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Bodum Santos - David DCosta's Review
Posted: December 14, 2000, 11:59am
review rating: 8.0
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Bodum Santos
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 8
Average Price: $45.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Superior brewing at a reasonable price in $ and effort
Positive Product Points

Reasonably priced and simple (enough) to use as a daily coffee maker. Works very well on a flat surfaced electric cooker.

Negative Product Points

Separating the two containers requires (a bit of) care, and the handle on the lower serving container is erogonomically horrid.

Detailed Commentary

Encouraged & guided by a reviewer on this site (Glenn Holmes) Ive now spent a happy fortnight with my Santos vacuum brewer and will probably let my previous daily favorite (a French Press) join an embarrassing amount of other cooled passions on the back shelf.  This device requires only a bit of experimentation with grind and amount of coffee-to-water to produce consistent and predictable results.  Using my smooth surfaced electric stove the whole process is simple enough for my caffeine-deprived morning brain.  

I think it was Korby Kummer in his coffee book who described the vacuum pot as the "CD disk of coffee makers" and the brew is indeed deep flavoured and grit free.  The few minutes spent on the brewing and clean-up afterwards seem eminently worth the results.  

A tip:  if you are a two cuppa person, the second cup keeps perfectly in the serving carafe if you invest in one of those cheap microwave stones sold at many kitchen stores.  A couple of minutes in the m/wave (while the coffee is brewing on the stove) warms the flat stone so after serving the first cup you can put the carafe on the hot stone which keeps the coffee at the perfect temperature for the duration of a two-cup breakfast.

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