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Bodum Bistro Electric Blade Grinder, White

by Bodum

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  • Small enough to stay put on the counter for easy access
  • Its cord can be stored inside the grinder at the bottom
  • A transparent lid allows the fineness grade to be observed
  • This powerful and handy grinder can grind enough coffee for an 8 cup French press
  • Available in black, orange, red, green and white

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Item model number: 11160-913US
  • ASIN: B00430AXJ6
  • Date first available at Oct. 29 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,415 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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There's more to great coffee than choosing exquisite beans and the right brewing method. Freshly grinding the beans right before they come in contact with hot water makes the difference in taste that real coffee connoisseurs appreciate. The bistro blade grinder is the perfect tool for this. It's small enough to stay put on the counter for easy access and its cable can be stored inside the grinder at the bottom. It's got a transparent lid so the fineness grade can be observed. The longer the grind the finer the powder. This powerful and handy grinder is made from stainless steel, plastic and rubber and it comes in a selection of black, orange, red, green, and white to fit any kitchen counter's color scheme. The bistro grinder can also be used to grind spices and what's. We think it's quite cute.

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By Nadia_L on Feb. 13 2014
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After many years of use, it's still working perfectly, Bodum usually offer long lasting products. We use it only to grind our coffee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Nov. 2 2011
It is available in several colours. It works very quietly and smoothly and does an excellent job. It is easy to maintain. My one criticism is that some of the coffee spills around the top; perhaps this happens with most coffee grinders. On the whole, it is a good product.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Six-Inch Cord? More Like Thirty-Six-Inch. Aug. 2 2011
By Bob M. - Published on
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I purchased this coffee grinder because of its light weight, the grippy rubber outer covering, and the fact that I've been happy with other Bodum grinders I've owned. When my arthritis is acting up, the weight and grippy attributes are just what the doctor ordered.

I saw the review remarks about the short (six-inch) cord, but figured I could live with that, given the weight and grip benefits.

The reality is that, when the grinder comes out of the box, it does have about six inches of cord emerging from the back of the grinder.

The further reality is that, once the *rest* of the cord is unwound from the cord storage area in the grinder base, it turns out to be about 35-36" long.

So while the cord storage area obviously does an excellent job of hiding what might be "excess cord" for one user, it also allows those so inclined to "let it all hang out" if they wish.

Beyond that, this whirly-blade grinder does its primary coffee grinding job at least as well as or better than the (many) other blade grinders that I've owned or tried. In my opinion, it is faster, more efficient and quieter than most of the other w-blade grinders on the market, including the earlier Bodum C-Mill metal and plastic models that I've owned.

Update: After using this grinder more, I'm even more impressed with it. I load it up with 52-53 grams of coffee beans at a time (close to a full hopper), and it produces a nice, even drip grind in 30 seconds. The coffee is ground much more evenly than with other blade grinders I've used, and in less time. The key to this seems to be that a vortex is immediately formed in the grinding chamber, getting the beans moving quickly through the blades, and keeping the progressively finer ground coffee moving. Darker roast (oily) beans may start to cake up along the sides after 15-20 seconds, but a gentle shake or rocking motion keeps them moving through the process until the desired grind size is reached. I'm glad I bought this grinder, and would recommend it to anyone.
127 of 135 people found the following review helpful
Pretty standard, main difference over others is it's looks Jan. 5 2011
By K. Salinger, MSN, FNP, RN AHN-BC - Published on
Color Name: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This Bodum is now the 4th coffee grinder in my kitchen. Historically I've always had one for coffee and another for grinding spices (another common, great use for them). I originally ordered this one because somehow I misread and thought it said that it had variable speed control. It doesn't - it's just your basic coffee grinder, but that's not a bad thing.

I currently own a Braun Braun KSM2-WH Aromatic Coffee Grinder, White, a HD designs (which is a cheapy brand from Target or Fred Meyers), and a fancy looking Cuisinart Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder, and now this Bodum. For the most part they all do the same thing and have only minor differences which I will describe below:

Primary differences:

The Cuisinart blade actually has a sharpness similar to a knife. I thought this might make it better for grinding spices, which is what I use it for. It may actually grind them up faster, but for the most part the end product is pretty much the same. The other difference is that the blade sits higher in the bowl than the other grinders. The drawback to this is that if you want to grind a small bit of spice, the blade may be sitting above and you have to jiggle it a bit for the spices to make contact. For coffee I don't see that the higher blade has any downside.

