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One day, I'm going to shake the hand of the person who can create the perfect hot drink pourer. I have come across a number of diabolical kettles and teapots which may hold the drink and make it well enough, be aesthetically pleasing and practical to clean, but every time you pour a good amount ends up getting spilt all over the place.
This Bodum caffetiere is one device that happily doesn't do it all that much. It's not perfect, as the pour needs to be very slow, but this is one of the main things that I have ended up looking at when I go for products to make hot drinks in. It'll hold two cups of coffee, or one big mug, and is just about the right size for my father in law and I to share whenever he's staying and we both want a coffee. To use it, choose your favourite caffetiere coffee and put the right amount in, then you need to add the hot water.
At this point, it's really important to know that if you use water that has just boiled, the chances are you're going to burn the coffee granules. Devices like this usually need to use coffee powder, and you'll often see on the label that it's for use in a caffetiere as it leaves a bit of a sediment in it. Powder burns a lot easier than freeze dried 'instant' coffee granules, and you'll need to wait a few moments after the water has boiled before you fill this one to the line. There are markings on the caffetiere.
Once you have done this, then you need to add the plunger. I sometimes give the coffee a little bit of a stir before I add the plunger in, and then just nestle it on the top for a minute or so to let things settle, and then slowly push the plunger down to allow the little filters around the outside of it to do their job. The filters and plunger element of this is perhaps the most important part, as this is what gives you a clean drink without bits in. It's not perfect - in fact, most caffetieres won't be - but it traps most of the granules and it's only really noticeable at all when you get to the very bottom and see a few bits there. Very flavoursome though!
Some plungers can be very stiff, but this is very smooth to use indeed. I find it flows well, no jerking, and comes to a gentle halt at the bottom to announce its arrival. Once this has done, I usually wait a few moments and then pour, and this is when the real bug bear test of mine happens. Up to this point, the caffetiere has been a thumbs up, and when you pour, the gap at the top between the spout and the rim of the plunger is actually quite small, forcing you to pour very slowly. Granted, it's perhaps a drink that should be poured slowly in many cases, but here I wish it could have been a quicker pour, and a better element of room for the technique.
As it stands though, this is the only and very minor issue I had with this. It was very easy to clean, the combination of chrome and glass not too bad even when it came to getting any bits out of the parts where the metal and glass meet. It shines up well without any effort, and stores nicely, with slight padding on the feet and a definite bottom heavy aspect to it that assures you of safety when it's standing. Incidentally, there is security of stability when it comes to plunging because of this element as well, as even when it's full, you don't feel as if the balance has shifted. Some caffetieres end up being not top heavy but significantly less stable than when empty. This is not the case here.
I really like this caffetiere. It gets well used and it makes 'proper' coffee very nicely indeed. If you're after a decent caffetiere then this is well worth a look. I'm unsure of how much it would cost you as it was a gift from my father in law to persuade me to make caffetiere coffee when he's here as opposed to 'the freeze dried rubbish' I normally drink; and I get the impression this wasn't particularly cheap. Quality it is though, quality it is. Recommended.
WHAT IS IT?
An 8 cup cafetiere from Bodum. When new it is presented in an attractive gift box and mine came with a free packet of Douwe Egberts coffee but I think this was a promotion as I have bought the same cafetiere since as a gift and that did not come with coffee.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Follow the instructions on your packet of coffee and add the required number of spoons to the cafetiere. Pour on hot water and let the coffee brew for a few
minutes then press the plunger down and leave it for another minute before pouring the coffee. You do not have to wait for this extra minute but I think it makes a bit of a difference in the taste of the coffee.
WHAT I THINK
I have got a few different cafetieres but use this one the most because it is nice to use and the plunger is more effective than on any of my other cafetieres. The lip does not drip at all and the cafetiere pours the coffee smoothly into my cup without any splashing.
The mesh at the bottom of the plunger keeps all of the coffee grinds in the base of the cafetiere jug so that I don't get bits in my coffee. I like the smell of the coffee when I use this cafetiere because the lid is vented so that the aroma can be released. I like the chrome and glass design of this cafetiere and think it is much better looking than the black plastic casings on a lot of the Bodum cafetieres.
