Coffee Maker Review: Bodum Brazil French Press
Coffee Maker Quality4.0/10
Ease of Use10.0/10
- Dishwasher safe
- Available in multiple colors
- Makes rich, full-bodied coffee
- Safety lid to prevent hot water from splashing
- Plastic parts are not very durable
- Glass cannot withstand boiling water
- Questionable durability
Since its inception, many other French Press coffee makers have come and gone, but few have compared to the Bodum Brazil.
Let's take a closer look at what this top rated French Press has to offer the coffee-drinking world.
With over 500 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, this is a coffee maker that has certainly garnered a lot of attention, both good and bad. Below, you will find a quick outline of both.
Please note: Although I am reviewing this top rated coffee maker, I have no experience using it. Instead, I summarized all of the most helpful reviews on this coffee maker from around the web. I do my best to review in an objective fashion, making sure to cover both the positives and negatives of every coffee maker I review. Visit the about page to learn more…or feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
You get what you pay for
As I continued to do research and read more reviews on the Bodum Brazil, one thing became very clear: this coffee maker is not great, quality-wise. In fact, the quality has deteriorated with the most recent model. The main issue is that aside from the carafe body and the strainer, the entire coffee maker is made of flimsy plastic parts that break very easily.
So while you may be saving money in the short run with the $25 price tag, you put yourself at the risk of spending more money in the long run if the Bodum Brazil doesn't hold up for you.
Know what you're doing
Many of the negative reviews for the Bodum Brazil were the result of users failing to follow directions correctly.
For one, you should not stir your brew with anything that is made of metal! Use chopsticks or a wooden spoon, but please, never use a metal spoon…you will definitely crack the carafe eventually.
Secondly, do not pour boiling water into the carafe! This can very easily crack the glass as the result of the boiling temperature. You must wait for the water to come down from the boil before adding the water to the carafe.
Finally, do not pour your used coffee grounds down the sink or garbage disposal! I know it can be a little bit of extra work when cleaning, but it's not worth risking a clogged kitchen sink. While this last bit of advice has nothing to do with the Bodum Brazil itself, I feel that it can't be left out of this review.
If you follow the instructions correctly, the Bodum Brazil is much more likely to last over the tests of time.
The Bodum Brazil is a winner in some of the rating categories, but not all. Here's the breakdown:
$25 is a great price for a coffee maker with all other rating categories being equal. Yet it's still difficult to ignore the quality despite the low price tag.
Score: 5 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
With many plastic components and unpredictable performance amongst many reviewers, it would be very difficult to give this coffee maker high marks for quality. Also, with the newer model, Bodum seems to have regressed to an even lower quality product.
Score: 2 stars
The Coffee Quality
With a French Press, you are almost always going to get something that tastes great (assuming you know what you're doing). Generally the big issues are whether it can retain heat and filter out most of the sediment/sludge. In both cases, this coffee maker seems to do a pretty good job.
Score: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use
This particular French Press isn't any more difficult to use than other French Press coffee makers. After one run-through, the whole process should be very easy.
Score: 5 stars
Since the Bodum Brazil is dishwasher safe, cleaning this French Press is easier than most. Disposing of the remaining coffee grounds is always a cumbersome task with a French Press, but once you get past this slight obstacle, it's pretty easy to clean.
Score: 3 stars
The Bodum Brazil is not built-to-last, unfortunately. There were a number of complaints about the glass carafe cracking and/or the plunger becoming dismembered in very short periods. As I said earlier, you get what you pay for in the quality department, so keep this in mind before deciding to purchase.
Score: 1.5 stars
Not bad. Not great. It's available in 3 colors which is a plus, but the overwhelming amount of plastic doesn't make the Bodum Brazil anything to write home about as far as appearance goes.
Score: 3.5 stars
If you are unfamiliar with the French Press brewing process, here's a rundown:
- Add hot water (195˚-205˚F)
- Allow the coffee grounds to steep for 4 minutes
- Stir coffee
It takes less than 10 minutes. But you can definitely get a faster brew with other brewing methods, particularly automatic drip.
Score: 3.5 stars
Not gonna rate versatility here, because all French Press coffee makers only really do one thing.
If you can overlook the hiccups in this coffee maker's performance over time, it is a great choice for those on a very tight budget who enjoy full-bodied coffee. If you are looking for something of better quality, then I suggest you look elsewhere. I'd personally go with the Bodum Chambord over the Brazil, but the choice is ultimately up to you. To read my review on the Bodum Chambord, visit the link here.
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