Bodum Chambord Review
If you are a purist who grinds or even roasts your own coffee, a cheap automatic-drip pot will most assuredly not be for you. For a distinctive cup from carefully nurtured beans, many coffee lovers prefer a Bodum Chambord French press. The procedure for making French press coffee is a bit more complicated than using an automatic-drip machine. The expert behind Coffee Geek suggests pouring almost-boiling water over coarsely ground coffee in the pot, stirring the slurry with a chopstick six times, and letting the coffee steep for three to four minutes before pressing down on the plunger. Why are people willing to go through this? Devotees maintain it delivers the richest cup of coffee. Judging by hundreds of Bodum Chambord reviews posted on Amazon, consumers don't seem to mind putting in the extra effort.
The Chambord is Bodum's original design, consisting of a glass carafe surrounded by a chrome-plated steel frame and a locking lid with a plunger that has a mesh filter. This is not like the paper filter you put in an automatic pot; it allows some sediment to get into the coffee. That's part of what makes the flavor so robust, Bodum Chambord reviews say. Consumers posting at Bed Bath and Beyond appreciate that the press pot is durable and easy to clean. On Amazon, one reviewer points out that it always works, unlike some automatic pots.
The 12-ounce Chambord is the cheapest model and makes three cups; the 34-ounce size makes eight 4-ounce cups. The latter is 11 inches tall and can still fit in a cupboard.
While many consumers wax rhapsodic in Bodum Chambord reviews, there are a few downsides to a French press. The first is that you must heat the water separately and wait for it to boil. If you let the brew sit in the pot, it will continue to steep and get stronger, so it is best to move whatever coffee you're not going to drink into an insulated carafe right away to keep it hot. Keep in mind that there will be some sediment when you get down to the last cup.
That said, there are legions of people who say they will never go back to a drip pot once they taste coffee made in a press.