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Bodum Santos Electronic - Mark's Review
Posted: January 14, 2001, 6:50pm
review rating: 6.0
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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
Scott Boje 8.83
Lin Phillips 8.77

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.0
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 4
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Buy it.  Brew it.  Drink it.  Its really worth it.
Positive Product Points
  • Coffee extracted at the proper temperature.
  • "Chemistry experiment" brewing method.
  • No messy paper filters.
  • Superb tasting coffee.
  • Large coffee capacity.
Negative Product Points
  • Plastic.
  • Price.
  • Quality control of production units a bit spotty.
Detailed Commentary

US$169.

I had to buy 2 of these.  The first one leaked into the bottom of the carafe, which is a problem because the electronics to heat the water are in the carafe.  I was able to find a Starbucks that would exchange the whole box for a new one.  The replacement has a problem where the rubber ring on the bottom of the carafe does not stay seated properly:  I need to push it back into place on occasion.  Starbucks would not replace only the carafe:  I had to pack the whole thing up to replace it for a brand new entire unit.  This is just silly, and I have elected to live with it so I dont have to "season" another machine.

Having said that, I must say that I detest buying any Starbucks product.  I went out of my way to buy a Solis coffee grinder because I didnt want the comparable one sold at Starbucks with their logo.  I have wanted a vacuum pot for a long time, but have been able to only find antiques, or low capacity devices.  I like the 10 cup capacity of this one.  If Bodum marketed one with their name on it, Id exchange it in a heartbeat.

As for the coffee, it tastes better than any drip machine I have used.  Having worked for a high-end coffee roaster, I know that water temperature is crucial for proper extraction.  Home drip machines generally have a hard time achieving the hot temperature neccessary.  Another great feature is that the brewing process is quicker than a drip machine.  That means more instant gratification.

My pet peeve with the machine is that wheile the carafe is on the warmer with the lid closed, a bunch of condensation forms underneath the lid.  When you pour that 2nd cup, the condensation mixes with the ciffee and weakens the strength a bit.

Yes, it was expensive, but I have to say that the coffee it produces is worth it.

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