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Bodum Santos - Joe Paravisini's Review
Posted: July 29, 2008, 1:15pm
review rating: 7.5
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Arrow The Bodum Santos has 31 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Santos has been rated 8.02 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Glenn R. Holmes 8.75
Paul Varjak 8.42
Jeroen Vriesendorp 8.40
Geoffrey Sherwood 8.25
Craig Hairrell 8.20

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 7
Average Price: $45.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $55.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Paravisini Coffee Company Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Pro Roaster Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: If you want to get into vacuum brewing, and have limited funds, go with the Santos.
Positive Product Points

Quality parts (for glass)
Great looks
Incredible coffee every time (so far)
Easy to break apart for cleaning

Negative Product Points

Filter

Detailed Commentary

When I first got the Bodum Santos, I was ecstatic. I brewed my first cup and thought, this is my new brewing method of choice. Then I realized I had been doing it wrong, too find of a grind was keeping the coffee at the top too long. So I tried again, and it was an even better cup. Then I realized (thanks to coffee geek's how-to on siphon brewing) that I had been doing it wrong still. I was doing a cold water start, with the grinds at the top from the beginning and waiting ~30 min for a full pot.  

The main point that I'm trying to make is that there is a bit to learn about using a siphon brewer properly. Sure you can follow Bodum's included directions, and you will have at least a better cup then a normal drip. But if you are going to invest in a siphon brewer, spend some time learning about the nuances. You will be glad you did.

As far as the Santos specifically; The product is great for the price. The looks are great, but give off a very slight hint of a salvation army coffee pot (the handle on the bowl especially). As much as I would love the Cona with a butane heating element, this is 1/4 of the price and has definitely pleased me so far. I have not run into any taste issues with the filter so far, but it worries me none the less. I would say the filter is the biggest flaw in the design.

Buying Experience

I bought it from my company, so my opinion would be biased ;)

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