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August 27th, 2017

Not my usual material, but … why not?

I have a Bodum Brazil French Coffee Press. It is probably the most inexpensive model sold for 11 to $18 at Target or Ebay. My model has a black handle and body – like so:

Makes good-to-my-taste coffee!

The device has an annoying feature: It collects gunk. What I mean is coffee residue and hard water deposit. There are specifically two spots where the stuff collects, and the design of this device is truly problematic, unless you know the following trick!

But, first things first.

The beaker sits inside a plastic “cup”-like bottom and it fits awfully snugly. The handle, made from the same stiff plastic material, has a part that fits over the rim of the beaker rim into the beaker to provide a secure hold. Here is an enlarged detail of that part. you can see the shadow of the handle part as it sits over the lip.

Now coffee residue collects between this part and the glass – on the inside. It is very difficult to clean without contortions and using some weird brushes etc. But I dunno, I have an aversion to old coffee residue, especially several generations old!

The area collecting the residue of hard water is on the edge of the “cup”-like portion of the handle. Also, on the bottom of the cup, there is more hard water residue collection opportunity!

Clean up is not that simple as direct access to the surfaces is extremely difficult, and in the case of the “cup”, impossible. On first gander, it looks like one could bend the handle upward and slip it over the lip of the beaker. But the plastic material is pretty rigid and probably get more rigid with age, and that means the handle can break.

The solution, it seems is to twist the beaker 180 degrees until the spout is located under handle. Now it is easier to bend the handle outward, and then twist out the beaker from the “cup” to allow cleaning of all the surfaces.

One tip can help: pour hot water on the “cup” to help in loosening the plastic before you twist the beaker.

To remove the coffee and hard water residues, use plain white vinegar. Pour some on a sponge and use it to soak the residues. let the vinegar do the work, even refresh the vinegar and resoak. It works better than scrubbing and possibly scratching the glass.

Before you put it back together, dry all the surfaces, and to ease the twisting of the beaker in the “cup” i used a tiny-tiny amount of coconut oil on the “cup”‘s inside. I had coconut oil s I used it. I do not think it makes a different what you use. Use really a tiny amount. This also helps create a barrier against water just sitting in that corner and creating the residue.

Now carefully place the beaker into the “cup” so the spout faces the handle. Slip the end of the handle over the spout, and then carefully press the beaker evenly into the “cup”. When that is done, grasp the beaker and twist it 180 degrees so the spout is opposite the handle.

Surgery – and cleanup – DONE!

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