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Bodum Santos Electronic - Ryan Knudson's Review
Posted: March 18, 2006, 8:08pm
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Bodum Santos Electronic
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Arrow The Bodum Santos Electronic has 61 Reviews
Arrow The Bodum Santos Electronic has been rated 6.97 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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Don Paquette 9.25
George Swanson 9.00
Jim Pellegrini 9.00
Tarik Ghbeish 8.90
Scott Boje 8.83

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Marshalls Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: If you care about proper extraction, and are willing to make a simple modification, then go for it!
Positive Product Points

Looks cool; no filters to buy, works great with modification.

Negative Product Points

Made of plastic; annoying to clean

Detailed Commentary

We wanted something that would make better coffee than our old Gevalia drip machine, but would be less labor-intensive than our Bodum French press.  We came across the Electric Santos at Marshalls during the Holidays, and decided to give it a go.

We were impressed at first with how close the coffee tasted to French press coffee.  But then we noticed inconsistency with the results.  I began getting up earlier to make French press coffee just because we could trust the results.  

After reading other reviews here, I timed the steeping time (in the upper chamber) and registered about 1:15 (proper steeping time should be about 4 - 5 minutes).  I followed the advice of a couple of other reviewers here and hacksawed off the bottom 1/4 inch of the tube. This caused the steeping temperature to increase (I didn't measure it, but it's noticeably hotter.)  The steeping time pushed the 5-minute mark.  The extraction is much better.

So, before you return it or write a negative review, try lopping off 3/16 to 1/4 inch off the tube, and you'll have noticeably different results.

Thanks, Coffeegeeks!

Buying Experience

Aside from jostling with Holiday shoppers, it was totally normal.

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