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A French Press is one of these really simple tools that allow you to brew a delicious cup of coffee in quick way, anytime and anywhere. When using a french press, you’re keeping all the oils from the beans in your cup, which gives you a really bold and flavorful cup of coffee. But what’s the best way to make a great cup of coffee using a french press? We’ve posted some graphics and videos before explaining how to make a french press pot, but this post is our definite guide.
Like any other brewing method, with French Press, many factors will affect the result of your coffee:
A French Press:
We’re assuming you already have a French Press. If not, then we highly recommend looking at Bodum’s french presses. They’re the most popular and a personal favorite. Bodum has a wide range of presses to choose from, in different styles to suit every taste.
How To Choose the Right French Press?
Apart from aesthetics, the first thing you’ll have to decide on is the capacity of the french press. How many cups will you be brewing? French presses are available in sizes of 2-cups, 4-cups, 6-cups and up to 12-cup (12 cups is about 51 oz).
Design wise, there are many to choose from, however, the interior remains the same (all stainless steel):
There’s the glass with plastic shell and handle. Glass with stainless steel shell or full stainless steel body.
Which one to choose is completely up to you, of course, you’ll still get the same result. We recommend the stainless steel french press over others only because it’s more durable (doesn’t break) and it keeps the temperature of your coffee longer.
Grinding your beans fresh makes a lot of difference in the quality of coffee you’re brewing. Coffee grinders can be expensive, but you don’t have to invest in a large grinder if you’re only grinding to brew using French Press. There’s a number of inexpensive quality grinders that you can choose from:
A manual burr grinder is highly recommended here. With a few twists, you’ll have fresh ground coffee ready to brew. The only downside to a manual grinder is that it can get tiring after a while.
Your second option would be to get a blade grinder. This isn’t recommended over a burr grinder, but if you’re on a budget, it’ll do.
This is where you’ll measure the right amount of coffee ground. You’ll need about 7 grams of coffee for each cup you’re brewing.
You can use a simple digital scale for this, or you can use a scoop with a built-in scale. The Hario scale pictured above features a built-in timer which is quite helpful in all brewing methods or even kitchen uses in general.
Now you have all your tools ready, here’s how to do it:
Now you’re all ready to enjoy your cup of coffee!
Bodum has always been famous of their french press pots. But they’re also increasingly becoming popular for their great pour-over pot. In this post, we will be highlighting the difference between these two to help you choose the right product for you.
Whether it’s Bodum or another French Press brand, the method of french press works the same (although the quality of Bodum pots is hard to beat!). French press, which is also known as press pot or plunger coffee, is very simple method of brewing coffee, which is probably why it’s a favorite among many coffee lovers.
The French Press is made of a simple pot with a lid that has a filter attached to it. When you fill your pot with your favorite coffee ground, add hot water and leave it to steep for a few minutes. When your steeping time is over, all you have to do is press down your filter, which holds the coffee ground at the bottom of the pot and lifts all the coffee brew up. Here’s a quick video of how it works:
Because when using French Press the coffee ground remains in the pot, usually the taste of the coffee is bolder than that made using Pour-over. If you prefer a bold, full bodied cup of coffee, you’ll enjoy the results of French Press.
Compared to the French Press, the Pour-Over pot is a relatively new addition to the Bodum family. Preparing coffee following the Pour-Over method is an increasingly popular trend among coffee lovers. Although it requires more time and a more precise procedure, many people still find it very enjoyable (myself included!).
The basis of pour-over is brewing coffee on a cone which lets the coffee drips slowly. There are different types of pour-over cones, there are the small cones that can be placed directly on your mug like the famous Hario V60, or you can use a decanter where the cone is placed on top of it and your coffee drips into the serving decanter, like Chemex or the Bodum Pour-over pot.
With the Bodum Pour-over, you get a glass decanter with a reusable cone filter. You will add the coffee ground to the filter then you’ll have to slowly pour your water over a course of a minute or two, you’ll notice that the coffee will start to slowly pour down into the decanter. Here’s how it works:
Pour over coffee results in a lighter and cleaner cup of coffee. As the coffee ground remains in the top filter, you’ll notice that the coffee brewed is oil-free and less bitter or acid in taste.
Eventually, it all comes down to how you prefer your coffee to taste:
If you’re a fan of French Press coffee, you probably brew a pot of press on a hurry, pour the coffee into a travel mug and go on with your day. There’s actually a better way to do it if you want a great cup of French Press on the go, and that is by using a French Press travel mug, which is basically a lighter version of the French Press made to make your morning routine easier.
A French Press travel mug works the exact same way as a pot, so there’s no complications there. Simply add the coffee, pour in hot water, let it sit a bit and then press and go!
Here are our top 3 picks for the best rated French Press travel mugs you can buy today:
Bodum Insulated Stainless Steel Press Mug:
The Bodum press mug is available in many fun colors (for the lid and silicone grip), and also available as a plastic non-stainless steel version. But we highly recommend this one over the plastic one for more durability.
Planetary Design Desk Press Stainless Steel French Press:
Asobu The Hot Press Vacuum Insulated Cup:
We’d highly recommend the Bodum press mug as your first option for it’s cool design, the silicone sleeve around the mug is a winner. Although it’s insulated and it won’t have a hot body, it will keep it from accidental slips. The second choice would be the Asobu press mug, it is similar to the Bodum, but lacks the grip sleeve. Our least favorite would be the Planetary Design mug due to the fact that is has two lids, one with the plunger and another for covering the mug, but it still comes highly recommended by many customers.