The bottom of the cafetiere is not slippy and that is good because I am busy and cannot always take enough care, a lot of cafetieres slide about when you pour the water into them but this one doesn't even if the worktop is a bit wet. I don't think there is a risk of it sliding onto the floor and smashing like has happened to some of my other cafetieres. The glass jug is very thin and I'm always scared when I am washing it up that I am going to bang it with something and break it. I think it must be stronger than it feels though because that has not happened even when my husband hit it against a glass measuring jug in the sink. It is very easy to wash up and just needs to be rinsed in hot water and wiped over with a soft cloth.
I do not like all the white writing that is printed on the jug because I think that spoils the look of it a bit. It is ok when the cafetiere is filled with coffee but when it is half empty it looks a bit odd, it is only the specifications of the cafetiere and they are all printed on the packaging so I do not understand why they have put them so brightly on the stylishly designed product as well. My husband thinks he can scratch this off but I would worry about him damaging the glass so I have just left it as it is.
I like this cafetiere very much and even though it is the most basic one out of all the cafetieres I have got I think it is the most effective and the nicest one to use.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
This is a great product if you like freshly brewed coffee. I recently picked mine up in my local charity shop, unused and still in its box for the bargain price of £4.50. The version I have is marketed as being able to make 8 cups of coffee, in reality this means that you get 4 mugs or 8 espresso cups of coffee. It currently retails for anyway from £16-30, depending if you are willing to shop around.
The coffee maker comes in three pieces, basically a glass jug made from borosilicate glass, a plunger and filter/lid/plunger, which are all attached and a metal holder for the jug. They are all dishwasher safe, including the nylon filter.
I looked on the Bodum website and you can purchase the jug and other components separately if you smash the jug or the filter needs changing. The jug holds 0.35 litres.
The coffee maker is easy to use, all you have to do is remove the lid and filer, add coarse grained coffee (for the best results) the amount will depend on how strong you like your coffee, I use a tabl spoon per mug, add hot water then push the plunger to the top of the water/coffee level and wait for a while and then push the plunger to the bottom of the jug slowly and then your coffee will be ready to drink.
The plunger has a very smooth action and the lid has a great grid filter to make sure your coffee is very smooth and does not contains lots of coffee grounds, as can happen with other coffee makers I have used in the past.
The whole thing is very easy to clean as the jug comes out of the metal holder and the filter is easily clean with a bit of swishing in hot soapy water.
Overall this is a fab product, it is easy to clean, looks good and produces lovely smooth coffee, any time of day. I would have been happy to pay full price for this item. I definitely recommend to those of you who love a freshly brewed coffee.
This is just one of my many coffee pots - I like my coffee and unfortunately have 3 offices at work, therefore have had to get a pot for each as well as the ones I have at home! I am therefore are aquatinted with coffee pots.
This was the third pot I purchased the previous two are also Bodum cafetieres, but other two were both eight cup pots, this is a three cup pot.
About the Pot
It's a glass beaker held in by a stainless steel frame. The lid is black plastic and the plunger part is incorporated in the lid. The filter part of the plunger, a round mesh which fills diameter of the glass beaker and is what stops the coffee grains ending up in the coffee screws apart so the mesh can be washed.
This coffee filter is supposively an three cup pot. However the only way you would get three cups out of it is if they were espresso sized! I find it makes one and a bit normal sized mugs of coffee if filled almost to the top. To make my mug of coffee I use one heaped scoop of coffee, which I would say makes medium strong coffee, but this does depend on the brand I use. When making coffee I heat the pot out before adding the coffee and then add boiling water and stir, before putting the lid on and leaving the mesh filter part sitting on top of the liquid. After about three minutes, when the coffee has had time to "brew" I plunge the filter down to the bottom of the pot. I find this makes the best coffee, and if the coffee isn't left to brew for long enough then it's a bit tasteless.
