Fewer parts when disassembled then other Bodum presses
Easy to clean one piece filter screen
Keeps coffee hot during brewing
The last press you will probably ever have to buy (won't break like glass presses)
Negative Product Points
Nothing really but it will only keep coffee hot for about on hour. You should always drink the coffee fresh or decant the brewed coffee from this or any French press into a vacuum insulated thermos/pitcher.
The lid isn't insulated like the carafe so it does become hot after sometime if the coffee is left in it. I simply leave the lid turned to pour after brewing. No big deal at all. This is why I gave it a 9 in the Quality of Product category. This is a very minor complaint and is really just an observation.
Bodum has done a wonderful job with the Columbia line of presses. I have had mine for over three years now and I would buy another one (if I needed one) in a heartbeat. I recommend this press to anyone looking for an easy to use and clean durable French press. I will try to get into detail of why I love this press so much.
First it's very easy to clean. That is so important in coffee making. Old coffee oils or even worse old grounds can destroy a pot of fresh brewed coffee. The Columbia completely disassembles by hand into 5 total parts (pitcher, lid, filter rod, filter screen and a cylinder nut) and is dishwasher safe. A daily rinse and towel dry is a must and is easy to do. I then disassemble mine and run it through the dishwasher one a week or so. It's very easy to keep clean and that's a big plus for me.
It's easy to use. That sounds dumb to say about a coffee press, but the Columbia is no exception. The lid fits nicely and the filter screen seals to the sidewalls very well. As long as your grind is not too fine the screen does not clog either. The spout is also drip free when pouring the fresh coffee. The handle is also nicely shaped as to really give me confidence when pouring. Brewing with this press is the same as any other press:
1) Heat fresh cold filtered water to 195-205F in a kettle.
2) Prepare press by removing lid and filter assembly. Preheat the carafe with hot water if you wish (discard before brewing).
3) As the water in the kettle hits brewing temperature grind your fresh roasted (3-14 days) coffee to a medium coarse grind (burr grinders are best). The grind is important! Experiment until you have a grind that is just coarse enough not to clog the filter when pressing it down then adjust the amount of coffee you use to your own taste. I like one gram per fluid ounce of water, so 32oz of water gets 32g of ground coffee.
4) Dump the grounds into the press carafe and when the water is at temperature pour the water over the grounds. Stir to completely submerse the grounds. Place lid on top of carafe with filter rod pulled all the way up so the filter is above the coffee/water mixture.
5) After 3 1/2 to 5 minutes (depending on your taste) slowly press the filter rod down through the coffee. Pour and enjoy.
It really is that simple. What I really like is that press brewing and the Columbia press can allow the user to really experiment with grind size and brew time. With that ability anyone can develop a system that produces perfect results for them. Whether you like strong and thick or light and mild with the proper grind and brew time the Columbia can deliver!
The Columbia just looks nice. It's a real functional piece of art. Looks as at home on the morning breakfast table or evening dinning room table. The smooth elegant lines are a pleasure to the eye any time of day.
The Columbia like any press is able to produce a cup with any intensity in flavors and a terrific aroma. There is nothing like good press brewed coffee. Is there bad press coffee? Oh yes, especially if you break the general coffee rules (use only fresh roasted beans, the best grinder you can afford and proper brewing temperatures). Follow a few simple rules however and the Columbia will deliver in every pot and every cup.
I also like the Columbia line because of the all stainless (except filter screen which is a high density resin like material) steel construction. On the Chambord line the cylinder nut is plastic. Not so on the Columbia.
All things considered I love my Columbia brewer and it has been my almost daily brewer for well over two years. It still makes coffee as good as the day I bought it. With no mechanical components the press should last forever and still looks good. I simply love the thing and I know you will too. What are you waiting for?
Purchased from amazon.com and all went well.
A note on Bodum, I did lose the cylinder nut down the drain one day and emailed Bodum if I could purchase a replacement (although you really don't need one). They shipped two to me free of charge!
Three Month Followup
Still great, I love this press!
One Year Followup
Still as good as the day I bought it except...
for the dent. Yeah I dropped it on the front step taking it to a friends house. Had it been glass it would be toast. I made coffee in it this morning as good as the day I bought it! A fine press indeed.