Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black
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- Continuously adjustable with over 14 grind settings from coarse to fine
- Borosilicate glass catcher reduces static that causes jumping coffee grounds
- Proven as the best way to grind coffee, the burr grinder is adjustable to deliver the proper grind for your favorite brewing method
- Timed grinding feature and quick grind button let you set the exactly the amount of time you need to grind the proper amount of coffee
- Available in black, orange, red, green, and white. Two year warranty on any defective electric unit with proof of purchase
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Bodum Burr Coffee Grinder
Grinder crushes beans between stainless steel conical burrs rather than slicing them which preserves bean’s intrinsic flavor and aroma.
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder
Ask any coffee connoisseur and they'll tell you that in order for coffee beans to develop their full flavor profile, they must be ground right before coming in contact with hot water. The burr grinder is continuously adjustable - twisting the upper bean container determines how finely ground the beans will be. 12 settings from coarse to fine, you can deliver the ideal grind for any brewing method. The Bistro coffee grinder comes with a borosilicate glass container to catch the grounds. The glass catcher is inherently static-free, reducing the amount of overall static and 'jumping' coffee grounds. This and the tight silicone lid make for an excellent, no-spill coffee grinder.
Lid For Hopper
Lid to keep beans fresh and provides an easy to read measuring guide underneath.
Conical stainless steel burr grinder provides a consistent grind; no sharpening required.
The catcher is made of anti-static borosilicate glass so the fine coffee grounds don’t cling to it. Lid keeps beans fresh.
The silicone band around the grinder body prevents slipping and allows for a firm grip.
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Aluminum Coffee Grinder, Chrome
-Programmable time function for even easier handling.
-Tightly fitting plastic lid keeps the grounds from spilling.
-Equipped with a friction clutch, preventing damage to the grinding gear by the presence of small stones.
-New metal body made of 100% Aluminum.
Ask any coffee connoisseur and they'll tell you that in order for coffee beans to develop their full flavor profile, they must be ground right before coming in contact with hot water. This is where the bistro electric burr coffee grinder comes in and becomes part of the coffee making ritual. The Bistro is continuously adjustable - twisting the upper bean container determines how finely ground the beans will be. With over 14 settings from coarse to fine, you can deliver the ideal grind for any brewing method. But there's more to it than that. Most coffee grinders use plastic containers to receive the ground coffee but plastic and ground coffee don't go together well. The powder gets statically charged and spills all over the place. The new Bistro comes with a borosilicate glass container to catch the grounds. The glass catcher is inherently static-free, reducing the amount of overall static and "jumping" coffee grounds. This and the tight silicone/nylon lid make for an excellent, no-spill coffee grinder. The borosilicate glass container comes with a silicone band to make it slip-proof, an especially important feature when touched with wet hands. The Bistro is made from borosilicate glass, steel, plastic, rubber and silicone and comes in black, orange, red, green, and white.
Top Customer Reviews
After about 14 months (not even being used every day, maybe 5-6 grinds a week), one of the plastic drive gears broke. See my picture above. It started making a horrible noise, then bits of the gear fell out on to my counter.
Bodum does not sell replacement parts, so in the trash it goes. I tried emailing their US support & they never responded.
I'd say the only thing that may bother some, is that the timer goes 20 secs. Now for me this is more than enough, but for others its not nearly the time they would need. Bodum recommends after 1 20sec run to leave the machine idle for 5 mins to prevent the motor from overheating(i read the manual). I thought this would be an issue for me, but my daily use only requires a 10 sec run at a time which delivers about 1/2 the jar or enough grind to yield about 3-5 cups(my small french press is 3cup capacity, which is really 1 mug). I am not grinding for espresso and have not tried the finest setting yet, but intend to and wish i had to make this review more complete, but my results so far are very consistent and from what i can see im sure itll do a fine enough grind for espresso and if not, im sure it can be modded easily enough to provide. I plan to start into the world of home espresso extractions, but not at this time as im still experimenting with other methods.
Also if you were to use for espresso, it looks to me that you could easily remove the bottom jar, pop the portafilter in place(obviously holding it) and run the machine. The grind should fall nicely into the portafilter.
UPDATE (JAN 10/2011): I'm still using my grinder after 2-3 months and I still love it! I've started grinding for espresso with great results. Glad to see that most everyone is as content as I am with this little guy! Clean up is a breeze, and its never once clogged up on me personally, although i read one review where someone said theirs did. Happy Grinding!
