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Author: Mark Prince
Posted: May 4, 2007
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Bodum Scoop and new products
Posted by Mark Prince, 12:50pm Permalink to this blog entry

Hey, I have another sorta scoop for you.

Bodum is introducing a new product in August that has a ton of possibilities outside of what the company may just initially be thinking for it. It's their brand new Bistro Mug Press.

What is it? It's a self-contained press pot, that you can insert into almost any container.And key: you can remove it once you're done brewing. I had my first look at it, at this show not 20 minutes ago, and I was wowed.

I think the thing that impressed me the most is that it's such a deceptively simple piece of engineering and design. It has essentially four parts. There's a round tube shaped steel and mesh container for your ground coffee. There's a clamp that is designed to fit a wide variety of cups and containers. There's a plunger, for pushing down coffee, but more importantly, removing coffee from the brewing water as you remove the entire device from the cup. And there's a resting "cup" to put the finished brewer into before drinking your coffee.

Seems simple, right? But there's the potential for huge things for this new design. I see this as a great way for restaurants to serve up clean, easy pressed coffee, one cup at a time (though perhaps the design will have to change to accommodate restaurants). I see this as a better way to brew press coffee and have a cleaner cup that isn't drawing anything more off the pressed grounds. In August, this should be available across North America, and we'll see if this is a hit or not for Bodum. But on Monday, I get to take one home and put it through some hands on testing. Can't wait!

In other news, I got my first really good look at the double walled Chambord press. But I also got some good news from Jeff Malkasian on that front - I'm paranoid about buying a double-wall glass press pot, just because I know how many Bodum Pavina cups I've broken in the past. Breaking a $4 cup is one thing. Breaking a $75-$100 press is another. But get this - Bodum is competitively pricing the replacement glass for the double walled Chambord -  under $35, if I recall correctly. That's great news.

And now for one more scoop. Sort of. They are sort of available now, but it was the first I heard of them. Bodum's got a new Pavina size! Pavina is one of my favourite espresso cups, but the next size up from espresso was 8+ ounces - a tad large for a traditional cappuccino or americano. I remember way back when I first saw the Pavinas, and wrote Jeff at Bodum asking, no, begging for a 5 or 6 ounce version.

Well my begging didn't do a heckuva lot, but someone else's demands did. At the booth, Jeff goes "oh, you're going to like this" and he shows me a new 5 ounce cup size for the Pavina - and supposedly currently available! (but I didn't see it on Amazon's site or Bodum's site yet). It wasn't my begging that made it happen either - it was the demand of a very large-order Japanese customer who wanted the Pavina in a traditional 'tea" size.

Us espressoheads are just the lucky bystanders in all of this.

But the bottom line is - there's a new Pavina in town, and it's size is 150mls, or 5 ounces to the rim. Nice!

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Bodum Bistro Mug Press
New product - potential to rock!
Mug Press in Action
Sitting in the new *handled* bodum double wall coffee mug.
150mls!
There's the new pavina size - 150mls (5oz) sitting in the middle. 8-9oz on the right, 2oz espresso on the left
Article rating: 7.4
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: May 4, 2007
feedback: (17) comments | read | write
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