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Bodum Antigua Grinder - Vic Lam's Review
Posted: May 17, 2004, 8:37pm
review rating: 8.0
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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: 7.2
Product Reviewed: Antigua
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 7
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $40.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Ebay Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Versatile, barely passable for espresso after modification.
Positive Product Points

Good value for money. Passable for espresso after burr modification.
Easy to adjust grinds.

Negative Product Points

No many steps of grind size. Almost impossible to grind fine enought
for certain beans (especially decaf) on grind-picky espresso machines.

Detailed Commentary

Thought I will share with others my 1-year experience with the Antigua,
after I finally  had 2 more grinders for comparison.

Originally bought it for moka pot brewing, which is does a very good
job of. There is a small amount of static, but nothing to be alarmed
about. Then I upgraded to a Silvia espresso machine and the Antigua
immediately looked ill-equipped to provide the grind needed by the
machine. I modded the Antigua to grind as fine as it can go (one
click less than burrs touching after mod) and it managed to grind
respectably. On all non decaf grounds, I can pull shots of about ~25s
if I use a LM double basket) and a heavy tamp.

On certain decaf beans, the Antigua is just not up to the task. But
that is not true for all decafs. I have had good success with certain
decaf blends, so if you intend to use this for decaf espresso, certainly
shop around for suitable beans. And even with suitable beans, shots are
only good if the beans are real fresh (within 1 wk of roasting
is my estimate)

I didn't know how much finer grinders can grind coffee until I bought an
Innova i2 and also witnessed a Rancilio Rocky in action. Both can
produce uniform flour-like, portafilter-choking consistency, which is
something the Antigua can never come close to achieving. My theory is
that the burr assembly is not rigid enough, hence causing the grinder
to want to push the upper burr upwards as it grinds. This is evident
by the fact that if I do not hold on to the hopper, the grinder setting
may actually gradually become coarser due to the grinder action itself.

Buying Experience

Bought it off Ebay new. YMMV.

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