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I drink a lot of coffee but actually prefer Kenco Blue instant to the 'real' stuff, however occasionally I'll get the taste for a fresh cup of coffee and will then wheel out my (dusty) Bodum cafetiere - a Bodum Kenya to be precise, one that will hold a generous litre of hot steamy coffee (that's eight cups, or three and a half mugs in real money).
The design isn't the classiest; it has a pretty functional appearance with thick black plastic casing, handle and lid - I have another cafetiere (or did until recently) which was chrome and that looked infinitely more stylish but actually proved to be rather fragile, the thin metal frame being no match for the kitchen tap when the two met with a little force recently. While I don't for one minute think I could safely drop the Kenya cafetiere from a height, the plastic definitely gives the impression of being more heavy duty than the majority of metal encased glass jugs. I love the way the plastic has been shaped around the jug in long, wide '0s' to show off the coffee inside but also to give the cafetiere a balanced feel as I handle it. It won't win any design awards, put it like that, but it's appealing in its own way.
As always the glass jug is bizarrely thin, but a relatively thick rim makes it feel and look more substantial. I'm always super-careful when I handle the cafetiere as I'm aware of the fact that it's really not as strong as it looks despite the heavy plastic, occasionally I notice myself putting it down sharply and feel a reassuring 'clunk' instead of the harsher 'crash-rattle' of a metal cafetiere - it SOUNDS more durable in times like that, which is a really strange thing to say but when you've owned as many cafetieres as I have you learn to recognise all the weak points!
I've used this cafetiere on a weekly basis (roughly) for around three months now and think it's a fantastic item. The plunger is amazingly smooth to depress, yet there's enough resistance to keep it sticking up out of the lid of the cafetiere while the coffee is brewing. The mesh at the bottom of the plunger is very fine and cut to fit the circumference of the jug perfectly, this helps as many of the tiny coffee grinds to stay in the bottom section and away from my cup - aided by a cleverly designed vent on the lid which you pour your coffee through after lining it up with the spout, the vent will work to collect any rogue bits of coffee and it actually does this pretty well as you can see when examining this section of the lid prior to washing it up.
It washes up easily in a bowl of hot soapy water, a quick soak for a few minutes removes all traces of coffee and then it's just a case of wiping around the jug and plunger sections with a washing up cloth to ensure they're spick and span. I leave it to dry on the draining board before putting it away for next time, all aspects of the cafetiere dry extremely quickly as the texture of the plastic means droplets of water just run off it leaving the whole thing dry within a few short minutes. It's safe to wash in a dishwasher but I don't have one so can't comment on how well it will be cleaned in there, as well as any other cafetiere I assume so if you regularly wash yours in the dishwasher then I don't see why this one can't go in there too.
I can honestly say I've never had a bad cup of coffee out of this cafetiere, although obviously the quality of your drink will depend on what type and brand of fresh coffee you use. I'm currently using a Taylors dark roast, the name of which escapes me, and every cup has been brewed to perfection when using water that has gone off the boil slightly to avoid scalding the coffee. I find the key is to religiously time two minutes before plunging the mesh down to create the coffee, a shorter time than this results in noticeably weaker coffee while longer does tend to make the brewed coffee a little bitter - again, this is down to your choice of coffee but I do think a high quality cafetiere makes all the difference.
Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that once I've made a jug of coffee it will stay warm for a while; I tend to make a coffee at around 10am when using a cafetiere rather than my instant coffee and dip into it over the course of the next hour, by the time I pour my last cup it's not as warm as I'd like but a zap in the microwave for a few seconds brings it back to drinkable heat.
Coffee is a must have in our house. Without our morning coffee, we would probably just stay in bed or if we do manage to struggle our way out, spend the whole day walking around like tired zombies. Although we do have a nespresso machine to help us addicts, sometimes we like to go for a different taste as well as the nespresso machine being very expensive to run.
We bought this as it was the largest in the shop. We didn't care for what I looked like as it would be kept in our cupboard anyway though I do think it looks quite swish. Much nicer than the metallic ones you usually find.
