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Bodum Antigua Grinder - Alan Smith's Review
Posted: August 15, 2002, 9:04am
review rating: 7.2
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Arrow The Bodum Antigua Grinder has 37 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Antigua Grinder has been rated 6.64 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Joel Schulz 9.50
Jeff Greenberg 9.00
Thomas Bafia 9.00
Vic Lam 8.00
Brian Browder 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 5
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 3
Where Bought: Milan, Italy Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Many
Bottom Line: False economy, expect to replace it in a year.
Positive Product Points

Cheap, conical burr grinder, good as a first burr grinder, easy to modify for finer grind.

Negative Product Points

Lots of static, noisy, requires modification, not consistent enough for good espresso, becomes more inconsistent with use.

Detailed Commentary

Cheap. That is the only reason anyone buys this grinder, it's there and it's cheap. I bought it in Italy, I didn't think I'd be getting an espresso machine for a while so a cheap burr grinder should have been OK. Two days later I bought a Pavoni Pro espresso machine duty free in Milan airport.
It defiantly needs to be modified before using for espresso, (web search will find instructions,) but even post mod I was never really happy with it, not consistent enough.  It's a very easy to use machine, simple to set for different grinds and intuitive enough for anyone to get quick results. The static is a problem I've never been able to overcome and it's very noisy. On my unit the safety cut out switch was always faulty, not allowing the machine to work if set to coarser than half way.
After about a year of steady use I found the grind consistency getting worse and worse, until it was no longer usful for espresso and replaced it with a Pavoni JDL (see review).
Recently (two years later) I decided I wanted to get it in working shape again as a vac pot only grinder. I pulled it apart, cleaned it all, bypassed the safety cut off switch, re-modified it for a slightly coarser grind, reassembled and got a very inconsistent grind.  The next day I pulled it apart yet again, reassembled and it was as good as new (I don't get it, but I'll see how long it lasts).
I see this grinder as pure false economy, you buy it because it's cheap but a year later you're so annoyed with it you'll replace it with a better, more expensive grinder.

Buying Experience

Impulse buy in Italy, it was on SALE!!!

Three Month Followup

Static now very annoying despite many attempts to "fix" it.  Still gets occasional use for vac pot and filter, still don't think it's a good buy.

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