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Bodum Coffee and Tea Accessories

BODUM began in 1944 by Peter Bodum in Copenhagen Denmark. In the fifties, Bodum's collaboration with architects and graphic designers helped Bodum design his own products with the motto that still stands today, "good design doesn't have to be expensive".

In 1958, BODUM's first product, the Santos coffeemaker, hit the market. The Santos coffeemaker was based on a vacuum coffee brewing system and still sells to this day.

In 1967, Peter Bodum passed away at the early age of 57 and left BODUM to his wife. In 1974, the Bodum's 26 year old son, Joergen signed on to help run the company. Joergen quickly brought on his teacher from the Danish School of Art, Carsten Joergensen to help with the overall design of the company and its products. Also in 1974, BODUM's first French coffee press, BODUM, was introduced.

BODUM moved from Denmark to Switzerland in 1979 in order to have a more central location in Europe. In 1980, BODUM Switzerland and it's design unit, PI-Design, were founded.

In 1975, BODUM expanded its product lines and materials. Coffee and tea remained BODUM's core while kitchen and living room products became part of the new line. Items made out of plastic, wood and stainless steel became popular, such as wooden salad bowls, dust pans with brushes and thermos flasks.

In 1986, BODUM opened its first shop in London.

In 1991, BODUM bought out two companies, Martin S.A. and Nissen wood factory. Martin S.A. was the original producer of the first press coffee maker, Melior and Nissen wood factory is well known for making simple wooden products look beautiful. Also in 1991, the Assam teapot was developed for the British Tea Council which reinvented tea brewing using the same principles as the French coffee press.

The Ibis water kettle was the first electrical product that BODUM put out in 1992 and soon after came juicers and coffee grinders. In 2003, BODUM came out with their first espresso machine called Granos.

Facts About BODUM:

  • Since 1974, BODUM has produced over 100 million French presses and 30 million tea pots.
  • BODUM works with wood that comes from controlled plantations where every tree is replanted.
  • BODUM has several shops all over the world including: Paris, Copenhagen, Zurich, Lucerne, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Auckland and more.
  • BODUM has over 52 stores worldwide and even more shops within shops.
  • The BODUM Group is, and always will be 100% family owned and operated.
  • BODUM operates in 17 different countries and employes over 600 people.
  • BODUM has its main company in Switzerland, 18 sales companies around the world, a production company in Portugal, a design group (PI-Designs) in Switzerland and two buying offices located in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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