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Cafe Du Chateau vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

Cafe Du Chateau cold brew coffee maker vs Bodum French press. Two takes on a French press design. Find out which fails and which excels.

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Cafe Du Chateau vs Bodum: Two French Press Inspirations

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The Cafe du Chateau and the Bodum have one thing in common — they are both a take on the French press coffee maker design. However, that is where the similarity ends. 

The Cafe Du Chateau attempts to adapt the French press design to an immersion filter brewer but it’s rather badly executed. The thick glass is heavy, the carafe badly weighted for smooth pouring, and the stopper is not particularly effective. 

The Bodum is an actual French press but uses a durable plastic carafe for cold brewing and a slightly modified lid with a plunge filter. The brewer actually has two lids — one for brewing and one with the plunge filter for decanting. The Bodum is a freestyle brewer meaning you can decide the brew ratio and quantity to brew. Moreover, the quality of the brew is one of the best for making a cold brew concentrate.

Pros & Cons

  • No plastics used
  • Airtight brewing
  • Well-machined filter
  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Weighty and unbalanced
  • Lid stopper tough to remove
  • Loose decanter lid
  • Cumbersome silicone seals 
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
9 x 6.5 inches
7.7 x 7.5 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, stainless steel, silicone
Plastic, silicone
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel plunge
Filter HxDia
6.7 x 4 inches
7.9 x 6.9 inches
Decanter Weight
1.8 lbs
1 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$27.11
$32.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.3
9.1

Bouquet

6.0
9.0

Drinkability

7.0
8.8
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing in front of a cold brew coffee carafe.
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.

Sediment

9.0
10
The inside of a glass jar showing sediment left behind after a typical cold brew coffee maker brew.
Sediment in the bottom of a jar from which cold brew coffee has been carefully decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
9.8

In the Box

The fully-assembled Chateau du Cafe cold brew coffee maker standing to the right of its box.
The unboxed Bodum cold brew coffee maker. To the right of the box  is the brew carafe, plunge filter lid, and then a spoon.

Decanter

 A glass and stainless steel cold brew coffee maker standing on a countertop.
The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
Height with Stopper Lid
9
7.7
Base Diameter
5
5.1
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)
Weight
29.5 oz (836 g)
16.3 oz (462 g)
Material
borosilicate glass & stainless steel
Plastic, silicone

Stopper / Lid

7.0
9.5
Close up of a stainless steel stopper with a silicone seal from a cold brew coffee maker.
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its plunge filter lid in place.
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its plunge filter lid in place.
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its brew lid half resting in place.
Diameter
3.9 in (100 mm)
4.4
Material
stainless steel
Plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal, plunge filter

Filter

8.5
10
A close up of a stainless steel immersion filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
The plunge filter of the Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its attached lid lay sideways on a wooden counter.
Length
6.7" (17.0 cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Diameter
4
6.9
Material
laser-cut 304 stainless steel
Plastic, stainless steel
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal

Build Quality

7.0
10
The Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 5 parts.
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.3
8.7

Brewing

9.0
9.0
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing video
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing

Decanting

8.0
8.5
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting video

Cleaning and Storage

7.0
8.5
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video 1
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video