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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.

  • Smooth - The Bodum Santos makes amazingly smooth espresso.
  • Science - Using this coffee maker is like watching a science experiment in action!
  • 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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I have been using this brewer for several months on a daily basis. At first I was getting nearly the best coffe I ever tasted or brewed myself. Recently, however, the syphon action is not functioning as well as it used to. Rather than coming down in an "explosion" of bubbles to the lower pot, it bearly trickles down or does not completely empty the upper pot and the coffe is not good. The instructions say to put the pot back on the stove and reheat when this happens, which works but then the coffee boils and as you know boiled coffe is ruined coffee (like percolator coffee - ugh!). The rubber seal is tight and I am doing nothing differently than I have been since the first use. How do I fix this?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2014
Best Answer: Go to ebay and search for a glass Cory rod. They sell for $5-10. This is a more pretty and much more functional filter that works perfectly for the Santos/Pebo.
Reply · Report · Cory B on Feb 24, 2015
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Hi. Can you tell me where the santos is made?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2014
Best Answer: The Bodum Santos is made in China.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 14, 2014
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I have an electric stove with glass top - do I need any special piece to put between stovetop & glass bowl?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2012
Best Answer: I bought this as a gift for a friend and it is amazing. Makes a perfect cup every time, and I'm now more prone to drinking without cream & sugar if it's made in this thing. It really brings out all the best flavors of whatever coffee you use.

If your stove top has a solid glass surface, you probably won't need an additional plate to buffer the coffee maker from the heat, unless you feel uneasy about it. If you have electric coils or a gas range, like my friend does, you may want to purchase something. They use a ceramic burner plate, but you can also find a variety of heat diffusers online to use as well. To be honest, it's a really lightweight piece of glass, so even if I had a glass stove top, I might still use the burner plate or a diffuser.
Reply · Report · Barrett K on Jan 4, 2013
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what coffee grinder do you recommend to use with this? Meaning do you grind for an espresso maker or just for a drip pot or a press?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2014
Best Answer: We like a grind that's in between espresso and drip for this Bodum Santos, around the consistency of a fine drip setting.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 19, 2014
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Can I use the Bodum Pebo on a gas range?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, the Bodum Pebo can be placed directly over a gas burner, which I have done. But I have also taken to using a flame/heat diffuser for a lot of stove-top cooking (heat is even over a larger area of a pot, minimizes hot spots, food sticking) and now routinely put the Bodum on that when I am brewing. BTW, I love this coffee maker--it makes the best coffee by far--very full flavor, no bitterness--and other vacuum coffee makers are much more expensive and complicated to use.
Reply · Report · Maureen R on Jan 4, 2013
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Are there any plastic pieces that the water would touch on the Bodum?
Laura K on Mar 12, 2013
Best Answer: There is a plastic disk that functions as the filter that is held in place with a spring mechanism that attaches to the bottom of the glass spout. The water passes through the filter as it boils up and the coffee flows over it when it siphons into the pot. The filter is incredibly efficient at keeping grounds out of the coffee pot, and is pretty much endlessly re-usable. Other than the filter, the water/coffee is only in touch with glass throughout the brewing process.
Reply · Report · Maureen R on Mar 19, 2013
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Can you make fewer than 4 cups of coffee with the Pebo?
A shopper on May 17, 2013
Best Answer: About a cup of water remains in the pot, just below the bottom of the spout, with every pot. The larger the batch of coffee you brew, the less this residual water affects the strength of the coffee. With 8 cups, I have not found this to be a problem and I like strong coffee. At 4 cups, you might end up with a weaker brew. My suggestion would be to brew at least 5 cups at a time and experiment with adding a little more coffee to strengthen the brew for smaller batches.
Reply · Report · Maureen R on May 18, 2013
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How does this compare to the Boaletti Moka Express Pot, of course, when using freshly ground, arabica coffee beans?
DeAngelo C on Feb 5, 2014
Best Answer: The Bodum Santos is a vacuum coffee pot and the Bialetti Moka appears to be a stove top espresso/Turkish type coffee pot. I can't offer you an opinion on the Moka pot as I have never owned one although it looks nice and the reviews seem good. I have been using the Bodum now for several years with fresh "coursely" ground coffee.

