Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder

Last updated date: April 24, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Burr Grinders and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Divine Espresso, The Coffee Chronicler, Your Best Digs, Tech Gear Lab, Kitchen Lola and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Burr Grinder you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 78 expert reviews, the Bodum Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2019:
Checkout The Best Burr Grinder for a detailed review of all the top burr grinders.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.2
2,697 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
One of the best features is the borosilicate glass used for the ground coffee container that reduces static which often results in messy grounds.
- Divine Espresso
Bodum boasts that this grinder is made of a material that is naturally static-free, which means grounds are more easily transferred out of it.
- The Coffee Chronicler
The Bodum Bistro is indeed a conical steel burr grinder, which is the best method for grinding your fresh whole coffee beans.
- Know Your Grinder
February 24, 2016 | Full review
The lid fits tight and has a fitted opening that covers the dispensing chute preventing mess, containing the grind when removing it from the grinder.
- Your Best Digs
March 7, 2019 | Full review
The Bodum's French press brew stands out as a great cup, giving you all the flavor you could hope for from your coffee with some extra body as well.
- Tech Gear Lab
October 25, 2016 | Full review
One of the major selling points of the Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder is the unique construction that makes it virtually static free.
- Kitchen Lola
What experts didn't like
The housing is made of plastic with steel frame. Given its price point, it’s not the sturdiest grinder for sure.
- Divine Espresso
This grinder limits grinding to 20 seconds at a time to prevent overheating, which can be annoying if you are grinding a large amount of coffee at a time.
- The Coffee Chronicler
Watch out for the bottom of the grinds container – the glass is rather thin and if you hit it with a metal spoon too hard it could crack.
- Know Your Grinder
February 24, 2016 | Full review
The Bodum is a little noisy and the controls aren't quite as intuitive as those on other grinders, but it gets the job done and shows quality in the cup–a more affordable option for a burr
- Tech Gear Lab
October 25, 2016 | Full review
One major concern with this grinder is the drive gears. Instead of installing metal gears, Bodum went for plastic gears which have resulted to frequent breakages thus compromising the overall durability of this grinder.
- Kitchen Lola

From The Manufacturer

The BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder crushes the coffee beans between conical burrs rather than chopping them, preventing the coffee from losing its characteristic taste and aroma. By twisting the upper bean container, the variable grind settings can be adjusted from a coarse French press setting all the way down to a fine ground for espresso, depending on the brewing method or personal taste. The BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder comes with an attractive, static-free borosilicate glass PRESSO container that conveniently sits within the base of the unit to collect ground coffee during use and also features a non-slip silicone band for secure handling.The BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder is made from borosilicate glass, steel, plastic, rubber and silicone.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Breville The Smart Grinder
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
3. OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
5. JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Secura Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Burr Grinders

Why buy a coffee grinder? Once you’ve had your first cup of coffee made with fresh ground beans, that question gets answered within a few sips. Within minutes of grinding, the aromas and oils locked inside a coffee bean start to lose their potency through contact with oxygen and air moisture. Simply put: The fresher the bean, the fresher the taste.

There are two general types of coffee grinders: those that use blades and those that grind the beans between burrs. Take a look behind the counter at any coffee shop, and you’ll most likely see a burr grinder, with good reason. These type of grinders work by pushing the coffee beans down between a pair of serrated plates, or “burrs.” The burrs then rotate, grinding the beans down to a particular size depending on the selected setting. The grounds are pushed out through the sides or bottom into a container, ready to be brewed.

By comparison, a blade grinder doesn’t technically grind at all. It slices the beans with tiny blades. While those blades might rotate faster or longer when the settings are adjusted, they won’t produce grounds of a uniform size. And even though that’s still better than pre-ground beans, the result isn’t ideal for true java aficionados. Smaller stray particles might slip through the filter in a French press, for example, or clog up an espresso machine.

All this means that yes, you might expect to pay a little more for a burr grinder. That cost can vary widely based on the variety of grind settings, capacity of the container and other bells and whistles.

There’s also material to consider. Increasingly, you’ll find that the burrs in burr grinders are made of stainless steel. The reasons are ones you might expect: Stainless steel is sharp and won’t corrode or rust. It will blunt over time, however, and also conducts heat — which can subtly affect the taste of the oils in your coffee.

This is why higher-end models may use ceramic burrs. While they aren’t as sharp, they will keep that edge longer and stay cool, no matter how fast the grinder runs.

DYWM Fun Fact

Many of us couldn’t function without our morning joe, but did you know that coffee can be used as fuel for more than just your job? In 2010, a team of British engineers converted a Volkswagen Scirocco into the Coffee Car Mark 1, whose converted combustion engine burned used coffee grounds. While it needed an entire 22-pound sack of beans to travel 55 miles, it nonetheless made an initial run from London to Manchester. Three years later, the updated Mark 2 coffee car broke 65 mph, a land speed record for any java-powered jalopy.

The Burr Grinder Buying Guide

  • When choosing a grinder, you’ll find models that advertise a number of different settings, allowing you to choose between near-microscopic variations in ground size. It’s a particular advantage of burr grinders, which can be adjusted in a more exacting way than their bladed counterparts. So what grind size do you need? It seems like every year there’s a new fad in coffee making, and your method of choice will determine the grind size. In general, you’ll want coarse grinds for French press, medium-size ones for traditional filter brewers or pour-over and fine grinds for espresso. If you only make coffee one way, congratulations! You might not need a huge variety of settings. Still, finding your perfect grind can be a zen part of the process. It all depends on your palate — and the amount of time you have to experiment.
  • Speaking of time, a grinder with a high storage capacity can save you a lot of it. It can be very convenient to stroll into the kitchen for your morning brew and find a reservoir of beans already in the hopper, waiting to be ground. Many grinders even have an automatic timer that will start the process before you even wake up. Just bear in mind that keeping beans out in the open too long can affect the taste.
  • If you’re buying a grinder at all, you care about the taste. Keep that taste consistent with frequent cleanings. How easy that is can vary greatly between grinders. Some are easy to take apart, and some require tools. Once you’ve got the burrs open and ready to be cleaned, you’ll want to use a brush or some other dry method.
  • Wipe-downs with a damp cloth are fine for the exterior, but you’ll typically want to keep the burrs as dry as possible, even if they’re stainless steel. If all that sounds like too much hassle, there are cleaning tablets that you can simply run through the grinder periodically, and they’ll take care of the majority of stray oil and grinds.