A while back Chamie posted about a neat looking new coffee maker from Bodum.  I got offered the chance to play with one of these and didn't want to pass up on that opportunity.  The Bodum Bistro brewer came in the mail today - since I am off from work and it's rainy here in my part of North Carolina the timing couldn't be better. Also, my wife just received a visitor so I have been dismissed to the coffee den while she catches up with her friend Christine - it's good time for me to play with this new toy!

Some neat features include a gold filter that looks to be woven from the same quality material you would find on a Swiss Gold filter.  The Carafe is not glass lined but does hold heat well. The overall size is a bit hard to get used to though since it is very tall.  Still the rectangular shape with a cut out in the middle for the carafe and filter does have a certain visual appeal. This one is matte black but I think they come in many colors too if you can find one in stock anywhere.

The fit and finish is a bit more plasticy than I would prefer for an item that retails for $249.99, but the looks do not make coffee so I will hold off on any criticism for now.  The water tank is clearly marked and easy to remove - one nice feature mentioned in the manual is the safety shut off - the brewer will not cut on if there is no water to heat or if the tank is not seated properly. You can not kill it through neglect - I like that feature.

Also unusual but nice in the feature department is a removable shower head - now clean up is a breeze.  Last but not least, the entire back panel is transparent plastic - you can watch this thing bubble away while brewing if that is your thing. I will post more about it after I have more time to brew but I am excited to put this thing into the rotation.

 

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Submitted by Chamie on
It's still a very pretty machine, even if it is a bit pricey. And the removable showerhead is a -great- idea. I look forward to reading your review...also, I'll be getting a package out to you tomorrow, I hope.

This brewer seems to be about as much form as function. I hope it turns out to make a good pot of coffee in addition to being stunning.

Submitted by donnedonne on
It's got some Eva Solo-esque design qualities, it looks good. I read that it gets the water "near boiling," which hopefully means around 200. Promising machine, though it seems a lot to pay for aesthetics (I doubt it out-performs the cheaper Bonavita)

Submitted by jbviau on
Care to disclose who offered you the chance to play with this trial unit? :) Enjoy! I did have to laugh a little when you mentioned putting this thing into the rotation--at your place, that would mean you'd get around to using it in, what, a month or two? No shortage of coffee-brewing devices competing for your attention!

Wow, that is a very cool looking brewer. Thank you for reviewing this for us. I'm actually in the market for an autodrip so I will be watching your review closely.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>The removable shower head is a good idea - very easy access too by taking the top lid off - thanks again for your kind offer too - I look forward to it.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I hoped to have some fresh beans here to test this thing out with but my beans from Mt Air have not shown up yet - when they do I will give this a full work out.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>It does have that Eva Solo look to the carafe - admit the design is growing on me some but I do not have it stuck under a counter either - it's a bit on the tall side.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>This came from the North Pole - Santa decided I have been good after all - seriously though it is not mine, I was shipped this machine to give my impression of it - at $250 retail I better like it a lot if I want one for myself.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>Stay tuned then friend because the fun is only beginning - soon as those beans I ordered make it off the mountain and into my mail box I will give a full review - Mt Air Roaster - where are my beans? : (

I just saw your post on the other site and it does seem to have a lot of plastic on it. It's interesting that Bodum chose to make back panel transparent since I would assume that most people will have it against a wall.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I know, right? the money shot for this brewer is the exposed workings - at least for a geek like me. I guess it is a compromise design - one side for the aesthetics and the other for the geeks!

Submitted by GmanJenks on
A full size auto drip brewer is something I am seriously considering in the near future. I look forward to hearing how this compares to the Bonvita. This one has a much different aesthetic and I can`t really decide which I like better. The under designed industrial look of the Bonvita has a certain appeal, but then so does the slick modern look of the Bodum.

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I like the looks of both too. The price advantage goes to Bonavita, but one you decide to spend over $100 (closer to $200 for the metal carafe version) the price becomes less important than the results in the cup - Behmor is introducing a new brewer that has a lot of features for $200, but that brewer, like this Bodum, is untested and not yet readily available. The TV is still a strong player in this increasingly more populated premium market segment - its a good time to be coffee maker shopping!

Bodum Bistro Brewer - First Look

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A while back Chamie posted about a neat looking new coffee maker from Bodum.  I got offered the chance to play with one of these and didn't want to pass up on that opportunity.  The Bodum Bistro brewer came in the mail today - since I am off from work and it's rainy here in my part of North Carolina the timing couldn't be better. Also, my wife just received a visitor so I have been dismissed to the coffee den while she catches up with her friend Christine - it's good time for me to play with this new toy!

