Coffee is best served small.
Although this is a contrarian position in today’s holiday market, it’s a bet you can lay down on your kitchen or holiday dinning table. If you place this bet, you will cup a winner every time.
My small brewer of choice is the Bodum Chambord French Press 3 cup model. It sells retail for $29.95, and brews coffee with taste. If you see it, you should buy it. Maybe that command is a little two much in the imperative grammatical mood, but seriously, the 3 cup will not disappoint. I already have one, our kitchen has had as many as two at any given time to prevent divorce. I buy these to give away to family and friends, especially for Christmas gifts.
When you take this small Bodum out of the box, and see how small it really is, you will think that it’s small, you will think small is bad, but you’re wrong . This post is an encouragement that small is good. This negative first impression forming in your mind is only evidence that you have been brain washed by the culture to think BIG. The personal growth seminar you attended last year, the no-money-down real estate tapes and books you purchased, the buy 2 get 1 free offer, the trips to Costco to buy pallets of food and drink—put those thoughts out of your mind, relax, and enjoy a little cup of coffee.
The Bodum 3 cup is a 12 oz. instrument. The simple math is you will be able to brew three 4 oz. cups. The reality however, is that with the grind absorption and expansion one 4 oz. cup fits nicely within the Bodum power band for best results. Downsizing to a 4 oz. coffee serving will change your world. Downsizing in general will change your world, and for the better. Regarding downsizing, I noted recently that when Gandhi died his last possessions were his famous round-rimmed spectacles, one pair of leather sandals, one silver pocket watch, and a brass bowl and plate for meals. My list for life’s important possessions would include my Bodum 3 cup, a conical burr grinder, a 4 oz. ceramic mug. Nothing else.
The Bodum 3 cup is the IPod in a coffee lover’s life. It allows you to brew the beans you enjoy with ease, little hassle; all in 4 minutes. The drawback to the Bodum is, just as the IPod has changed the way we relate to the world around us—everybody off in their own musical world—you will enjoy retreating to your own personal coffee world. You may begin to withdraw from that popular coffee destination and loose some skills of socialization. More importantly, though, you will loose the self loathing about your own brewing abilities. You will loose the delusional thoughts that brewing coffee can only be performed by those in flannels with tattoos and piercings. A thirty dollar Bodum and a thirteen dollar bag of Micro lot co-op beans will rank you in the NBA of brewing.
Finally, resist the desire to buy the bigger Bodum models until you have purchased this personal work horse. My own experimentation during a side by side comparison of the 12 cup vs. 3 cup concludes that flavor, acidity, body, etc. are lost in the bigger presses. Please don’t interpret this as an indictment against any of the other Bodum Models, just make sure you keep the 3 cup cleaned and ready to go any time of the day.
Or if you really want to go all out for your holiday guests, buy a Bodum 3 cup for every place setting. Offer a variety of beans. Let your guests experiment with personal choice. Convert them to the world of real coffee. They will love it.
Happy Holidays and Keep Drinking!
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