Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee and Tea Dripper, Lime Green, 4-Cup
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- Coffee and tea can be made with this electric dripper
- Stainless steel filter included for tea brewing
- Makes drip coffee and incorporates the french press system
- Easy press button drip system
- Available in black, orange, red, and green
Top Customer Reviews
The way it works is by filling the vessel on the right side of the product with water and putting your French Press with coffee grinds on the left. You press the button in the center and water slowly gets pulled from the bottom of the right vessel, passes through the machine, and drips into the French Press cup. On my first attempt, I filled the French Press with my usual amount of beans, pressed the button, and waited for all the water to pass through. When it did, I removed the press from the machine, waited 4 minutes, then pressed. The coffee was weak. I decided to try again, but this time increase the amount of beans. Still weak. I decided I needed to do some testing.
Because of the machine's compact size and design, I could not get a thermometer probe into the French Press cup while it was working. Instead, I ran the machine until all 16oz of the water passed through, then removed the press cup and took the temperature of the water. I ran this test twice. Both times the water came out at 175-177 degrees F, not the recommended 200 degrees F for French Press coffee. It's possible I'm supposed to leave the French Press cup in the machine while steeping and it will continue heating, but I usually start the timer when all the water is in the cup and at that time it is not at the optimal temperature.Read more ›
What's in the box:
1. The box contains the unit, plus a tea infuser, a coffee press, and a carafe.
How does it work:
1. The unit works by either making tea or coffee and placing the appropriate parts in the carafe. After boiling the water, you place the desired implement (press for coffee, or the strainer for loose leaf tea (you could also use a bag, of course) into the top of the carafe and you have your desired drink.
1. I have to say that the coffee that is produced is awesome. It is far hotter and clearly well-brewed then a simple coffee machine is in my experience (for example, a Cuisinart or a Mr. Coffee). The coffee seems more richly brewed and better tasting. Tea is similarly better infused then with an auto tea-kettle and a tea-bag in a cup. The tea is far better tasting as well.
2. The set-up is fairly simple with just a power switch.
3. Clean-up: This item has to be cleaned after each use. This is also not something that can be abused without causing problems with the brewing process as the filter will get fouled up without disciplined cleaning.
1. For an office or dorm, this would be a wise purchase as the dual use and small footprint (imagine a small integrated stereo unit) make this a handy unit.
2. For the money, it is fairly well-built. Of course the carafe is glass and subject to breaking. Plus, the parts are plastic and cannot be abused. So this unit has to be handled with care.
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The Positives. THis is a relatively compact appliance that works without fail (but within some frustrating limits--see below), and that includes both a press for coffee and a filter for tea. In the Amazon.com picture, the tank on the right is filled with water, and one adds either coffee or tea (inside a filter) to the container on the right. When the two (washable) plastic containers are in place, the machine will turn on--heating the water which transfer over to the container with the coffee or tea. Tea is brewed and coffee is pressed down with the familiar French press mechanism so that the water is infused with coffee and the finished product has no grounds.
After brewing tea or coffee, one fits a safety lid (liquid won't pour without depressing a lever), and then pours the beverage into cup or mug. The heat turns off as soon as either container is removed. To keep any remaining coffee/tea warm, one must remove the safety lid, put on the other (flat) lid, place it back on the Bodum, and then turn it back on. These safety features are welcome, but also *too* cautious (as described later). One other thoughtful feature, the tea/coffee container's hot bottom (from restng on the heating element) is somewhat protected by a lip that extends beyond it, thus minimizing contact with the surface upin which you place it.
Coffee and tea taste fresh (after all, you just made it!), is hot (initially), takes a little over 7 minutes to empty a 4-5 cup (full) carafe ONCE it is heated (more on that, too) and brewing is safe. That said.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this for several months and have used it daily. I think it makes good coffee, and I love that it takes very little space - but it is sooooooooooooooooooooooo slow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by eric t berta
So far it is not living up to my expectations. I will try it a few more days and see. If not I will return it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by JT
I got this for Christmas as a gift. It is a beautiful red color and is a nice accent to my kitchen. But it has a few issues. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MelissaBee
I was pleased enough with the coffee and the small footprint; however, it stopped working after a few months and when I contacted Bodum through their web form they never... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Andrew
Bought this for my office. I was highly optimistic about it, and loved the idea of it.
Then the package was opened, and the disappointments began. Read more
I was really looking forward to this press; I've had several Bodum Chambord French presses for over 15 years and have loved them. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Annie Kamp
Unfortunately, this devise is pretty pointless. It doesn't make good tasting coffee. In fact, it makes weak lukewarm mud. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Natalie
I bought this as an open item in Bed Bad & Beyound for $20 so for that price I'd give it one more star (4 stars). For the full selling price I give it a 3. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by JJ Braunius
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