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I’ve Tried Just About Every Coffee Maker and This Is the Only One I’ll Ever Need (It’s on Sale!)

published Jun 2, 2022
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When it comes to coffee, I’m not usually very picky. Espresso drinks, cold brew, drip coffee — I’m pleased with it all. However, I’ve realized I’ve been overcomplicating things when it comes to my morning cup of coffee, especially now that I work from home. Over the past few years, I’ve tried plenty of coffee makers to find one that’s just right, whether it’s a pod machine or a large classic drip coffee maker, but ultimately what I’ve really longed for is something simple. That’s why I finally stopped my search for the perfect machine and realized that what I needed all along was right in front of me: a single-serve French press.

This Bodum French Press 12-Ounce delivers the ideal size for my morning cup without wasting any leftover coffee (or tempting me with a second serving). And as one of our favorite French press coffee maker brands, Bodum delivers a classic model that has held up after years of constant use. This reliable mini French press is all I need to start my day!

For any caffeine fiends who need two or three cups to get their day going, this tiny coffee maker might not be for you. However, if you’re like myself and only need one cup in the morning, then I’m here to tell you that this personal-sized coffee maker is just what you need. For some reason, brewing just one cup feels a little luxurious in the morning after going through the ritual of boiling water and letting the grounds seep. The result is smooth, rich coffee made easily with any grounds of my choosing (often from another Kitchn favorite, the coffee subscription service BeanBox!).

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The French press itself features a glass heat-resistant body that has remained sturdy and durable even after I’ve used it for years. It also includes a stainless steel filter and plunger that work impressively well at keeping grounds out of your coffee — especially at this price point. The simple design also means that this French press is easy to take apart and clean. The lightweight body requires just a simple wipe with a sponge, rather than having to deal with too many parts or a heavy, cumbersome carafe.

Over 12,000 5-star Amazon reviewers have also attested to this no-fuss French press, praising this size in particular for keeping on hand at the office or using it as a travel coffee maker for hotels or camping. And like myself, many have used it for years with no issues.

Overall, this small French press has been a surprising winner when it comes to making coffee in the morning. Because I only drink one cup, I genuinely don’t need any over-the-top machines. And a huge bonus is that it’s a waste-free method because it doesn’t require any filters or coffee pods. As an under-$20 French press, this handy Bodum produces the exact amount of silky smooth coffee I need every time.