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Classic design, no fuss coffee maker
on 5 January 2015
This is my fourth (and largest) French press coffee maker. Three of my four are Bodum and I would have to say that it's worth spending the extra on Bodum and avoiding the supermarket own-brand versions which are not as well designed and more prone to breaking.
This 8-cup version has the best build quality of all four of my existing coffee makers. It is a very good size: it will give you at least three generous mugfulls - ideal for that Saturday morning hangover!
If you've never had this type of coffee maker before they are dead easy to use and give you a decent cup of coffee. So much so that I don't even bother to buy instant any more.
For those sucked in by the coffee advertising hype - coffee, it seems, is a lifestyle - something to spend lots of money on, get fussed over and talked about endlessly...but for me, it's just a drink - a good drink. The classic simplicity of this coffee maker is ideal for those who want to cut through all the c**p that gets talked about coffee and just have a decent value-for-money brew (or three) to wash down their toast.
This Bodum is easy to clean (and it goes in the dishwasher) and store. When washing it, I recommend occasionally separating the glass from the base, which can be done with care (though takes a while to suss out), to remove trapped coffee granules.
A couple of minor niggles - firstly, it's maybe a little wobbly when pressing down - slightly disappointing given its otherwise solid feel. Also whilst I'm a brands man, I'm not really a logos man - so I'm not crazy about that large raised Bodum logo on the casing.
All in all though, this is a design classic and a five star product and I would anticipate will give me many years of use - just as my other Bodum coffee makers have done.