MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,462 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
Espresso: KvdW Speedster Grinder: Compak K10 WBC Vac Pot: A bit too many Drip: Clive Coffee Drip Stand Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Thu Mar 7, 2002, 1:55am Subject: Re: Great Article
Excellent article Mark!! I started out with a Bodum French Press too.
Hey thanks guys - CigarLord and Craig. I've wanted to write this article since we launched this site, but it took a long time to actually "flesh it out" and write it. The article's about 3 months old now, and has been through several revisions :)
pbhughes Senior Member Joined: 20 Aug 2002 Posts: 1 Location: San Anselmo, CA Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: Breville tower Vac Pot: yama/hario (tech 3 cup) Drip: No, but press and Aeropress.
Posted Tue Aug 27, 2002, 11:00pm Subject: Great writing; great stories
Wow -- didn't know who wrote this til I got to the end of the article. After many moons of using a bodum press pot, I'm about to embark on the Silvia route like Mark did. His (coffeekid) site has given me hours of enjoyment and much needed guidance. Glad --and encouraged-- to see that I'm following in his coffee experience footsteps so closely and that we share similar sediments (ha) for all things bodum.
texmcfaden Senior Member Joined: 5 Jun 2004 Posts: 1 Location: Dallas, TX Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Krups Grinder: Euroware Drip: Krups
Posted Sat Jun 5, 2004, 8:44pm Subject: Re: Why I like Bodum by Mark Prince
I read the article and enjoyed it for what the title told me it was about... why the author likes Bodum. I came to this article after reaching his article on How to Press, which had a link to this article. Curious about coffee products, I read the articles and searched the Bodum online shopping website. I was pleased to find excellent values for the money with good details on almost all the products. The best news was finding out that there is a Bodum store just down the road from me... a rare thing as far as I can tell.
One reader responded that the article was too mushy, and I suppose if your perception of what the article is about is based on the belief that the title indicates some hard, cold, impersonal facts forthcoming, such as a review by Consumer Digest, then that would be a valid opinion. But, in this case, in all fairness to the author, based in part on my writing background and love of writing for the entirety of my life, I must take issue with that assessment in that the title clearly identifies the article as personal ("I") and opinionated ("Like") and I would expect something more than a scientific review of Bodum and their products.
In fact, it would seem to me that the love of coffee is tied to memories and emotions... in fact, most readers well remember the TV commercials of the 1970's and 80's, and perhaps some into the 90's, where "coffeemakers" Maxwell House and Sanka often seemed to use commercials that worked to tie their coffee to positive emotional experiences that are either common to everyone or desired by everyone. If you remember the commercials, then you know what I mean... they wanted to, and succeeded in, finding ways to make us all remember words like "Good to the last drop!" A number of coffee companies did these things.
So, all-in-all, I would hope that Mark had a pretty good story to tell because I'd be bored with the likes of "Bodum produces many quality products at an incredibly low/affordable price to the consumer." That's an ad, not a story.
Besides, we all have great memories of sharing memories over a cup of great java with friends and loved ones. My plans for the morning after my impending wedding revolve around sharing coffee on the deck with my wife-to-be, Tina, as the sun comes up over the Atlantic Ocean and the Virginia seashore.
Yeah, that's probably pretty mushy too, but then again, being a "coffee fanatic" seems to revolve around a "LOVE" for coffee, not a liking nor just a need for caffeine.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
JacobS Senior Member Joined: 5 May 2006 Posts: 156 Location: Copenhagen Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: GS/3 Grinder: Robur Roaster: Probat '73 RE 1 Sample...
Posted Sat Jul 28, 2007, 12:30am Subject: Re: Why I like Bodum by Mark Prince
You know why half the WBCs are from Denmark? Pre-ground supermarket coffee chokes the Bodum press-pot piston!
According to my theory the popularity of the Bodum press-pots is the main factor in creating an awareness of coffee quality among Danes. First the supermarkets offered hole beans and put up grinders for the customer to use. People quickly found out that the coffee were best on day one and instead of using the grinder down at the supermarket, Denmark probably got the largest blade-grinder to household ratio in the world. In the old days at least, Danes were very open minded and soon many people wanted to pick up a different bag of beans. Better quality, fresher roasted, more fairly traded or organic coffees were now the name of the game.
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