nealc Senior Member Joined: 4 May 2013 Posts: 2 Location: pasadena, ca Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat May 4, 2013, 7:21pm Subject: brazil/chambord/columbia?
I'm planning to buy a new press to replace my ikea press which broke, and i was going to get the columbia but then I saw that because it keeps the coffee warmer it oversteeps. i actually haven't decanted my coffee out of my press (i usually only drink 2x6oz in the morning) and i dont feel it gets oversteeped, but maybe it's more of a concern in a columbia because of the higher temp?
otherwise i dont see what the difference (in taste) between a chambord and brazil would be. i do want glass, not some unbreakable plastic, but i think the brazil comes in glass.
any overall thoughts or advice would be appreciated -neal
oktyone Senior Member Joined: 26 Apr 2012 Posts: 33 Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun May 5, 2013, 6:11pm Subject: Re: brazil/chambord/columbia?
A stainless steel french press (i.e Columbia) won't overextract more than a glass one, overextraction is caused by letting the coffee sit in the press for too long, even after having the plunger down (a couple of minutes is fine, but more than 5 or 10 and you start to notice), regardless of it being plastic, glass or stainless steel, it's just that as stainless steel ones keep the temperature warm for longer, some people mistakenly let it sit undecanted for longer than other presses.
Posted Mon May 6, 2013, 12:56pm Subject: Re: brazil/chambord/columbia?
You are right to assume that the coffee from the Brazil and Chambord should taste the same. The glass beaker and replacement filter parts are identical. The only possible difference would be that when decanting the coffee it is briefly in contact with a plastic lid on the Brazil compared to a metal lid on the Chambord.
I have the Brazil in two sizes and besides being much less expensive than the Chambord it would probably last you longer than the Chambord. This is because of the significant breakage protection provided by the plastic base.
If being able to leave some coffee in a press pot in order to drink around an hour later is important to you, the Espro is the only good option that I am aware of. The Espro is more expensive and the size you probably want will not be available until later in the summer.
The unique double filtration design of the Espro provides surprising good isolation of the coffee grounds from the already steeped coffee above the filter. If you search this forum, you will see that many members find the Espro well worth the price premium if you can afford it. If your budget won't allow it at this point or you don't want to wait then I would buy the inexpensive Brazil.
Also, if anyone has had coffee from the espro, I'd like to know some details of how the final result is different from the regular press, apart from there being less solids. I kind of like the thickness and richness of french press, for example compared to pour over (which I'm doing these days).
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