Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder

Conical Electric w/ 14 Adjustable Settings in 5 Colors

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Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder If you're a coffee lover, especially one who loves to make your early-morning concoctions fresh from scratch, you probably already have a burr grinder, or at least know about them. They're much, much more efficient at grinding than their blade-grinder competitors. Most of the value-priced electric coffee grinders you'll see on the market are blade grinders -- with small edges housed in cheap ABS plastic. Use them frequently, and they'll show you just how cheap they are.

Burr grinders do tend to be more expensive, but they last longer and produce a better quality of ground coffee. These grinders use stainless steel parts to crush the beans into a finer consistency. A conical burr grinder -- like this Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder -- is your best bet, since gravity's working in your favor. The motor is quieter, and there's less cleanup involved.

One of the most raved-about qualities of the Bodum Bistro is its "continual" adjustability. It has 14 different grind settings ranging from coarse to extremely fine. Another handy feature is the optional timer. You can set a 20-second timer and come back to fresh ground coffee -- no more holding a coffee grinder down on the counter or in your lap to keep the lid on the thing while it's attempting to get away from you. Yup. Been there.

The container for catching the grounds is made from borosilcate glass specially designed with static reduction technology in mind. This lessens the amount of flyaway coffee grounds, leaving both grinder and kitchen that much easier to clean. Comparatively speaking, most containers from other burr grinders are made from plastic, a material prone to static electricity. After a while, static just gets on your nerves when trying to clean out the coffee container. As an added plus, the Bodum Bistro's container comes with a silicone band fitted over the top to make it slip-proof, too. Nice.

The only caution I can see is for coffee lovers who want to use this grinder for minutes on end. The user's manual warns against setting the timer more than once at a time. If used repeatedly, the grinder mechanisms will overheat. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on doing a lot of bulk grinding; just plan ahead to let the machine cool down before setting the timer again.

It's a quality grinder, and its retail price reflects that. As long as you're not planning to use it several times in a row, the Bodum Bistro should live up to its accolades and last for quite a long time. It's available in black, white, red, orange, and lime green.

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