This feels like planned obsolescence
March 30, 2012 9:32 PM Subscribe
My Bodum french press is broken and I need a replacement part...but it isn't the carafe.
posted by oflinkey to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a standard Bodum Bistro french press, which is in great shape expect for the plunger itself. The whole of the apparatus (screen, coil, etc.) is held together and onto the steel plunger rod by a small, black plastic piece which threads onto the steel rod in much the same way a nut would, although it is not shaped as such. It seems that the threads in the plastic piece have worn, so that when I press down, the piece slips and the screen, coil and everything slides up the rod and the grounds are everywhere. It defeats the purpose of the press.
I called Bodum USA today and got a message that the mailbox I was trying to reach was full and that I should try again later. Hm. Any replacement searches I do online lead me to the UK site and whole plungers which do not look like mine. I cannot glue the piece in place as then I can't clean the screen properly. It all seems so wasteful anyhow since what is broken on the press is a tiny piece of plastic.
Has anyone had this happen before? Have you been able to successfully either 1) locate this little black item, 2) use a more traditional nut, or 3) some other thing I am not thinking of? Thanks.