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I’ve always like Bodum coffee presses as a general range but always felt a bit reluctant to lug one around the office – no communal coffee pot at our place, but that’s a separate gripe.
At home I use a bigger one as I always figure it save me getting up to make more when I’ve settled with my laptop or I’m on the phone – but the Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker was something of an impulse buy for me, and I haven’t regretted it.
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The whole idea of the Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker is quite simple really. To save on carrying a press and a mug around with you, stylish as the Bodum range generally is, you instead have a steel press that fits inside your mug and filters it in place.
The Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker still has that satisfying plunge of the press action that is almost as important a part of the coffee-making ritual to me, but I have a spare hand to carry my paperwork instead of trying to juggle several hot things if I was still trying to use an ordinary press.
I’ve found I have to use quite a coarse ground coffee blend with my Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker, otherwise I get more residue than I’m comfortable with. I’ve also found that there’s usually enough in the press after I’ve sunk the plunger to need to lift the Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker out of the cup and top up the mug – though this shouldn’t really be a hardship as I’d be wanting to lift it out anyway so I don’t poke myself in the eye with the plunger when I drink.
There’s a second beaker that also comes with it – I normally put a bit of milk into it if I’m going into a meeting, or more usually it gets brought into play as something to put the press itself into when I’ve pulled it back out of the mug. The styling is that of the usual matte black high impact plastic that Bodum have made such a big part of their design, so if that’s a concern then you’re covered on that front. I just find it’s nice and simple and does what it’s supposed to without any fuss.
The Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker is a good cheap single mug press that I use most days when I need that quick pick-me-up. I’ve occasionally also used it as a tea diffuser for guests as I’m not personally a great tea drinker, and it seems to be satisfactory on that front too – at least there haven’t been any complaints so maybe my guests were just being polite.
The Bodum Bistro Mug Press Personal Coffee and Tea Maker is even easy to clean – I don’t even have to think about it – it just goes through my dishwasher without any problems. It’s a really nice piece machine that isn’t halfway as gimmicky as I first thought when I saw it in the store, and I’ve happily recommended it to several people when they’ve asked what this strange contraption on my desk was.
Would I recommend this press? I already do. It’s the best impulse buy I’ve made in a while.