Great design.. excellent price for an insulated French press.. kills two birds with one stone, fixing the heat-retention problem of glass French presses along with the grainy muddy coffee problem of some older models
Positive Product Points
This does exactly what it's advertised to do...keeps the coffee nice and hot due to its double-wall construction. They definitely had aesthetics in mind when they designed it..very nice looking. I like the rubber lined mesh filter they use instead of that wire springy lined filter... It does a MUCH better job of keeping that 'sludge' out of my cup. Reasonable price to pay for an insulated French Press.
Negative Product Points
The only slight annoyance (and I do mean slight) is the lid of the Thermia. To close the lid all the way down you have to line up these two notches on the lid with two threads on the pot.. meaning there are only 2 positions to secure the lid to the pot, the open (pouring) position and the closed (brewing) position which is opposite the pouring position (this isn't the annoying part as the design serves an important purpose -more heat retention). The slightly annoying thing is this: To move from the open (pouring) position to the closed position or vice versa, you have to kind of unscrew and lift the lid up slightly and then you can turn it 180 degrees to the opposite position. In a normal French Press you could just turn the lid freely without having to lift the lid. The problem with having to lift the lid comes when you want to drink a cup, then move the lid to the closed position to retain the heat, then drink another cup later. As you may know, when you press the filter down, the press handle (or whatever it's called) is pressed against the lid. To turn the lid to the opposite position (which requires lifting the lid), you would have to slightly lift the press filter up a little bit allowing you to turn the lid. Again, I can't stress 'slight' enough... It's really not a problem... It just doesn't feel natural.. that's all. Maybe I'm just picky.. I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't even notice or it wouldn't be much of a problem. I just had to search far and wide for a problem with the Thermia and this is all I could come up with. The positives outweigh the negative by a longshot.
The Thermia is a very unique and functional product from Bodum, and I'm sure it will be a very good seller once it gets more exposure on the market. The only place I can find it now is bodum.com. Currently it only comes in a 32 oz. model (8 cups). Let me give you a little bit of my personal history with the French Press. When I had my old Bodum glass press, I seriously almost gave up on the French press as a way to make my coffee due in part to the fact that no matter what I did, I ended up with a luke-warm cup-a-Joe. I even preheated everything- the pot, the filter, even the freakin' spoon I used to stir the coffee.. all to no avail. The other thing I hated was drinking that grainy, muddy liquid that coats your mouth after every sip(and not in a good way!) Liquid isn't even the correct state of matter to describe this sludge. It's in that plasma state- in between a liquid and a solid. And you French press coffee drinkers know what I'm talking about. When I grinded too coarsely, I always got a weak brew (unless I put half a pound of coffee for two measly cups). When I grinded to finely, I cringed from the moment I poured the water in the pot. Drinking that grainy, muddy water was just short of torture- not something I particularly looked forward to in the morning- only a way to keep me from getting my caffeine withdrawal headaches... I know I know... I'm pathetic. Then one day I dropped the pot on the ground and shattered it to pieces. As I stood there with a piece of glass lodged in the side of my pinky toe, a smile slowly came over me, knowing that my luke warm mud coffee drinking days were over. Then I pulled out my 2 year old Starbucks Barista espresso machine from the closet which I stopped using 2 weeks after I bought it because...
Espresso machine traits-> makes a mess -> several steps to make 1 cup coffee My traits---------------> hates to clean -> ridiculously lazy
I was winning that battle... until my French press broke. I began using my espresso machine religiously and after a while, had a systematic way of preparing the espresso then cleaning afterwards. This made it very simple to repeat.. I even bought one of those knock-boxes to knock out the espresso puck from the portafilter after use (WHAT A DORK!!!) So now I'm like into that espresso culture thing with my designer espresso cups and I guess I'm even more of a dork than I ever thought I was before... Then, I stumbled across the Thermia... which I will be adding (not replacing) to my espresso machine as my brewing preferences. I'm still hooked on espressos and americanos, now I can add 'depth charge' to my list. NOW...BACK TO THE REVIEW... Sorry.. I got a little carried away there.. My first cup using the Thermia was exceptionally good in every way.. Nice and hot, no grainy taste (due I think to the rubber lining of the mesh filter.) I absolutely LOVE the Thermia!! And I'm not a dramatic person. I strongly urge anyone who has the same problems I had with my old glass French press to seriously consider buying this product.. You won't be disappointed. I like the fact that it's insulated AND transparent. In my opinion, it's more visually appealing than an insulated stainless steel version. Nothing against stainless (I love it..for certain things), but for some reason I like the French press to be transparent. This brings me to price.. $25 is a pretty reasonable price to pay for an 8 cup insulated press. You would have to compare the Thermia with another insulated French press i.e. a stainless steel version (at least $40), and the Thermia is a much better value.. and it just looks cooler!! The slight negative point I made about the lid is easily overlooked when you look at the full picture. The Thermia fixed the two shortfalls of my previous experience with a French Press and I won't have to worry about it breaking either.. It's made of this high-tech plastic, or as Bodum puts it more succinctly, "unbreakable SANS," whatever that means..
I ordered it from www.bodum.com for $25.. shipping was $6.95.. Had no problems with the shipment.. came in about 5-6 days..