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Bodum Antigua Grinder - Stuart Rennie's Review
Posted: May 29, 2009, 1:13pm
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Joel Schulz 9.50
Jeff Greenberg 9.00
Thomas Bafia 9.00
Vic Lam 8.00
Brian Browder 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Product Reviewed: Bodum Antigua
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $70.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: eBay??? Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Zassenhaus 169dg, Black/Decker blade grinder
Bottom Line: It sounds like 2 angry Ninja's dueling to the death over the lost scolls of Tu-Pei (whatever that means).
Positive Product Points

Easy to adjust, easy to fill, easy to operate.

Negative Product Points

A LOT of static causes the coffee to stick to everything, bounce around, cling like glue....all this is a mute point if you just let it sit 5 minutes after it finishes (which I can't, when I want coffee, I WANT COFFEE).  It's like playing Battlestar Galactica with the coffee particles shooting all over the place.....you need Charmin for all the "cling-on's" that just refuse to release their death grip on you.

Adjustment setting tends to 'drift'.  I start at a "2" and it moves to 2.5 or a "3".  You start wanting ground coffee and you end up with chunks if you're not careful.

Coffee asteroids is a good descriptive term for the static coffee war that ensues after this machine grinds the beans.  If you try to move the 'coffee cup' to quickly, you will get flying coffee particles embedded in your pores, on the floor, walls, and probably across the street in your neighbors pool....heck, some on my head may be better than that spray on hair stuff I've seen.

Detailed Commentary

This machine is very easy to fill, adjust, operate and empty.  The main complaint I have is the static that is caused by this machine.  The coffee just clings to everything around it and makes a mess.  I keep this unit on a neatly folded paper towel...this aids in clean-up etc.  I have found that if you leave it sitting for a few minutes after the grind is complete, the static is gone and you can give the 'cup' a slight bang and all the coffee drops neatly to the bottom, ready to scoop out.

One other minor annoyance I have is (it's expected) that this unit is loud.  I have 2 young children, 2 dogs, a hamster and a wife at home....none of which like to hear death metal grinding in the morning.  It sounds like 2 angry Ninja's dueling to the death over the lost scolls of Tu-Pei (whatever that means).  This machine is so loud, I have at times unplugged it, and taken it into the sunroom (after disarming the house alarm and waking up the chillen' anyway) or office and closed the door to grind my beloved beauties.  I feel like a coward, hiding in the corner of my house, a love affair of lust and heavy breathing ensuing as I hover around and gaze as my little lovelies get mutilated....eagerly waiting to drink my nectar from the gods...my ritual of adultery...my other true love.  I have said many times, one day Jesus and I will sit down, drink some Kona together and talk....but the Bodum will not make it into Glory....the Zassenhaus is another story.

I would buy it again, but not for $70, maybe $25.  I contacted Bodum to get replacement burrs, just because, and they don't sell them.

Buying Experience

I bought this on eBay, enough said....you take the good, you take the bad, you mix them all up and pray for the best.  Most of my eBay experiences have been good, a few apples have spoiled the bunch at times.  Hit and miss.

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