What is the Most Popular French Press Coffee Maker?

The French Press has always been one of my favorite coffee makers for a very long time. It is known by a number of different names all across the world but no matter the name is, personally, I feel that that a French press coffee maker is able to coarse the ground coffee beans more finely than a drip coffee maker is able to do. This ranking data of coffee maker provided by Coffeedx shows popularity of Keurig in market.

Today, we take a look at the Bodum Red Chambord French Press Coffee maker. It is among the best single serve coffee makers and one of most uniquely designed coffee makers which would look like a welcome addition on your kitchen shelf.

Pricing

Bodum is well respected around the world for delivering top-notch coffee makers and other accessories at a very justifiable price. The Chambord 8-cup French press from Bodum is another in those long lines of affordable coffee maker from the manufacturer at just $43.

Build Quality

The French press from Bodum is available in 4 different sizes. These include a 3, 4, 8 or 12-cup option where each coffee cup measures 4-ounches. The body of the French press is made of a durable and heat resistant borosilicate glass which can be detached from the metal frame. The top lid of the coffee makers is made out of stainless steel and is polished to provide a mirror finish to the brewer.

The Plunge

This French press coffee maker includes a 3-part filter system which is made entirely out of stainless steel, a press knob and a plunger rod. The plunger works effortlessly on the coffee maker and can be easily assembled by hands. The filter system is very nicely designed and is capable of doing a great job of separating the coffee from the grounds.

Taste of Coffee

We have been greatly impressed by the overall quality and the taste of the coffee which is produced by the Chambord. The strength of the coffee is very much constant to our liking with a full-bodied flavor. The bitterness is also missing from the coffee which is an added bonus for us.

Ease of Use

The one thing that absolutely struck to our mind while using this French press was how easily we were able to control this coffee maker. It only requires you to grind your coffee beans coarsely, stir the ground beans in hot water and press. The process might not be as easy as compared to an automatic drip coffee maker but is nonetheless very easy to understand and follow.

Cleaning of the coffee maker

All the parts of the Chambord French press are dishwasher safe. You can easily disassemble the parts and wash them separately using your hands with minimum efforts. Also, you can soak these parts in soapy water, rinse clean them and wipe a towel over them to dry.

Brewing Process

The brewing process of the Bodum Chambord involves you having to boil the water for your coffee on your own. You need to allow the ground coffee to steep for about 4-5 minutes. The whole brewing process takes around 10 minutes which is normal as compared to other French press coffee makers.

Final Thoughts

You would be impressed with the overall build quality of the Bodum Chambord. It looks very elegant and is quite sturdy. The taste and the quality of the coffee are second to none which makes it as one of the best single serve coffee makers in the market. Addition of a milk frother to this brewer allows you to make other coffee drinks such as cappuccino and latte effortlessly.…

How NOT to get swindled by cheap wine

As you may know, we are suckers for some great wine deals here at Shoestring Austin. And we’ve found a lot of inexpensive wines that actually—gasp!—taste good, for about $5. But what about the ones that can trick you into thinking they’re a great deal?

Basically: how can a frugal foodie avoid getting hoodwinked by some cheaply-priced—and cheap-tasting—wine that isn’t worth its weight in pennies?

A few tips:

  • Judge the labels. This may sound like the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to be doing in life, making snap judgements based on how pretty or ugly a thing is, but hey, it’s not like we’re talking about someone you’re out on a date with. It’s just wine, and we’ve found that bottles with inordinately overdone graphics (or particularly underdone ones—think stick figure drawings or Comic Sans types of fonts) are usually trying to make up for the fact that the wine inside ain’t all that great. You don’t need to be a design snob to pick a winner but, in general, those with more “traditional” fonts (Times, Arial and the like) tend to taste better. Follow the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple, Sweetie!) and you’ll be able to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
  • Priced to move? AVOID! Here’s how we got taken in at a recent trip to the H-E-B: Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal Estates 2008 Chardonnay was on sale for only $3 (down from an original price of $9), and there were 2 bottles left. It was a steal of a deal, and I believe I even commented to Celebrity Intern “How low can you go?” Now, please remember that we previously purchased both the delightful Gato Negro Malbec and Sea Ridge Chardonnay for only $3.99 a bottle, so we knew good prices could be had for decent wine. Taking a chance on this one, we snapped up the last 2 bottles. BIG MISTAKE! While this tip depends on the retailer, to some extent, if you’re at the grocery store pondering a bottle that costs less than $3.99, we’d advise jumping up just a buck or two in order to avoid this particular brand of heartache.

bad wine

 

  • What’s hot? Who cares? Celebrity Intern and I were recently browsing the aisles at the “upscale” H-E-B in our neighborhood (y’know, the one that caters to the hipsters?), and there was a guy stocking the shelves who asked if we needed any assistance. We said we were just trying to decide, and he remarked that Zinfandels were on sale. Celebrity Intern rather cuttingly replied, “Yeah, we’re not old ladies,” to which the stocker replied, “Touché!” After we’d made our selections and moved on, I asked Celebrity Intern “Didn’t you read the Chronique this week? Apparently Zinfandels are all the rage!” To this, I believe he snorted, implying that the masses don’t know jack, and that the authors of the Chronicle’s food section are just pulling the wool over the herd’s eyes. While Food & Wine may know its shit, and you may want to start exploring wine guides if you’re serious about your vintages, it’s doubtful that the local paper has much to offer in the way of expertise. Follow your nose, your wallet and your eye for design no-no’s instead. After all, it’s what YOU like to drink, not what some “critic” thinks, that matters.

In the end, we did manage to snag an almost-as-cheap wine that was loads better than our Coastal Estates mistake. For $4, pick up a bottle of Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from New Zealand and consume with a nice pork loin. Your taste buds will thank you.…