The Braun looks and operates almost identical to the cheapy HD designs grinder. For the most part these two grinders are identical with only minor differences, such as the ability to wrap the cord around the Braun for storage. both operate equally well.

The Bodum operates pretty much like the others. The blade is lower in the bowl than all the rest, which would be good for spices, but not really any difference for coffee beans that I can tell. The main difference with the Bodum is that the cord is much shorter at 6 inches, so it needs to sit really close to the plug. The cord wraps up underneath for storage, and in my opinion the Bodum grinder is attractive looking. I have the black one.

One is easier to clean than the rest:

If you clean your grinder between grindings I will say that the Cuisinart is the easiest to clean because the bowl is separate from the main housing and is essentially one stainless steel piece. Plus with the blades higher you can get underneath them better. The other units all set the bowls within the plastic housing, so there is a seam where the bowl meets the housing where coffee, spices, etc. can get stuck. If you were to use one grinder for both coffee and spices you may end up with spicy coffee or coffee tasting spices since it's much harder to clean the tiny grinds out of that seam area. However, if you're not doing both then it doesn't really matter.

All pretty much the same with minor differences:

I honestly can't say that there is much performance difference between any of them. Unless you're going to grind spices and coffee in the same grinder I would suggest you buy your grinder based on how it looks, since they all operate the same and produce the same end product. However if you are grinding both coffee and spices in the same unit then go with the Cuisinart.

Summary: Works well but not any better than other brands I've used. It's good looking - if you like the look and will only grind coffee in it then go for it. If you're going to also grind spices then consider the Cuisinart.
83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Efficient, and a snap to use Dec 23 2010
By Tooncesmom - Published on
Color Name: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I was sent the Bodum Bistro Electric Blade Grinder (number 11160) to review for the Amazon Vine Program. Here's my take on it:

Firstly, I should qualify my remarks by saying that I'm accustomed to using a burr grinder for my coffee beans, and I was skeptical that a blade grinder costing one fourth the price of my old standby would offer anything mildly representing satisfaction.

Was I wrong! This grinder is sleek and simple, and takes up half the space of my pricey stalwart. The directions are straightforward and simple (they're even printed in Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Finnish and Russian in addition to the standard Spanish, French, German, Italian and English).

Installation is simple: place on a flat surface, keep cord and grinder away from heat, fill not more than amount the cap can hold, cover, plug in and depress the red lid button. Grind no more than 60 seconds at a time, allowing a 60 second rest between grindings so as not to overheat the motor. There is no blade or grind setting.

I use a Melitta filter, so prefer an extra fine grind. The Bodum accomplished this in less than 30 seconds. Cleanup is a snap. Do not wash and certainly avoid immersing any part of the unit in water. A small brush dislodges any left-over coffee particles and a paper towel will restore the contents cup to a spotless state. It's that simple, and I got a perfect grind. Note: this grinder is a light-duty model, suited to home, not commercial use.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this appliance. No kitchen should be without one, at least if you're a coffee snob as I am.

Additional comments: I was sent this grinder in black, however, it comes in several bright, stylish colors (love the red!), also, it can be used for grinding spices and nuts where previous models could not. Finally, the cord stores in the base, allowing only as much as is needed to be visible.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5 stars for looks, 3 for functionality Jan. 7 2011
By a reader - Published on
Color Name: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is an attractive coffee grinder and I like the bumpy rubber surface - easy to grab and hold on to. However I found it difficult to see how fine the coffee was ground because of the black interior of the grinder, nor did I think it ground the coffee evenly, nor was it easy to clean - the coffee seemed to stick to the interior more than in other grinders. I prefer either the Braun or Krups both of which cost less, to this Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder. Actually, my Waring Blender works very well as a coffee grinder too and will grind a larger quantity.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
It's Bistro Time!!! Aug. 29 2011
By William - Published on
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Today I recorded a video review of the Bistro Bean blender. I hop you enjoy. Feedback welcome.