It produces a suberb almost perfect cup of coffee. It pulls out all of the flavors of the bean while reducing the acid producing a really smooth cup of coffee. It takes a little while to get the grind right. But once you master it you are golden.

How it works is filtered water goes in the bottom pot, top pot goes on and is held together with a gasket and connecting tube. Coarse ground coffee goes into the top pot.

Heat the whole thing up over a burner (gas stove on med-high heat) is best. Once it starts to boil it will push all the hot water up into the top pot, stir and immediately remove from heat.

After a minute a vacuum will form and start pulling the filtered coffee down into the lower pot thru the tube until all the coffee on top is gone. You then can take the top pit off and what you are left with is liquid gold!

Seattllecoffeegear along with fast shipping also seems to have the best price on the internet for the Bodum Santos. Cheaper than amazon
Reply · Report · Thomas R on Feb 6, 2014
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Hi- I am interested in a glass vacuum coffee maker. My question is about the filter, how does it work, is it simular to a Cory glass rod? - Thank you
Harry G on May 24, 2013
Best Answer: Harry G,

I read about them several years ago, and the design is a bit different, but same results. But I can tell you the plastic filter works perfectly. Vacuumed coffee is clean and grind free, every single time. Even when I adjust the grind size. This is due to the size disk and it's grooves. Also while the Cory uses the wight of the glass, the plastic disk uses a spring clip to keep the seal tight. I found a person online, that actually used the Cory glass rod in the Bodum. I can not attest to the results.

You will not be disappointed with the Bodum.
Reply · Report · Bela K on Jun 7, 2013
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How high should I turn the stove, I.e high heat, medium? Low?
Thank you
A shopper on Jul 15, 2015
Best Answer: up to you..... high is going to come to boiling faster, but you can get more of a burnt taste.? I would probably say that it would be ideal if you are using high heat to just do high heat until you get to boiling, then turn it down to a low-medium heat.? You want to keep the temperature so it continues to boil, but isn't overly heated.? Or, if you have the time, a lower temp would probably be better.? Obviously, you don't want it too low so that it's not keeping the boil/steam pressure to brew on up.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 10, 2015
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this is a 5 cup or 8 cup?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
Best Answer: The Santos brews up to 8 cups
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Apr 23, 2015
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Is it possible to purchase replacement parts? Our carafe cracked and we rather not let the whole setup go to waste.
A shopper on Jan 8, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not offer replacement parts for the Bodum Santos, however you can find parts on Bodum's web site,
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 9, 2014
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May I use lose leaf tea with this product?
Fletcher D on May 4, 2012
Best Answer: I don't believe the Bodum Pebo will work with tea, as it is designed for coffee grinds and so you probably couldn't get the same kind of vacuum going with loose leaf tea.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on May 7, 2012
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Can I use it on an electric stove?
Matt C on Feb 16, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, you can use the Bodum Santos stovetop vacuum coffee maker on an electric stove.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Feb 17, 2012
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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


for the do it yourselfer with lots of timeReview by michael
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.
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
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.

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

(Posted on 2/9/2012)
Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee MakerReview by Jon from SoCal
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.

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

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

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

(Posted on 1/30/2012)
Bodum Vacuum Pot Surprises and DelightsReview by RER
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.

Thrilling, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

Frightening, Poor instructionsmanual (Posted on 1/30/2012)
Stovetop EleganceReview by Brooklyn Coffee Lover
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.

Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

Hard To Clean (Posted on 12/18/2011)
Best coffee ever!!Review by PacoMann
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!

Great Taste, Easy To Clean

(Posted on 1/14/2011)
Love IT!!!Review by Tom
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!!

Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

(Posted on 7/1/2010)

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