Quick Review: Bodum Travel Press


Just had an extensive my-coffee-contraption-is-better-than-yours discussion with Adam Machanic and Brent Ozar on Twitter, which inspired me to go out and get….something. So I can make coffee at work. (Work coffee is decent, but not GOOD, doncha know.)

Overall rating: 3/5    


  • Comes with an extra lid
  • Nice shape/size/rubberized grip
  • Nice drinking lip and cover


  • Plunger doesn’t go all the way to the bottom. Doesn’t really come close – there’s a good 1″ gap.
  • Like any press, it’s kind of a pain to clean IF you don’t have a compost bin handy. (This isn’t a problem at home, but it will be at work. I’ll just take it home every day.)
  • Occurred to me as I was making my first cup: The plunger and lid go together. Once you plunge the coffee grounds, you can’t very well remove the lid. This makes adding sugar and cinnamon (like I like) a little bit difficult, and stirring impossible.

As a result of that last bullet point, I’ve decided this travel press will likely be just a press-away-from-home gadget. I’ll use it to make coffee and pour it into another cup at the office (or while I’m on the road) for actual drinking.   So on that front, it’s good – much better than keeping a breakable glass.

So there you go. A couple of weaknesses in design, and a major weakness in the fact that it’s a press.  In all, I’m still not unhappy with the $18 I spent (read: three or four cups at Starbuck’s)…but I may still try an Aeropress at some point.


5 Responses to Quick Review: Bodum Travel Press

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  2. Tom Strike on December 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Jen,

    When I come to Texas next month I’ll bring my Aeropress and you can taste the soul pleasing experience that is an Aeropress cup of coffee.

    • Jen on December 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Sounds great!!

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  4. Mike on July 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Its a travel press! Its the right size for cup holders and such.

    Forget that you have to hold your mouth just right making a cup of coffee
    when you put the ground beans in and add creamer then hot water up to 2″
    from the top, stir, add the press, push down 1/2″ into the brew, tighten cap put in sink finish filling with hot water through the lid which acts like a funnel, wait 5 minuets, push press all the way a little at a time and wala 5 times out of 7 you have a great cup of portable coffee you don’t have to “chew the grounds” and out the door you go.

    The only improvement I would make is a better strainer like the ones in the glass press with the spring around the edge. then I would go stainless double wall. and longer lasting cap threads! I would give an A+ until then a C-.

    Cup of “Joe”

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