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A (French) Pressing Question

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm
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IKEA FORSTA French Press RecallIKEA issued a recall of all FORSTA coffee/tea french presses on March 3rd 2011. A total of 94,000 FORSTA in the US and 34,000 in Canada have been recalled following one report of the glass breaking in the US and 19 additional reports outside of the US. The FORSTA french press was sold in .4 liter and 1 liter sizes from January 2010 though December 2010.

Apparently pressure from the metal bracket that holds the glass beaker can cause the glass to break unexpectedly. The odds are roughly 1.5 in 10,000 against having a problem, but scalding hot liquid in broken glass isn’t something to play dice with, so please contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 or bring your FORSTA in for a full refund!

Take a look at our long term trial of a prior generation (KAFFE) of IKEA’s french press and how it stacks up against the BODUM after the jump…

Another Opinion

Back in September of 2009, Susan did a comparison review of IKEA’s KAFFE with a Bodum Chambord French Press coffee maker. Her conclusion was that the Bodum was just a more satisfying product to use despite costing 3-4 times as much.

Fair enough.

But I’ve been using the KAFFE for quite a while and since the topic has been raised again via the recall noted above, I felt it was time to revisit the comparison.

IKEA French Press vs Bodum French Press

A Tale of two French Presses

I’ve been using the KAFFE for over 2 years now for tea, while Susan has been using the Bodum (that IKEAFAN’s own Kelly was so kind as to send her as a gift!) for coffee. Both french presses have performed equally well, and both are still in service and show no signs of significant wear.

It should be noted though, that the screen in the KAFFE appears to be holding up slightly better as the Bodum has more wires that are fraying enough to catch a sponge while washing it.  On the flip side, the Bodum looks nicer and the top doesn’t get as hot since it’s a plastic dome instead of flat metal. The flat metal top of the KAFFE is however an advantage as it makes it a lot easier to get the plunger started correctly if the cup is filled near to the top. The plastic Bodum top projects down along the inside of the glass quite a bit, which can be awkward if the cup is a bit overfull. You also have to pay attention to the orientation of the Bodum top as it has strainer slots in the top that need to be aligned with the spout.

When Push Comes to Plunge

So after 2+ years of regular use I’d say the KAFFE has held up remarkably well, and given the fact that it was 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of the Bodum I’d say it was a bargain. Even if it does have a little metal collar that frequently slides off when you remove the wire mesh strainer for cleaning. Gongli here on IKEAFans had a similar take on the Bodum, though hopefully gongli will read this and bring the FORSTA in for the recall.  :)

In the final analysis, IKEA’s french press appears to be a much better deal… If you happen to be one of those that have a FORSTA that you need to return, I can certainly recommend the KAFFE as a good replacement choice!

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