Bodum Bistro

Name: Bistro
Brand: Bodum
Operation: Electric
Capacity: 220 grams

The well-known household appliance manufacturer Bodum presents on this occasion one of its most popular accessories among coffee lovers: the Bodum Bistro grinder.

What is most striking about the Bodum Bistro coffee grinder at first sight is undoubtedly its range of colours, with very bright and cheerful tones quite far from the seriousness and tradition that predominate in grinder design.

We can buy the Bodum Bistro grinder in four colours: black, lime green, fire red and white. The storage capacity of the container is standard and with respect to its size this grinder is much more manageable and compact than others in the same range.

The Bodum Bistro grinder has a timer (the red control located next to the hopper) which can be pre-programmed, but we can also grind coffee on demand with the on/off button.

You also have these two more basic models, which are blade mills (not burrs):

BODUM Storage Containers, Black, 150 W
  • Stainless steel propeller, speed 30. 000 revolutions per minute.
  • Transparent lid to show the finesse of the grit.
  • Maximum capacity: 60g coffee in grit.
  • Easy to use: fill the container with coffee beans, fit the lid, press, done.
  • Award Winning Design

Remember: if it has a hopper, it is a grinder. If not, it is a blade mill.

Otherwise, it is an electric grinder with conical stainless steel cutters, as we will see below. As you know, grinders of this type usually have two grinding wheels, one inside and one outside that can be removed for cleaning.

In the case of the Bodum Bistro, the inner fixed grinding wheel has a simple fractal spiral lattice, and can perform two functions; the worm function and the knife function. The outer wheel, on the other hand, has two cutting patterns: a thick upper one and a thinner lower one. You can see a photo of the latter in later sections of this analysis.

This Bodum Bistro offers up to 14 levels of grinding. The choice of granularity is quite simple: simply rotate the grain container to the right or left. If we rotate it to the right, we will be moving the outer grinding wheel downwards and therefore allowing the passage of finer grains. If we rotate it to the left, we will be moving the outer grinding wheel upwards and then allowing thicker grains to pass through.

Each level of the Bodum Bistro corresponds to approximately one millimetre of wheel movement.

Bodum Bistro: general characteristics

  • It allows you to select the coffee dose thanks to the timer. The grinding time is programmable, but can also be ground on demand.
  • Electric cone burr.
  • The grinding wheels are made of stainless steel.
  • We can choose between 14 levels of grinding or granularity.
  • The capacity of the container is 220 grams of coffee.
  • The container has a plastic lid that prevents the beans from jumping out during grinding.
  • It weighs around 1.5 kilos.
  • Its dimensions without packaging are 12x15x27 centimetres.
  • The container in which the ground coffee falls is made of glass, not plastic. This reduces the electrostatic charge of the very fine ground coffee beans and consequently… prevents them from sticking to the walls and to each other.

Advantages of the Bodum Bistro grinder

  • It is quite compact and takes up little space, especially compared to other high-end electric grinders.
  • Good safety details: the grain container has a kind of inner umbrella, whose function is to prevent someone from inadvertently sticking their fingers into the burrs.
  • It includes a glass and borosilicate container to deposit the coffee once it has been ground.

Disadvantages of the Bodum Bistro grinder

  • It does not include cleaning accessories, so you will have to find your own means.
  • Only 14 levels of grinding are a bit scarce, especially if we think of the users who need all the precision possible. It all depends on the requirements of each one. Graef mills for example have a wider range of levels.
  • There are no clamps to hold the filter of your coffee machine, for example, so that the ground coffee falls directly into it. If you do not want to use the glass accessory that comes with the grinder by default, you must hold your container by hand.

Bodum Bistro: videos and operation

On this occasion we bring you two videos of the Bodum Bistro grinder. The first one is from the guys at Seattle Coffee Gear, a very complete review of this coffee mill.

And the second video on how the Bodum Bistro grinder works comes from this user:

Why buy a Bodum Bistro grinder?

If you need to buy a high-end electric grinder but don’t have much space in your kitchen, the Bodum Bistro is an unbeatable choice. In addition, you can choose the housing in different colours, which is always welcome.

But first think about what kind of grinder you need (this already depends on the espresso machine you use) to make sure you don’t waste the 14 levels of grinder it offers. If your grinding requirements are too high, then you may need to scratch your pocket a little more, and look towards more expensive but even more powerful grinders.

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