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Bodum Solo Drip - Travis Redfield's Review
Posted: March 29, 2008, 12:47pm
review rating: 8.5
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Bodum Solo Single Cup Drip
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Arrow The Bodum Solo Drip has 2 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Solo Drip has been rated 8.80 overall by our member reviewers
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Anthony Thornton 9.00
Travis Redfield 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 7
Average Price: $18.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $14.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: target Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: french press, pour over filters
Bottom Line: my best solo brewer to date... better than french press with less mess
Positive Product Points
  • Easy to use
  • Easy clean up
  • Maintains hot coffee
  • Great brew
  • simple design
Negative Product Points

Not many, simple design that works so hard to pick apart.

  • once brewed drinking from the glass cup loses it's heat faster than a regular coffee cup. If the cup had a double walled design this solo brewer would be near perfect. You can simply pour into a mug though and I am just being picky here.
Detailed Commentary

Upon unpacking the solo single cup I was not impressed and had a feeling it would not work all that well. I assumed it would not have a long enough brew time and would produce a watery cup.

Instead, I found it's almost too long brew time with the beans and grind I have used so far. I am using about 8-9 ounces water, and 12-14g coffee ground medium coarse. It has taken 4 to 4.5 minutes brew time. Just a little long but so far the coffee produced has been as good or better than my other single cup methods (i.e. french press and pour over filters).

I compare the taste to coffee brewed in a french press and then filtered through paper to remove sediment, This is my preferred french press method as it does not produce as heavy of a body, but on the downside reduces the great oils from the coffee.  Where as the solo cup seems to extract flavor nearly as well as a french press while reducing most sediment and maintaining the coffee oils. Very good.

It's very easy to use and very easy to clean up. Much better than a french press in this respect and I even like it better than my pour over filters since no filter to throw away. Clean up just involves a quick rinse of the mesh filter and the other pieces.

The design is very good at retaining heat while brewing. Where as I find with my french press units the coffee is not as hot as I like after brewing. Same with my pour over(s).

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Target... what can you say?

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