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S said

Small Bodum French Press recs?

I’m trying to find an 8 oz/small glass french press online…does anyone have any recommendations? Also, have you ever used a french press to brew tea before? Any tips? I figured I could just press the plunger down half way and pour out the tea after it’s done steeping.

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S said

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Meghann M said

I use a larger french press to brew my tea and it seems to work very well. I keep the plunger and lid on (plunger at the top of the glass holder) to trap in as much heat as I can. Some of the smaller leaves and herbs get caught in the meshy part of the plunger but with a good blast of water I haven’t had any trouble getting them out.

I think the smallest Bodum I’ve seen have been the 12 oz ones Shanti posted. They come in red and black. I think Starbucks and Target carry them, too.

S said

Do you pour out all of the tea after you’re done steeping, or do you just pour our what you need and leave the rest in the large bodum?

Meghann M said

I pour out all of the tea. I usually make 16oz (so half the french press) at a time because I use a big mug. I keep the leaves occasionally and try a second steep, or if I think it will make a good cold brewed tea, I’ll try and use the wet tea leaves for that.

I’m thinking of getting the 12oz french press I saw at Target tonight for smaller cups of tea. I’ve heard oolongs are good to do with quicker infusions and smaller amounts of tea, so I was thinking that might be a good solution to smaller pots of tea. I like how easy the press is to clean.

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PeteG said

Sawadee Tea House sells them. Email Mie Mie and I am sure she can assist you for sure. They have different sizes as well.

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TeaParT said

I switched to the French press for my coffee about 5 years ago. Between home and office, I’ve tried quite a few. I prefer the larger sizes. I’ve actually broke 2 of the smaller ones. A friend uses them in her B&B and shared with me that several of her smaller ones broke also. As far as cleaning, obviously the larger size is much easier although the plunger and screen portion come apart for cleaning in all sizes. Good luck and let us know how you like it.

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I use a larger Bodum, but only on the weekends, when I’ll be home long enough to drink that much tea. I use the same methods of brewing and cleaning as Meghann.

On weekday mornings I just brew my tea in a 16-oz. Pyrex measuring cup, strain it into a thermos, and pour it out into my teacup as needed.

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I’ve never used a press before. How does it keep the liquid from steeping the tea in the bottom once you press it? Does it create a barrier between the leaves and liquid?

K S said

No it does not create a barrier. You should completely decant with each use. The leaf goes in the press. Then you add your heated water and put the lid plunger assembly on. After the steep time is up you can push down on the plunger or just leave it up. All you are doing is straining the tea so no leaf gets in your mug. Nothing actually gets pressed.

I love my 4 cup (two mugs) Bodum press. I use one mug of water each steep. I got the press at Starbucks and use it all the time.

There is a reverse press like the ingenuitea that does keep the leaf away from the water after steeping. I think they are all plastic. The bigger concern for me is they drain out the bottom. I fear leakage, but those who have them seem to love them. I would personally rather not take the chance.

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28 Cooks said

I use a french press almost exclusively for my tea. I have a large one I use at home when my husband and I are sharing tea, but I also have a smaller one that I use for myself. My favorite addition has been the travel mug. I now use it at work quite frequently (usually 3-4 times a day) and it works wonderful for making hot tea or brewing tea to pour over ice. (which is what I just did about 3 minutes ago!) =)
My only complaint with the travel mug is that with some of the finer tea blends, small pieces can sometimes make it past the little mesh screen, but it’s usually only a few small pieces.

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