Monday, February 16, 2009

Bodum Chambord French Press

Until I bought my Freiling French Press, the Bodum Chambord was the French Press that I used for years. There isn't going to be any glaring differences in the quality of the coffee you will make using different French Presses. As long as the mesh screen is held tightly against the wall, it's going to make good coffee.

Unless you need a durable coffee pot like the stainless steel Freiling, it comes down to aesthetic appeal. Ok, I guess I should take a step back: don't get a plastic walled French Press. The plastic will give off a taste that will affect the coffee's final taste. With all of the scare about baby bottles being bad news, do you really want Bisphenol A leaching into you coffee? I don't know about you, but that kind of ruins it for me. I notice a taste difference when I pour my coffee into a travel mug, which is a supposedly more chemical resistant plastic than polycarbonate, so I know I'm not messing around with the plastic French Presses. Sorry for the rant.

The Bodum is a nice French Press. It looks attractive on the counter and disassembles easily for cleaning. You can also buy replacement glass in case you happen to break yours.
Here's my Bodum:If your plan on only using the French press at home, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one of these up.


Anonymous said...

I just broke the glass on my Bodum and tossed the whole press. Don't know why I didn't think to look into replacement glass.

I'm thinking about getting the Snow Peak french press for home use now. :)

Mike Rupp said...

As much as I have a fetish for Snow Peak gear, I'd pass on their French Press. It is light, but other than that, it doesn't do anything better than the Freiling. I'm sure that the Freiling is more durable. For backpacking, I want to reduce my weight as much as possible, so I just bring tea bags along. The Snow Peak just doesn't fit any of my requirements.