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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reader Question: Help Me Find a New French Press!

UPDATE - I am absolutely ridiculous and didn't realize that the plunger is supposed to be unscrewed in order for it to be cleaned.  I am not gross, this was only the 4th time I've used my French Press and I did manage to get a decent clean before this travesty.  That being said, I still feel ABSOLUTELY STUPID. I love my French Press.  We are back to being buddies, although I am sure it is disappointed in me. Thank you to Matthew, for pointing this out to me :)

This weekend I re-discovered the joy of French Press coffee at my friend's house.  As soon as I got home, I immediately pulled out my Bodum French Press and brought it to work with me.  I found that it made incredibly rich and STRONG coffee that helped me beat the mid-morning slump.

And just as me and my buddy Bodum started to become more than acquaintances, it BROKE.  My plunger just fell apart.  Sure, this could probably be an easy fix, but the more I did research on a replacement, the more I found that people had other issues with this kind, more specifically the glass canister.

So I am asking you now - do you enjoy the delights of a French Press, and if so - can you give me any good recommendations on a French Press?  Ideally I would like a small one because I usually only make myself one cup (trust me, that is ALL I need!)

Thanks for your help!

Yay coffee!


EastCoastMatt said...

So, my coffee connossour (sp?) coworker has told me that french press is no good. It always leaves a bit of stuff in the bottom, you have to ground your beans just right, and some other stuff that I didn't really listen to that closely.

anyways, he says that I should be using an aeropress.

Apparently, it makes as good, if not better coffee as a french press and does it without any of the issues of a french press, and easier cleanup...
it does use aeropress filters so, you have that downside.

anyways, I just ordered one when it went on sale for under 20 bucks last week... it's up to 22 bucks now, but maybe something to research and check out for your coffee.

EastCoastMatt said...

oh, and I've owned that french press for a long time now and have never had any issues. and the plunger is designed to be unscrewed and taken apart for cleaning (something that took me a while to figure out...) in case that was the issue....

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

OMG Matthew - if my plunger just came unscrewed in order to help me wash it, I'm going to feel like an idiot!!!!! I'm going to check this out immediately. Maybe it's politely trying to tell me something, like any good friend does.

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

It did come unscrewed. I feel silly. I've updated my post. Thanks for your help :)

EastCoastMatt said...

Glad I could help, Nakiya! =)

Don't feel like an idiot.... Like I said, I did the same thing. I tried to pry it apart and pull the coffee grounds from in between the parts. until I realized that it seemed like the whole filter part was coming loose. and that was my AH HA! moment. =)

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