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Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., Chrome
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- Coffee is measured in 4 ounces. cups, this 8-cup, 34-ounce French Press serves 2-3 people
- Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass; Stainless Steel frame and heat resistant handle. 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
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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From the Manufacturer
Bodum Chambord French Press
Chambord is a true original. The iconic design, now synonymous with the Bodum name, dates back to the 1950s and manufactured in our own Bodum factory in Tondela, Portugal.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Chambord is a true original – the classic French press coffee maker designed in the fifties. To this day we continue to produce the Chambord with the same artisan craftsmanship of yesteryear, but with a focus on environmentally responsible manufacturing in our Bodum owned factory in Portugal. The frame and lid, made of steel, undergo several chrome plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use. The spare glass beaker is made of heat resistant Borosilicate glass. The black Chambord Polypropylene handle comes in a matte finish that not only gives a comfortable grip while serving but adds to the classic quality of the design. The French press system has always been the simplest and ultimate way of brewing an excellent cup of coffee. Using fresh coarse ground beans with water between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit (92-96 degrees Celsius) brings out the very best in all types of coffee.
Step 1- Coffee
For each 1.25-deciliter/4-ounce cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon or 1 Bodum scoop of coarse-ground coffee into the pot.
Use only coarse ground coffee. Fine grind can clog the filter and create high pressure.
Step 2- Water
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.
Metal spoons can scratch or chip the glass beaker and cause breakage.
Step 3- Press
Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn lid to close off the pour spout opening. Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes. 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.
Step 4- Enjoy!
Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.
Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger unit after each use. All parts are dishwasher-safe.
3- Part Stainless Steel Filter
The spiral plate keeps the filter mesh in place and makes sure that water goes through but no ground coffee. The flexible spiral provides a universal fit taking into account the manufacturing tolerances of glass jugs.
The filter mesh is a key component to the Bodum Coffee Makers. It separates the ground coffee beans from the water after the brewing has stopped.
The cross plate holds the mesh in place together with the spiral plate.
Top Customer Reviews
I am extremely pleased with the ease of preparation and the taste of the coffee. I actually consider the brewing and clean-up LESS complicated than my big drip coffee maker--and it was supposedly "top of the line" from Starbucks. First and foremost, there are fewer parts to mess about with. I always had to dump the used coffee grinds out of the gold reusable cone (and I always had a tough time sliding the plastic collar back on to it), scrub the stainless steel container, remove the water tank and fill it with filtered water, put everything back togeher, always ground my own beans....and the coffee still never tasted smooth enough to suit me. Brewing with a French Press is no more fussy than making a pot of tea. And scraping out the used grounds from the glass carafe into the trash (or compost bin) with a plastic scraper is easier on my psyche than banging the gold filter on the side of the kitchen trash can to try to remove the sloppy, messy grounds--and then scrubbing the filter, the filter holder, etc. After disposing of the grounds from the glass container, all that's left to do is rinsing the glass carafe and mesh strainer with hot running water, which takes only a few minutes. I appreciate the warnings about the carafe's fragility from other reviewers...I suspected as much because it does seem delicate. But it will be worth the extra care.
I did not find it a big deal to wait 4 minutes for the coffee to brew. You can wipe down kitchen counters or open the mail during those short minutes, and the taste is so superior to drip that I consider the wait a non-issue. But I do most of my coffee drinking in the afternoon or evening....a person who wants that first cup of coffee ready and waiting as soon as they fall out of bed in the morning may want to retain their timed drip brewer.
The one and only drawback I've experienced, as other reviewers have stated, is that the coffee can't stay piping hot for long. The recommendation to pour it into a heat-retaining thermos or carafe is a good one for the person who wants to spread the coffee drinking experience over a period of time...or if guests are being served. Being the only true coffee drinker on the premises, I've selfishly just slurped it down before it got cold...or thrown a tea cozy over it which helps retain heat for awhile. As other reviewers have pointed out, the "8 cup" is not really 8 full cups of coffee as Americans think of it--it's really only a little over 2 good-sized coffee mugs. I've actually seen "coffee press cozies" in some stores which might help retain the heat. I'm retired now....maybe I'll knit one.
I read several reviews before purchasing my coffee press and reading over and over again about the superior taste, I decided to go ahead, since I had a $10.00 off coupon to buy one. To any lover of a smooth, rich cup of coffee, I would definitely recommend the Chambord French Press. I have a feeling that my big drip machine is going to be gathering dust from now on. As far as the preparation, I think most true coffee lovers would consider it a part of the "zen" of the experience--like the Japanese tea ceremony. A small amount of thoughtful prep is well worth it for an excellent cup of coffee. Life is short. Enjoy the best cup of coffee you can.
I was contemplating getting a milk frother like this one Bodum Chambord 5-Ounce Milk Frother when I realize its almost like my french press so I decided to try it. I poured whole milk in my french press filling about 1/3 of the glass and pump the plunger up and down and it quickly created frothy foam to about 2/3 of the glass. I then removed the glass from the stainless steel frame and nuked it in the microwave for about 1 minute. Make sure you pay close attention to it in the microwave because the froth can get higher and overflow. This was so easy and quick that I can make my own latte at home daily before leaving for work.
while looking for a teapot with an infuser to steep loose leaf tea and looking at some of the glass teapots on Amazon, I realize that I might be able to use this so I didn't have to buy one. What I do is put some loose leaf above the plunger and pour hot water into the french press, let it steep a few minutes. I then pour a cup out and leave the remaining tea inside the french press but move the plunger above the water so it doesn't continue steeping and make the tea bitter. It takes a little getting use to when pouring with the plunger in the french press but after a couple of tries, its pretty easy.
It's great to find some other uses for this so I didn't have to buy additional kitchen gear to clutter up my kitchen.
Also, after reading some of the negative reviews, a lot of people seem to have given up on French Press coffee. It takes time to get it right, but once you do it's the coffee version of good sex. If you are impatient and just want a fast cup, stick with your coffee maker or swing by Starbucks. French Press is an artistic love affair with your coffee beans. If you are new and just taking the plunge, a couple of pointers:
-Never bring the water to a full boil…it really does make a difference.
-Don't use canned, pre-ground coffee. Vacuum packed or not, coffee beans lose their richness and characteristic within seconds of grinding. Treat yourself. Either go to your local bean master or shop around on line…experiment…it's part of the fun. Yes, good, fresh beans are expensive, but not nearly as much as a cup from Starbucks. Go ahead…treat yourself. You’re worth it!
-At some point, invest in quality equipment. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to French Press, you’ll probably start off with something like one of those small Krups grinders. That’s better than pre-ground, but it pretty much just mangles the beans and you’ll not get a consistent grind…the grind needs to be COARSE, and that’s difficult with this type of grinder. What you need for consistency is a quality burr grinder. If you decide on that, don’t go fro the low end models…most will wake up your neighbors. I recommend the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder (about $200 at Amazon and prime eligible). It’s the last one you’ll need for years.
-Also recommended are (1) an air tight coffee container…that wonderful aroma you get when you first open a bag is the scent of your beans losing quality…with a good container, you can put them in immediately and preserve the freshness. (2) An electric water boiler…much faster and easier to see when the water just begins to boil. Make enough so there’s enough water left over to pour into your cup to heat it while the coffee brews.
-Last, take your time. Grind your beans LAST…when the water is ready. Be sure to stir before putting the lid on (with a PLASTIC or RUBBER stirrer). Let it brew for 5 (not just 3) minutes. SLOWLY compress…just use the natural weight of your hand. Pour, relax, enjoy! (Oh…I also sprinkle in some cinnamon on top of the coffee prior to adding the water…try it!)