Product Type: Bodum coffee machines
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Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
Member Name: Abski2001
Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
Advantages: Stylish, simple and a good price
Disadvantages: Some coffee escapes the filter
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.
Summary: I am taking one star off for the small amount of escaping coffee grains
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