The lid and plunger come off the pot and the mesh part of the plunger can be screwed apart so it it can be thoroughly cleaned. The glass beaker comes out of its metal frame so it is to clean. I purposely chose one with a metal frame, as I have one other pot with the metal frame and one with a plastic one and the plastic one is difficult to clean as the glass beaker is permanently stuck into it. Washing up liquid and hot water cleans the pot nicely and occasionally I take the pot home and dish wash the glass beaker though I have never put the plastic lid in the dishwasher as I am worried it will ruin the plastic.
I have not had any problems with this pot, however I have smashed the beaker from my first Bodum pot and the screw which holds the metal mesh on the filter of my second Bodum coffee pot has broken, hence both are now out of order. It is possible to get Bodum spares online, however the postage makes it very expensive and not really worth it in the scheme of how much it would cost just to buy a new pot. If I come across a Bodum store I will buy a new screw as it was only £3 online before postage, the beaker is a bit more expensive, about £8 I think, but this was for the eight cup size.
I've had this pot for a while, I think it cost around £10 three years ago.
All in All
I do like my little Bodum pot and it has proved to be a faithful little friend who keeps me company in one of my offices which is tucked away in the corner of one of my work's buildings!
This caffettiera is the best way to finish off an evening. The size I have makes around 3 mugs or 6 small cups of filter coffee.
I think it comes in different colours but mine has a black lid, handle and plunger, a glass container and silver holders.
Filter coffee tastes a lot better and has a better effect on my tiredness than instant. This is an excellent and quick way to drink it. Its very easy to make, just boil the kettle, in the glass part put about an inch thick of crushed coffee grains.
Pour the water in and stir the mixture. After about a few minutes then place the plunger part on the top holding the lid still with one hand. Then press the plunger down very slowly and the water filters through leaving the left over grains at the bottom.
It costs around £30 in John Lewis but I found it online for about £25
You can tip the container and pour coffee out without the grains going in your cup.
It is really strong thick glass and heat resistant obviously. You can pour boiling water straight in with no problems. I think its a really good quality product and if you enjoy your hot drinks then do try it.
However nice instant coffee is, it can't match up to a cup of its freshly ground brethren in my opinion. I often use a cafetiere to prepare my morning coffee, and although the process takes a little longer, I would argue that it's worth the effort. To use a cafetiere you simply remove the lid and plunging apparatus from the device, and pour in your ground coffee. Now fill the remainder of the cafetiere with hot water and stir. After a few minutes, the lid can be replaced and the plunger on top of the device slowly pressed downward - it's a generally simple process. All of the cafetieres I have owned in the past have been made by Bodum - i've found that the Danish company produces reliable and efficient products which stand the test of time.
Price & Design
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There are a number of Bodum cafetieres on the market, but today's review focuses on their 8-cup variety with the plastic lid (available to buy for £15 from Tesco). In terms of its design, the cafetiere utilises high quality Borosilicate glass in its construction - meaning that it's more adaptable to sudden changes in temperature, and therefore less likely to crack when hot water is poured into it. Even so, it's recommend that the water you use is slightly cooler than boiling - so leave the freshly brewed kettle for a few moments. If you do manage to accidentally to smash the glass part of the Cafeteria, then a replacement is available to buy from Amazon for £8.34 - although it's probably best to look after the product in the first place.
The cafetiere in use + Final Word
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Regarding my experience of using the cafetiere, I've always found it to be a pleasure - cleaning isn't excessively difficult (just some general swilling), and the plunging action is smooth and the filter doesn't excessively rub on the interior of the glass. The plastic handly is a little thin, but it feels comfortable to hold and is sturdy. Overall I would highly recommend all of Bodum's cafeties, with this particular model offering very good value for money.
I recieved a lovely Bodum cafe tier for my birthday a couple of years ago from a friend, and I was delighted. I do not drink a lot of filter coffee, but I do always like to make it for special occassions, or if we have friends round. The 8 cup version costs around twenty eight pounds if you buy it from the official bodum website, or you can often find a bargain in stores such as T K Max. Eight cups is generally enough, even if you have a few people round for dinner, as you don't need very much filter coffee because it is stronger than instant. It doesn't take too long to make though, so you could always make a second pot if you are feeling very thirsty.
