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Review of the Bodum Chambord | True original - the Classic French Press

Review of the Bodum Chambord | True original - the Classic French Press

What kind of french press are you looking for? Are you looking for a french press that makes good coffee and is classic, reliable, and beautifully elegant as part of your kitchen countertop decor?

The Bodum Chambord French Press might be for you, then. It is a traditionally simple french press design, built to last and deliver the boldest, most delicious cup of french press coffee in your home.

If you’re looking to purchase a new french press, or need more information on the French Press, you’ll find this comprehensive Bodum Chambord French Press review extremely helpful. We offer a detailed look into the features, pricing, instructions, pros and cons, and more about the Bodum French Press Chambord.

Who is Bodum?


If you want a company that is not only trustworthy, but one that has quite literally paved the way for french press coffee makers, Bodum is your answer. Bodum began as a company in Denmark all the way back in 1944.

Now with its main location in Switzerland, Bodum continues to create and distribute high-quality coffee makers to over 50 countries around the world. Bodum is a company that invented the wave of classic home brew french presses, and they’re continually staying ahead of the very market they created.

They originated as a french press company, but have now expanded into different types of coffee makers, tea brewing systems, home storage, and even electric kitchen appliances. 

Benefits of the Bodum French Press Chambord

Bodum Chamboard

The Bodum French Press is truly one of the best, most reliable, most classic french press coffee makers on the market. You don’t have to just take our word for it, though. Some of its benefits include:

Timely Aesthetic

The Bodum French Press Chambord is the french press you see in your early morning coffee dreams. It’s shiny, stainless steel body wiring that holds the durable glass carafe into place. The Classic lid and plunger combination that sits on top of the glass carafe. 

Each part perfectly fits together to create a french press that is pleasing to look at and comforting to have in your kitchen. Sipping coffee that you made in a Bodum French Press will make you feel like you’re in a quaint Italian cafe.

User-Friendly Design

The Bodum French Press Chambord is not only beautiful, but it’s incredibly easy to use. We’ll get more into specific Bodum French Press directions a little bit later, but it’s important to know that anybody can use the Bodum Chambord.

Affordable Price

It depends on which size you get, but the Bodum French Press Chambord starts as low as $36.99. This is an incredible value for such an impressive french press. You can purchase the 4-cup Bodum Chambord for $36.99, the 8-cup Chambord for $39.99, and the 12-cup Chambord for $49.99. 

Even at the biggest size, the Bodum French Press Chambord is one of the most affordable, exceptional french presses on the market.

Easy-to-Clean Brewer

This home brewing method is also extremely easy to clean. It requires just a rinse after each use, and there are multiple deep-cleaning methods to choose from when it requires a more intense clean.

You can throw the glass carafe in the dishwasher, use dish soap, use apple cider vinegar, or purchase a cleaning agent. Check out our FAQ for more information on cleaning your french press.

Bodum French Press Parts

Replacement Glass Beaker

Bodum Replacement Beaker

So what makes the Bodum French Press Chambord design so impressive? What are the key Bodum French Press parts that separate it from the rest of the market of excellent french press coffee makers?

Heat-Resistant Glass Carafe

The type of glass used in a french press carafe is arguably, aside from maybe the filter, one of the most important components for making a good cup of coffee.

Not only do you need glass that will be durable enough to endure hot temperatures and regular activity, but you’ll need glass that holds in the heat of the water as it brews. Glass that is too thin or cheaply made would let the heat out almost instantly, which would affect the taste of your coffee. 

The Bodum French Press is made with heat-resistant borosilicate glass, a glass designed to withstand pressure and extremely hot temperatures. This glass is an important Bodum French Press part.


Bodum Replacement Filter

The Bodum French Press filter is fairly straightforward. It is thin and lightweight, and it’s placed on top of a mesh-like material. This filter attaches to the plunger. Together, they filter out the coarse grounds and some of the coffee oils as you press down. 

The filter is slightly flimsy and requires you to handle it with care. The filter collects coffee grime from the oils over time, so make sure you’re rinsing it well after every use.


The plunger is what you use to press down on when your french press coffee is finished brewing. This is one of the key features to any french press, and an important Bodum French Press part.

The plunger body is made of stainless steel, and the top of the plunger is a BPA-free plastic knob to hold onto. The plunger easily screws into the top of the filter and can be disassembled when you need to clean it.

Lid with final filter feature

The lid of the Bodum French Press Chambord is made from BPA-free plastic. It comes in a black color and it can withstand very hot temperatures. It features what is known as the final filter stage of the french press process, which is located on the lip of the lid.

