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! This french press is available in 3-cup, 8-cup, and 12-cups!
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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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.
This was my first purchase with J.L.Hufford. Courteous service, prompt, and offered a unique color of the product which sold me on buying it from them. Competitively priced. I will shop with them again!
Very nice French Press!