Bodum bistro electric burr coffee bean grinder
Bodum Burr Coffee Bean Grinder
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black The Bodum Bistro Coffee Bean Grinder is an electrically operated burr grinder, priced at a modest value of $130+. It uses a conical burr grinding system to create consistently sized, uniform coffee beans that will perfectly match any type of brewing that will be used to bring out the flavor and richness of premium coffee. Because coffee needs to be properly ground before being infused with hot water in the brewing process, the Bodum Bistro delivers the goods in the most optimal way possible, which is by using a set of conically shaped burrs, instead of the more commonplace and cheaper blade grinding method.
The shape and the nature of burr grinders always make it one step ahead of conventional grinding methods, which include pounding (using traditional mortar and pestle or their modern equivalents, as is usually done in Arabic countries and in Turkey), rolling (in which the coffee beans are subjected to rolling cylinders), and blade grinding (where the beans are chopped to fine, uneven pieces in a blender-like set up).
Though some pounding methods can grind beans to a very fine powder that not even the best burr grinders could hope to match, burr grinders are particularly prized for one reason – they can crush the beans in regular sizes, and the motion of the grinding process makes sure that the oils, that contain most of coffee’s flavor, are also squeezed out for the maximum possible taste when brewed and extracted.
Experts also agree that such grinders, that produce consistent results, are necessary if you’re serious about coffee-making, because uneven beans are not very efficient when brewed, which means either taste is lost or the taste is too strong and severe.
The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder addresses these issues, and is specially crafted to take the powers of the burr grinder to the next level, as explained below. But first, a brief explanation as to what grinding, or coffee grinding specifically, is.
What is coffee grinding?
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black Normally, coffee is harvested from coffee berries, whose seeds become the beans that we all love. In the preparation of coffee, these raw coffee seeds look nothing like the beans we are accustomed to, so before they become fit for consumption and enjoyed coffee aficionados use a process known as roasting. In roasting, the beans are specially prepared and “cooked” to bring out their essential fats and oils.
The beans turn from dark green to green seeds to a rich, dark brown and brown color, their size will nearly double, and their physical and chemical properties will also be altered.
The next step would be to grind them, and this is where the Bodum Bistro excels. Grinding aims to provide a consistent size across all beans so when they get brewed, the quality of the coffee will have a uniform texture and taste.
The two most common types of grinders are the blade grinders and the burr grinders. The blade grinders are easy to set up, cheap, and light, but suffer from the fact that it’s also noisy, it makes a lot of mess out of the chopped beans, and that the size of the beans are inconsistent.
To create finer quality ground coffee, you must prolong the duration of the grind, but this also causes problems, as heat accumulated due to the friction of the blending and spinning motion destroys some of the nutrients and flavor of the coffee beans.
Burr grinders avoid all these mishaps entirely – it uses two abrasive surfaces that squeeze and crush the beans between them, and though they are not as fast as blade grinders they do the job far better – they are quieter, produce consistent results that can be used in a wide variety of coffee-making machines, produce little to no heat at all, and bring out the best flavor from the beans. It is therefore a no-brainer why burr grinders are the preferred coffee grinder all over the world, though it is a little more expensive than other types of grinders.
Grinders also go hand in hand with brewing, the third stage of coffee preparation. Although there are various forms of brewing, this is invariably where hot water is added to the ground coffee beans, and is usually done, in most cases, by boiling the mixture.
This releases the flavor of the beans into the water, which will subsequently be extracted and the beans filtered, thus ready for consumption. The importance of grinding can be stressed early on, as the quality of the brew is directly proportional to the quality of the grind – an inconsistent grind will usually become an inconsistent, bad quality coffee, no matter how good the brewing process used was.
The features of the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder explained
- Fully adjustableWith up to 14 settings to choose from, the Bodum Bistro can do the work of several grinders at once. You can choose coarse grinding to medium grinding to fine grinding and anything in between, depending on the ideal grind quality the brew calls for.The adjustment can be done easily, using the lever on the upper bean container to twist the settings and put it on the desired grind texture. The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder grinds the coffee beans so fine that the results can even be used in espresso machines, which require coffee grains that are of the same quality as that produced by higher-end, commercial use machines, and recently the Bodum Bistro.