As you pour your coffee into your mug, the Bodum Chambord lid will filter out any remaining larger coarse coffee ground particles.

Cage- available in copper or stainless steel

The Bodum French Press cage is one of the Chambord’s most elegant features. The cage holds the glass carafe in place, and it’s made of durable, sleek material. When choosing your Bodum Chambord, you can pick from a copper or stainless steel cage.

Bodum French Press Directions: Recipe and instructions for amazing coffee

Like we said earlier, the Bodum French Press is one of the easiest french press coffee makers to use. It’s perfect for beginners and experienced coffee drinkers alike.

Follow these Bodum French Press Directions to make a delicious cup of bold, robust coffee for your morning routine:

What you’ll need: 

  1. Bodum French Press Chambord coffee maker
  2. Your favorite coffee beans
  3. Coffee grinder
  4. Water
  5. Kettle
  6. Stirring spoon
  7. Coffee mug or cup
  8. Scale or coffee measurement spoon

Step by Step Bodum French Press Directions:

Brew with Bodum Chambord

  1. Preheat the Bodum french press coffee maker by pouring in some hot water.
  2. Weigh your coffee- standard measurement is 8 g of coffee grounds to 4 ounces of water (Check out our coffee calculator to figure out the correct ratios).
  3. Boil your water.
  4. Grind the beans after measuring them out.
  5. Add coffee grounds to the bottom of the Bodum French Press after dumping out the warming water.
  6. Add boiling water to coffee grounds. Wait for a bloom. Then pour the water to the top.
  7. Use stirring spoon to stir.
  8. Set a timer for 4 minutes and kick back while you wait.
  9. When the timer is up, slowly push down on the plunger until it hits the bottom.
  10. Pour your fresh Bodum french press coffee into your favorite mug and enjoy a delicious cup of joe.
  11. Don’t let the coffee sit in the french press too long because it will burn and become bitter.

Recipe: Bodum French Press Cold Brew

You don’t always need to make hot coffee with your Bodum French Press Chambord. If you’re too warm during the summer months, or just enjoy cold coffee over hot, you can try our recipe for Bodum French Press cold brew!

What you’ll need:

  1. Bodum French Press Chambord coffee maker
  2. Your favorite coffee beans
  3. Coffee grinder
  4. Cold or room temperature water
  5. Stirring spoon
  6. Ice (for when you drink the cold brew)
  7. Scale or coffee measurement spoon

Directions for Bodum French Press Cold Brew:

You’ll want to begin with 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee. Add the coffee grounds to the Bodum French Press. Next, add in five cups of water (in volume not weight). 

The water should be cold or room temperature. If you’re making concentrate, use a ratio of one cup of coffee to three cups of water instead. 

Use your wooden stirrer to gently mix the coffee and water, but be careful not to stir. Just do this a few times. Then, take your Bodum Chambord plunger and lid and place on top of the french press for 12-24 hours. 

The longer the brew time, the stronger you’ll cold brew concentrate will be. You can leave the Bodum French Press on the counter while it brews, you do not need to refrigerate.

When the allotted time has passed, slowly press down on the plunger to filter out the coffee grounds. Now it’s time to taste your cold brew! If you want to drink it black, just pour over a glass of ice and enjoy! You can also add milk or your favorite sweeteners.

If you have cold brew left over, you can refrigerate it for up to two weeks!

Bodum French Press Materials

Bodum French Press quality

The Bodum French Press Chambord is made entirely out of trustworthy, reliable materials. The Bodum company works diligently to ensure that their products are made with the safest and most efficient materials.

The Bodum Chambord carafe is made from borosilicate glass, a type of glass that is heat resistant. This material for the glass carafe is an intentional choice by Bodum to ensure that the temperature of the water in your french press is never compromised. 

The glass holds in all the heat so that as your coffee is brewing, the water’s temperature remains the same. The glass is also durable, which helps prevents easy breaks.

The Bodum French Press cage that holds the glass carafe in place comes in two different material choices: copper or stainless steel. Both materials have the same durability, they’re just different in appearance. 

The stainless steel is a sleek, classic look. The copper offers a look that is unique but traditional. The plunger and filter are made of stainless steel as well.

Bodum also cares about using materials that are safe to the environment around us. This is why the plastic they use is always BPA-free. The Bodum Chambord plunger top knob and Bodum Chambord lid are made of BPA-free plastic.

Bodum French Press Chambord vs Bodum French Press Brazil

Bodum Brazil French Press

Bodum makes multiple types of world-class french press coffee makers. The Bodum Chambord is their most popular, but another popular choice is the Bodum French Press Brazil. There a few important things to note when deciding between the Bodum French Press Chambord vs Bodum French Press Brazil.

