After finishing the most horrible challenge I have ever taken in my life, I bought a reward for myself. I originally thought about buying an espresso machine but my stingy self wouldn’t allow it, at least not at this point in time. The next best thing is a French press and I decided to get one of the best in the market, the Bodum Chambord French Press.
Bodum is a Danish-Swiss manufacturing company that specializes in kitchenware. It was founded in 1944 by Peter Bodum in Copenhagen, Denmark, and back then, the business revolves around importing glassware. Bodum then discovered vacuum coffee makers, thus began the company’s venture into coffee-making products. Today, Bodum is known for its coffee and tea solutions, such as french press, vacuum coffee brewers, etc.
In 1974, Bodum launched their first french coffee press called the Bistro. Since then, the company has continuously innovated this product line that they have successfully established itself as the best French coffee press manufacturer in the world. In fact, you can google the best french press and you will find Bodum’s products among the top recommendation.
The one that I own is the Chambord French press, which I purchased at Starbucks Reserve, The Podium Mall for P1,995. Bodum went into an agreement with the Starbucks company in 2016 so the latter can sell their products. Thus, you can easily find this french press at any Starbucks branch should you want to get one.
Here are the main features of the Chambord French press based on Bodum’s product description on their website:
- The carafe is made of non-stain, heat-resistant borosilicate glass that won’t alter or impair the coffee’s natural flavor.
- The frame and lid are made from durable stainless steel that’s undergone several chrome-plating processes to result in a durable, shiny surface capable of withstanding many years of us.
- The handle is made from Polypropylene with a matte finish that gives a comfortable grip while serving and adds to the classic quality of the design.
- Stainless steel plunger prevents ground beans from escaping when the coffee is poured.
My Chambord French press is a 4 cup coffee maker, 0.5 l, 17 oz. The frame has a bronze finish giving a little bit of a vintage feel to it. And I love it; it is so easy to use and makes the whole ritual of coffee making so much more pleasurable for me.
I used to have another French press (not a Bodum) before but it broke, didn’t even last for a year. So the first thing that I checked before buying this was the beaker Chambord uses borosilicate glass, which is more resistant to thermal shock; in layman’s terms, it can better withstand heat. The glass also appears a bit thicker compared with the first french press that I had.
Washing it is simple, you can even easily dismantle the filter, spiral plate, cross plate, and the plunger rod if you really want to get into the nook and cranny of it.
For me, a French coffee press is a good investment if you want to enjoy great-tasting coffee without breaking the bank. It is also environmentally friendly; no electricity required to operate and no need for a paper filter. You just put in the coffee grounds, add hot water, wait for 4 minutes, push down the plunger to the bottom of the glass, then voila, you’ve made yourself a fresh brew.
There is a small user guide included in the box that shows instructions on how to use the French press. But if like me, you are a visual person, you can watch the YouTube video that I shared here.