dealsbrazil 8 cup french press + 2 mugs for $20.00…

70
vote-for4vote-against

There are lots of other brands of French presses, but Bodum is my favorite. They're built very well and will last for years. While not as convenient as a drip maker, they impart a richer flavor.

I can't tell, though, if the filter is framed in metal or plastic. The plastic will get stained and retain a burnt-in coffee smell. Also, the last time I looked for a Bodum several years ago at Target, there's a difference between the original Bodums made in Denmark and those made in China. Both have lids made of plastic, but the Chinese-made lids were not as nicely polished.

vote-for6vote-against

$20 is a good price for a Bodum french press, so you're getting free mugs out of the deal. I use my Bodum in the office. The container is microwave safe so I heat my water like that, add grinds, steep 4 minutes.

vote-for3vote-against

I do love french press coffee. Get a personal grinder and keep whole beans on hand. If you want a richer, fuller-bodied cup of coffee, give this a try.

I believe I have read that the french press transfers more of the natural oils from the coffee bean to the water. I always feel like the coffee is smoother, almost silky this way, but maybe that's just me.

vote-for3vote-against

@dant98: When I had more time at work, my "coffee buddy" loved it when I'd grind fresh beans for morning coffee. There's no comparison. A French press allows the grinds to sit in the water, imparting the oils and all other goodness. A non-paper filter in a drip machine is almost there (paper filters absorb oils), but that's still just water passing through the coffee.

Some believe the oils contribute to higher LDL, which I'm not sure of. Since I started using a French press several years ago, my cholesterol didn't go up or down meaningfully, so I will happily consume coffee in the best way to make it.

vote-for2vote-against

@dant98: I will admit to being pedantic but it's not so much that the french press allows a better transfer of the oils and acid to the water but that the drip coffee maker's paper filter doesn't absorb the oil and acid. If you use a gold filter, then you'll get the oils and acid.

BTW - this is a great deal!

vote-for3vote-against

Anyone ever use one of these?
http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso-Maker/dp/B0047BIWSK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359062582&sr=8-1&keywords=aeropress

Pretty much the same thing except it has a paper micro filter and is intended to make espresso rather than regular coffee. I have it and a french press and a couple drip machines. The aeropress is hands down the best tasting but it is the only one for which I have ever monitored the temperature of the water. I should do some experiments with the french press too (but I do like the lack of "mud" with the aeropress vs a regular french press). I'm definitely getting the french press out this weekend for some experimenting.

vote-for3vote-against

@benyust2: I love my aeropress. I use a metal filter in mine and I get great results. All of the oils but the mesh is so fine that you don't get the sediment.
http://www.amazon.com/Kaffeologie-Filter-Stainless-Coffee-AeroPress/dp/B00A1GVVMY

Also keep in mind that when it says 8 cups, it means 5 oz cups. The press holds 34 oz.

vote-for1vote-against

@first2summit: It does allow for a better transfer, though, because the grounds get to dissolve in the water for a few minutes. A drip maker just passes water through, making rather weak coffee by comparison.

bowlingb is very right about the volume. "Eight cups" means those little European things that I down with a gulp. :)

vote-for1vote-against

@gig103: You are spot on!! Plus free shipping.
I half wish I didn't have 2 Bodums already (one HUGE, one very small) just for an excuse to buy this! lol =D

vote-for1vote-against

@eidelbus: That's not true that the water just passes through. The water does sit in the coffee grounds for a period of time.

By your argument, espresso should be even more lacking in the oils and acid because they just blast steam through the packed coffee even faster than the water "passing through."

vote-for2vote-against

@first2summit: The water barely sits in a drip machine before it starts pouring out, and whereas the water will get the grounds wet, a French press allows all of the grounds to soak. That's the difference in flavor.

Espresso is an entirely different level. As chemistry students learn, rate of dissolution is affected by things like saturation, mixing, heat, and surface area. The first two are where a French press dissolves better than a drip maker. An espresso machine's pressure and steam (maximum water temperature) allows greater surface contact, time for time.

vote-for1vote-against

Tried buying this three different times in two browsers and never could get it to work.
Kept getting an error message when I hit submit at the end. (The forward you to
another site for the cc processing, and that's where I ran into trouble.)

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who was successful.

(In a related note, the error page has a link to take you back to your shopping cart...but when you get there...the call was coming from inside the house! Er, I mean your cart is now empty.)

vote-for2vote-against

Just ordered mine about 5 minutes ago. Had no problem at all. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting this deal.

vote-for1vote-against

@eidelbus: Try drip coffee w paper filter and without and you'll see the difference and my point. Yes, I do agree that the French press allows the water to sit in the coffee longer.

vote-for1vote-against

@first2summit: I've tried the fancy gold-plated filters in a drip. It still isn't the same.

vote-for2vote-against

@gruebeard: Just ordered mine without any problems.

vote-for1vote-against

@gruebeard: An update: The problem was actually on my end (kind of). They don't mention it, and it's a US webstore, but their card information runs through Switzerland. My bank flagged it as an international payment (and therefor unusual for me) and didn't let it go through.

Since the error message that I got wasn't "Your bank says 'no'." and was "Insufficient funds." that lead me in a weird direction.

Anyways, the fraud prevention guy says to put $20 on a pre-paid card and buy it like that. How far will I go for a coffee maker that I don't even need? How far?!