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Product Description

Who knew making a cup of coffee could be so much like a science experiment? The Bodum Santos Stovetop Vacuum Coffee Maker takes us back to chemistry class (even its glass construction makes us think of beakers and bunsen burners) with its simplistic style of brewing coffee. The Santos brews up to eight cups and features heat-resistant glass.

How the Bodum Santos Stovetop Works

  • Fill the bottom jug with water and place on your stovetop.
  • Insert the filter into the funnel, secure the funnel to the tube and place your grounds in the funnel.
  • Brew and serve.

Features & Functionality of the Bodum Santos Stovetop

  • Small but Potent: The Santos brews up to 8 cups (34oz) despite its relatively small stature.
  • Easy to Clean: Each component comes apart for easy rinsing after each use.
  • Simple: There are no complicated buttons or tiny parts you have to pull out on a regular basis. It's just you, coarse coffee grounds, and the filter.

A Note About Coffee & Cups

Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.

Pros
  • Smooth - The Bodum Santos makes amazingly smooth espresso.
  • Science - Using this coffee maker is like watching a science experiment in action!
Cons
  • Repair - The glass can easily break and the replacement parts are just as expensive as purchasing a new machine.
  • Not Traditional Espresso - Because the espresso made from the Bodum Santos Stovetop is steam-driven and not extracted under at least 9 BAR of pressure, it's not considered traditional espresso.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4

Additional Information

Manufacturer Bodum
Model Number 1208-01US4
Width 7.75 inches
Depth 5.0 inches
Height 11.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 2.2000
Material Glass
Available Carafe Styles Glass

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Warranty Information for the Bodum Santos Stovetop

What it Covers:

Bodum coffee presses

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Bodum
Warranty Contact Information: 800-232-6386
Notes: Glass components and carafes do not have a warranty against breakage, etc.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

Reviews

Clean brew, crappy parts.Review by Alastair
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Compared to the Hario siphon I had, this thing is finicky and cheap.

Pros:
- Makes a good, classic siphon brew.
- The ridged filter disk does a very good job preventing grounds from reaching the cup.

Cons:
- All the plastic parts feel flimsy, including the filter disk.
- The filter disk retention spring is a poor grade of spring metal. The ones in click-pens are made with better metal.
- The gasket on the neck that forms the seal between the upper and lower parts is too loose along the neck. This means it slides off the neck instead of separating with the upper chamber.
- I've had one instance where the gasket was too loose around the neck which screwed up draw-down.

For a product with an MSRP of $100, I'm disappointed to say that I don't expect that it'll last long. Extra disappointing since all my other Bodum products left me with a very positive experience. (Posted on 2/17/2016)
for the do it yourselfer with lots of timeReview by michael
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This contraption is fragile and messy. Still if you felt like High School Chemistry was an untapped area of your expertise then by all means go for it. I recommend using a diffuser,
but not one of those asbestos screens we used in Chemistry. Also when the water is in the top flask the whole contraption is top heavy and near boiling hot, so be careful. The little spring and chain thingy is easily damaged and hard to replace. Other manufacturers make sturdier and more stable vacuum brewers, so consider shelling out a little more and get one of those. (Posted on 3/9/2015)
Best brewing methodReview by Scott S.
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I have tried every method of brewing coffee which exists (I think) over the years and this method produces the best tasting cup I have ever had and with minimal sediment. Grind the coffee on the coarse side of medium (a cupping grind). Start with room temperature bottled water. Brew on high heat and move the brewer to a room temperature surface after about 20 seconds of air bubbles being sucked up into the upper chamber. This creates a good vacuum and the coffee will rush back down into the lower pot (and it also stirs up the coffee grounds). Don't worry about the pot being left on the burner dry because it won't happen unless you go off to the store and totally forget that you were brewing coffee. The closer the water gets to boiling the faster the process goes and this gives you a good brewing temperature and timing.
(Posted on 1/18/2014)
Better and better each dayReview by Oldtimer
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My wife and I have been instant coffee drinkers for years because of the convenience. We have had several drip coffee makers and I found all of them to be space users and hard to clean and just average coffee taste. Looking around for something different, I discovered the vacuum coffee makers, but they were either pricey or had reports of being easily broken. However, the Boden Santos said to place it on the stovetop and it had no reports of breaking that I came across. Seattle Coffee had it on sale so I ordered it. It came in a big box that had one whole corner crushed in. I accepted it anyway. Inside I found another box and inside the coffee maker without a scratch. I washed it and made coffee right away. The first pot was too strong for me. I made it following the directions that came with the coffee maker, using Folgers decaf regular grind. I have since reduced the coffee to a little less than one quarter measuring cup per pot and I love the taste. I just put the lower pot filled with water on an electric burner set at medium/high. Then I check that the filter is installed with the spring in place in the top part and place it on the lower pot of water. Pour in the coffee and wait. After about five minutes the water starts to boil and also rise into the top. Turn off the heat and wait a minute. If the brewed coffee hasn't started to fill the lower pot, move it to a cooler spot. After all the water is back in the lower pot, wiggle the top a bit and lift off. Good.! I find this pot easier to clean and use than the old drip machines, but you do need a brush for the tube.

