Bodum Assam 34-Ounce Glass Tea Press with Stainless-Steel Filter
- 34-ounce glass tea press for loose teas and tea bags
- serves 3 or 4 people
- Borosilicate glass body and handle
- stainless-steel infuser
- plastic knob
- Patented system stops brewing when tea is plunged so tea is not bitter
- Brews tea at preferred strength without a need to remove the infuser
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We set out with a goal to make an innovation in tea brewing and the patented Bodum tea press system was born. Brewing loose-leaf tea or tea bags has never been easier or cleaner. The Bodum Assam Medium Tea Press serves 4 - 5 people and is made from durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass. Designed after the traditional teapot shape, the Assam embodies a more modern, spout-less look. To brew, simply set the durable stainless steel filter into the glass pot. Fill the strainer with the appropriate amount of your favorite loose-leaf tea. Pour hot water over the leaves, filling the pot. Then set the plunger/lid in place in the up position. Allow the tea to brew to your liking and then press down on the plunger. The press compresses the tea leaves below the infusion holes in the strainer completely stopping the brewing process. The Assam Tea Press puts an end to bitter, over brewed tea. Once you press, you can rest assured that your first cup and your third cup will taste exactly the same. There's no need to remove the filter and there's no mess. What you have left is the true unforgettable and delicious taste of your preferred tea. Some teas can even be brewed a second or third time, making the Shin Cha tea press the perfect choice. Just stir up the tea leaves and fill the pot back up with hot water, repeating the process. It is a clean and easy way to enjoy loose-leaf tea whether it is black, green, white, blooming or herbal tea. The clear glass leaves the infusion remain visible at all times, making it a very attractive table piece. The Assam is dishwasher safe and the glass teapot is microwave safe. The glass Assam Tea Press is available in both small (2 cup - 0.5 l, 17 oz.) and medium (4 cup - 1.0 l, 34 oz.) sizes. This medium version has a 1.0 l, 34 oz. capacity.
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I've wanted the Bodum Assam 34-ounce cast-iron version for longevity, but the weight of it alone is too much to handle to brew tea. So I opted for this 34-ounce glass version which is very light and, like other Bodum borosilicate glass items, delicate. I have yet to break porcelain items by simple bumps while washing, but with a Bodum I am sure to crack them in time.
However, after much searching for a tea brewing device which affords functionality and simplicity, I fall for a Bodum yet again.
WHY? It is only this brand that features a tea press that stops the brewing process when the desired strength has been reached.
HOW? The loose leaves are placed on the center inside the stainless steel filter. When you want the brewing process to stop, the plunger pushes the leaves down the bottom of the filter away from the liquid and sealed by a silicon rubber ring surrounding the plunger. It's a simple ingenious design carried and modified from their coffee press.
- Effective and ingenious plunger to create a tailored brewing strength depending on user, water volume and type of tea leaves
- Despite a thin glass container, surprisingly keeps the liquid hot for a relatively long time.
- Simple design makes an elegant product that matchces any interior as well as hand washing very easy.
- No spill in pouring. I was afraid the small lip may cause spilling while pouring, but I experienced none. No spills travelling down the wall after pouring as well.
- Glass version allows you to view the brewing the process and cater to your needs.
- Thin borosilicate glass makes the tea press more fragile than you think.
- Plunger design is simple, but clumsy as well. Plunger stalk has to be aligned completely vertical or pushing straight down will be met with great resistance especially as the silicon rubs against the stainless steel wall.
- Loose leaves are not all contained on the bottom as some may escape thru the silicon seal and shred against the stainless steel filter wall. If this happens, the brewing process is not effectively and completely stopped. The leaves especially escape if you don't align the plunger completely vertically. (You will know what I am talking about when you own it and experience the same).
You have a choice between an extremely heavy cast-iron version or the extremely light glass version. I wish Bodum created a thicker-walled version in glass so I can still view the brewing process and have it less fragile than most Bodum products these days.
For the price, I really can't complain so I find myself purchasing yet another functional and patented Bodum product. Until another company has come up with an ingenious plunger system that is better built, I guess Bodum it will be for now.
1) the glass is really thin. I don't think it's going to take much banging on the granite counter, or in the sink before it shatters. Bodum sells quite a few glass beaker replacements for their coffee press line (I have one), and that is for a device that has the beaker encased in some type of frame. This tea press glass is unprotected, and I can't imagine that it is going to last too long.
2) The plunger mechanism is a good concept, but poor execution. When you plunge down to stop the brewing, there is no where for the water to go after you get past the strainer. Imagine trying to plunge (or unplunge) a capped syringe. It just doesn't work well, and you have a vacuum lock when you pull up to remove the tea leaves.
3) The strainer sits so high in the carafe, you have to make a pretty big pot of tea to get a brew. It needs to be at least half full to get going (more the better). If you only need a serving or two of tea, you're going to waste a bunch of leaves to get a pot bigger than you need.
4) the rubber gasket at the top has airspace behind. This is an area that collects junk, as it's hard to wash. A good brew is all about purity- big $$ leaves, reverse-osmosis water, clean carafe, etc. No telling what bacterial colonies are growing in there.
5) the lid fits loosely, when you tilt to pour, the chrome top can slide off, and out comes your tea leaves everywhere.
6) You can't use this carafe to brew flowering pots with the beautiful hand sewn tea leaf boquets. The top of the carafe is part of the plunger mechanism. Use the strainer or this model stays in the cabinet.
Again, it's a pretty pot, but I don't think anyone serious in tea brewing would take this model seriously. YMMV.
Con's: I would like to be able to remove all the stainless parts and have an all glass tea pot too, but I couldn't find a teapot with that design.
These issues are specific to this model, I used to have one with the metal filter and plastic cover - it worked OK.