UPDATE (April 2012): Grinder is still working great. I have some concerns. The glass jar has a very thin bottom and if your using anything other than a softer utensil, will break. I found a small hole in mine after a lot of use with a spoon. I've since been using a wooden spoon. My fix for this hole was tape.
My espresso 'machine' up to this point has been a Presso. The bodum at its finest setting works great with the Presso. Any finer and you'd never be able to pull a shot without breaking the Presso (which i've done). I've since bought a machine and with the pressurized basket the grind is consistent enough and fine enough to yield good results. Since I enjoy tweaking equipment to some degree, my next step is a single walled basket and bottomless portafilter. The bodum will in my opinion not grind fine enough for this set up. I have a hario mini for now, but looking to buy a more expensive grinder for espresso. The bodum will be for drip and french press which I believe it does a great job at. One thing about the bodum as compared to more expensive units is the bodum is quite light in comparison. I feel if the bodum was a heavier machine with more use of metals rather than plastics, it could probably be set up to grind finer and be a wonderful machine overall. But at this price point this is what you get, and for the money, it does a nice job.
One other thing, I roast my own beans and when I first started roasting the bean consistency was not perfect due to the method. This resulted in the bodum actually skipping during operation. I stopped it quickly enough as to not destroy it, but was a little alarmed. Now that I've changed my methods for roasting, the beans are always consistent and the bodum grinds them no problem.
UPDATE Dec 2012: I still use the bodum daily. It is a superb grinder for the money and I am glad it has served me so well. I tested the bodum against the Hario Mini and my friends Baratza Virtuoso grinder and found that even though the Hario and Baratza will grind finer, the bodum produces the most consistent grind, hands down! Considering the Baratza is triple the price I'd say I was quite surprised. You can get finer grind from the bodum, but I don't take any responsibility for anyone modifying their machine. I took the top burr out, and found that there are two tabs (plastic section that houses the burr) that sit on the threaded section of the bottom burr which allow for the grind settings. You will notice 2 beveled edges. If you sand these down slightly the top burr will come closer to the bottom burr. I took measurements before starting with calipers and started working from there. This does work well, just be careful as moving the burrs closer could cause them to rub against each other.
What I like:
1) Great design, as mentioned.
2) Glass grounds container works great.
3) Not too noisy. (Though not super quiet, either.)
4) Metal burr assembly.
Here are the problems:
1) 20 second on, five minute off duty cycle. I have a Bonavita coffee maker (love it) and there is no way 20 seconds grinds enough coffee. Do I wait for five minutes (painful) or risk damaging the Bodum (painful). I don't need a painful choice in the morning!
2) Ground coffee builds up under the burr sleeve (what I'm calling the stationary metal grinding surface that surrounds the rotating burr) which causes the grind to get finer and finer.
3) The gear train that connects the electric motor to the nice metal burr is plastic!
So here is what happens. Over days and weeks, throughput goes down. Rather than 40 seconds of grinding, I need 60 (that would be 11 minutes ... too long, so I only give it two or three minutes between grinds.) Then I figure out that I need to really clean it, taking it apart as much as I can without tools. Now it gets better, but not to original performance. Then a few odd sounds and now the motor is running but the burr isn't turning.
This is a product that should just work. Hey, Bodum, how about a version with beefy enough components that it can run for five minutes straight? Or just one minute straight? I'd pay more for that. I'd say it worked the way I want for about 20% of my ownership of it.
Until the product is more robust, with more consistent performance, it isn't worth buying in my opinion.
UPDATE: I connected with Bodum, which took some persistence, but ultimately they stood behind their product and I have a new one. I took the old one apart and will upload a picture explaining what went wrong. Taking it apart told me a lot; they didn't cut corners on the inside, but did make a fairly rookie engineering mistake, with a weak point in the gear train that was pretty obvious. Still, I was impressed with what I saw inside. Fix the mistake, put a bigger winding on the motor so it doesn't overheat, charge another $20, and they have a winner!
UPDATE 2: i did upload pictures, and they were up for a while, but I notice they are gone now. Oh well. I found a flaw in the plastic geartrain.
UPDATE 3: I like Peet's coffee (mocha java) and figured out it is a big part of the problem. It is just too oily for this grinder. The throughput is slow and it builds up. When I use a medium roast (Blue Bottle) it works much better.