The cafe tier looks great, we have ours on display in the windowsill, and it is a really quality make, that comes with a guarantee. You know when you buy bodum that the product will last forever as long as you don't drop it, and won't go wrong. The plunging mechanism is very easy to use, and you can make fabulous filter coffee every time in about five minutes. Even though it takes a little longer than instant, I actually really enjoy the whole process, and it makes the house smell lovely too. It is easy to celan, with the glass coming out of the metal stand, and you can rinse off the plunger easily. The handle doesn't get hot which is important, and it pours beautifully. All in all, this is a really quality product and I would go for Bodum every time, especially if you can get one on offer or in a discount store.
I got this Bodum Cafetierre for Xmas last year and have used it every single day ever since because it makes such a wicked cup of coffee and is mega easy to use and clean.
This one makes 8 cups.... and don't be stupid like me and think that is going to equal 8 mugs because it doesn't! To get 8 out of this I think you need to be using them tiny little proper coffee cups, using big mugs like I do you get about 4 out of this cafetierre.
It looks brill and deffo isn't the sort of thing you would want to hide away in the cupboard, I keep mine on display on a shelf all the time and it's a good job it gets used all the time because the lid COLLECTS dust and the cafetierre starts looking dusty within an hour of me putting it on the shelf!!!
I like the chrome frame that goes round the glass of the cafetierre because it looks so good and it also makes the cafetierre more stable when it's standing up. We've always had Bodum cafetierres but most of them have had the black plastic frame, that works just as good as the chrome but doesn't LOOK as brill. The feet on this cafetierre are all dead level so there is no wobbling or anything when it's sitting there full of brewing coffee.
On the lid there is a vent and you need to make sure that is in the closed position when you first put the hot water in with the coffee. I think it must keep the steam in so that the coffee gets a nice rich flavour, just remember to spin the lid round before you try to pour the coffee out because the vent needs to obviously be in front of the spout or your coffee isn't going to come out at all!!!
This cafetierre pours nice and smooth, you don't get any leaks or drips like happens when you're using a cheaper cafetierre and the handle is screwed onto the body strongly so it doesn't feel loose as you lift it up. I like the way the handle is quite rounded so that your hand feels comfortable when you are holding and pouring with the cafetierre. The lid fits nice and snug too and doesn't rattle around like the years old Bodum cafetierre that my mum still uses sometimes.
This cafetierre is dead easy to clean and it doesn't matter if you've left the coffee grinds in it for AGES.... they'll still rinse out with a blast of hot water and then a quick soak in hot soapy water will get the glass up perfectly clean again.
I've been using cafeteria's for some years now, however when my boyfriend moved in he bought with him his Bodum 1 litre Cafeteria.. and I've not actually used my cheap imitation since!
The cafeteria has a chrome frame with a fairly thick black handle which is held on by screws. This has never had to be tightened up so its very well made.
The main difference for me is that the Bodum lid is sturdy and the lid itself also has a thick band around it with a vent in one place that you need to ensure you have turned around to the front to get the coffee out... I didn't have this on my cheap one as I just had a lid on the top and that was it... so when I used this for the first few times and realised I didn't have the vent the right way round when nothing came out... great safety device though!
The 'bobble' on the lid is used to push the filter down through the coffee and I've never had any issues with this sticking and it slides up and down without any restriction which sometimes I had problems with my cheaper version...
The glass is thickened glass. I have broken the glass before though but this was because it fell on the floor (luckily there was no coffee in it!) but I have bought a replacement glass for £5.50 which I got in a sale in a home shop which was closing down but the full price was marked up at £11.00.
The glass itself does slide out easily enough to clean although the instructions advise you not to do this... (oops!)
The filter itself doesn't come apart that easily though so this can be difficult to clean.... but the filter does a great job of seperating the coffee and I've never had any fresh coffee pour into my cup..
The Bodum comes in various sizes but I have the 1.0 litre size which states that its for 8 cups... I disagree as I can just about get 3 mugs out of it but that's still quite alot of coffee for one person I suppose!