This coffee maker works like any other. Put a spoonful of coffee in the bottom depending on how strong you like your coffee and the pour boiling water into it, giving it a stir. You then placed the top on without pushing it down to keep it warm. After a few minutes push the handle down to separate the coffee from the water and voila. Pour the coffee out.
I wouldn't say this particular coffee maker has anything special that others don't so if you find a cheaper one I wouldn't hesitate to buy that instead although I have no complaints with this one as it has never let me down. Not sure how a coffee maker would however!
Sometimes I get a little bored with instant coffee and fancy a cup of something a little fresher; as such, I own a few different cafetieres of different makes and sizes. One of which is Bodum's 'Kenya', which is available in three, four, and eight cup varieties. The version in my possession is the four cup, which I believe is the one shown in dooyoo's picture.
Price & Specification
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Cost-wise, the four cup Kenya retails at £15.98 from Amazon, with the eight cup version costing £19.26. Like many other Bodum products, the main cup is made from Borosilicate glass, which means it's less likely to crack when boiling water is poured into it - it's also dishwasher safe.
Surrounding the cup is a black plastic framework with a molded plastic handle - this protects your hands from the hot glass. The product is well made and solid, although I would argue that it isn't the classiest looking cafetiere on the market.
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Using the cafetiere is simple - remove the lid and plunging apparatus from the device, and pour in your ground coffee. Then fill the remainder of the cafetiere with hot water (just under boiling is recommended) and stir. After a few minutes, the lid can be replaced and the plunger on top of the device slowly pressed downward - easy!
As the cup is made of relatively thin glass, the coffee needs to be drunk fairly quickly unless you have a cold coffee fetish! It may be obvious, but if you swill some hot water around the coffee maker to heat the cup before adding the water, then your coffee will remain warm for longer.
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Cleaning the Kenya is easy, and coffee can be removed with some hot water + a gentle swilling action - just be careful not to break the glass, as although it's heat resistant, it certainly isn't knock resistant. The plunger action is nice and smooth, and I would certainly recommend this particular cafetiere to others.
I drink a lot of coffee and use an espresso machine and this caffetiere. If I used one exclusively, I would miss the other. The coffee you get from each one is very different and you cannot use the same type of coffee grounds in each. The caffetiere or French press as it is known in my house hold is perfect for making long coffees that you can enjoy leisurely rather than a quick espresso shot. They produce coffee very similar to that of a filter coffee machine, but without the burned flavour you sometimes get from these type of machines. By experimenting with different beans and how you brew the coffee, you can develop a unique coffee with a real complexity of deep flavours.
The beauty of these caffetieres is that you can pick them up relatively cheaply and you do not need to waste money on an expensive machine to enjoy a decent cup. I bought the Bodum caffetiere from TX Maxx for £6.00 and believe it was an absolute bargain; these retail normally at around £11.00.
*A quick look at the product*
The Bodum caffetiere is not grand in its appearance but it is functional and practical. You can buy flash caffetieres that are silver plated and look beautiful when you have guests round, however this product is perfect for day to day use and is rather robust in nature.
The main body of the French press is a glass jug where the coffee is brewed. This jug fits neatly in a plastic casing, this supports the jug and also provides a solid handle for one to hold. The handle is heat resistant, which is important as during the plunging process, you need to take a firm hold on it. The jug is robust and made from toughened glass.
At the top of the device is the lid, this contains the metal filter and a little knob at the top for you to plunge down into the jug. The lid contains a further filter so that as your pour the coffee from the French press it stops it gushing out too quickly and staggers the flow to some degree.
First of all you need to heat your water; this is best achieved by heating the kettle up. While the kettle is boiling you need to put some ground coffee into the device. Coffee brews best at around 88-92 degrees C so it is best to catch the kettle just before boiling.
Now, here is where I could become really geeky and bore you with the ins and outs of ground coffee. The main thrust is that it needs to large and even. You can buy pre ground coffee or you can buy beans and grind them yourself; fleshly ground coffee needs to be used within a day or two though or it starts to taste bitter and disgusting.
