Review: Bodum Bistro

The deliberate ritual of single-serving, hand-poured coffee works great for a lazy Sunday. But come Monday, most of us reach for a machine.

The Bodum Bistro offers artisan-quality brew to the convenience-seeking masses with a shower-head top that sprays the water slowly and evenly. The coffee seeps through a stainless-steel mesh filter and into a 40-ounce carafe that’s double walled for insulation. (Aficionados say hot plates add bitterness.)

In our blind taste tests, the benefits were fairly modest: The Bistro beat traditional drip makers for light- and medium-roast coffees, but we couldn’t tell the difference with dark roasts.

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