Some neat features include a gold filter that looks to be woven from the same quality material you would find on a Swiss Gold filter.  The Carafe is not glass lined but does hold heat well. The overall size is a bit hard to get used to though since it is very tall.  Still the rectangular shape with a cut out in the middle for the carafe and filter does have a certain visual appeal. This one is matte black but I think they come in many colors too if you can find one in stock anywhere.

The fit and finish is a bit more plasticy than I would prefer for an item that retails for $249.99, but the looks do not make coffee so I will hold off on any criticism for now.  The water tank is clearly marked and easy to remove - one nice feature mentioned in the manual is the safety shut off - the brewer will not cut on if there is no water to heat or if the tank is not seated properly. You can not kill it through neglect - I like that feature.

Also unusual but nice in the feature department is a removable shower head - now clean up is a breeze.  Last but not least, the entire back panel is transparent plastic - you can watch this thing bubble away while brewing if that is your thing. I will post more about it after I have more time to brew but I am excited to put this thing into the rotation.

 

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@Gman

April 21, 2012 | by EricBNC


I like the looks of both too. The price advantage goes to Bonavita, but one you decide to spend over $100 (closer to $200 for the metal carafe version) the price becomes less important than the results in the cup - Behmor is introducing a new brewer that has a lot of features for $200, but that brewer, like this Bodum, is untested and not yet readily available. The TV is still a strong player in this increasingly more populated premium market segment - its a good time to be coffee maker shopping!

A full size auto drip brewer

April 21, 2012 | by GmanJenks

A full size auto drip brewer is something I am seriously considering in the near future. I look forward to hearing how this compares to the Bonvita. This one has a much different aesthetic and I can`t really decide which I like better. The under designed industrial look of the Bonvita has a certain appeal, but then so does the slick modern look of the Bodum.

@hoonchul

April 20, 2012 | by EricBNC


I know, right? the money shot for this brewer is the exposed workings - at least for a geek like me. I guess it is a compromise design - one side for the aesthetics and the other for the geeks!

I just saw your post on the

April 20, 2012 | by hoonchul@hotmail.com

I just saw your post on the other site and it does seem to have a lot of plastic on it. It's interesting that Bodum chose to make back panel transparent since I would assume that most people will have it against a wall.

@son ton

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


Stay tuned then friend because the fun is only beginning - soon as those beans I ordered make it off the mountain and into my mail box I will give a full review - Mt Air Roaster - where are my beans? : (

@jbviau

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


This came from the North Pole - Santa decided I have been good after all - seriously though it is not mine, I was shipped this machine to give my impression of it - at $250 retail I better like it a lot if I want one for myself.

@broseph

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


It does have that Eva Solo look to the carafe - admit the design is growing on me some but I do not have it stuck under a counter either - it's a bit on the tall side.

@intrepid

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


I hoped to have some fresh beans here to test this thing out with but my beans from Mt Air have not shown up yet - when they do I will give this a full work out.

@Chamie

April 19, 2012 | by EricBNC


The removable shower head is a good idea - very easy access too by taking the top lid off - thanks again for your kind offer too - I look forward to it.

Wow!

April 18, 2012 | by sontondaman

Wow, that is a very cool looking brewer. Thank you for reviewing this for us. I'm actually in the market for an autodrip so I will be watching your review closely.

Woohoo

April 18, 2012 | by jbviau

Care to disclose who offered you the chance to play with this trial unit? :) Enjoy! I did have to laugh a little when you mentioned putting this thing into the rotation--at your place, that would mean you'd get around to using it in, what, a month or two? No shortage of coffee-brewing devices competing for your attention!

It's got some Eva Solo-esque

April 18, 2012 | by donnedonne

It's got some Eva Solo-esque design qualities, it looks good. I read that it gets the water "near boiling," which hopefully means around 200. Promising machine, though it seems a lot to pay for aesthetics (I doubt it out-performs the cheaper Bonavita)

This brewer seems to be

April 18, 2012 | by intrepid510

This brewer seems to be about as much form as function. I hope it turns out to make a good pot of coffee in addition to being stunning.

Very Cool!

April 18, 2012 | by Chamie

It's still a very pretty machine, even if it is a bit pricey. And the removable showerhead is a -great- idea. I look forward to reading your review...also, I'll be getting a package out to you tomorrow, I hope.

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