French Press Coffee Maker

I always used a drip coffee maker. My last coffee maker was a DeLonghi 3-1 Combination. I had to temporarily move for work. This lead me to think of a cheaper/better alternative. 

After some research, I decided to get a French press coffee maker.

Benefits of a French Press Coffee Maker

  • Small foot print – I live alone in an apartment. Not much counter space for a big 3-in-1. I don’t want a huge machine to hog all cooking real estate. French press for the win!
  • Tastes Amazing - Tastes better and has more of a caffeine kick. Zing!
  • Easy to clean – I rinse it out and throw it in the dishwasher. Done.
  • Super affordable – Didn’t know if I would keep it, so I got a cheap borosilicate glass & plastic one made by Bodum for $15. I will upgrade if it breaks or wears down.
  • Durable – Don’t worry if you drop it, worry about cleaning up the mess
  • No noise – No humming or other noise in the morning

Cons

  • Takes a little attention - If you're the type of person that is always in a hurry then this isn't for you. Takes about 3 minutes to prepare and do everything. I use an electric kettle to boil the water and then wait 20 seconds before pouring. That being said, if you're used to an automated drip machine then you might get annoyed with this.
  • Not insulated - Insulated kinds are available, but adds a little bulk. Best to drink within 15 minutes of pouring hot water.
  • There is some grit or residue from the coffee beans that sometimes get in my cup. Never had any big pieces or anything noticeable slip out. Not a deal breaker for me but you may want to consider.

Bodum French Press

There are tons of French presses out there. I hate being inundated with choices so I narrowed down the choice to just a few, 2 of which are from Bodum, a leader in all things coffee, all of them are less than $30.

Bodum Chambord French Press Bodum Chambord

My favorite french press coffee maker is Bodum Chambord French Press because of the design & ease of use.

This stainless steel Bodum coffee maker looks pretty good on the kitchen counter.

Bodum Travel French Press 

travel french press

Another one that may suit many people’s needs if you’re on the go.

Brew the coffee and take the whole thing with you. This one claims to keep it warm for hours thanks the double wall insulation.

Less dishes since you drink right out of the carafe.

Best French Press on Amazon

The current best seller on Amazon is the Kona French Press and has 11k+ of mostly positive reviews. One review said it looked the same as when it was first bought after a few months. People swear by this french press.

How to Make Coffee Using a French Press Maker

  • Pour in 1-2 tablespoons of coffee according to your taste
  • Add hot water ideally between 195-215. If you don’t have a thermometer, boil water and wait 20 seconds before pouring
  • Replace the French Press lid, but do not push the plunger. 
  • Let it percolate for at least 3-4 minutes.
  • Push plunger and pour

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