Do you fancy a fresh cup of Coffee? Bodum first started in Denmark in 1944 and it was not until 1958 until the first French Press came to be on the market. They have sold over 50 million of these products worldwide and they are now very well known in the uk mainly for their quality. I do not know how old my friend thinks I am but a selection of perfumes for Christmas Pressie is not my cup of coffee so back to Boots whence it came and I got a refund on a card. Talking of Coffee, my favourite drink, I was mooching around Boots thinking what could I spend this on and the sale had just started and I came upon this shelf that had Cafetieres on it. On the shelf, all the Cafetieres had been reduced and I thought brilliant, I will put extra money towards a Bodum Cafetiere as a Treat. There is no packaging with this, you just buy the product straight for the shelf. When I was in the store there was a 4 Cup Cafetiere and an 8 Cup French Press Cafetiere. Been a coffee lover I opted for the 8 Cup one. As I looked through the shelves of the store there were cheaper ones and to be honest they did look cheap, the plastic looked flimsy and I would not trust using some of them. I then had to make a decision did I want the lid to be in black or grey. The Cafetiere comes complete with a measuring spoon for your coffee and the base which is chrome and also the lid and press is one. Now lets take a look at the lid, it is a heavy duty lid with a black bobble on top that is your press to push down. Attached to this is the chrome rod that goes through your lid and is attached to the coffee press. The Coffee press is made up of 3 components, one is holding it all together a chrome circular base, the next thing is a wire mesh to stop all the coffee getting through to your drink. Around the top of this mesh is like a spring all around the circular edge which protects your lid from damaging the net. Th
e glass jar is circular and holds 8 cups of coffee but if your a mere commoner like me, then it makes 4 mugs of coffee, well one day I will be refined I hope. The glass container is quite heavy and made of strong glass. This is what made me go for this particular Cafetiere is that the stand in which the Coffee Glass Jar sits in is chrome with a black handle attached to it. The Chrome band is around one inch thick around the jar and has four pieces of chrome leading down to its feet. Now I have a very expensive Oak Table and my main fear of Cafetieres in Chrome would be most of them would scratch my table. But with this model, the feet are folded over and underneath the jar to create a soft metal base and then it is joined by welding in the middle. To use this product is simple, measure out how much coffee you want and boil a kettle and let it cool down a bit as it recommended not to put boiling water straight into it, let it stew for five minutes. Then you put on the lid and press the black bobble on top of your lid. As you do this, this secures the lid and presses the coffee down to the base and then you can pour your coffee. It takes me about 10 minutes to make a lovely fresh cup of coffee and it is well worth the wait. Now you cannot get away from the fact that this is a Bodum product as it states it on the label, and is impressed on the side of the lid and the chrome holder. Oh and it is also on two stickers on the Cafetiere itself. Warnings-Mine and Bodum ---------------------------------------- 1) Do not use Boiling Water on it. 2) Always make sure the is properly pressed right down as if it isn't scolding coffee could get out. 3) Be very careful when you come to wash this product as I have found the suction so strong of the press that it will lift the glass container out by itself, so I would same make sure you hold the glass container and the chrome base. To wash it is easy, swill out all the
residual coffee first, it is amazing how many bits is compressed inside. Then I leave all mine to soak in luke warm water for about 10 minutes. I love this and I am so glad I bought it, not just for the quality but it is a great cheap little product. Well here comes the best bit, Boots had lost the bar code for this product and I know it retails at around £15 but as it had no code and no tags, she let me have it for the cheapest Cafetiere price in the store, so I got this for £3.75 Now they do normally have little tags on them with little bits of information but mine was missing but as a use of Cafetieres, once you have used one, you can use another. Bodum is available at most Hardware Stores and Supermarkets and Boots. This is certainly where I would have been quite happy to pay £15. I fill mine up at night before coming on here at 11pm to read and rate and it keeps me going for quite a while. I used to have coffee makers and was debating whether or not to buy one but Cafetieres suit my life style a lot more, plus it is easy to carry from room to another. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes the fresh smell of coffee. For more information, take a look at Bodum.Com Karen
Black and stainless steel cafetiere / Safety Lid / Dishwasher Safe / This elegant caffettiera is a great way to make a great-tasting cup of coffee / The perfect size for three cups of coffee simply add hot water to your favourite ground coffee depress the plunger and breathe in that lovely aromatic smell.