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Bodum Bistro Grinder - Craig Niclasen's Review
Posted: January 12, 2013, 9:21am
review rating: 8.0
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Name Ranking
Dixon Chan 8.00
Craig Niclasen 8.00
Chris Hutchison 7.00
Nathan Chang 6.00
George Holborn 5.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Bodum (rebranded) Quality: 9
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Amazon.co.uk Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Perfect partner for my Moccamaster.
Positive Product Points

Nearly no static. Very little mess.
Good consistency on fine settings.
Quieter than others.
Very easy to use and clean.
Large bean hopper.

Negative Product Points

Uneven consistency on coarse settings.
Timer insufficient for a pot of drip coffee.

Detailed Commentary

A friend gave me an old and tired grinder after he upgraded and it got me interested in buying freshly roasted beans.  (btw I use Garraways.co.uk)
It ground coffee good enough but it made such a mess.  Grounds ended up in places the grinder never went near, it was unreal.  We soon passed it on and when I researched new grinders I found that Bodum was the only company who sought to address the problem, even including the more expensive brands.  So I dropped a hint near my birthday and got it.

I was very happy with it from the start.  I used to have quite a few coffee making devices around the kitchen and I tried it with them all.  I found that it worked best when making filter coffee.  I am not an espresso expert, I used to have a cheap machine from Aldi that had a pressurised portafilter.  It worked with that but so would anything.  I did however notice that it ground finer that pre-ground Illy or Lavazza which surprised me but look elsewhere for opinions about how it works for proper espresso.

I also used to own a percolator, a stovetop espresso maker and cafetieres of all sizes.  In an unrelated story I stumbled across a vastly reduced Moccamaster and fell in love with it.  I soon realized I was never using the other machines and gave them all away.  But from what I remember the coarser settings produced an uneven grind and there were a lot of fine bits in amongst the coarse grounds.

The reason I still rate it highly is that it works so well for me.  Perhaps paper filters are the most forgiving so I don't notice that it isn't a great grinder.
The one slight problem is the grinder timer which is limited to 20 seconds.  At 2 dots finer than the middle it makes the kind of coffee I like and at 20 seconds it makes 30 grams which is what I want for 1/2 a pot of coffee.  This is what I make on a daily basis so it works well.  About once a week I make a full pot so I must do 2 cycles.  I never saw the instruction myself but others complain that the the instructions say to let it rest for 5 minutes.  So what I do is run it for 20 seconds before doing anything else, I then run some water through the Moccamaster to rinse and preheat the jug and filter basket, pour that out and then run the grinder again.  It might not be 5 minutes in between but it is better than nothing.

The glass container is really useful as it really does make a difference with the static.  Especially with filter machines you can easily just tip the jar into the filter and gently tap it.  So much easier than trying to scoop like you must with some machines.  Because the bean hopper is large and because the jar pops in and out of the grinder so easily and you just  press a button on the top to start it, the grinder can hide away in the corner behind all the clutter that gathers in our kitchen and you can still use it easily.

Overall I am very pleased with it.  The price has however increased considerably since i got it so I can't recommend it so enthusiastically as I used to.  I would however buy another one.

Buying Experience

I received it as a birthday gift but I think it was a good buying experience as always from Amazon.

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