- Free from staticThe Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is also static free, as it uses a borosilicate glass container to trap the ground beans below, instead of the conventional method of using polycarbonate or plastic to hold the beans. This is not the case with the Bodum Bistro.The borosilicate glass generates absolutely no static, so there will be ease of mind when in operation that beans will not spill and spray all over due to static charge buildup. In addition, the lid is equal parts rubber and plastic, which tightly fit over the container, thus ensuring minimal spill and clean operation all throughout the grinding process.
- Slip-freeIn addition, the borosilicate glass is also lined with a silicone band, which makes for an easy, no-slip grip when picking up the container. In case of accident or misplacement, a new container can also be bought from Bodum, as optional parts for this countertop appliance is well stocked; the replacement also comes with a silicone sleeve to facilitate easy and secure handling.This specially comes into play when holding the container with wet or slippery hands; the silicone lining prevents slippage and provides all-around contact with your hands, all the time.
- Conical burr designExperts agree that in the two types of burr grinders, the conical design is by far the superior. Conical burr grinders spin much slowly than wheel and disk type burr grinders, generating less heat due to friction which could destroy some of the coffee’s distinctive flavor and aroma.Bodum Bistro’s conical grinders are specially designed and engineered, made from hardened steel and spinning at about 500 RPM, which forces the beans to be crushed into fine powder and releasing their essence. This low speed and advanced design eliminates heat by friction and grinds the beans even further. The conical design also generates less noise, and with very few moving parts inside a plastic housing, the Bodum Bistro is one of the quieter burr grinders you will ever use.
- Manual on/off switch and timerNo more room for guesswork. With the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, the manual on and off switch is provided so you can turn it on (or kill the operation) whenever you like, as necessary to the beans being ground. The mechanical feature of this switch means that you don’t have to wait for the timer to stop, or to pull the plug out of the electric socket.Simply press the on button when you need to make ground coffee beans, and press the button again to stop the process. It’s that simple. Additionally, the Bodum Bistro also comes with a timer, just in case you may want to leave the grind to automatic and check other things in the periphery; it will stop after the allotted time, freeing you from an obligation to check and recheck if it’s done yet.
- Make your own personal statementThe Bodum Bistro comes in five different colors: black, white, red, orange and green. You can choose from any of these depending on the set up and décor of the kitchen, which the Bodum Bistro may complement. The wide variety of colors available makes certain that this powerful device will not look out of place in a modern background.
- Lightweight and compactThe Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder weighs only 5 pounds, and measures about 7.6 inches by 7.1 inches by 12.5 inches. The housing of the device is also made mostly out of durable plastic, which makes it lightweight and easy to slug and move around, and its compact form makes it accessible for easy storage or placed in any area.
What the buyers of Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder say about it
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black User feedback and comment is an important part of shopping for good products these days, and luckily, some online retailers, like Amazon, have sections specifically targeted for shoppers who may want to look for buyer testimonials before committing their hard earned money. Buyers can also cross reference product feedback from Consumer Reports and other related media. Shopping smart is better than having a virtually inexhaustible supply of money, which is improbable.
There are a host of user testimonials for the Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder, with nearly 400 reviews in Amazon alone and most of them positive – the only negative ones were, as most Bodum representatives say, either due to over use or because the users were not clearly following the instructions and safety measures.
Most of what Bodum has advertised for the Bodum Bistro was accurate and correct, and all the listed features do exactly as they were meant to do. The construction of Bodum bistro grinder has a great quality and surprisingly has the borosilicate glass construction of the receiving chute or container.
The glass was cleverly designed and naturally has low susceptibility to static charge, which prevents the coffee beans from developing static cling. While glass shatters easily when handled, the manufacturer thought of wrapping the entire thing in a silicone sleeve for extra grip, thereby eliminating the only risk of using glass and not polycarbonate.
The quality of the beans, which is fine enough to be run on an espresso machine, and though the timer only goes up to a 20 second grind, this is enough for most home use purposes. The manual states to let the unit rest for 5 minutes after a 20 second operation to prevent the motor from overheating.
Starbucks using Bodum Bisctro Coffee Grinder
Starbucks a world wide leading coffee store and coffee maker greatly and highly recommends The Bodum Bistro Coffee Grinder, since Starbucks is a company that is of course committed to quality above all else, and if they were using a Bodum Bistro it most likely means that the product really produces great results.
This is why some customers from Amazon was motivated to buy the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder to create Starbucks-level coffee. People also praise the good and modest price point of the Bodum Bistro, and most of them say that the price can’t be beat, or any variation of that line.
They elaborate that a product of this caliber is expected to be actually quite expensive, what with its features, although some do note that the housing looked a little too flimsy (as it’s made from plastic), although others begged to differ that the durable plastic construction was made to save not only production costs but also to make it as compact and lightweight as possible.
