The french press was the very first brew method I discovered and explored with. It seemed like a good, well-rounded investment, and it was. My college roommate and I first experimented with a generic brand press that was owned by my buddy’s parents, and we quickly discovered that we each wanted one of our own desperately. I ended up buying a red Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press.
The French Press
The Bodum Brazil is a press pot that has withstood the test of time and is one of the most respected and used french presses in the world. The specialty coffee community is in love with it and its sister model, the Bodum Chambord, because they are both simple to use, and very effective in producing a great cup of coffee.
The Brazil itself is made up of a glass carafe, plastic casing, a metal rod, and a filter which is two layers of mesh. The glass will last a long time unless you’re careless. In the event of it breaking, Bodum sells replacement carafes all over the place, but they’re slightly expensive. So be careful with the glass by not using metal spoons or carrying it with slippery hands.
The plastic does a fine job and is very heat resistant. The lid connects to handle in a strange way that doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s no inconvenience. The metal rod connects the plastic sphere above the lid to the mesh filter. This allows the filter to be pressed down easily and evenly from above. And that’s a brief summary of the french press!
How it Works
The french press utilizes the immersion method for brewing. This basically means that the water and coffee grounds maintain contact throughout the brewing time. The alternative would be the pour over method, where the water drips through immediately instead of staying. This method creates a bold, well-rounded cup of coffee and is preferred by many.
After allowing the coffee and water to sit for a time, the mesh filter is pressed down, discontinuing the steeping process and separating the grounds from the final drink. For a complete look at the brewing process, check out our French Press Guide.
As a brew method, the french press is amazing, and I suggest it to anyone who’s getting into specialty coffee. To take advantage of this incredible method, I strongly recommend Bodum’s Brazil French Press. The usable design, durability of the parts, reasonable price, and reputation of Bodum as a great business make the Brazil french press an excellent buy.