to be course ground, but it saves a lot of time and there's no waste. I don't make coffee often, so this is perfect for the occasional coffee drinkerPublished 22 months ago by J. Dempsey
I am a coffee fiend. I've bought this cup twice now. The first time, my kid dropped it and it shattered(This one actually, I originally wrote this review for the second cup, but... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by James C. Gagne
This is my first try at having a French Press. It's easy to use and even easier to clean. I don't get coffee grounds at all and I like that I can drink out of the container unlike... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Erica Nicole
I got this for my husband two Christmases ago and he has used it every day since and never goes anywhere without it. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Phoebe
I loved this when I bought it for 16$ from the local supermarket some years ago.... I always had a problem with it letting too much grounds float into the drinking portion - but... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Sarah E. Wall