A Bodum teapot makes a great addition to any kitchen…However, deciding on which model will be best is often quite challenging. Keep reading to get helpful reviews and tips to make your shopping experience as effortless as possible.
Bodum has traditionally been respected as a maker of high quality and aesthetically appealing tea and coffee products. In fact, often times it’s more a matter of narrowing down which product is right for you than anything else. So, congratulations! You’re already doing well if you’ve decided to go with Bodum.
But, I’m sure that you already know all that, so let’s go ahead and start talking about what you’re here for…
Picking out a Bodum teapot.
Here’s how I’d like to do this…There are two primary types of tea makers, and I’d like to be able to help you out as much as possible, so what I’m going to do is talk about the different ways you can brew tea. At the end of each explanation I’ll make a recommendation for that type of kettle.
Sound good? Alright, let’s get to it!
Tea infusers are probably the most common style of tea makers, simply because they’re the easiest to use. In addition, infusion is very similar to the conventional method of making tea (with tea bags), so it’s a very comfortable choice. To top it all off, infusers are often the cheapest types of tea makers.
How these work is that you’ll have a pitcher, a filter and a lid. First, you’ll load your loose tea leaves into the filter, which is typically either glass, plastic or stainless steel. Personally, I prefer stainless steel because I think it’s a bit safer in the dishwasher, however, it’s your choice. Once you put the tea leaves in the filter you’ll need to heat water and pour that, slowly, through the filter and the tea leaves.
Once you’ve successfully poured the water through you need to allow the tea to steep…Usually it’s best to do about 2 or 3 minutes, but you can adjust that as you see fit. This is where the lid comes in, you’ll need to keep the tea covered if you want to maximize the aroma and flavor of the tea.
And there you have it! From there you’re all set to drink some nice mugs of delicious and aromatic tea. That’s basically how an infuser works. Now, Bodum has a few tea infusers, but here’s what I recommend:
Bodum De Chine – $25 – This is an entirely glass infuser, and although I do usually prefer steel, the De Chine is entirely dishwasher safe, and the glass is heat resistant and is made to resist fogging and discolor over time. Plus, if you want to get the stainless steel infuser, I’d recommend just picking up a YoYo infuser for 15 bucks. If you’ve never seen tea brewed through glass then you will really enjoy this Bodum tea pot…It’s a great and attractive way to brew any type of tea.
The other nice thing about these Bodum teapots is that the lid that you use to contain the aroma and taste can also be used as a trivet for the glass infuser once you’re done steeping the loose leaf tea.
The De Chine comes in a couple sizes, 20 ounce and 34 ounce. Most people won’t need anything bigger than the 20 ounce, but I leave that choice up to you. Do note that the 32 ounce model runs an extra 0. Overall the Bodum De Chine is a great and reliable tea infuser, and I highly recommend it for anyone’s home.
To brew tea with a tea press, you’ll need to follow the same instructions as you would with a tea infuser…Place tea leaves in the filter, pour hot water through Bodum tea pot, then let steep. The only thing different is that since you won’t be removing the lid, it’s necessary to make sure you secure the lid with the filter facing forward. This will keep any excess tea from finding its way into your mug or glass.Once you’ve done all that you get to the point where you will now need to VERY SLOWLY lower the plunger. Literally lower the plunger as slowly as you can. It should take you at least 30 seconds to fully lower the plunger.
Basically what this will do is remove the tea from contact with the water, which means that you don’t even have to remove the filter to enjoy a good cup o’ tea, however, it’s still recommended that you clean the filter once you’re done with each brew. In addition, many people claim that a press brews more flavorful and aromatic tea, which could very well be possible since you never release any of the aroma of the tea.
Here’s my recommendation if you would like a Bodum tea press pot:
Bodum Assam Glass Tea Press – $35 – This is really where Bodum shines as a manufacturer of tea pots and presses… The Bodum Assam 4-cup tea press (well, technically 34 ounces I guess) is probably their most popular product.
It comes stock with a steel strainer/infuser and is 100% dishwasher safe, except for the lid and rod, but it’s certainly possible to get those in cast iron. This tea brewer is one of the easiest ways to make YOUR personally perfect cup of tea. After just a few brews you’ll master making each cup to your own preferences. If you take care of it, the Assam can last you many years, and just like with the De Chine, the heat resistant and fog resistant glass makes it so that you’ll be able to enjoy watching your tea brewing for as long as you keep your tea kettle.
The Assam comes in 2 cup, 4 cup, and 6 cup models and are all priced within about $20 of each other. Absolutely great bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, and you’d like to be able to brew great tea from the comfort of your kitchen, then a Bodum teapot is definitely going to be your best bet. I hope that this guide has been helpful, and I really thank you for reading.