Many people search for a stainless steel coffee maker that doesn’t include any plastic parts, worrying about hot water coming in contact with those plastic parts might lead to an undesirable taste.
When searching for the term stainless steel coffee maker, you’ll probably come across two things:
Here’s an example of a full stainless steel coffee maker:
The KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection: a full stainless steel body 10-cup coffee maker with stainless steel thermal carafe (which you can learn more about here).
Before you get too excited, this machine, and probably all machines, still have plastic interiors. Truth is, there are NO drip coffee makers that contain no plastic parts at all. So, what do you do if you want to produce coffee without using any plastic parts? You have a few options….
Quick note: We get many emails telling us that some of the products recommended by us do contain plastic (as obvious from the photos). Well, yes, some products may contain plastic parts on their EXTERIOR. The plastic does NOT come in contact with hot water or coffee on the inside of the coffee maker, and that’s why we’ve qualified them as plastic-free coffee makers.
You can use a stovetop moka/coffee maker. They’re all stainless steel, no plastic parts at all. But of course, it’s pretty manual and no fancy features. See our favorite stainless steel stovetop coffee makers here.
Use a French press. It’s also very manual, but easy and quick to use. And most importantly, no plastic parts! Click here to see the best french press pots you can buy.
You can use a stainless steel coffee percolator which has no plastic parts in its interior at all (some plastic parts out the exterior). There’s an electric or stovetop option, it’s nice and quick, although the method itself is old, the new percolators have been updated to meet a modern user’s expectations.
A Chemex glass coffee maker, which is a manual drip coffee maker. Click here to learn more about the one pictured above.
Or you can use a ceramic drip pour-over coffee maker. Click here to learn more about the Hario ceramic dripper pictured above.
A Syphon Vacuum coffee maker is also an option, but requires some expertise.
As you can see, if you’d like your coffee without the use of plastic, you’ll have to go back to basics. We highly recommend a Hario Dripper or a French press as a fast and easy way to make delicious coffee, followed by the stovetop coffee maker and the percolators.
As we’ve already recommended french press as an alternative coffee brewing method, most press pots are made of glass with plastic exterior. Although that does not affect the taste of the coffee as the plastic does not come in contact with it, many people would still prefer that their pot does not include any plastic at all.
Why Choose a Stainless Steel French Press?
Here are our favorite stainless steel French Press Pots:
Frieling Polished Stainless French Press:
Bodum Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot:
Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Double Wall French Coffee Press:
Bodum’s french presses have always been of the MOST popular ever among the world. Actually, everything Bodum makes is known to be of the best quality in addition to beautiful and simple design.
So since Bodum happens to have the most popular french presses, and many people seem to have a lot of questions about them, we’re dedicating this post to answering these questions to help you buy the best Bodum french press for you.
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How Does a Bodum French Press Work?
French press is by far the easiest and quickest way to brew a cup of coffee. How it works:
When you press the mess filter down, it presses the coffee ground down, stops it from steeping, and brings the coffee up. And that’s it! Watch the following video to see the method in action:
What Sizes Are The Bodum French Press? What Is The Largest Bodum French Press?
Lucky for us, Bodum makes french presses in all sorts of sizes, materials and colors. Bodum’s french presses are usually available in these sizes:
Colors and material of the french press depends on the model/collection of the french press, which will get to in a bit…
Is Bodum French Press Dishwasher Safe/Microwave Safe?
All Bodum french press pots are dishwasher safe. Is it Microwave safe, though? Firstly, I’m not quite sure why you want to microwave a french press. Re-heating coffee that way only leads to terrible tasting brew… now I got that out of the way. The glass beaker of the press can be safely microwaved, you’ll have to take it out of the plastic or metal part of the press. That is not recommended though, it is much easier to simply make another batch of coffee.
Here are the top rated Bodum French Press Pots. We’d recommend you get a 34oz 8-cup pot which allows you to make more or less cups easily in case you’re having coffee on your own or with someone. However, all french press pots you’ll see are available in different sizes.
Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker:
Bodum Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot
Torn between two french presses? Here’s a quick comparison between Bodum and other brands. Actually, we’ll start off by comparing two Bodum models then we’ll get into other brands:
Bodum BRAZIL vs. CHAMBORD French Press:
Bodum French Press vs. Sowden Softbrew:
A comparison between these two is not even valid, as they’re not the same:
Bodum vs Mr Coffee French Press:
The Mr. Coffee press might be cheaper than Bodum’s but you’ll be giving up on a lot of quality. The glass of the Mr Coffee press is not as good or durable as Bodum’s. And many customers have reported that the filter, which doesn’t seem to have a mesh, falls apart rather quickly after a few uses. We certainly do NOT recommend Mr. Coffee’s press just to save a few bucks. The Bodum press, for slightly more, should last you long years without any issues.
Frieling vs Bodum Thermo French Press:
Now this is a truly fair comparison between two similar products. Both are of great quality, here’s what they have in common:
It is a fair competition between these two, they’re also about the same price. I’d prefer the Bodum pot for it’s Twist Shut lid, which is safer. But the design of the Frieling pot makes it great for other uses as a pitcher for milk or juice. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that so flavors don’t mix later on.
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.