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5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalistic, quality machine, February 9, 2012
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This review is from: Bonavita BV1800TH 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe (Kitchen)
I'm really happy with this coffee maker, having chosen it over the Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe - Technivorm 9587. It brews extremely quickly (about 7 minutes), and I measured the temperature of the water coming from the spout at about the 195F-200F range, so it's in the right range for extracting optimum flavor -- the brew from this machine is just at the point of being tip-of-the-tongue scalding. The water is dispensed at a number of different points into the filter, and looking at the grounds afterwards you can tell that the dispersion pattern works well, as the coffee grounds remain clumped at the bottom of the filter, rather than being thinly spread across the entire filter.

Note that this is a minimalistic coffee maker. It is fairly compact, has an unassuming appearance, and there are no glowing dials, no HUDs, no clocks. There's one control: the on/off switch. It has no timer. It doesn't have a brew stopper, so you have to let the coffee maker finish before you can pour yourself a cup (since the coffee maker brews so quickly, this isn't too big of a deal). You cannot navigate your kitchen at night by the light from this coffeemaker, nor can you signal passing UFOs.

Nonetheless, it makes great coffee.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2012 11:02:10 AM PST
Quazi says:
I was going to write a review of this coffee maker. However, this review is so spot on, I do not need to write a separate review.

One point not made here: HOT WATER makes better coffee. If you think you cannot duplicate Starbucks or other coffee house coffee at home, it is because you must have a coffee maker that uses HOT water. This is why french presses make such great coffee. The Bonivita makes great coffee, period.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 6:27:20 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 8:01:22 AM PDT
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B. Speer says:
Revision update: This model has been discontinued. I believe everyone who owns one may be running a health risk from this coffee maker. Most do not know it but there is a simple test to prove my warning. Problem is old coffee sits INSIDE the lid every time you make coffee. The lid cannot be opened to clean. Everyone seems to think all you need to do is rinse the lid out through the thumb level. Test: Put warm or hot water inside the lid through/under the thumb lever. Shake hard over your sink and pout out that water. If you have used much little black bits will come out with the water over and over. Yesterday I soaked lid in trisodium phosphate (coffee cleaner) an hour then shook and big gobs of black (moldy?) stuff came out. All the coffee you drink is subject to this contamination. I emailed Bonavita with my concern. They responded and know the problem which has been changed in new model where lid can be opened for proper cleaning. For now all you can do is buy a new model caraf with lid for about $50..........................
Next update: People who bought this new caraf don't like it due to SS interior. Others say the Melita carafe (which fits Bonavita) lid can be opened to clean, had glass interior that does not implode, cost $37 total with prime. I ordered one.

Everything I have read say the time hot water spends going through coffee grounds is very important and it should be 20-25sec in espresso which is ground much finer than drip type. With coarser grind drip type like this Bonavita unique difference is the heating element @ 1500watts so the water goes through the coffee hotter and faster.

Mine takes about one minute per cup brew time. When I want stronger coffee with same bean I grind finer so water goes through with more exposure to bean surface because it is smaller. Incidentally I use a scale to weigh beans in filter basket before grinding and always grind seconds before brewing.

Short brew time generally makes smoother less bitter coffee. I often experiment with grind for more/less strength. Incidentallly espresso allows the same which increases/slows flow hence time less/more. The grind setting is the place to experiment plus of course the bean type, IMHO Incidentally the insulated carafe keeps the coffee hot to warm quite a well. Often hours later I microwave a little but I don't mind warm coffee.

Two Year follow up: I have the first model with the glass interior insulated. Just learned about the new models. I use mine daily. First I rinse out old coffee and squirt a tiny bit of 10 to 1 soapy water in and brush, rinse, brush, rinse. Guess I am lucky?? My glass interior has not exploded/imploded. If it did I would definitely order another pot. BTW I tribute some of my "good" coffee flavor to the Ranchilio grinder bought so many years ago it was $250................now $350? Bought for espresso originally.

Happy Trails

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 3:27:06 PM PDT
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Dupree1 says:
Carl,
It is evident that you are a real coffee guy. Your posts have some very helpful information.
The following, however, needs translation:

"stir-to-sink the-bloom/foam-with-a-spoon-after-one-minute", for richer flavor. If you cannot do that with the Bonavita, that is the deal breaker, together with the need to slow the coffee brew into your carafe.

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B. Speer says:
The BonaVita comes with directions. They talk about grains of coffee per cup and grinding on "coarse" but nothing about stirring the bloom. That is part of the process with the AeroPress but there you are using much less water per gram of coffee so stirring would be more important. Read everything at Sweet Maria's I could find, nothing about stirring. Assuming as you say it is there does it matter?

A coffee drinking friend stayed over during his instillation of my new HVAC system (A/C, heater). Made my morning coffee and proudly gave him a cup. He sipped and gasped, "wow is the strong" and my bubble burst, LOL Objectively he was right at least for him. All this talk about making coffee better and better seems to go on forever. Just to try a change I started using close to half the coffee to water ratio for me. I never stir bloom with BonaVita. The coffee is very enjoyable.

Evenings after dinner when digesting stronger coffee or espresso is preferred. I seriously suspect all this talk about making better and better coffee with more money brewers and techniques is over-rated. I have not done blind taste tests of various methods and until I do I am going to assume this pursuit of the ultimate coffee is more in the brain than on the tongue, LOL

Unless you don't have much of a life coffee is just coffee. Drink it and poop or stay awake longer. Heck, there are some wonderful teas out their too, LOL

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 8:39:26 AM PDT
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Jack McSnack says:
All clear here Carl. Some dudes just don't get it or need to. BTW, I saw the new carafe on the new KBTS, and I like it and will order one Monday.

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