Bodum, Inc. (also called BODUM plainly) is a Danish company that specializes in table and kitchenware. It was founded in 1944 by Peter Bodum. His son, Jorgen, later became the new chief executive officer and moved the company to Switzerland.
This company, among many other items, produces French presses, vacuum coffee brewers and beverage glasses made from a special type of glass called borosilicate glass. This company tried (and succeeded in some cases and failed in others) to trademark the term “French press”.
With that boring stuff out of the way, we are getting closer to the two Bodum products that interest us: the Chambord and the Brazil. Both French presses, both with their strengths and weaknesses.
Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., ChromeBodum Chambord 4 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 17 oz, ChromeBodum Brazil 1-1/2-Liter French Press Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, BlackBodum Brazil French Press 1-Liter 8-Cup Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black
Before we start with the Bodum presses, let’s talk a little bit about French presses in general. Though they are known as French, it was Italian designer Attilio Calimani who patented them, and they also go by several names: cafetière, press pot, coffee press, etc.
With French presses, a coarser coffee grind is needed, since the filter is not of paper but metal mesh, so the final cup will have a lot of residue no matter what. Once you place the coffee beans and the water in the empty beaker, you should let it brew for about four minutes. Afterwards, you simply press the plunger in order to separate the beans from the coffee. All that is left is to pour yourself a nice cup of Joe.
Now that we have covered the basics, we can move on to Bodum’s presses. Firstly, we have the Chambord.
This is the classic model, produced by the same way they were made in the fifties, and with the same attentive craftsmanship. The frame and lid are made of durable steel and the beaker is made of glass. According to their website, the only thing that changed since the fifties is the company’s new found respect for nature and commitment with the environment, a fact that, if you ask us, only makes us buy from them even more. The handle is classic matte black and the overall feeling of the press is one of classiness and timelessness. This is the type of device that can be exhibited on a counter or shelf when not in use.
On the other hand, there is the Brazil. This is the Chambord’s little sister, and like its older brother it is an excellent product at a very affordable price. In the company’s website, the buyer is promised a great cup of coffee with a green conscience and no waste at all. A pretty big promise coming from a device that is known for letting residues filter with the coffee itself. These presses come in several bright color ways (and classic matte black) and, instead of steel, their lid and frame are made from the same material as the handle: colorful polypropylene.
At least according to their website, there does not seem to be an obvious difference between these two devices. If one is to guide themselves from pricing, then the Chambord is the best choice. Truth be told, while one has retained the classical feel of the French press, the other has managed to evolve with the times in order to present a fun and vibrant coffee maker that is still able to produce the best coffee possible. They even brew the same amount of liquid (12 ounces) so that is not a factor at the time of choosing.
I personally feel it really comes down to personal taste. See what goes better with your kitchen and your kitchenware. Go for the Chambord if you want that timeless look and design that come along with it, but choose the Brazil if you prefer modern things that work and are practical and functional. You can consult for yourself in the company’s website and make, as we always recommend, the best choice for your wants and needs: