Product Type: Bodum coffee machines
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A simple (or complicated) way to make coffee
Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
Author Name: superness11
Bodum Kenya Coffee Maker
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: does not retain heat
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.
Summary: A great way to experience coffee in the home
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