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Bodum Santos Electronic - Chris Staley's Review
Posted: November 19, 2008, 12:58pm
review rating: 7.5
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Arrow The Bodum Santos Electronic has 61 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Santos Electronic has been rated 6.97 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Don Paquette 9.25
George Swanson 9.00
Jim Pellegrini 9.00
Tarik Ghbeish 8.90
Scott Boje 8.83

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 4
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A good quality daily use vac pot with several quirks - get around them, and you'll be happy
Positive Product Points

Good coffee, reliable, interesting to watch

Negative Product Points

Completely manual operation necessary -  it requires a specific process to brew consistently.  It is also a pain to clean properly, requiring several minutes on a daily basis.

Detailed Commentary

I've used this machine (branded as a Starbucks Utopia) for much of the last 5 years, on an almost daily basis at work.  It has worked correctly that whole time, never breaking down, and never having a problem like so many others describe.  It makes a great cup of coffee, and brews enough at one time that I can continue to enjoy a cup throughout the day.   My co-workers are always complementing me on the coffee it makes too.    I've developed a method where I brew for exactly 2 minutes - I only partially seat the upper chamber after the water has started heating for a few minutes.  After the water all "heads north"  I then let it bubble for 1 minute in the upper chamber before I fully seat it, and let it go for one minute more.  I then manually switch it off and let the coffee get sucked back down through the filter.

This process produces very consistent coffee, and I don't consider it to be too much of a hassle.

Buying Experience

Got it on clearance years ago at Starbucks.  It was definitely worth $50, but I don't know that I would have coughed up $100 for one.

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