I recently bought the Bobble Presse. After using it a few times, I got it jammed. Then my son banged it with a hammer and I squashed it in a vice. It won’t make coffee again, but that’s OK. I don’t need it. I’ve got the AeroPress.
The Bobble Presse is a portable coffee maker, like the AeroPress.
I’ve referred to the AeroPress as the selfie stick of coffee makers in a previous article. The Bobble Presse does that title more justice.
This article contained affiliate links for the Bobble Presse. Read on to find out why I removed them and why I can’t endorse this product.
Read my AeroPress review. Spend your money there if you want a great portable coffee maker.
My wife and I were on our way to a meeting with friends one afternoon. I craved coffee, so I made some in the Bobble Presse.
We were running late. I needed to get my coffee sorted. According to Bobble, you must use medium-coarse ground coffee in the Presse. I didn’t have medium-coarse ground coffee. I used a standard filter ground coffee from the local grocer. I often use it in my AeroPress.
I added coffee grounds and water to the Presse’s tumbler, stirred and placed the plunger inside. I pushed it down, but it stopped about two thirds of the way down. It needed to go all the way to the bottom. So I did what any respectable product tester would do. I placed the Bobble Presse on the floor, placed a block of wood on top and stepped on it.
It was a disaster.
The plunger jammed and I couldn’t get it out again, no matter what I tried.
I placed the Presse in boiling water, hoping it would cause the tumbler to swell and loosen the plunger. Didn’t work.
A friend of mine strapped a dog leash to the plunger and pulled it while I held on to the tumbler. That failed too.
I added ice to the plunger and placed the tumbler inside a pot of boiling water. This didn’t loosen it.
So I gave up and handed the Bobble Presse to my son with instructions to destroy it.
He was happy to oblige and performed some magic on it with a hammer and other tools. After some whacking, boredom set in and he returned it to my eager hands. I squashed it in a vice.
“But Jansie, you’re not supposed to stand on the Bobble Presse.”
You’re right. But I’ll take it a step or two further.
Don’t buy the Bobble Presse.
The Bobble Presse requires a grind level too far removed from the norm. If you can’t get medium-coarse coffee, or you don’t own a fancy coffee grinder, forget about using it.
Believe the hype around this product. But multiply it by two, three, four or ten and you’ll have an idea of how much better the AeroPress is.
In other words…
…buy the AeroPress.