Summary: I saw some varying comments on how the plunger is made and this review is to clarify what i found. I just received this coffee press (December 2013, packaging notes 2013 dates). This is my fourth Bodum french press (Shin Bistro, Chambord, and a travel press). The glass is their standard, which is great. The plastic surrounding the glass is glued/tightly connected to the glass. The build quality of the plunger assembly is not quite as good as the others that i have.
Summary: Seriously, french press coffee is the way to go. It makes weekend coffee that much more wonderful. The 34 ounce press makes just slightly more than 2 large cups of coffee so it's perfect for a couple. Cleaning out is a little bit of a pain if you want to make another pot but the coffee is so good that it's worth it. We haven't experienced any of the problems other reviewers have.
Summary: I love this thing. The only issue is that when thermal expansion takes over, it's easy to pour when washing it out and have the beaker start to fall out. Just be careful when washing and you will love it too. In terms of other construction, it isn't quite as sturdy as the original press by Bodum, and of course the lid is plastic which is a downside for some. It is definitely adequate though.
Summary: This model of the Bodum French coffee press, the Kenya, is a mix of materials, the press itself of chrome-plated steel and mesh, the handle and base of heavy-duty, black plastic ... quite stylish, good-looking, and operationally sound. However, the wash-up--by hand--is tricky. Separating the beaker from the frame is a delicate and precarious task. It is necessary to drench the entire device in very hot water before you literally have to coax the beaker from the frame.
Summary: I bought a French press to replace my drip coffee maker, not because I hate drip coffee, but because I wanted to stop wasting disposable filters. So, of course, I went on Amazon to see what the top-selling models were. And I bought this instead of the Bodum Chambord as this model was less than half the price (not sure how long that will be the case) and still had good reviews.
Summary: I never owned a coffee press, but kept reading that serious coffee drinkers and those that that really wanted to prepare coffee in the best way, used a coffee press. The problem was, most of the coffee presses were either poorly rated or were more money then what I wanted to spend...until I saw ths press from Bodum. It works great, prepares great tasting coffee and is not real difficult to clean up.
Summary: I have wanted a coffee press for awhile. I really like my coffee and I like to drink it black. I like the taste. Many people are drinkers because of the additives they put in the coffee before they drink it, like the flavorings and sugars. Anyway, this is a very good coffee press. No coffee grounds getting out and ending up in the coffee cup. The container is very sturdy and it cleans up nicely. The coffee is great tasting.
Summary: I ordered this the buy two and save 17 and 34oz deal and am very satisfied. It was shipped quickly and as usual, arrived much sooner then the estimate date. French press defiantly makes a superior cup of coffee to a drip and unless you are serving a large number of people is much more user/space friendly then a drip machine that at best produces an OK cup. Comes with easy instructions and it's own scoop for proper measurement.
Summary: I purchased this coffee press in both the 4 cup and the 8 cup models. Both, like the other Bodum coffee presses, make a great cup of coffee, so if you have never tried coffee made this way, I would recommend getting one of the New Kenya models while Amazon has them at a reduced price. However, I would like to caution you about one thing. One day after receiving the 4 cup press, I broke the glass carafe!
Summary: This would be a great coffee maker, but has a couple of flaws compared to the versions they sold a few years ago. Firstly the glass carafe is covered in non-removable safety warnings, in two languages which cover almost 1/4 of the whole unit - the visual noise of this is an ugly distraction.