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rwgamer
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Grinder: Bodum Bistro Burr
Drip: Melitta
Roaster: Toastmaster 6203 (popper)
Posted Sun Jan 16, 2011, 10:48am
Subject: Bodum Bistro burr grinder
 

It doesn't look like anybody has posted a review for this new grinder, so I thought I'd post a quick review.  I've only had the grinder for about a week.  I could have bought the tried and true Baratza Maestro but I'm too much of a rebel.  I'm very pleased with the quality and consistency of the grind so far.  The biggest issue I have is the spiraling chute leading from the burrs to the glass grinds chamber.  After every grind, some coffee remains in the chute.  I'm guessing this is a problem with all consumer grinders (except maybe the KitchenAid Proline).  A couple firm taps at the back of the grinder unlodges the grinds, so it's just a minor annoyance.  I haven't tried a french press grind yet.  I don't think it will grind very coarse.

Pros:
Looks nice on counter
Quality grind
Glass chamber to reduce static cling
Can grind directly into filter

Cons:
Chute clogs with coffee grounds
Unproven product (questionable reliability)
Manual says to only grind for 20 seconds every 5 minutes (heat issues?)
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ilcaffedio
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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Espresso: Astra G.A.
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: Chemex
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jan 16, 2011, 10:49am
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Just a heads up, this should be in the consumer reviews section of the site.
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blocky
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Posted Mon Jan 17, 2011, 1:23pm
Subject: Re: Bodum Bistro burr grinder
 

Thanks for the info. I am currently looking at either this one or the Maestro. A friend of mine has told me that he had a tough time getting the knob on his Maestro repaired, and he believes the burrs in the bistro are of a higher quality. Can you comment on any comparisons you made between the two?

Also, we should see about getting this into the reviews section of the site, because as far as I can tell the only Bodum grinder category which exists is for the Antigua.
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rwgamer
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Grinder: Bodum Bistro Burr
Drip: Melitta
Roaster: Toastmaster 6203 (popper)
Posted Tue Jan 18, 2011, 9:54am
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I've never posted to the consumer review section so I'll have to figure that out.  I've never worked with a Maestro so I can't do a direct comparison.  I did take some macro pictures of the burrs though, so hopefully that will help.  I'm going to take some pictures of the grind also.

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rwgamer
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Grinder: Bodum Bistro Burr
Drip: Melitta
Roaster: Toastmaster 6203 (popper)
Posted Tue Jan 18, 2011, 9:55am
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rwgamer
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Grinder: Bodum Bistro Burr
Drip: Melitta
Roaster: Toastmaster 6203 (popper)
Posted Tue Jan 18, 2011, 9:57am
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CraigA
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Location: Rexdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Espresso: PID/PressureMod 2001...
Grinder: BUNN FPG-2 DBC, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Bodum Santos manual, Yama 5...
Drip: Behmor BraZen, BUNN VPR-APS,...
Roaster: Refurb Behmor 1600, BBQ...
Posted Tue Jan 18, 2011, 7:55pm
Subject: Re: Bodum Bistro burr grinder
 

blocky Said:

Thanks for the info. I am currently looking at either this one or the Maestro. A friend of mine has told me that he had a tough time getting the knob on his Maestro repaired, and he believes the burrs in the bistro are of a higher quality. Can you comment on any comparisons you made between the two?

Also, we should see about getting this into the reviews section of the site, because as far as I can tell the only Bodum grinder category which exists is for the Antigua.

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nikil511
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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 5:11am
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Hello to everyone ! and great site by the way! (this is my first post)

rwgamer thank you for the review on Bodum Bristo grinder.

I'm trying to decide on a grinder, and find it very difficult!!

I am considering purchasing this grinder (Bodum Bistro), which seems excellent in all other aspects except grinding for espresso! However, I want an espresso-grinder! :-(

I have not found any detailed review on the internet, referring to espresso capability of this grinder. Just some "comments" that this grinder is no good for espresso but also some others that say it is good for espresso!

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

It is my understanding that all sub-100$ grinders suck for espresso, including previous Bodum model Antigua. However many cheap-burr grinders can be modified to produce finer grains. That is the case with Antigua hence I assume that the same principle applies on Bristo ?
(can you please confirm, instructions are here, but I'm sure more details can be found in other places as well)
http://www.kwilson.fsnet.co.uk/grinder_tweaks.htm

So I assume that once modifying this grinder, it will produce decent ground for espresso, even though people complain for its espresso capability.
Any Bodum Antigua/Bistro owners  experimenting with espresso ?
What do you think ??

I understand that "particle consistency" and "too much fine/dust" will not be improved by this mod, but isn't this a problem with most cheap-grinders ??

For the time, I am using a cheap hand grinder with ceramic burr, which I have improved the "stability" of inner burr, and I get "ok" espresso shots with it. (using a cheap espresso home machine with pressurized pf)

I am hoping to improve my espresso with a sub-100$ electric grinder. Do I have any changes ? :-)

Regards,
Manolis
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Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 5:46am
Subject: Re: Bodum Bistro burr grinder
 

Some claim good results grinding for espresso with the Capresso Infinity (available in the USA for less than $100). I posted some burr comparison pictures in this thread: "Sub-$100 Conical Burr Grinders" - they might help you see what these sub $100 machines offer where the metal meets the bean. Good luck!

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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nikil511
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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 6:11am
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Unfortunately I live in Greece, Europe, so most of the US brands do not exist here, and  shipping-from-US cost it about half the price of the product, hence not worth it.
Therefore my options are "international" brands  only, that I can find in Greece, or Europe where shipping cost is reasonable.
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