Pros:
Great Taste, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

Cons:
(Posted on 2/9/2012)
Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee MakerReview by Jon from SoCal
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The Santos gets used daily and it makes the most robust, wonderful tasting coffee of all the coffee makers I have used.

As I use a gas stove the suggestion from Bodum is to use a heat diffuser. The positive is that you get a great cup of coffee, the negative is that it doubles the brewing time to about 23 minutes + however much time it takes to drain back into the caraf.

If you don't use a heat diffuser it takes about 11 minutes to brew but the coffee is not as flavorful unless you almost double the amount of coffee used.

Cleanup is very easy as it disassembles quickly and can be put in the dishwasher or washed by hand.

Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

Cons:
(Posted on 2/3/2012)
Best coffee makerReview by Zman
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The coffee is so good < I thru all my other brewing machines away.

Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

Cons:
(Posted on 1/30/2012)
Bodum Vacuum Pot Surprises and DelightsReview by RER
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Don't believe the blogs! This is a spectacular coffee maker once you figure out how to use it. My tips: 1. Use a diffuser. Don't put it directly on the flame. 2. Leave it alone while the water from the lower pot rises to fill the upper. As soon as you remove it from the flame, give it one quick stir and be calm. 3. Use a moderately coarse grind.

Pros:
Thrilling, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

Cons:
Frightening, Poor instructionsmanual (Posted on 1/30/2012)
Stovetop EleganceReview by Brooklyn Coffee Lover
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This is made for people who love making coffee. It is beautifully made and it's fun to watch!

The only downside is that you HAVE to watch. This isn't your everyday coffee maker that you can set up and walk away, but if you have the time, it's definitely worth it!

A few tips-don't turn the flame all the way up on the burner or the handle will get too hot to handle and be careful when removing from the heat as the weight will be at the top.

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

Cons:
Hard To Clean (Posted on 12/18/2011)
Best coffee ever!!Review by PacoMann
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I bought this as a backup to my main pot so when I wanted an extra cup of coffee I could make it in this instead of brewing an entire pot. I was so impressed by the flavor of the coffee (even though it was canned pre-ground coffee) that this is now what I use to brew all of my coffee.

This brews a truly magnificent cup of coffee, unlike any I have had before!

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 1/14/2011)
Love IT!!!Review by Tom
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I use this for my morning coffee. Mainly weekends and when I get up early. My wife all the time. It is easy to use and makes GREAT coffee. Very good when warmed up either in micro or stove top. Have to be careful on stove top not to burn coffee. Reminds me of my youth when a lot of restaurants used a similiar system. We wish there was a bit more of a coffee aroma when brewing but smells and tastes great in cup. I wish the instructions were a bit more informative took a bit of expermentation and practice to get brewing down. But once we had it down GREAT coffee!!

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 7/1/2010)

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