The main parts however – the feed, the burrs, and the receiving container – are well made, they record, and probably form the bulk of the price, humble as it was. They suggest however that if you need a coffee grinder that can make beyond 4 cups, you should look at the more expensive, $200 models, which has the Bodum Bistro’s feature set but can accommodate more beans, hence producing a larger amount of ground coffee for brewing.
Some critical customer reviewed the Bodum Bistro, and references it to the older Antigua coffee grinder model that preceded the Bistro. This is a good reference, as one can see the improvements and enhancements that the engineers made over the old one, and lets you see with perspective.
For starters, the borosilicate glass container was a welcome change, and this particular user reminisced that the plastic receiving chute of the Antigua was messy due to static, and sprayed ground coffee all over the countertop. The secure lid combined with the glass construction eliminated this concern, and this was a great improvement.
More listed of features that were improvements from the Antigua: a significantly reduced noise level due to the sound barrier technology of the housing, combined with the interior motor design; a mechanical on/off switch that precludes the need to unplug the power cable from the socket if you need to stop the operation prematurely; LED indicators; and the synthetic cover used on the collection chute was secure and snug.
Finally, while the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder can be used for espresso machines, the unit is more in line with regular home coffee, and the price is unbeatable for a product of this quality.
Some minor improvements
There were, of course, some minor nitpickings with the unit, so this could be a note to the engineers that there is still room for improvement, and they may use that knowledge to build a better Bodum Bistro.
Some of these include that the borosilicate glass still suffer from extremely slight static cling, such as a few grains being stuck on the receiving container’s wall, but a little tap will be enough to dislodge it (just take note that if the ground coffee is on the BOTTOM of the glass, do not tap the middle as this will shatter the glass – this is not the fault of the borosilicate, nor of Bodum itself, but this is exactly the structurally weakest point of any glass container).
Though this is very minor in the grand scheme of things and does not detract from the unit’s tremendous performance, this is worth noting since the product ad for the Bistro says that it has zero static cling – there still is, but so minor and negligible that it wasn’t worth noting, like only a few ground beans.
Some also complain about the 20 second limit of the timer, pointing out that this may not be enough for some people, especially since the unit needs time to cool down for 5 minutes after a 20 second operation. This was a big contention among a certain group of people, but as one reviewer commented, a 10 second grind produces about 8 scoops of coffee, enough for 2-4 cups at most, and is more than enough for home consumption.
Some new users point that it’s loud, but again this is a comment made out of lack of reference since other coffee grinders were much louder – like concrete mixers, for example – and yet the Bodum Bistro’s noise level was far less than its contemporaries. Finally, there are warnings that if you are going to regularly produce fine ground coffee (at the finest setting) you should declog the unit once in a while, as the fine ground coffee grains are very small and would obviously clog the unit if they accumulate enough.
Bodum Bistro Pros and Cons: Features and downsides explained and summarized
Conical burr grinder for optimum coffee grinding results, bringing out maximum flavor and aroma, and produces very little to no heat
Borosilicate glass receiving chute to reduce static cling, even eliminating it completely
Receiving container has a silicone rubber grip to facilitate handling
At a price nearly half of its competitors, it produces fine ground coffee that is comparable to higher end burr coffee grinders in the market
Adjustable settings – from coarse, medium to fine – and intermediate settings between each three main settings can be chosen, for a total of 14 different grind settings for the best possible grind to match the brewing process
Comes in five colors
Lightweight and compact, using a plastic housing that also reduces noise
Design can be used with a portafilter in place of the receiving chute
And the pros and cons list is not complete without, of course, the corresponding downsides.
20 second timer limit may be too short for some users who may want to produce more coffee
The 5 minute interval between 20 seconds of grind may be too long for serious coffee connoisseurs
The unit may be clogged after a while if you’re using the finest grind setting, necessitating the need for regular maintenance
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is probably one of the best in the market right now for home use burr coffee grinders. It uses a conical design to bring the most out of the coffee beans, features a static-free container, and 14 settings to choose from to complement the exact type of brew that will be done for the unit. It is also modestly priced that is unbeatable for its quality, comparable to more expensive burr grinders that do the same job (although more of the same). If you’re serious about your coffee, and want not only the wake-up boost it imparts but also concerned about the taste, ditch the instant coffee or the blade grinder and invest in a good grinder – the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder.
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