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Bodum Santos - Chris Wood's Review
Posted: June 18, 2002, 7:25am
review rating: 7.8
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Arrow The Bodum Santos has 31 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Santos has been rated 8.02 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.
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Glenn R. Holmes 8.75
Paul Varjak 8.42
Jeroen Vriesendorp 8.40
Geoffrey Sherwood 8.25
Craig Hairrell 8.20

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 10
Average Price: $45.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $38.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Coffee for Connoisseurs Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: Santos is a great value product that makes awesome coffee, and looks great in the process.
Positive Product Points

Makes the best coffee
Looks great
Never fails to impress guests
Easy to clean

Negative Product Points

Handle is a bit awkward
Very easy to break
Sometimes difficult to remove the top funnel after brewing, though it becomes easy with practice

Detailed Commentary

Without a doubt a vacuum brewer produces the nicest coffee. I find that it brings out unique flavors in most coffees that I don't get by other brewing techniques. I honestly can't recommend vac pots highly enough, both from an aesthetic and flavour point of view.

A common complaint regarding the Santos is the filter disc. I personally find that it works fine. Additionally, it is very robust. I have encountered problems with the filter disc clogging and preventing the coffee from being sucked into the bottom pot. This was a consequence of using a whirly-blade grinder. This grinding method creates a very wide particle size distribution, meaning you get very coarse and very fine coffee particles at the same time. The fine particles are the ones that clog everything up. It gets worse the more grounds that you use. I think that a burr grinder is a necessity for the Santos owner. You will never, ever have a filter problem then, presuming the grind is set correctly.

A vac pot is worth having simply for impressing dinner guests. I find it never fails to get everybody standing around it as it brews. The term "science experiment" is often mentioned. It really looks great, and I never tire of watching it in action.

Washing the Santos is relatively simple. It's a bit of an effort, but worth it for the good coffee it produces. The biggest hazard is accidental breakage. I've already broken one top funnel during washing. The glass is quite thin, and one bump on a tap will most likely cause a break. My advice is don't use or wash your vac pot when you are tired. It's much easier to knock the funnel over or hit it into something when you're tired and not concentrating. It's how I broke mine.

The only real negative of the Santos is its awkward plastic handle. It is not a natural grip for pouring. Removing the top funnel easily also requires a bit of practice.

Overall, the Santos is excellent value. Good price, great coffee, aesthetically pleasing.

Buying Experience

Purchased from Coffee for Connoisseurs (www.coffeeco.com.au) in Australia. Delivered intact, can't ask for more than that!

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