Things I like about it
For the sake of not being a complete chophead, let’s tackle what the Bobble Presse does well.
It looks great
The Bobble Presse gets full marks for appearance. The stainless steel tumbler has a modern look straight from a fashion magazine.
It makes great coffee
The Bobble Presse produces a good filter coffee. I can’t fault it on taste.
It gets full marks for flavour. It doesn’t stand back to the AeroPress.
It’s easy to use
That is, if you use medium-coarse ground coffee. Use a standard filter grind and you’ll not get it to work.
If you do have medium-coarse ground coffee, making coffee with the Bobble Presse is easy.
It’s easier to use than the AeroPress.
It’s easy to clean
It’s easier to clean than it is to use.
Pull the plunger from the tumbler, rinse and leave on a rack to dry.
Things I hate about it
There are many things I hate about the Bobble Presse.
Let me rephrase. If the AeroPress didn’t exist, the Bobble Presse would be fine. While the AeroPress does exist, the Presse is a failure.
It’s too specific about the grind
My number one reason for choosing the AeroPress over the Bobble Presse.
Bobble makes it clear that you can only use medium-coarse ground coffee in the Presse. Their words:
Use Presse with medium-coarse freshly ground coffee. Do NOT use with finely ground coffee.
It’s not a suggestion, it’s a rule. They mash you into this mould and there’s no way to get out.
If you read the intro to this article you’d have seen how I killed the Bobble Presse by using a fine filter grind.
Now, it wouldn’t be fair to knock the Bobble Presse if other portable coffee makers were as stringent.
The AeroPress is far more forgiving. Although it suggests a specific grind level, it does not impose a rule. I can use a wider selection of coffee grounds than I can with the Bobble Presse.
The rubber lid is tasty
The Bobble Presse’s rubber lid oozes flavour.
It’s revolting. The taste climbs into your head and clings like velcro.
At first I found it bearable. But halfway through a cup it becomes too much, even for a guy with iron taste buds.
It’s made from metal
They make the Bobble Presse from 304 stainless steel. It’s a good steel. I had some 304 stainless steel grids manufactured for my braai (grill). Works great.
I’m a fan. I worked with the stuff for years.
But don’t drop the Bobble Presse. The plunger is made of 0.7mm stainless steel. If you drop it, it’ll bend. For the same reason, don’t pack it too tight if you plan on taking it on a trip.
If you handle it with care, the Presse should last years. But don’t drop it or stand on it. It’ll dent, bend or get stuck.