Not because it'll deliver a cup of coffee that'll murder what your favourite barista's tattooed arms wring out of a really delicious coffee from Honduras with a fancy water kettle and ceramic dripper, or even Starbucks' secret pourover bot, but because Bodum speaks truth when it asks, "Has there ever been a coffee system in more dire need of re-invention than the drip system?"
The problem with the automatic dripper machine that is probably sitting on your counter — or least one of the problems — is that except for perhaps Technivorm's $US250 machine, they don't deliver water that's hot enough to correctly brew coffee, and the temperature is about as stable as Ron Paul's mental condition. Which is what makes Bistro interesting: It promises water "over" 90C — 90.5C-96C is the magic range — along with a spiral heating element that minimises heat loss for a more stable brew temperature.
The other key thing it promises is an even distribution of water over the coffee bed — necessary for an even extraction. (Check the spent coffee grounds in your brewer; if they're sloped or angled weirdly, your machine probably isn't distributing the water evenly.)
If it manages to evenly distribute water at the correct temperature and keep it stable, then yeah, it's going to kill whatever machine you have on your counter. The only real ding I have is that it uses a titanium-plated stainless steel filter instead of paper, so you're going to wind up with more body than clarity, but that's a personal preference. Oh, and it's $US250. But this could well be the best home drip machine on the market right now, outside of the Technivorm. It's certainly prettier. And good taste isn't cheap. [Bodum via Mike White]