“ Brand: Bodum / Type: Coffee Press - 1 cup serving „
WHAT IS IT?
A cafetiere designed to fit into a cup, enabling you to make a single serving cup of coffee without the work of using a regular sized cafetiere.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Very simply! You put your ground coffee into the cafetiere before placing the whole thing into your coffee cup or mug. Once the coffee has brewed you depress the plunger in the usual way, this will result in your coffee being dispensed directly into your cup. Then you just lift out the cafetiere and drink your coffee.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It's a novelty, nothing more. The coffee brews to a good flavour but this is more down to the quality of coffee you use, the plunger is smooth to work and the body of the cafetiere seems strong enough to withstand minor bumps and bangs. The lip that fits over the edge of your cup is an adequate size, but remember this is a static element of the design so cannot be changed to fit your mug. It will fit standard mugs but not the oversized ones I prefer to drink from.
You need to wash this carefully both inside and out as the exterior of the cafetiere touches your drink, it's dishwasher safe but I still rinse mine whenever I come to use it to make sure no dust transfers itself to my coffee.
The downside to this gadget is that you don't get a full cup of coffee from it, this can't be helped because of the small size of it but in an average sized mug you will only have just over half of it filled with coffee. This is the reason I don't use this cafetiere everyday as I drink my coffee black so can't even fill the cup with milk to make a bigger drink.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Bistro Coffee Mug Press, 1 Cup Serving
If you have read some of my previous reviews then you might be aware that I own and have owned quite a few coffee cafetiere's, gadgets and the odd coffee maker here and there over the years. This was yet something else that I was given by a friend for my birthday earlier this year, I believe people think that I am a little caffeine addicted and they are probably correct. However, although this was a much appreciated gift it hasn't been among my favourites and after using this a few times when I first received it I very rarely use this any more with any regularity instead preferring other coffee making alternatives.
This really is for use for one person only. In my household it is only me that drinks coffee regularly, the hubby has to be very exhausted before he even thinks about having a mug of coffee. Whereas, my mornings wouldn't be complete without it. I can imagine that this would come in more useful in an office setting rather than at home, or at least it did for me.
This coffee press is really simple and straight forward to use, just simply add the ground coffee beans into the coffee press while it is already placed in the mug, pour in the hot water carefully and then leave it to brew. After a few moments depending upon your personal preferences for strength, plunge the plunger of the coffee press and remove it leaving you with your mug full of coffee. After the coffee press has done its job and you remove this from the mug, the volume of coffee left is a bit of a letdown. If you prefer a milky coffee then this might not be such a problem as you are also provided a separate beaker that you can fill with milk and then place in a microwave (if you own one). However, I usually prefer black coffee or coffee with only a small splash of milk so I sadly often find my mug is only half full.
This does fit the majority of the mugs I own although there are a few that it sits in better than others. The lip that sits over the edge of the mug is a bit small for some of my thicker chunkier mugs. The press is quite small but it is worth bearing in mind that the smaller the mug you use then the smaller volume of water you will be able to pour in, which of course means a smaller quantity of coffee.
In my opinion this just doesn't make as nice a cup of coffee as a cafetiere does and I believe that comes down to the fact that there isn't as much mixing of the ground coffee beans with the hot water as there would in a larger cafetiere. The water sits around the filter as well as beside the coffee rather than it all being completely mixed together, due to the confined space available within the coffee press. Personally, I think that this makes the coffee taste more watered down and not as rich as it would normally. Also I find that because the coffee and filter are sitting unsealed in the mug then the temperature cools quite quickly, great if you prefer warm rather than hot coffee.
This is really easy to clean and although I just tend to wash it by hand after I am finished with it, it is suitable for cleaning in a dishwasher.
In all honesty I think that this is probably a little bit over priced for what you actually get. The recommend retail price is somewhere around about £20 but it is definitely worth shopping around to see if you could get it cheaper. At the moment of writing this Amazon are currently selling this for £18.62, for this you could buy a lovely smaller and more useful (in my opinion) coffee cafetiere.
Personally, I think that this deserves a novelty two out of five stars, it is quite a smart idea and design, but it just doesn't deliver the great cup of coffee that I had hoped it would. Also, if you aren't the only one that drinks coffee in the morning then this won't be helpful as really only one person can use it. I would only recommend this as a present or gift for use in an office, but it doesn't make a great every day coffee maker, in my opinion it is much more of a novelty item than an actual practical coffee maker. If you just want a nice tasting, hassle free cup of coffee then a small or individual sized cafetiere would probably be the best option.