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      18.10.2010 15:47
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      An excellent Cafetiere which has pride of place on my kitchen shelf.

      I very rarely drink coffee, although do keep some in for visitors, so when my daughter offered me a Bodum Brazil 8 Cup Cafetiere I decided I would be able to make use of it. The Brazil Cafetiere is available in three sizes; 3 cup, 8 cup and 12 cup. The design has also changed somewhat since the photograph above was uploaded, and the Cafetiere now comes in a range of colours and has a far sleeker and modern appearance.

      My Brazil Cafetiere is Lime Green, but the selection of colours is very impressive and you're sure to find one to compliment the colour scheme in your kitchen.

      The Cafetiere is not only attractive, but functional too. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee is extremely simple; as Bodum themselves state it really is just a case of measuring out your coffee, pouring on hot (not boiling) water and timing four minutes before pushing the plunger down. Simple even for a total coffee making novice such as myself.

      The jug itself is made from 'borosilicate' glass, a particularly heat resistant glass which will not shatter or otherwise be damaged even by continual use. Of course, being heat resistant does not mean that the jug doesn't get hot - it does, and I certainly wouldn't recommend touching it for too long for fear of getting burned. The entire Cafetiere is suitable for putting in the dishwasher, I haven't done this personally as it's so incredibly easy to wash by hand but I can see why this would be useful for some coffee drinkers.

      The handle is comfortable to hold and is fitted very snug to the Cafetiere, my only issue with the product as a whole is the fact that the lid is very loose. I have owned Cafetieres in the past and while never creating a perfect seal, most will at least have a lid which feels as though it is a tight fit. This one actually rattles at times, an indicator as to just how loosely it has been designed to fit. I do like the ball shaped handle of the plunger as this makes it simple to push down on, even for those people like me who suffer from a lack of strength in their hands.

      In fact, overall I find the plunger to be extremely smooth and 'nice' to push down and this means the ground coffee will not escape the mesh and find its way into your hot drink.

      I find this Cafetiere keeps the coffee hot for some time after brewing, obviously it will not remain piping hot for too long but if you are the type of person who likes a second cup of coffee straight after the first then I think you will be happy. Anyway, coffee is easily warmed up in the microwave so I wouldn't worry too much about leaving it to go cold.

      After use it's a very simple matter to empty the coffee grinds (use them as a plant food for certain plants) and wash the jug. The grinds will wash away easily in hot soapy water, I tend to simply leave the Cafetiere in soak for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. This will remove all residue of coffee and leave your Cafetiere sparkling clean and ready to use again.

      There is another gripe (other than the loose lid), but I have left this to the end as it hasn't been something which has particularly affected me. The reason my daughter decided she didn't want the Cafetiere anymore was due to the fact that Bodum's estimation of eight cups is far different to hers. I can see her point, living in a mug-using household means you will only get at best four drinks out of a single brewing - and I suggest Bodum's calculations were made based on coffee lovers who use 'proper' small sized coffee cups.

      This issue aside, I am more than happy with my Brazil Cafetiere. Costing £18 on Amazon I know it's fairly expensive, however the attractive design and ease of use makes it worth the cost in my opinion.

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        13.08.2010 23:18
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        A simple to use coffee maker

        There was a time when the simple yet effective cafetiere was the stylish kitchen gadget of the moment. During that moment we had not one but several of these little gems of the coffee making world.

        The full 4 cup one we had was a smart and funky red coloured Bodum Brazil cafetiere, which we bought to match the red kitchen accessory colour scheme we had at the time. With this we managed to make enough coffee for two average coffee cups or 2 smallish coffee mugs.

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        I know that when we bought the Brazil cafetiere it was very modern and sleek and had a well made feel to it. We went for the red form of the product although the brown was also very popular at the time. Now they even come in a funky lime green and a soothing purple colour too.

        I didn't like the brown much as I thought it would look too dark when the cafetiere was full, similar to the cheapo ones you got in pseudo flash cafes. The red surround seemed to set it off making the coffee inside seem even more appealing when served. Our coffee maker had a nicely fitting matching red lid and a nice thick handle which made the cafetiere easy to pick up and pour from when full.

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        In terms of price you need to budget around £12 to £18 or so to purchase one of these now, depending on how many cups the cafetiere makes. They come in a variety of sizes from 1 to 8 cups.

        When the makers specify a number of cups, they are talking about smallish cups, not the large mugs we all like to drink out of these days. So you may want to have a look at the product prior to buying online in case you need a larger or smaller version.

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        The bottom of the coffee maker is encased in plastic which makes it less likely to mark your table top or work top when the hot water is inside. To use the product you need to pick your favorite blend of ground coffee.

        I recommend that you add a just little more than you think you will need to the cafetiere. You don't need to go over board, just add one extra spoonful for 1 mug and 2 for 2 mugs, forgetting the idea that this is a 4 cup product if you drink from a coffee mug, then fill the cafetiere as needed. I find that the resulting smooth and strong coffee is richer and fuller flavoured that way.

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        Once filling with boiling water, I would also recommend that you leave the plunger alone for a little longer, no matter how very tempting it is to push it down immediately. Leave it for at least a couple of minutes before taking the plunge, to get best results.

        Once the plunger has been, well plunged, the coffee is ready to be poured and then drunk. Once finished with, the product is easily cleaned by hand if wanted, but this model is also dishwasher safe too. Obviously you need to empty the coffee grounds prior to placing the coffee maker into the dishwasher first.

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        As the product is so well made and easy to use it gets a 4 star rating. I feel it loses 1 star due to the rather vague way in which the cup sizes or measures work. Surely the manufacturers of these things are aware that the majority of UK coffee drinkers use a nice big mug to drink from when at home.

        Other than that, the Bodum Brazil cafetiere is a top product and worth looking into getting. You don't need to faff about with filter papers and the cafetiere doesn't need plugging in to the mains. What more can you ask for, except someone to serve cakes and then do the washing up.

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          12.08.2010 17:18
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          Makes a lovely cup of coffee

          Bodum Brazil Coffee Maker / Cafetiere

          Who doesn't like a hot cup of delicious coffee? A cafetiere is one of the simplest coffee makers available, all you need do is pop in the fresh ground coffee, pour in the water, wait a few minutes, then plunge, pour and sit back to enjoy. The picture above shows the black version, however, I own the far snazzier red Bodum cafetiere, which I bought to match a kitchen that I no longer have.

          This holds 1.5 litres or approximately 12 cups or 6 generous mugs of coffee, which is large enough to use when you have a few friends round or just use less water and coffee to make a smaller amount for one. I always tend to make too much when it is just for me, I think I need more caffeine than I really should have.

          This is made from heat resistant borosilicate glass, this both feels and looks sturdy. Importantly, the handle is far enough away from the glass that I have never burned any fingers while pouring and holding this.

          This is easy to clean and for those lucky enough to have a dishwasher this cafetiere is dishwasher safe.

          These are currently selling for £30 at Amazon, however, I am sure I bought mine for closer to £20 when I was doing the weekly shop.

          There isn't anything fancy about this, but it does make a very nice cup of coffee. In my opinion this deserves a four out of five stars it makes my weekend mornings that bit more awake and enjoyable. Overall, I am not sure there is much more I can add about this cafetiere except that I really like this coffee maker and it has served me well for a while now.

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