I like a good cup of coffee in the morning. Real, fresh tasty coffee with a quick jolt of caffeine to get me moving. I’ve reached an age where I can no longer have five or six coffees a day, so the one I do have has to be something special.
I like French Press coffee at home, it’s easy to make, tastes great and is easy to clean up after you’ve had your treat. I don’t have to devote a whole kitchen surface to a machine, however elegant it may look, or keep shelling out on ridiculously overpriced “pods” of coffee. Bodum is the go-to brand of French Press in Europe, and the Bodum Steel Thermal Press Pot is available worldwide.
The downsides of traditional Pyrex Bodum French Presses are the speed at which the coffee cools and the vast number of glass containers I’ve broken over the years. Coming in at $25 each, it was expensive to keep replacing them every time the dishwasher was loaded with excess enthusiasm.
The double hull does keep the coffee warm for a while, but it’s not designed as an all day vacuum flask, coffee is meant to be drunk fresh, so while it keeps the coffee hot for a top up after breakfast, it won’t be more than warm for elevenses, go ahead and make a second pot, it takes no effort.
Do choose the brushed steel finish, my friend who has the chrome finish is forever cleaning fingerprints off it. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
The Bodum steel-walled French Pressdoes not break, I have family members who can break just about anything, and my Bodum Press has been dropped dozens of times onto a tiled kitchen floor, with just a few dents to show for it. It’s been through the dishwasher hundreds of times, without a hitch. The Bodum press mesh is robust, and even after two years’ service is showing no signs of damage.
That mesh is brilliant. It’s super-fine, so you can grind your coffee any way you want without worrying about getting grounds in your cup. It’s really well fitted so it squished down your grounds for maximum coffee and minimum waste, even after the indignities of the dish washer and being dropped. I’ve had previous coffee presses where the mesh was plastic and holes developed, meaning the grounds got into your cup, but not with Bodum.
You also save a fortune in coffee filters, there’s no need for paper ones which is good for your pocket as well as the environment.
Do buy your drug of choice from suppliers who give the growers a fair deal, drink Fair Trade coffee.