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Picture the scene - it's a weekday morning and you've hit snooze for the 6th or 7th time. Your day hasn't started well and there's only one thing that can get it back on track - a lovely, freshly made mug of great coffee.
But there's a problem. Because you stayed in bed so long you MUST leave the house in the next 2 minutes, or face the wrath of your boss (who also got out of the wrong side of bed). This leaves you with a choice - hang around for the 4/5 minutes it takes to brew some much needed coffee (and run the risk of a miserable day in the office), or resort to the dreaded instant (and be miserable until coffee break).
That's where this travel press comes in - it's a thermal mug and it's a cafetiere.
It means you can leave the house on time AND you can enjoy a mug of the good stuff. Just put in your ground coffee, add the boiling water, then let it brew while you travel. Then, while you're on the go, press down the plunger and enjoy.
QUICK - wait for as long as it takes to boil the kettle.
EASY - pour in the water, wait, press the plunger.
TWO LIDS - one with a plunger for making coffee on the go, another without for when you have a bit more time or fancy tea instead.
INSULATED - forgot that you made coffee in the midst of the rush? Not a problem, as it stays warm more than an hour after being made.
COLOURS - mine is a lovely red, but there's black, green and purple versions among others.
AWKWARD FOR WASHING - some nooks and crannies around the lid can get badly stained unless you're very thorough when it comes to washing up
WASTED COFFEE - the plunger doesn't depress as far as it could do. This means there's plenty of good coffee stuck below the filter that you can't drink. This isn't a problem if you use the alternative lid, (but then you can't plunge your coffe on the go.)
AWKWARD ANGLES - you need to be careful when you put the plunger in, as it's easy to get the angle slightly wrong. Do this and some of the grounds will dodge the filter, leaving you with an unpleasant surprise when you start to drink.
Summary: If all you want is a decent thermal mug, this is more expensive than perfectly good alternatives. If you're looking for a handy, portable cafetiere then this is good value. It's quick and easy and seems to be fairly durable. It does have a few minor drawbacks, but if you love coffee and are always in a rush it's well worth considering.
It is definitely worth spending that bit more on the Bodum Travel Coffee Press. I have had quite a few travel mugs and I wouldn't go back to using any of them. POSITIVES - The travel mug fits into all of my cup holders and doesn't spill when I'm on the go, even on the back of the pushchair. When the top is sealed shut the coffee stays inside so I can safely put it in my handbag without worrying. The press itself keeps the coffee at the bottom of the mug and is really easy to clean, the whole thing goes into the dishwasher. It keeps coffee hot for a decent amount of time but remember to keep the top closed to stop it from going cool too quickly. If you didn't want to use the coffee press and wanted to fill it with instant coffee then there is also a lid without a press attachment. NEGATIVES - It does stain quite easily on the inside but I have found this with lots of travel mugs. Would give this 5 stars and definitely recommend it, I got my husband one and he loves it too.
Bodum Travel Coffee Press with Interchangeable Insert / Bodum Travel Press Coffee Maker is a great companion while traveling / This coffee maker makes a great and fresh coffee from coarse ground coffee beans within minutes / It can also be personalized with your favorite picture too! The 10660-01B Bodum Travel P