You can pick up a hand grinder fairly cheaply now a days and it is quite satisfying holding the deliciously scented oily beans, grinding them and then ultimately producing your own unique coffee. If you are pushed for time though, you can pick up a decent bag a caffetiere coffee for around £3.00. There is quite a lot of choice of flavours these days so you can experiment.
This French press takes 1L of liquid which is quite a lot, but you do not have to fill it every time! When deciding on how much coffee to put in, somewhere between 5 and 9 grams per 100ml works well. For the lighter, fruitier beans use less and for richer smoother beans use more.
Some people recommend leaving the coffee brewing for four minutes, but again it depends on the bean. I find that some needs slightly longer and some needs less time. If you are ever in doubt 3-4 minutes is usually fine.
Once brewed, using the knob on top, plunge it down into the coffee, as you get closer to the bottom you will notice that there is more resistance as you are compressing the leftover grounds together. This is why you need a tight grip on the handle as you need to steady it. Only one plunge is needed, I left my friend to do the plunging when she came to visit and caught her heavily pumping the knob up and down! This is not needed at all, one plunge will do. This now acts as a filer and leaves all the coffee grounds underneath it so you can pour a clear cup.
The quality of the coffee depends on the beans and the combination of how much you have used and how long you have brewed for. This is why I like this machine so much as you can really experiment and do it relatively cheaply. This device is very successful at keeping the unwanted coffee grounds at the bottom of the jug and I hardly ever get the nasty brown sludge at the bottom of the cup.
The main qualm I have with this machine though is that it does not seem to retain the heat of the coffee very well. Bearing in mind that the coffee is best brewed at 88 degrees C, then you are allowing 4 minutes of brewing time; the coffee should still be rather hot. However, I tend to find that straight after making it, it is at a mild drinking temperature. I think this is a problem due to the thinness of the glass. I have used a silver plated French press and this retained heat much longer.
As the coffee is still brewing in the machine, you need to drink what is left within twenty minutes as it starts to taste bitter and not very nice. This is the case for all French press machines though and not just this one.
This is a really easy to use caffetiere that is safe and long lasting. It is easy to clean as you can hand wash it or put it in the dish washer. The jug comes out of the glass stand and with the lid, this makes only three parts that need a wash. The used coffee grounds are perfect for throwing on the garden as they make great compost.
I do hope that I have not overcomplicated the process of using this machine as on the whole it is really simple! Pour in the coffee and water, wait a few minutes plunge and then serve! You can make it as complicated or as simple as you like. I'm just a bit of a coffee geek and I would definitely recommend this device.
As one of my mini Christmas presents last year I was given some very fancy freshly ground coffee and to go with this thankfully a Bodum coffee maker, else the coffee would have been pretty useless to me. For me now the best thing to wake up to on a weekend morning is the smell and taste of this freshly brewed coffee, which really does make instant look like bog water.
Bodum is an established and renowned coffee equipment manufacturer as well as producing other kitchen appliances and tableware. The company was founded in 1944 in Copenhagen by Peter Bodum. The 'French Press' style of coffee brewer is its trademark and most popular product with a great array of styles and varieties available. Bodum keeps up with contemporary designs and trends.
The Bodum Fench Press I own is the Kenya model and this is a 0.5L version. The coffee press is the classic glass and black design, with a glass container for your liquid and black plastic shield and handle around this, with the plastic handle and the base protecting the user and any surface from damage through heat. The top of the glass is shaped into a pourer for ease of use. The lid of the press is black plastic too and fits onto the top of the glass snugly, with a perforated edge that aligns with the pourer to allow your coffee out. The lid has a plunger through it which is controlled from the top via a small round ball handle.
Dimensions (0.5L coffee maker)
Depth 0.11 m
Width 0.147 m
Height 0.171 m
The glass Bodum use is ultra-light, borosilicate glass which is resistant to thermal shock and thus less prone to stress and can cope with moderate temperature changes. This is perfect for the coffee press to which you add hot/off the boil water; however the glass is still pretty fragile and prone to cracks and breakages from knocks.
