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Bodum Antigua Grinder - Brian Browder's Review
Posted: October 18, 2004, 4:42pm
review rating: 8.0
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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
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.
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: 7.0
Product Reviewed: Bodum Antigua
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 7
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: starbucks Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: One weak link makes this a short-lived grinder
Positive Product Points

Cheap,  simple, and substantial. Easy enough to clean for a while.

Negative Product Points

One weak link and parts are not replaceable. Noise and static are annoying, but it's a coffee grinder not a telephone.

Detailed Commentary

I wanted a grinder to last a LONG time, and I thought I had a special deal on this one. It worked as well as I could want for a long time

Over time, the grind gradually became inconsistent until recently the coffee just wouldn't flow anymore. I dismantled it to clean it thoroughly, but that didn't fix it. I was puzzled because I couldn't see anything wrong.

The third time I took it apart for cleaning I saw the problem. It was the remains of (apparently) a paddlewheel that's mounted below the inner burr. There was nothing left of it, except some threads of plastic trailing from a plastic hub. It is supposed to usher the coffee out of the horizontal chamber below the burrs. Not having any paddles left, it allowed the grind to pack in. This explains it all, including the gradual deterioration in grind consistency.

I contacted Bodum for parts, but they apparently offer only the bowl, the bin, and the knob. If you have one of these grinders, try to send it for repair before the 2-year warranty expires; then you can maybe get four good years out of your purchase, and maybe they'll consider doing something about that weakness.

Personally, I am disgusted that I might be throwing away a hefty piece of equipment because one pitiful plastic part wears down. If I could pay double and count on it to last, I would be much happier. Probably I will take my chances on a slightly more expensive grinder.

Buying Experience

Hopefully people who sell these things will consider the long-term satisfaction of their long-term customers and play a role in the availability of more durable equipment.

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