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Bodum Pour Over Review 2021

What is Bodum Pour Over?

bodum pour over coffee maker



Flavorful coffee

Coffee isn’t as strong


Can be hard to clean

Simple yet stylish design

Makes brewing coffee easy

Doesn’t require paper filters

About Pour Over Coffee

Sometimes making coffee can be a hassle. Buttons, capsules, and a bunch of other stuff to keep track of. Don’t you wish you could have amazing coffee without taking precious time out of your day?

Pour over coffee is the answer.

Pour over coffee is also known as drip coffee or filter coffee and has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The biggest advantage of pour over is the simplicity and flavor. It’s as simple as grinding up some coffee (or pre-ground coffee), putting the grounds into a filter and pouring hot water onto them. 

The result is mellow coffee that’s bursting in nuanced flavor. And these types of coffee makers are eco-friendly because most are fully manual, requiring no electricity. Plus, some models have permanent filters, which is great for both the environment and your wallet.

The Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

In this Bodum Pour Over review, we’ll look at one of the most popular models on the market, and we’ll show you why it’s a good budget option.

This coffee maker looks like a stylish vase. For someone first entering your home, there’s no way they’d know what it was. 

Bodum doesn’t skimp on quality. The carafe (fancy word for the container your coffee drips into) is made out of temperature-resistant borosilicate glass. And the coolest thing is the stainless steel permanent filter (no paper/cloth filters required). 


Let’s dive into our Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with permanent filter review!


As you can see in the pictures, this is a very sleek and sexy-looking coffee maker. It comes in different colors, and you can choose either a cork or silicone cuff (where you hold the coffee maker). 

This Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker review wouldn’t be complete without also mentioning the simplicity of the design. There are only three parts — the upper container that holds the filter in place, the filter itself, and the carafe. 

The filter is permanent, so there’s no need to buy filters. You can use it as often as you want, without spending money on electricity and filters. 


To judge the durability, we read hundreds of reviews and found a few interesting things. First, we didn’t find a Bodum Coffee Maker Pour Over review that mentions the packaging it comes in. Bodum is a very eco-friendly company, so they decided to use minimal packaging, exposing the coffee maker to potential damage. 

Our advice would be to be careful when you receive it because it could be cracked or broken.

Beyond that, everyday use doesn’t seem to wear any of the parts out. The carafe is the most susceptible to damage, so be extra careful when handling it, especially when it’s hot.


Pour over coffee is great no matter what equipment you use. However, if you buy a pour over maker that uses paper filters, many natural oils will be trapped in the paper. This takes away from the taste and nuance in flavors. With the Bodum Pour Over, you get amazing coffee thanks to the stainless steel filter.

To do a Bodum Pour Over coffee review, try out different grinds: fine, medium and coarse, and play around with your pouring method to get the best cup of coffee.


The manual Bodum coffee maker comes in four different sizes: 12 oz, 17 oz, 34 oz. and 51 oz. 

It can be kind of tricky to understand how many cups you can get from each size, so here’s a table showing you exactly how many cups of coffee you’ll get (standard coffee cup is 4 oz of coffee).

12 oz

3 cups

17 oz

4.25 cups

34 oz

8.5 cups

51 oz

12.75 cups

When we started to do this review of Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker, it was unclear why Bodum didn’t make the capacity divisible by 4, but it doesn’t really make that big a difference. 

Ease of use

Grind up some coffee, transfer it into the filter and pour nearly boiling water over the coffee grounds. 

That’s it. 

No need to fumble around with cords, buttons and complicated cleaning. Bodum made this a no-fuss coffee maker.

To make coffee brewing even easier, check out the Bodum Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker review. 


The only fuss you may encounter is cleaning the carafe. Going on reviews, some people complain of not being able to put their hands through the opening to clean it properly.

There are ways around this. You can either pour in some vinegar and leave it for a few hours or invest in a cleaning brush with a long handle. 

To prevent coffee stains and unpleasant smells, wash all the parts after they’ve cooled. Use soapy water or a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. 

How to Use the Bodum Pour Over

Making coffee in the Bodum is a simple four-step process.

Step 1: Grind up some coffee beans. The grind preferred by most people is medium, but feel free to experiment with what tastes better to you.

Step 2: Use the included spoon and measure out 1 spoon of ground coffee for every cup. Or use a tablespoon to measure 1 rounded tablespoon. This goes directly into the filter.

Step 3: Take about 5 oz of hot water (nearly boiling) for each cup of coffee and “bloom” the grounds (pour in a little to wet them), then pour in the rest in a spiral pattern.

Step 4: Wait for the water to drip through, put in the plastic lid and enjoy! 


Bodum Bistro Pour Over Coffee Maker

  • The automatic version heats the water and does everything for you.

Chemex Pour Over

  • Very similar, yet more expensive than the Bodum. One of the best in its price segment. Requires a filter.

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper

  • Super simple, no moving parts. Requires a filter.


How to clean Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

  • Once the coffee maker is cool, you can clean it with soap and water or a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.

How to use a paper filter with Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

  • This coffee maker includes a permanent filter and does not require paper filters.