Bodum Columbia Thermal 51-Ounce Stainless-Steel Coffee Press
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- Thermal coffee and tea press keeps beverages hot for up to 2 hours
- Double-wall stainless-steel construction insulates contents
- Safety lid keeps contents from spilling
- Dishwasher-safe for quicker cleaning
- Holds 51 ounces, enough for twelve 4-ounce cups of coffee
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To use the Columbia press for coffee, grind fresh beans to a coarse consistency, add 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water, then add hot water and brew for four to five minutes before plunging the press. Tea brews in the same manner, but with whole tea leaves instead. The press holds up to 48 ounces of liquid--enough for 12 small cups of coffee (4 ounces each)--and features Bodum's patented safety lid to keep the contents from spilling. For best results, users should dedicate the press to brewing one beverage only, as coffee and tea flavors tend to cross over when brewed separately in the same vessel. The Columbia coffee and tea press is dishwasher-safe. --Rivers Janssen
Top Customer Reviews
I have noticed that a number of reviewers have mentioned that the coffee doesn't remain as hot as they would like. Here's how I get around that problem.
First of all, I don't think any french press design is really suited to keeping coffee hot for a long time. If you want that then perhaps you should stay with a Mr. Coffee or a percolator.
That being said, I do like to have my coffee hot for up to an hour each morning. I purchased the 8-cup Bodum and it produces just enough coffee for my wife and I to have a large mug of coffee, with enough left over for a warmup for each of us. If we're wanting more coffee after this, then we simply brew a 2nd pot. It's so easy to use the Bodum that it's not a bother to brew a 2nd pot on these days. So, we're not trying to keep hot coffee for a couple of hours in the morning. No french press can do that well.
When I want to make coffee in the morning, the first thing I do is fill the Bodum pot with hot tap water to warm it up a bit. Then I begin heating the water that will be used on the freshly ground coffee beans. When the water is ready for pouring over the grounds I empty the warm tap water, place my freshly ground coffee in the Bodum pot, then pour the near-boiling water over the grounds and let it set for 4 minutes.Read more ›
The other thing to be aware of is that when these coffee pots are rated for 10-12 cups that they are something less. The cups they are talking about are four ounce cups. These coffee pots make 4 regular cups of coffee and no more. PS: This is a good way to cut your coffee shop bill.
My husband is a coffee lover and has brewed coffee all the different ways possible, and by far, he claims this is the best. I, myself, find the coffee the best tasting that I have ever tasted. Out of the French presses, this is the best design since it is made out of metal whereas the glass versions do not last very long and end up breaking. Also, the filter, being not only very environmentally friendly, is constructed in one piece. The other French presses have filters made in two parts, and that can be a bit of a pain when grinds get caught and are hard to clean.
It is ideal that the pot is thermal. There's no need to reheat.
I give it an A+.
ADDENDUM: and a special NB for latex allergy sufferers: (Oct. 28, 2007)
The strainer for this coffee pot has rubber around its edges, which break down after a couple of years, making the coffee taste gnarly, and for those that are allergic to latex, a fine latex tea. I'd recommend replacing the strainer, and for those with latex allergies, I wouldn't recommend this pot.
That was then, but the Columbia is now. My favorite feature in this new design is the one-piece filter. Yes, ONE PIECE! No more unscrewing the three layers for washing. This improvement was obviously needed and I wish they had done it much sooner.
Regarding the stainless steel construction, it is useful for keeping the water hot during the 4-minute brewing time, but don't think of it as a carafe that you can just leave the coffee in. If you do, it will keep extracting the coffee from the grounds and you'll wind up with an over-extracted, bitter brew. For me, the real advantage of the stainless steel is that I'm not going to break it. The traditional Bodum borosilicate glass is very easy to break.
And so, I highly recommend the Bodum Columbia press pot. And if Bodum ever creates a one-piece filter for their glass French presses (like the one SwissGold used to make), that will be another great Bodum achievement.
Enjoy the Columbia!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very nice press. It keeps my coffee nice and hot while I drink a couple of cups in the morning.Published 3 days ago by ken thresh
I debated whether to get this model or the smaller model from Bodum. This larger model is really not that large and would probably work for 2 people who each enjoy more than one... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Oiao Wigee
This is such an excellent product. Bought it a couple of weeks ago and we're delighted. After reading other reviews of the French Press type coffee makers and finding out that the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ryopp Hiepenm
After about 7 glass press pots, I finally thought it best to buy one that's more durable. This is a great press. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great coffee! Used an automatic drip for years and had to replace every year. Got so tired of buying new pots. This makes excellent coffeePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
We use it every day. It's perfect in every way, and can go right into the dishwasher. Love it.Published 11 days ago by mpete
I have the smaller Boudin French Press carafe and it was good for making about two mugs worth of coffee at a time. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Madoc Pope
This was a great investment. We had a glass Bodum French press that was wonderful... until the glass broke. The metal is much more durable than glass. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Adam