Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
(701 customer reviews)
Chambord is a true original - the classic French press coffee maker designed in the fifties. And Bodum is still producing it with the same painstaking craftsmanship used way back when with the original. The frame and lid, made of steel, undergo several chrome plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use. The only difference in the production process since the fifties is Bodum's commitment to the highest standards of environmentally correct manufacturing, which is especially important during the chrome plating process. The black polypropylene handle comes in a matte finish that not only gives a comfortable grip while serving but adds to the classic quality of the design.
The French press system has always been the simplest and ultimate way of brewing an excellent cup of coffee. Using fresh coarse-ground beans with water between 92 and 96 degrees Fahrenheit brings out the very best in all types of coffee.
4-3/10" L x 6-3/10" W x 9-4/5" H, with an 8 cup capacity
- Amazon Sales Rank: #150800 in Kitchen & Housewares
- Color: Chrome
- Brand: Bodum
- Model: 3020-16US
- Dimensions: 9.90" h x 6.40" w x 4.40" l, 1.50 pounds
- Borosilicate glass carafe
- Stainless steel frame and lid
- Dishwasher safe
Most helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
The Best French Press I've Owned So Far
By Amazon Customer
This is the second french press coffee maker I've owned. My first one was a Bonjour french press which fell apart after about 50 uses. I've wanted to own a french press since I had a cup of Tarrazu made this way when I was in Costa Rica. I was reluctant to buy the Bodum Chambord because of the reviews I read on Amazon about how easily the glass carafe breaks. Well, I've used it several times and the carafe hasn't broken yet. The Bodum is a much sturdier and well-made french press than the Bonjour was. The Chambord has almost no plastic to break - just borosilicate glass. stainless steel and other metals, which should last. Even the mesh screen is made of metal. So this french press should last (unless I break the glass carafe).
OK, does it make a good cup of coffee? Yes, it does - it's delicious as a matter of fact. I find however that the flavor of coffee made in a french press just isn't as intense as I like. I love the coffee from my espresso maker, which is my favorite coffee maker. The coffee from a french press is just milder - so it comes down to taste preference or how you like to drink your coffee. If you like to drink several cups of coffee at a sitting, this french press is the way to go. You get a flavorful cup of coffee without being overpowered by it. And this Bodum Chambord produces the best coffee I've had from a french press. If you like french press-made coffee and you buy this one, I think you'll like it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
The Best Press Period. Why I recommend buying more than one and the mandatory Burr grinder discussion.
I'm leaving this review because our friend gave me a K-Cup brewer knowing me as a coffee fanatic and I happen to have a half dozen presses in my kitchen at all times. Forget the K-Cup brewer and put the money toward a Burr Grinder. The K-cup prices are easily on par with a pound of peaberry Kona. As far as time goes... Brewing is 4 mins + Boiling Filtered water.
For most people, you are going to make a mess at first and probably have flashbacks of Chemistry class.
These are my tips so you can use a Press easily and within few days of practice have the routine down... Boil filtered water, Grind, Stir together and Brew 4 mins.
- A Press is not for you without a decent Burr grinder or at least access to one. You need a consistant course grind and you'll never get one with that $12 blade grinder someone gave you for the Holidays. Do your research and buy the best you can afford.
- Buy a couple of the same exact Bodum models for two reasons: you'll always have a clean one ready to go, important for early mornings, and you will never have to worry about rebuilding mismatched pieces during assembly. Yes, I got the idea from my Dad purchasing all the same white socks.
- The Bodum build quality is excellent. I've had the same presses since 2006 and run them through the dishwasher all the time.
- Buy an insulated mug to immediately pour whatever does not go into your cup. Do not leave coffee sitting in the press since it will continue to brew.
- Stir your coffee before the 4 min brew/steep with a wooden chopstick. I watched Alton Brown use a metal spoon and I actually yelled at my television. You will break the glass.
- Do not quickly mash the press down like all my waiters do. Slow, easy, and consistent to filter the grinds and to forgo the hot coffee volcano.
- Some of my coffee snob acquaintances use a specific temperature during the brewing process. I have found that once my kettle is at a full rolling boil, turning off the stove and the time to grind the beans brings the water to the perfect temp. You can buy an electric kettle too with a groovy built in thermometer.
- Get everything into the press immediately after the grind, stir, brew 4 mins, press down = Perfection.
* I read a review here that there are no markings for water levels, but this would vary depending on the amount of grounds in the carafe. I make the same amount of coffee each time and use the Bodum rectangle logo on the carafe as my fill level after initially measuring my water amount on the first use. However, markers would be a great addition.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
More frajile than expected
By Raleigh man
Bodum Chambord Coffee Press more delicate than I expected
Being new to the French press, I have experienced only one before, which was very briefly because it was not able to separate the grounds from the drink.
This Bodum seems to have been manufactured to tight specs such that the beaker fits into the metal framework snugly without being loose or too tight, and I gave a star for that.
Also, the press cover fits well and has a convenient pouring screen if you rotate the top to the place, so a star from me as well.
The 3-piece strainer/filter, rod, and knob for the press fit the beaker well and do a good job of keeping my coffee separate from the grounds, so another star.
The product makes good coffee without sediment if its requirements are met. For that, I give a star!
Buying or grinding your own beans that are uniformly ideal for a French press means they contain no grounds that are smaller than the perfect size, which is a goal I haven't met yet but am working on it!
I took back a star for the apparent cheapness of the coffee maker. The beaker is very light weight, and I interpret that as the beaker is fragile but maybe I'm wrong about that as light weight doesn't necessarily mean cheap--I'll report back if and when it breaks! The metal cage into which the beaker rests seems thin, light weigh, and flimsy to me. I take away a star for this apparent cheapness.
My satisfaction with this coffee maker is actually good albeit the 3-star rating because I am wanting to prove to myself that French press is the ultimate way to brew coffee. Once I prove that (by then I expect this one will be broken) I'll be ready to move on to a better French press and will know what to look for but hopefully won't have to pay any more for it than I did this one.
For the best French press coffee, I recommend a hand grinder with ceramic burrs for cutting. And, if you're finicky about finding a little sediment in your white coffee cup, you may need to strain even burr-ground beans using a tea strainer to shake out smaller particle that might otherwise find their way into your cup! Taste-wise, I am not sold on the French press approach yet but find it has potential. It will take some experimentation to identify the bean type that works best for me when using this particular method of making coffee.