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Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black
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- Coffee is measured in 4 oz. cups, this 8-cup, 34-ounce French Press serves 2-3 people
- Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass; BPA free Plastic handle and base. Both Dishwasher Safe
- 3-part stainless steel mesh filter helps extract your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors
- Pressed coffee extracts the perfect amount of essentials oils and acids from the bean for the maximum amount of flavor from your coffee. It's the preferred method for brewing for coffee enthusiasts everywhere
- All parts are dishwasher safe
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The Brazil French Press coffeemaker, designed in the early 80's, was our first coffeemaker and quickly became a symbol of what Bodum stands for. Attractive and functional design at an affordable price. The Brazil has a durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass beaker and a plastic handle and base, which make the Brazil easy to use and easy to clean. The 3-part stainless steel plunger has a fine mesh filter, which allows for a premium extraction of your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors. A mesh filter allows this flavor to be delivered direct to your cup and not absorbed by a paper filter. Plus, no paper filter means no waste. The patented safety lid prevents the splashing of liquids while pressing. All parts are dishwasher-safe.
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Before you go out and spend a couple hundred bucks on a new Keurig, do yourself a favor and try this sub $20 Bodum French Press paired with a quality ceramic burr grinder like this one and impress your friends with the perfect cup of coffee.
HOW TO: Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee with this Cheap French Press
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Step 1: Measure out 60g of your favorite coffee beans and grind to a coarse grind (about 60-70 turns with the Morning Grind Grinder on coarse setting). Place into Bodum 8 Cup French Press.
Step 2: Heat your water to 200 degrees by bringing it to a boil and removing from heat for 60 seconds.
Step 3: Pour in just enough water to cover the grounds. Then wait 30 seconds.
Step 4: Stir then add the rest of the water (32oz total).
Step 5: Cover with the lid with the plunger all the way up.
Step 6: Wait 3 minutes.
Step 7: Slowly push the plunger down to filter the coffee grounds.
Step 8: Serve immediately. If you wait too long, your coffee will get bitter.
Though it makes very good hot coffee, I especially like using it to cold-brew homemade iced coffee. Ever notice how when you try to make iced coffee at home by brewing some with a regular coffeepot and then sticking it in the fridge till it cools, it never tastes right? That's cause most good coffeeshops cold-brew their iced coffee, which results in a smoother flavor. When you cold-brew, you use time rather than heat to brew the coffee.
In case you've never cold-brewed coffee, here's how I do it: I take a grinder-ful of fresh-ground premium beans, toss them in the press's pitcher, fill it up the rest of the way with cool, filtered water, let it brew 12-15 hours at room temperature, then press the beans down, stick in the fridge for a while, and serve in a glass with some ice cubes. Delicious! Add sweetness and cream to taste. I'll save a fortune by brewing my own iced coffee from now on. (By the way, the directions for brewing hot coffee are the same, only you use hot water rather than cool, and the heat makes it brew in about 5 min rather than 12 hours.)
If you're a coffee nut like myself, whether you prefer it hot or cold (or either, depending on the weather), you owe it to yourself to try a French press, and this Bodum can't be beat for the money!
This french press nails it though. It won't last forever like the Bialetti, but you fresh grind three scoops (I use four I like it a little heavier.) and then fill with just under boiling water, 1 cup for 1 scoop. I go 4 scoops/3cups. If you aren't afraid to eyeball it a little bit, you can just fill the water up to the white logo box imprinted on the glass, which turns out to be right around the right amount of water. Put the lid back on, wait four minutes-ish, I'm not super strict about it because I'm often in a hurry at home, and then press the rod down slowly. Now all your grounds are stuck on the bottom under the metal filter attached to the rod, and atop the filter is only liquid. Delicious, brown molasses caffeine-laden nectar of the gods. Pour, enjoy.
The small size version of this is TOO SMALL to fill a normal sized coffee cup, just a fair warning. I suppose its handy for travel. I now own a small and the 34-ounce and can't imagine a useful situation for the small version. If you drink a full cup, or more than a cup, buy the 34-ounce. You won't regret it.
The difference between this brew method and the chemex is the lack of a paper filter. Paper filtration removes some of the oils from the coffee before you drink it, which can shave some of the high or low notes off the flavor of the drink. Still, it is healthy to use a paper filter because it removes cafestol, an ingredient in coffee that for those sensitive to it can impact the way your body handles cholesterol and the way you liver handles it as well. So paper filtration is good, but can alter flavor slightly. The Chemex is fantastic and due to it's design vents gasses out of the brew as you pour in water, so a bitter cup never really happens. Here, the french press simply uses a metal filter mesh and a metal plate with holes in it to push the grinds down to the bottom, leaving the coffee on top. You get a sweeter, bolder, more syrupy/velvety coffee out of a french press, because you retain the oils from the beans.
Clean up is a breeze with the bodum, it's dishwasher safe and you simply turn the plunger rod to unscrew the mesh disc from the handle to clean each layer of it. It honestly couldn't be easier, I hope it doesn't change.
The one pain I'll mention... disposing of the grounds is kind of a hassle as you are left with watery liquid at the bottom and a much of old grinds like you would find in a filter, only now, no filter. If you don't want to dump grinds down the drain, and you shouldn't as it's going to build up in your system, then you have to sort of shake and tap to get them out. My garbage can is not my favorite place to hover and hold my breathe while tapping grinds out, and they can really cling in there. So I would love to see the addition of a simple tool built specifically for this, a small stir/lever that can be used and ships with the product. I only suggest this as it is not recommended to use metal tools to clean the inside or stir inside as it can chip the glass, only plastic is recommend. Given that Bodum makes this piece, they could easily have the tool fabricated and shipped with the unit.
Def a keeper.