The plunger has a filter attached to the bottom of it which catches and traps your freshly ground coffee particles and stops them escaping into your coffee cup. The filter is stainless steel and consists of a mesh
The same method is used here as with all French Presses, which is both very simple and fast to make the perfect cup of coffee. You add a few heaped teaspoons of ground coffee into the glass container until you get about a 1cm covering on the bottom (this is obviously dependant on how many cups you are making, for my 1.5L Bodum I use these measurements). Fill a kettle full of water and once boiled count to thirty, which is my interpretation of 'just off the boil' water. Then simply pour the water into your Bodum jug (about 3/4 of the way) and stir for a second. Add the lid with the plunger positioned to the top of the cap and leave to stand/brew for a couple of minutes.
Once left to settle for a while you push the plunger down and this allows the hot water to extract the most essential oils of the freshly ground coffee and the filer catches the un-dissolved particles leaving least amount of sediment in your cup. The filter on this Bodum I have found to be really good for the job, it fits tightly against the glass jug and the mesh is particularly fine. Inevitably some particles escape and can leave a gloop like texture in your cup but this also depends on how much coffee you add, how full your jug is and of course the type of coffee you are using.
I simply rinse the filter in warm running water until the water runs clear, and wash the body of the jug with my regular glasses. This product is dishwasher safe too.
Sizes of Kenya available from the Bodrum Website (www.bodum.com)
This is not the best French Press on the market; the price reflects this as does the not perfect filtering of the coffee. However for weekends and occasional use I have been really happy with this Bodrum coffee maker. It has the looks, is easy to use and gives good, but not perfect results.
I like coffee. Ever since my old man bought an espresso machine years ago I've been hooked. It wakes me up in the morning and makes me feel great during the day. I don't know where I'd be without it every day! When you want nice home coffee you're left with a few choices, espresso machines, stove top boilers and french presses. Each have their own pros and cons but I feel for ease of use at 5am that the french press wins easily.
Having a look around my local posh department store I found that the brand to go for was Bodum. "Buy a Bodum or buy five of something else" were the shop assistants words. It could have been a sales ploy but thankfully it's the only french press I've bought to date!
I have the 0.35L model which is perfect for a single small cup of coffee. It's only enough for one person really, you'd be pushing it to serve a couple. I have the bright green version, for two reasons, it matches my kitchen and it's easy to find in the dark!
Out of the box you get the glass, the holder, and the interior components. All these parts separate easily which makes cleaning a breeze. Simply screw them apart and throw them in the dishwasher. I do this every 3rd cup of coffee or so and I've yet to see any tarnishing of the steel or any degredation of the parts themselves.
Making coffee with this french press is one of the easiest processes around. Just use the provided measuring scoop to measure out your ground coffee, put it in the glass, pour some water in and place the mesh on top. After about two minutes you can push down the plunger and enjoy your sweet coffee (or bitter!).
Previous reviews have commented on the fragile glass, I have yet to crack or break mine, even with rapid temperature changes. I do take reasonable care of the glass and try not to drop it though so this might explain my different experience.
Overall this is a great product for coffee lovers and something I would recommend to anyone to try.
Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
I am quite the fan of a good cup of coffee and I didn't realise how many coffee makers and cafetieres I have owned until we recently moved home. The version of the Bodum Kenya coffee maker I own is the 0.35 litres (or three cups but really only one generous mug) and looks different to the picture above, I must own the newer version. I bought this one because I wanted something that would make me one mug of coffee in the morning rather than making too much, which I have a tendency to do when using the larger models. This one still has the black frame but instead of the up and down lines it has more of an oval pattern to it. It is quite attractive but it is still quite basic looking.
This cafetiere works really well because the plunger fits inside the glass pot quite snugly and I find that there is never too many coffee granules left in my cup. Overall, this does make a lovely cup of coffee.
