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Arkale
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Posted Mon May 2, 2005, 10:22pm
Subject: french press coffee maker
 

Hey
I'm looking for coffee maker.
Bodum or Bialetti?
Does it really matter?
Any adventages for one over the other?
Tx

Arik
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ristrettobabe
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Location: So Calif
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Posted Mon May 2, 2005, 10:36pm
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

Arik, I think Bialettis are constructed primarily of aluminum. Coffee has acids in it, and it's my HO that an acid-aluminum combo might be something to consider avoiding. I've used Bodums (made of glass) for 15 years and think they're great. Easy to clean too. I haven't tried Bialetti; hopefully, someone will give you some feedback on them.


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Posted Sat May 7, 2005, 6:57am
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

*nod*

I agree with Kathy; you just can't go wrong with Bodum.  I do use an aftermarket screen on my Bodum made by Swissgold, however, which is designed to filter better than the stock version. I'm not sure they're still available, but I do know you can buy nylon add-ons for Bodum presses that will certainly make a difference. Check out  Sweet Maria's for several Bodum models and accessories.

Jeff

 
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jliedeka
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Posted Sat May 7, 2005, 7:52am
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

One more vote for Bodum ... I love my Bodum Melior.  I added the Swissgold filter which really reduces the hassle of cleaning it.  The Bodum is  my second press.  It's way better than the cheapie I started with.  Besides looking cooler, it keeps the plunger rod vertical better.  The cheaper brands wiggle around letting grounds get past the filter.

I don't know about the Bialetti but I'd stay away from aluminium.

    Jim

 
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Posted Sat May 7, 2005, 6:16pm
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

I don't share the general paranoia about aluminum. In the past 10 years it's been pretty well cleared of any villainy(at least to my knowledge) The Bialetti can make a fine cup,similar to,but not the same as espresso. For my own taste though,the presspot,along with the vacpot and the mocabrew,can't be  beat.
                               Barry
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DCcoffeeman
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Espresso: Bialetti stovetop
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Roaster: Hottop
Posted Sat May 7, 2005, 6:59pm
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

Bialetti stovetop pots, which do indeed make a fine cup, are available in stainless steel for a few bucks more than aluminum.  It's well worth the slight increase in cost to buy stainless.  I use both a Bialetti and a French press.  They both produce excellent, but different, brews.  Enjoy!
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Posted Sun May 8, 2005, 2:02pm
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

I work for a company called Planetary Design. We make several French Presses out of stainless that I think are outstanding.

Thanks,
Byron
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Stewart
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Posted Mon May 9, 2005, 12:44am
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

Barry:

I don't think there is consensus on the Alzheimer/aluminum link.

http://www.alz.org/Resources/FactSheets/FSAluminum.pdf

We threw all our old aluminum pots out year ago.


Stewart
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Posted Thu May 12, 2005, 8:57pm
Subject: Re: french press coffee maker
 

zephyrus Said:

*nod*

I agree with Kathy; you just can't go wrong with Bodum.  I do use an aftermarket screen on my Bodum made by Swissgold, however, which is designed to filter better than the stock version. I'm not sure they're still available, but I do know you can buy nylon add-ons for Bodum presses that will certainly make a difference. Check out  Sweet Maria's for several Bodum models and accessories.

Jeff

Posted May 7, 2005 link

Yup, got one of 'em screens in the mail as we speak.  I have 2 Bodum FP's so no basis for comparison.  One of them I've had for yeeeeaaaaarrrs.
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