Own an original! The Bodum Chambord is the French Press after which all other brands are modeled. Since 1933, its timeless design has graced tables in homes and cafes around the world, with over 100 million French Presses sold. All Bodum French Presses share one underlying trait: they offer the least invasive method of going from the coffee bean to your cup. The simplest and best coffee brewing method does not include a machine, mess of cables, and a cluttered kitchen counter; it is a beautifully simple glass cylinder with a handle and filtering plunger to stop the brewing process. Just add freshly ground coffee topped with clean water just off the boil. Allow to brew for 4 minutes, press down on the plunger to lock in your coffee's aroma, and enjoy! The used coffee grounds can remain in the pot until you serve all of the coffee; it's that easy! The Bodum Chambord is also available as a 8-Cup and 12-Cup french press.
When Bodum took over a small clarinet factory in Normandy in 1982. It was not because of the fine orchestra clarinets they were producing but because of a relatively unknown coffee maker called the Chambord which they, by coincidence, produced as well. Bodum combined the skills of these Normandy craftsmen with modern production, and the price became affordable to the many people who loved the taste of the coffee brewed in this unique coffee maker, later known as the French press coffee brewer. Thanks to Bodum and thanks to the increasing need for better coffee, the French press coffee maker became one of the most popular coffeemakers in the world. The design has not changed a bit from the original drawings, and we still make the Chambord with the same painstaking care and knowledge we learned from those proud craftsmen in windy Normandy.
When coarsely ground coffee beans meet clean hot water in the Bodum Chambord, excellent taste doesn't get any easier. Use freshly roasted coffee beans and grind them coarsely just before each brew. Always start with cold water, and it's best to soften and filter your water to remove chlorine and other unwanted elements before boiling. That perfect, just off the boil, temperature brings that optimal extraction power for the essential oils in the beans to develop their full flavor profile in just 4 minutes. Over-extracting coffee beans leads to a bitter and astringent taste because too many acids get released. After 4 minutes, a simple press on the plunger locks the grinds at the bottom of the glass and stops the brewing process. Now you're ready to pour and enjoy the delicious brew. You don't even have to discard the grounds until after you've enjoyed all of your freshly brewed coffee.
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Bodum French Press Coffee Makers should never be used on a stove top. Be sure to check the glass beaker for cracks, scratches, or chips before every use. If you see an imperfection, we have additional replacement beakers you may purchase. Always stir the brew with a plastic spoon instead of metal as metal utensils can scratch or chip beakers and cause damage.
Always use hot, never boiling water, for french press coffee. To ensure the best tasting coffee, always use water that is free from impurities. We recommend filtered water for the best taste.
For french press coffee, it is best to use grounds that are more coarse than average. Grinding whole beans yourself provides a fresh taste. The recommended ratio is one tablespoon of coffee to 4 oz of water for bold flavors. Add a little hot water if you prefer a mild flavor.
Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger after ever use. All parts are dishwasher safe. J.L. Hufford recommends all parts are hand washed to prolong the lifetime of the french press.
All Bodum products carry a limited one-year warranty on manufacturer defects. Glass is not covered under the warranty. Proof of purchase must be presented in order to verify warranty coverage. Always retain receipt for future records. Items received with broken glass are not considered defective product. Bodum must be notified of any breakage within five business days after the item is received.
The size of this model is deceptively small. It only makes enough to fill a standard coffee cup about 2/3 of the way, despite stating it is 12 oz. I was going to return it, but it wasn't worth the shipping costs, so I'll keep it as a mini travel size coffee press. It's not much use in the home. I ordered the larger press for $25 and that size is fine for two people. Otherwise both work equally well.