As with most of the Bodum range of coffee makers this is made from Borosilicate glass and is dishwasher safe. The hardened plastic is sturdy and the handle is comfortable to hold. However, I have managed to crack the glass and I did have to buy a new glass refill, which I picked up in a local Sainsbury's store. So apart from being warned that you have to be gentle with this as the glass is quite delicate and I broke mine while separating the parts to get cleaned, it works well.
This is currently available from Amazon for £20.77 I can't remember paying that much for mine. I do wonder if this price is competitive enough with how many cafetieres there are available out there.
Overall, I like this coffee maker and because it is just for one person I regularly get a lot of use out of it. In the morning there is usually only me for coffee and this is a quick and convenient way of making myself one tasty cup of caffeine fuelled coffee.
This is a pretty average coffee maker and as such I am going to award it a pretty average three out of five stars. I do like mine and it does the job well it is just a pretty average coffee maker, but if you are looking for something like this then I would recommend having a closer look at this one.
Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
I absolutely love coffee and I drink instant coffee from the minute I wake up but every so often I make myself a cup of ground coffe and the best way to make it is in a coffee maker, this Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker is stylish, makes coffee easy and you can buy one from Amazon for £12 upwards.
The coffee maker is black plastic and glass and it says it makes three small cups of coffee but it makes one large mug of coffee, if you buy proper coffee cups then they are small like the size of expresso coffee portion then it will do three of these cups.
It is dishwasher safe and the coffee is easy to make.
It comes with its own measuring spoon but if like me you love strong black coffee to get you on the move around the house then I just pour an amount in and hope for the best.
The lid is a twist off lid so it reduces spills and the plastic can be rinsed easily under the tap for cleaning if you don't want to put it in the dishwasher.
Boil the water, put your desired amount of coffee in the glass jar and pour your water over, the best way to use the hot water is to leave it to cool for three minutes after it has boiled before pouring over the coffee, this way you don't burn the coffee and get a bitter taste.
when you have poured your water over the coffee grains, then stir and leave for about two minutes. Slowly push the plunger down and pour your coffee into your cup, sweeten and add milk if desired.
The coffee maker is easy to use, doesn't leave any bits of coffee grains in your cup as the plunger is quite tight in the glass jar and it makes a good strong tasting cup of coffee.
If your looking for a good coffee maker then this one gets my 9 out of 10 vote.
Have fun x
Working in the tea and coffee industry, Im forever looking at gadgets and gizmos all promising to be the only thing I would ever need.
One thing that has never needed much work on its design and engneering is the cafetiere.
Working in the principle of longer brewing rather than pressure (like an esppresso) the full flavour, aroma and character of a coffee is more preserved for a better cup.
Now I wont bore you with the history of a cafetiere, or who invented it etc. I'm concentrating more on this specific model cafetiere.
So how to use. It comes with a handy scoop for measuring your coffee out. When I make a coffee I use 6 of these scoops but you can play around with how you like your coffee.
Usng water just after the boil, is my tip, as boiling water can bring out some nasty characteristics of the coffee.
Brew for 5 minutes and then slowly push the plunger down. Be careful not to push too quickly as too much pressure can break the glass and make for a very serious accident.
Even though this is classed as an 8cup, you're more likely to get 6 decent size cups or 4 decently filled mugs.
The cafetiere itself will retain enough heat to enjoy the coffee for about 1/2 without a cosy on it, but then any longer the coffee starts to taste aged and loses its heat. Luke warm coffee is never nice.
Finish wise its not as classy as some others on the market, but its a very good entry level cafetiere.
When cleaning it, you can remove the glass from the outer holder but do be careful when doing this and when washing the glass as a slight tap can cause them to break and they can be a bit difficult to get spare parts for, but not that difficult.
On some of them dependant on the finish of the plastic they can have little snag areas of plastic. When using a tea towel etc you end up with bits of fluff stuck to it which is a bit annoying but thats probably the worst thing I can say about it.
Before using I would wash the glass out carefully, and always buy decent quality coffee.
After all you cant polish a turd!
Despite these days of kitchen wizardry, makeovers and gadgets galore nothing is more enticing than the heady smell of freshly brewed coffee or freshly baked bread. Many coffee lovers swear on the fact that the humble cafetiere is the best method to brew coffee, since it preserves the delicate flavours from the oils, giving a smooth, rich bodied flavour.
