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Using dedicated Bodum French press for brewing tea?

by kevinold » Feb 15th, '08, 15:41

Hi everyone,

I'm very new to high quality teas, but will be ordering a few sample packs from adagio soon. I'd like to use my 3-cup Bodum French Press that I have (no longer using it for coffee bought a larger one for my wife and I).

I've been brewing coffee in my presses for a few years now and never had any issues with taste, but since the tea world is new to me I thought I'd ask.

Anyone using a coffee press as a dedicated tea press?

Thanks,
Kevin

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by Pentox » Feb 15th, '08, 16:10

I've got the exact same press at work. I use it for tea since I don't drink coffee at work anymore. It also is useful because you can essentially stop the steeping of the tea whenever you like, so i carry it and a full cup back to my desk.

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by Chip » Feb 15th, '08, 21:59

I have several of them from my early tea days when I was desperate for teaware. I do not depress the plunger when I use it though.

I use them mainly for iced tea since they are rather large.

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by tissigirl » Feb 24th, '08, 13:28

I was wondering about this as well. Glad I found this topic on it! I've had an ingenuiTEA (or another brand equivalent) for many years. Then I discovered a press that was insulated and great for on the go that I started using.

I was just in Shanghai visiting my boyfriend, and was in need of a tea infuser of some sort so I could enjoy some great tea while I was there. They had very small (2 cup) tea presses (it was a shop specifically with tea accesories) for 60yuan, which is about $8-$9 US. I didn't need another tea pot as I have several at home, and wanted something inexpensive to use while I was there anyway. I absolutely love it, and since i've been home i've been using it instead of my ingenuiTEA equivalent.

The only downside i've found is that occasionally a leaf or 2 will sneak out into your cup. Doesn't bother me, but just a note to everyone in case it would bother anyone else.

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by erikt » Feb 24th, '08, 16:27

Hrm... i just got a bodum travel mug press, i'm not to optimistic about this product (for a change). It seems flimsy, and i can see it only being used for larger tea grades (darn redbush and yerba). But i figured it'd be great for when i'm lazy, and have to run out the door! I'm gunna use it for a week and write a review. Let me know how your press works.

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by Victoria » Feb 24th, '08, 17:37

I'm looking at these for my next purchase.

Can you depress the press just enough, without crushing the leaves?

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by erikt » Feb 24th, '08, 18:09

With the travel press i have it gives you about an inch of room on the bottom... it's plenty of room!! still haven't used it yet but it won't crush it :-)

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by Pentox » Feb 24th, '08, 22:33

Victoria's Own wrote:I'm looking at these for my next purchase.

Can you depress the press just enough, without crushing the leaves?
I find that there really isn't much of a problem when pressing down once the leaves are infused. It's also not hard to control.

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by tissigirl » Feb 24th, '08, 23:50

Most of these presses are designed with coffee grounds in mind. Since you use more grounds than tea leaves it gives you plenty of room. From my experience there is plenty of room and then some.

Usually there is actually extra room underneath for a small amount of water, so keep that in mind if you keep your tea in the press (i.e. travel press). It may make the last few sips of your tea a bit stronger. I normally use a smaller press that's just the right size for my mug, so I don't leave it in the press much longer than the steep time anyway.

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by erikt » Feb 27th, '08, 02:59

well.... returned my bodum travel press... it was awefull. The company has heard of the complications i've had, hopefully they will improve it!! What a great concept!

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by Victoria » Feb 27th, '08, 09:16

That's too bad Eric! You should write it up anyway so no one else buys one!

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by erikt » Feb 29th, '08, 02:04

think i'm gunna write it up tuesday! i have a huge test comming up! Will do victoria :-D

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