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Come on Eileen - make me some coffee!
I absolutely love coffee and one of my favourite ways to drink it at home is from a French coffee press. According to an article I read, "A French press, also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, cafetière (UK) or сafetière à piston, is a simple coffee brewing device patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929." I call this a posh coffee as its a really lovely way of making coffee and something I like to offer when friends come round because I think its nicer than giving them just a cup of instant coffee. The article goes on to say that, "The modern French press consists of a narrow cylindrical beaker, usually made of glass or clear plastic, equipped with a metal or plastic lid and plunger that fits tightly in the cylinder and has a fine wire or nylon mesh filter. The simplicity of the mechanism and its potential for attractive after-dinner presentation have led to a variety of more-or-less aesthetic designs."
We actually got this coffee maker for our wedding and its still looking good and brewing lovely coffee almost six years on. We had it on our John Lewis gift list and its made by the Danish company Boden. Most coffee presses are really all the same, you put the ground coffee in and then press down on the plunger and viola, there is your coffee but it was actually the design of this coffee maker that attracted me to it.
On the outside of the liner/glass there is a solid steel frame which has a very art-deco design to it. Its got lots of small rectangular holes in it going horizontally and vertically all over the steel and its this that makes it look really cool and stylish in my opinion. The nice thing about this frame also is that it protects the inner glass from any knocks and bumps that it might get.
The inside glass is made from borosilicate glass so its very heavy duty and can take very high temperatures such as boiling water obviously. The handle does not go the whole length of the press but its really solid and easy to hold and it makes it very easy to pour the coffee from. Its made from quite a thick plastic and so you get a good grip on it. The plunger top is also made from this plastic so I find it very easy to press in although you do need to make sure that you plunge quite slowly and make sure that the plunger goes down evenly otherwise it will not press properly.
This press is dishwasher safe and I always put mine in the dishwasher and it comes out perfectly clean and not damaged in any way. The press costs £50 and in my opinion is not only stylish but functional!
Bodum 11196 Eileen 4 Cup Coffee Maker 0.50 lt. / A perfect cup of coffee is that start to an even more promising day. Bodum... start your day here. 4 cup 0.50 litres capacity Stainless steel frame Santoprene easy grip handle and knob Glass withstands extremes of temperature Stainless steel filter Dishwa