Both Bodum French Press models come as an option of 4-cup, 8-cup, or 12-cup. Both the Bodum French Press Chambord and the Bodum French Press Brazil are made with the borosilicate glass that we mentioned earlier. 

The Bodum French Press Brazil does not come with the stainless steel or copper cage, but with a BPA-free plastic base and handle instead.

For the most part, the Bodum French Press Chambord vs Bodum French Press Brazil are almost the same, but the Bodum French Press Chambord is a step up. 

The Bodum Brazil can be purchased for only $16.99, and comes in either black, red, or green. The Bodum Chambord is a tad more expensive, but still comes as a great value for only $36.99. 

If you are satisfied with simplicity and classic durability, the Bodum French Press Brazil is a great and valuable purchase. If you’re looking for a step up in design and aesthetic, we recommend the Bodum French Press Chambord.

Bodum French Press Chambord vs Aeropress

AeroPress Coffee Maker

Many people ask about the differences and similarities in the Bodum French Press vs Aeropress coffee makers.

Both coffee makers make delicious craft coffee that you can easily enjoy at home. A big difference in the two coffee makers is the type of coffee they produce. 

The Bodum French Press Chambord delivers bold, robust coffee that people love from the classic french press. The Aeropress coffee maker on the other hand, makes coffee that is light and smooth, almost similar to a Chemex. 

The Aeropress coffee maker is more portable than the Bodum Chambord. The Aeropress is entirely made of BPA-free plastic, so it’s easy to pack up and take on the go. The Aeropress is a favorite among travelers and camping enthusiasts. The Bodum French Press Chambord on the other hand is made of glass, which makes it less portable.

Both the Bodum French Press and the Aeropress take just a few minutes of brew time, so they’re both easy and fast methods of brewing yummy coffee. If you’re going to be sharing your coffee with other people, or drinking more than one cup fairly often, the Bodum French Press Chambord might be a better choice. The Aeropress is small and only makes one cup of coffee at a time. 

Another difference between the two is that the Aeropress produces a small amount of waste each time because it takes paper filters. The Bodum Chambord comes with a reusable stainless steel filter, so there’s no waste left behind.

You can purchase the Aeropress for $29.99, and the Bodum French Press Chambord for $36.99.

Bodum French Press Chambord vs Espro Press P7

Espro P7

In the conversation of differences between the Bodum French Press Chambord vs Espro Press P7, there are a few important qualities to note.

This a classic debate of tradition vs innovation. The Bodum Chambord is a trustworthy french press that has withstood the test of time. The Espro P7 is Espro’s third model in their series, and it becomes more inventive with every upgrade.

The Espro P7 is made entirely out of stainless steel, while the Bodum Chambord is glass, stainless steel, and plastic.

Espro invented a new form of the french press by revolutionizing the filter method. Instead of just a one-layered filter attached to the plunger, The Espro comes with a double-layered basket filter.

The basket filter design catches the grounds and oils that the single-layer filter might not catch. This feature is perfect for people who don’t love the coffee oils on the top layer of their french press coffee. However, some people like these oils and don’t care to get rid of them.

The coffee you’re left with after using the Espro P7 will be grit-free and smooth, almost resembling a darker-roasted pour over coffee. This is different than the classic, bold french press coffee flavors you’ll get after using the Bodum Chambord.

The Bodum Chambord is $36.99-$49.99, while the Espro Press P7 is $109.99.

Bodum French Press Sizes

Bodum French Press Size

You can purchase the Bodum French Press Chambord in three different sizes:

  • 4-cups (0.5 L, 17 oz)
  • 8-cups (1 L, 34 oz)
  • 12-cups (1.5 L, 51 oz)

All of the sizes work the same, it will just depend on how you imagine using your Bodum Chambord. For yourself, for you and a partner, or for you and your whole family.

Conclusion about the Bodum French Press Chambord

The Bodum French Press Chambord is an excellent french press coffee maker. It is classic, durable, and it produces delicious, robust coffee with every use.

We hope that this review has helped you decide on the right french press for your morning coffee routine. If you have any more questions about using the Bodum Chambord, check out our FAQ section.

If you’re ready to buy your Bodum French Press, head over here to purchase one now!

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Comments 1
  • Gail Adams
    Gail Adams

    I am most disappointed in what appeared to be the usual French press that I have been buying for years. This one says “the original French press bodum on the clear cylinder but it turned out to be a plastic cylinder that you cannot get clean. I bought it at TJmax and do not have the receipt any longer. It was 24.99. Could they possibly be selling knock offs of your product.

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