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I do like the Bodum range generally. The Bodum K11057 Double-Wall Stainless Steel Travel Coffee and Tea Press was something I had reservations about at first though. It’s a nice-looking, if somewhat plain, piece of equipment, and the traditional Bodum high impact plastic does come in a couple of different colors. Personally I picked out the standard black but you may prefer the red or orange version. I chose the Bodum Chambord K11057 because I’ve got a long drive and my previous travel mug had given up the ghost. I needed something that wasn’t going to spill all over me while I was on the move.
Bodum Double-Wall Stainless Steel 0.45 Liter Travel Coffee and Tea Press, with Bonus Tumbler Lid, 16-Ounce Product Features:
The Bodum Double-Wall Travel Coffee and Tea Press is one of those nice things that just does what it says on the tin. I was dubious about how effective the lock would be, given my experience with other makes and the effect of steam on even the tightest built mug, but the inclusion of the tumbler lid seems to be part of the magic that makes this work properly.
Even without it, the sipping lid as part of the general build of the mug works nicely, but for the guarantee of not leaking anything, the extra tumbler lid seems to give a bit more reliability.
The Coffee and Tea Press is a little heavier than other travel mugs with all the press built into it, but the double walls do a good job both of insulating me against the heat and in keeping that tea or coffee fresh. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve regretted quickly putting a coffee mug between my legs to change gears quickly – no burns for me with this not-so-little beauty though. The Bodum Double-Wall Stainless Steel Travel Coffee and Tea Press stays cool to the touch.
I think if there’s any criticisms I can level at the coffee maker, its firstly that sometimes the plunge lever seems to get stuck. This is easily remedied though by tightening the filter up to the plunger – seems to have totally fixed the issue.
The other is more one of how you use it – either for tea or for coffee – and that it’s surprisingly easy to forget that it’s a press – and so your tea or your coffee grounds are still swilling around in the mug at the bottom. There isn’t much you can do about this; it is first and foremost a press that you just happen to also be drinking out of. The general increase in tannin that the stewing tea gives you or the grittiness of the grounds will only really be a problem if you linger more than an hour or so over your drink – and I for one find that quite rare.
This Travel Coffee and Tea Press is a good plain workhorse – a little heavy around the edges, but it does as advertised and the coffee tastes good.