Coffee drinkers who use a French press coffee maker know how to make a delicious cup of coffee just the way they like it. But beginners can enjoy it, too. In this Budum Chambord French press coffee maker review, we’ll take a look at how this particular French press is a little different. In fact, the beaker in this one is not made of glass but of a different material. Plus, you’ll learn a little secret about using coffee grounds in a French press!
The great thing about a French press coffee maker is that in most cases, it can make both coffee and tea. So why do you have to choose? Why can’t you have both? After all, many people drink both coffee and tea depending on their mood or the time of day.
The Budum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
The Budum French press coffee maker is made in Portugal. It is available in a variety of sizes and colors. You can also opt for the shatterproof plastic beaker that is made of recyclable BPA-free plastic.
Now let’s take a look at some of the features you can expect from the Budum Chambord French press coffee maker.
Additional filter: The Budum French press coffee maker has an additional plastic filter on the top, which provides another layer of filtration for any coffee grounds that may have escaped.
Plastic beaker: The 34-ounce size has a BPA-free plastic beaker made from recyclable material. This makes it less likely to break or shatter.
- Can brew coffee in four minutes
- Can be used for coffee and tea
- According to the manufacturer, all parts are dishwasher safe
- Available in a variety of colors: black, chrome, copper, cork, matte chrome, and white
- Available in a variety of sizes: 12 ounces, 17 ounces, 34 ounces, and 51 ounces.
- Choose between the glass carafe or the shatterproof plastic carafe
- The handle can loosen over time. A loose handle can make it difficult to pour coffee from the beaker.
- There are complaints that the coffee can develop a plastic aftertaste because of the extra plastic filter in the lid.
- Some customers complain that the plastic beaker cracks just as easily as glass. This may be due to the way the French press is cleaned.
- There have also been complaints of poor customer service regarding refunds and warranty issues.
One thing to consider when choosing a size is the definition of “cups.” A standard cup of coffee in the US is 8 ounces in size. The cup size of French press coffee makers is about 4 ounces. So, if you like to drink a large cup of coffee, you should double the specified size so that you’re not disappointed.
Also, when you fill the beaker with hot water, you need to take into account that the coffee grounds will also take up space. So you may not be able to fill the beaker with as much water as you would like.
How To Make Coffee With the Budum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Using a French press coffee maker couldn’t be easier. If you can boil water, you’re already halfway there!
- Start by boiling water
- Remove the plunger of the French press
- Measure the coffee grounds
- Pour the coffee grounds onto the bottom of the French press
- Once the water is boiled, add it to the beaker using the measurements on the side
- Stir the water to circulate the coffee grounds
- Carefully place the plunger on the top of the beaker
- Twist the lid to close the pour spout opening
- After 4 minutes, press down on the plunger until all the grounds are under the filter and all the coffee is above it.
- Your coffee is now ready to pour
Be careful not to press down too hard on the plunger. If you press too hard the beaker may crack or shatter.
How To Get The Best Cup of Coffee
To get the best cup of coffee, use freshly ground coarse coffee beans. A standard measure for coffee grounds is one heaping tablespoon of grounds for every 6 ounces of coffee. This is for a medium-strength brew. If you like your coffee stronger, add 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per 6 ounces.
Water temperature: water temperature for French presses should be between 92-96°C (197 and 204oF). If you use hotter water, the cup may crack or break.
Care and Maintenance
Many French press coffee makers state that the product and/or parts are dishwasher safe. However, in my experience, it is best to hand wash all parts and let them dry after each use. This will prolong the life of your French press.
Did You Know?
The standard protocol for using a French press coffee maker is that you throw the grounds in the trash or dispose of them after use. Interestingly, you can actually reuse it! But here is the caveat. You must reuse the coffee grounds within 15 minutes of the first brew. But you should know that the coffee will not be as strong and robust as the first cup.
The Bodum Chambord French press coffee maker is attractive, portable, and easy to use. Since it comes in a variety of sizes and colors, you are sure to find the right one for your kitchen table. Take it camping, use it in your RV, or put it on your coffee table for after dinner dessert.
Have you ever used the Budum Chambord French press coffee maker? How was your experience? Please let us know by leaving us a comment below.