Ask any coffee connoisseurs and they'll tell you that in order for coffee beans to develop their full flavor profile, they must be ground right before coming in contact with hot water. This is where the electric coffee grinder BISTRO comes in and becomes part of the coffee making ritual. BISTRO is continuously adjustable - twisting the upper bean container determines how finely ground the beans will be. But there's more to it than that. Most coffee grinders use plastic containers to receive the ground coffee but plastic and ground coffee don't go together well - the powder gets statically charged and spills all over the place.
The new BISTRO comes with a borosilicate glass container to catch the ground coffee as glass is inherently static-free. This and the tight silicone/nylon lid make for an excellent, no-spill coffee grinder. The borosilicate glass container comes with a silicone band to make it slip-proof, an especially important feature when touched with wet hands. The BISTRO is made from borosilicate glass, steel, plastic, rubber and silicone and comes in beautiful colors.
|Grind Setting Controls||Adjustable|
|Ground Coffee Container|
|Average Customer Rating:|
|(based on 1 reviews)|
|An excellent value.|
|Comments:||I use this grinder in conjunction with a Capresso MG600 Plus drip coffee maker.|
When compared to most of the grinders I have owned, the Bodum is more quiet, and sounds as if it may be operating at a slower speed than the other conical burr grinder I use for decaffeinated beans. The grind is even and consistent, and results in a better tasting coffee when compared to my flat burr grinders.
For whatever it is worth, I own two flat burr grinders and two conical burr grinders.
I have read different commentary about coffee flavor differences with flat versus conical burrs.
I understand there are several variables to consider when comparing a flat burr to flat burr, conical to conical, and conical to flat: e.g., burr material--steel v. ceramic-- diameter and overall size of the burr; heat transferred to the bean via higher rpm grind speeds.
Grinding beans through my >25 year old Braun flat burr grinder resulted in an improved flavor when compared to a similar vintage blade grinder.
And when beans from the same bag where ground in my Saeco flat burr grinder, I noticed another step up in flavor (more "even and open" if that makes any sense).
Granted, the newer Saeco had sharper burrs and produced a more consistent grind with virtually no dust, but the Braun had an excess dust problem since it was new.
I was genuinely surprised to discover the the taste of the coffee improved yet again after (again) beans from the same bag were ground through my first conical grinder (the Espressione model 5198).
Upon purchasing the Bodum Bistro Burr grinder about 10 days after the Espressione, the comparison took place.
Upon close inspection, the size, cut, and material of the burrs look identical.
Although the Bodum has a slightly more solid feel to it in the hand, the Bodum's motor has an insignificant 10 watt advertised advantage (160 watt versus 150 watt).
Despite these similarities, they sound different. The Bodum's lower pitched (slightly quieter) sounding motor suggests it may be operating at a slower speed, hence, transferring less heat to the coffee bean.
But these "suggestions" must be noted as speculative.
The sound difference could just as well be due to the Bodum having more insulation around its motor.
Without measuring temperature, sound pressure levels & frequency--and before taking them apart, current draw to confirm the 10 watt (0.085 amp) motor size difference, my comments speak only to perceived differences.
And I perceive both to be equally good products and of excellent value.
When it comes to comparing the taste of coffee when ground through either machine, I am hard pressed to note any difference.
While I can identify taste differences and improvements when comparing the above noted blade and flat burr grinders, my (maybe less than refined) palette would need more time to become educated to discern any significant taste differences between beans ground in either the Espressione or the Bodum.
Although many report the Bodum's glass grounds container is "anti-static," I can only claim the first grind to be as such. SInce the first grind, "static happens," albeit no more or less than the Espressione--and it is nothing too bothersome.
The Bodum is a definite keeper (as is the Espressione).
Some might be concerned about the 5 minute wait between 20 second cycles, but for home use with a 10 cup coffee maker, for me this is a non-issue.
Of course, no other coffee grinder I know of is available in as many colors as the Bodum--but boring me will stick with black.
|Bottom Line:||I would recommend this product.|