*History & Design
The exact history and origin of the cafetiere is not clear. Both the French and the Italians lay claims to its invention. What is known is that the first cafetieres appeared in France in the 1850s, but first patented by Attilio Calimani in 1931. Today one statistic suggests that over 63 million of these simple devices are in use world wide. If you type in cafetiere and search on the net many sites contain similar references and text to some of the content below, including a long winded fable about an Italian shepherd, should you be interested.
The early coffee pots were made of metal and fitted with a metal screen attached to a rod. The metal screen would be plunged down, using the rod, forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot. Today's cafetiere is usually a narrow heat proof glass body with either a metal cage holder or a more simple plastic one. These parts are simple, easily cleaned and individually replaceable. Cafetiere (the French for coffee pot) has become the established description in Britain but 'French Press', or 'Coffee Plunger' is used in other parts of the world.
Using a simple brewing method you can make great tasting coffee requiring very little skill. Coffee is brewed by placing the coffee and water together, leaving to brew for a few minutes, then depressing the plunger to trap the coffee grinds at the bottom of the jug.
Since the coffee grounds remain in direct contact with the brewing water and the grounds are filtered from the water via a mesh instead of a paper filter, coffee brewed with a cafetiere captures more of the coffee's flavour and essential oils, which would have become trapped in a traditional drip brew machine's paper filter. Cafetiere pressed coffee is usually stronger and thicker and has more sediment than drip-brewed coffee. As the used grounds remain in the drink after brewing, cafetiere pressed coffee should be served immediately so as to not become bitter from over-extraction. Contents in a typical 8-cup cafetiere is considered expired after 20 minutes
Coffee for use in a French press should be of a consistent, coarse grind. A cafetiere is also more portable and self contained than other coffee makers.
*Brewing the Perfect Cup
I have owned a standard Bodum 8 cup plastic cover model for many years. Although less attractive than the fancy stainless steel jacketed model the function and performance is exactly the same.
1. For each mugful add one tablespoon of fresh ground coffee. Be sure to keep the coffee grounds in the fridge once opened to avoid losing those lovely aromatics....
2. Pour hot water (just below boiling point, to avoid losing the more volatile aromas and flavours) into the cafetiere and stir gently.
3. Rest for 30 seconds then gently plunge the filter to the bottom of the cylinder.
4. Pour, relax, sit back and enjoy.
My current particular model has a red plastic outer and handle with a black plastic lid. The plunger is all stainless steel and these models are often found on offer around £9.99. Although Bodum branded products may seem pricier than other options on the shelf, you can always buy spare parts if you need to. However this is rarely necessary since you can cannabalise from parts that you already own or just clean up the metal parts.
I would agree that calling it 8 cup is a tad optimistic, the reality is 4 decent mugs of coffee or just two if you half fill the cafetiere and adjust the coffee grounds accordingly.
*Caring for the Device
Should you notice bubbles and grounds escaping past the plunger as you push it down then I suggest examine it and clean it, since this escaping sediment can just ruin that perfect cup of coffee. For a quick and effortless way to clean the plunger just simply immerse it in vinegar and leave to soak a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly and the sparkling clean plunger is ready for duty again with no residues that impair its performance.
Automatic coffeemakers may be quick and convenient, but nothing beats the cafetiere for flavour intensity, as well as style. By allowing the ground coffee to mingle with the water, it creates a stronger, thicker and more piquant cup of coffee, retaining essential oils and sediments that would otherwise get caught up in a drip coffeemaker's filter.
The simplicity of these basic cafetieres and ease of maintenance will always keep them as my preferred choice..................Enjoy
Thanks for reading.
Posted on Dooyoo and Ciao under the same author.
Acrylic frame and glass / 1 L capacity / 8 cups / Dishwasher safe / The coffee maker's elegantly designed frame comes with a special safety lid and has plastic handles and bases to protect your hands and surfaces from the heat