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Bodum's French press makes it easy: coffee, water, wait, enjoy.

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Easy to use

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Easy to clean

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Full bodied flavor

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Great taste coffee

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Cons

Not keep coffee warm

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When Bodum took over a small clarinet factory in Normandy in 1982, it was not because of the fine orchestra clarinets they were producing but because of a relatively unknown coffee maker called the Chambord which they produced as well. The reason the French press coffee maker has become one of the most popular coffeemakers in the world is pure and simple, taste. The materials (glass and stainless steel) are completely taste-free so nothing comes between your ground coffee beans. This is exactly the reason why coffee tasters use this method to determine the quality of coffee beans. No paper filter not only means no waste, but that the coffee bean's essential oils go directly to your cup, delivering the flavor that is-lost on paper filters. Simplicity works best and is the reason why the Chambord's design has not changed a bit from its original drawing. Make taste, not waste.

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Awards and Accolades

In 2004 the Bodum Chambord coffee press received the American Culinary Institute's award for best French press coffeemaker.

The American Culinary Institute judges food preparation products such as mixers, waffle makers, and electric teakettles. These products are judged on criteria important to consumers such as ease-of-use, safety, and the quality of the food produced. The institute also judges food preparation products used in restaurants and hotels, including institutional mixers, large-volume coffee machines, and food slicers.

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Instructions for Use

  1. Place pot on a dry, flat, nonslip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger straight up and out of the pot.
  2. For each 1.25-deciliter/4-ounce cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon or 1 Bodum scoop of coarse-ground coffee into the pot.
  3. Pour hot (not boiling) water into the pot. Leave a minimum of 2.5 centimeters/1 inch of space at the top. Stir the brew with a plastic spoon. 
  4. Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn lid to close off the pour spout opening. (Does not apply to the Brazil models.) Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes.
  5.  Hold the pot handle firmly, with the spout turned away from you, then using just the weight of your hand, apply slight pressure on top of the knob to lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces best results. If the filter clogs or it becomes difficult to push down the plunger you should remove the plunger from the pot, stir the brew, and then slowly plunge again. 
  6. Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.
  7. Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger unit after each use. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

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Safety Instructions

  • Not for stovetop use.
  • Check glass beaker for scratches, cracks, or chips. Do not use a pot that is scratched, chipped, or cracked. Install a replacement beaker before using the pot again.
  • Keep children away while using. Hot water is a hazard to small children!
  • Do not allow children to use this coffeemaker.
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Scald Hazard

  • Excessive plunging force can cause scalding hot liquid to shoot out of pot.
  • Do not plunge with force.
  • Turn lid to close spout.
  • Use only coarse-ground coffee.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make milk foam?

    No, french press don't steam milk foam.

  • Is the cover/ lid metal ?

    The cover/lid on the Bodum Chambord 3 cup French Press is metal. The little black knob that sits on top is made of hard plastic.

  • Can this be used to make tea?

    I don't think thats a problem, it's the same as making coffee. What you could do if it is cold in your house is pre heat the carafe with hot tap water to prevent thermal shock.

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