Review: Bodum Travel French Press

Taking a travel French Press with you when you run out of the door in the morning sounds like a great idea, and lets be honest we all want to save a few minutes in the morning, right? That’s why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Bodum French Press stainless steel travel mug for those early mornings when I hit the gym.

I’m actually very fortunate that I work from home so I can spare a few extra minutes in the morning preparing my coffee, but for those of you that work in an office which only offers bitter and burnt coffee or if you simply hate the overpriced watered down high street coffee you grab on your lunch break, this Bodum Travel French Press is going to be a lifesaver.

Bodum Travel French Press

Bodum French Press Stainless Steel Travel Mug

If you have ever used a regular French Press chances are that you have heard the name Bodum, this name is synonymous with French presses and they are some of the best you can buy (in my opinion).

The Bodum Travel French Press marries together the function of a traditional French Press with the portability of an insulated travel mug. So there is no need to purchase an expensive coffee maker as well as a separate travel mug – it’s the best of both worlds.

bodum insulated travel mugThe Bodum insulated travel mug is made from double-walled stainless steel and has a handy non-slip rubberized band that goes all the way around the outer rim with embossed raised words that read –

“The Fresh Way To Brew Fresh Coffee & Tea”

A little bit on the lid – Even though the lid does fit snugly onto the Bodum French Press travel mug and the seal is tight it still leaks if it is put onto its side (horizontally), unfortunately the drinking hole will let coffee seep out. Now, for most of us this shouldn’t be a problem and I have actually saved my computer keyboard and car interior a few times when I have accidentally knocked it over, so in those instances it won’t leak,  but if you are thinking you can throw this travel mug in your bag and forget about you might be in for a shock, it will leak.

Bodum boast that their insulated travel mug can keep your coffee piping hot for up to 7 hours (not quite) and there have been a few times when I’ve needed to remove the lid to release some steam so that I could and bring it down to a drinkable temperature. However, that being said I can only manage to keep mine hot for up to 2 hours at the most and not the promised 7 hours 🙁 – still that’s more than enough for my needs.

I purchased the stainless steel travel mug with the black band but Bodum also have a range of other colors which, along with the black, include red, white, and green

Bodum Travel Press Instructions

Using the Bodum stainless steel travel mug is pretty easy and straight-forward, if you’ve used a regular French Press you should have no problems. But for those of you who are unsure here are the basic Bodum travel press instructions in 4 simple steps.

1. Add 2 tablespoons (+/- depending on your preference) of your favorite ground coffee into the Bodum travel mug.

2. Next pour in your hot water (between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction), stopping when you reach about 1-inch from the rim of the travel mug.

3. Now give your coffee a stir for roughly 3 to 4 minutes and then add sugar and milk to taste (not sure why you would).

4. Once you are ready slowly push down the plunger until it is fully depressed and then screw on the lid.

5. That’s it, you’re all set and your coffee will now keep hot for over 2 hours!

bodum stainless steel travel mug

Final Ramblings

There really is only so much you can write about a stainless steel travel mug and I think I’ve covered the essentials in this review, however I might follow up with a brief video if time allows. The Bodum Travel French Press is priced at around $20 (at the time of writing) and for that price you really can’t go wrong for a well made travel mug with the added advantage of it doubling-up as a portable French Press at the same time.

I have owned a few travel presses over the past few years including the Espro, but the best travel coffee travel press in my opinion is the Bodum. Even though the lid does leak if it is placed horizontally that isn’t really a deal breaker for me – lets be honest only a muppet is going to throw a full insulated mug full of hot coffee into a bag anyway!

You shouldn’t have any problems finding the Bodum travel French Press in established high street stores, although you are probably going to find it a little bit cheaper online at places like Amazon. If you already own the Bodum Travel French Press why not leave a review in the comment section below?

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  • Value For Money - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Durability and Design - 9/10
    9/10
  • Capacity - 8/10
    8/10
  • Insulation - 8/10
    8/10
8.6/10
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Mark
 

Mark is the guy behind Bean Ground, he likes to think of himself as a bit of a coffee geek. You'll find him rambling on about all things coffee such as the best coffee beans, grinding, and maybe even a few hands-on reviews thrown into the mix. Find out more here.

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