One of the best kitchen appliances to spend your money on is a good French press. One French press that has been making the rounds is the BRAZIL Coffee Maker from Bodum. Needless to say, we are curious and want to know all about it just as much as you do. We are therefore going to do a Bodum Brazil 8 cup Coffee French Press Maker Review today, and see for ourselves what all the hype is about.
This Bodum Brazil 8 cup French Press Maker Review will cover everything to know about this product – Features, design, strengths, and of course, it’s flaws.
Our review of the Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker: 3.5 stars
Construction and build
The Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker is compact and lightweight. It weighs 1.1 pounds and measures 4.2 x 5.2 x 9.3 inches in dimensions. It sits perfectly on small countertops and tables. The Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker uses a clear carafe, black handle and plunger. It looks very simple yet elegant and vintage. It’s definitely one machine you’ll love seeing on your table every morning!
The Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker comprises of a 3-part stainless steel plunger with nice a mesh filter. Its carafe is a beautiful, heat-resistant and durable borosilicate glass while the handle and base are plastic. Speaking of which, all plastic parts are BPA-free! One bummer is that despite the heat-resistant capability, there are still chances of the carafe cracking from heat of the maker.
The Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker is an 8-cup French press. This means the carafe will brew enough coffee for 8 cups (34 ounces). That is 4 ounces or 120 ml per serving.
That’s quite alot of coffee and hence this coffee maker would be ideal for homes or offices with where coffee consumption is high (it is definitely not a single serves or personal coffee maker).
Side note: We recommend decanting the coffee after brewing as letting it sit in the carafe for more than necessary can make it bitter and sour-ish.
Performance and Ease of use
French presses are one of the simplest coffee brewers there is. There is no rocket science to it and the same is true with the Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker. Simply put in the coffee grounds, pour in hot water, let it sit and brew. Once ready, simply press the plunger and you are good to go. There is no mess or spills thanks to its patented safety lid and it’s dishwasher safe.
One key to the neat and crisp coffee taste lies in its plunger. The plunger consists of 3 parts with a stainless steel mesh filter which is so much superior to paper filter which soak up all the precious coffee and aromatic oils. The result is a naturally sweet-tasting coffee with less acidity and bitterness.
Side note: bits of coffee grounds do gets left in the pressed coffee.
How does it compete?
This press uses a plunger which utilizes a 4-level filtration system that results in a cup of coffee that’s much smoother and consistent in texture and taste. One of the problem with the Bodum French press is that doesn’t filter out the brew too well. There seems to be ground bits in the final drink, which could be quite a put off.
If you prefer a smoother and finer sip, opt for the Café Du Chateau French Press.
A cracking carafe seems to be a common dilemma with glass French presses. The Stainless Steel French Press from Secura features a stainless steel carafe instead of glass.
This is great for 2 reasons: there are no fears of cracks or shatters, and the coffee insulates and retains its temperature for much longer. For users with ‘butterfingers’ and prefers piping hot coffee that can last for a longer time, the Stainless Steel French Press is worth checking out.
The KONA French Press hits close to home with the Bodum press. They share more or less the same features and provides similar results.
The KONA French Press however has a more superior filtration system and looks very visually pleasing too. Definitely a great crowd pleaser with amazing taste, simple operation and beautiful design.