or Connect
ChefTalk.com › Culinary Schools, Cookbooks & Cookware › Small Appliances › Specialty Appliances › Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce

Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce

100% Positive Reviews

Posted

Pros: It's Gorgeous as French Press makers go

Cons: It's a French Press

It's a Bodum French press, like any other Bodum French press but better looking.  Bodum makes very good French press brewers, none better.

 

I had an Eileen when they first came out, but retired it a long time ago after damaging it slightly and never getting around to repairing.  Somehow it disappeared through no fault -- I'm told -- of my wife's. 

 

I found this one, on sale, at Sur La Table for $35.  They're currently widely available for $10 - $20 more, but I believe the design is or will shortly be discontinued.  If you want one, don't dawdle.

 

The glass carafe, rod, and filter-pack are still the same.  However, I remember the metal cage has being made from heavier gauge metal and the top as being made from metal rather than chromed plastic.  The fault could be my memory.

 

The Eileen's top includes a collar which can be turned to pour and strain or semi-close the spout and retain heat.  The feature sort of works, but not well.  Coffee might remain acceptably hot with the collar in the closed position for extra 5 or 10 minutes, but no more than that. 

 

If you've never used a French press, the design allows you to get nearly all the coffee has to offer at a relatively low price and without going to too much trouble.  In exchange, you're limited to brewing relatively small quantities, and -- unless you're using one of the new double-wall "press pots" -- the coffee will quickly go cold.  

 

French press brewing requires a relatively coarse grind of coffee -- coarser than a pour over -- but also requires a relatively good grinder.  If the grind is too coarse, the coffee will lack flavor.  If it's a deal too fine, the press will be hard to push and may even damage the glass carafe.  If it's just a bit too fine, the coffee will be muddy. 

 

It also requires a good grinder.  If the grinder grinds unevenly so that fines are mixed into the coarse grind, they'll migrate through and around the screen, and -- again -- make for a muddy cup.

 

Indeed, muddy coffee with a little bit of grinds which must be carefully allowed to remain on the bottom of the cup is a drawback typical of the method.  Sometimes you can find nylon filter screens (at Sweet Maria's) and add them to the filter set to make a clearer cup; but not always.  If there's a drawback to the nylon screen, I don't know what it is.

 

In any case, the Bodum Eileen is a beautiful French press which works exactly as a French press should.

Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce
By:
Description:

The Bodum Eileen French press coffee maker, was conceived not only in honor of the great designer Eileen Gray and all the coffee connoisseurs who frequent the bistros and cafes of Paris, Gray's adopted city. The beautifully detailed stainless steel frame offers extra protection for the glass carafe. The French press brews coffee in 4 minutes that is extremely flavorful. Simple and easy to use; just add coarse ground coffee to the press with hot water, let it sit for 4 minutes and press the plunger to stop the brewing process. The stainless steel filter system means no waste. Replacement parts are available.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingKitchen
EAN0727015212951
LabelBodum
List Price$106.99
ManufacturerBodum
Product GroupKitchen
Product Type NameKITCHEN
PublisherBodum
StudioBodum
TitleBodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce
FeatureDishwasher safe; replacement parts available
UPC699965061159
BrandBodum
SKU116196
MPN1298-01
Package Quantity1
Height8.5 inches
Length5.75 inches
Weight1.8 pounds
Width4 inches
Model11195-16US
ColorSilver
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
ChefTalk.com › Culinary Schools, Cookbooks & Cookware › Small Appliances › Specialty Appliances › Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce