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Bonavita BV4000ID Porcelain Immersion Coffee Dripper

4.2 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews
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  • Porcelain dripper with on/off switch
  • Easy clean up
  • 16 oz. brewing capacity
  • Uses #4 paper filters
  • Includes lid to maintain heat
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Product Description

The Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper is the ideal way to make a single cup of great coffee. Brew right in the dripper using the open/close switch. Includes lid to maintain heat while brewing. Uses #4 paper filters. 16 oz. brewing capacity. Dishwasher safe.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.8 x 16 x 5.5 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
Manufacturer Espresso Supply, Inc
ASIN B00C0NZWT4
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number BV4000ID
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4.2 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #143,689 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#4,977 in Home & Kitchen > Home Décor > Home Décor Accents > Collectible Figurines
Date first available at Amazon.com March 1, 2013

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By B. Steeg on May 7, 2013
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I've been using an aeropress with the metal disc for the past year. I wanted to give a chemex a try but found this BonaVita and decided to try it out. I'm very happy with the results.

Unlike a chemex it:
1) allows you to control brew time with a shut off valve rather than relying exclusively on grind and pour technique.

2) allows you to stir the coffee brew to agitate like you can with the aeropress.

Like the chemex it:
1) allows you to preheat the porcelain with hot water (no go on plastic brewers).

2) will break if you drop it.

My BonaVita included #4 Melita paper filters. You can use a #2, but the advantage of a #4 is that you can stir the coffee better without spilling grinds up and over the lip of the smaller #2.

To brew, I used apprx. 20 grams of coffee, added 200 degree water, stirred with a coffee spoon for apprx. 50 seconds, set on my mug and opened the valve. Once opened, the coffee took about another 50 seconds to pour out of the BonaVita into the mug. Finally, I added 140 degree water to cool and cut the brew.

I am able to control water temp because I have the BonaVita variable temp kettle. I heat to 200 degrees then brew. Then I add water to the kettle from the cold filtered water dispenser. That usually cools it down to 115 or so. Then I set it back on the base and heat it up to 140. Sounds like a hassle but it isn't too bad when you get into a flow.

Overall, I think the BonaVita is easier to use and clean than the aeropress (given a paper filter in the BonaVita vs the aftermarket metal disc in the aeropress). I also think the coffee tastes just as good or better than what I make using the aeropress.
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First off, I will say it does make a great cup of coffee. Because of the massive porcelain design, I always pre-heat the dripper and my cup with boiling water first, then steep for just about 4 minutes. I would have given it a 4 or 5 star review based on coffee quality.

However, the assembly that controls the release of the water/coffee from the funnel is overly delicate. It broke on my unit after only 5 weeks of use. Symptoms are that the coffee starts slowly dripping out as soon as you pour the water into the funnel, even in the Off position. What happens is that the silicone stopper is held in place and controlled by a rather flimsy plastic assembly. This seemed to have cracked, causing insufficient pressure on the stopper thereby letting the water leak out. Several other folks reviewing this item have also had a similar issue with this part. I am wondering if they did not take in to account the softening effect that heat has on the plastic.

I have contacted Bonavita warranty support for a replacement, but unless they have beefed up this part, I am not optimistic that it will not just break again. The warranty is 2 years, so I guess I will get my money's worth over that time as long as they keep honoring the warranty. (Except for the 1-2 week period each time where I have to drink substandard coffee.)

UPDATE 1: Their customer support is efficient and easy to use. I received a replacement unit within just a few days (not 1-2 weeks). Points in their favor.

UPDATE 2: Broke again 6 months later with same problem. Dropped to one star.
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I used a Clever Coffee Dripper for several months, and was quite happy with the product. My biggest complaints were:

A) It's plastic, and I'm wary of letting hot foods and drinks sit in any kind of plastic for very long
B) It was unable to hold much heat. Even when using boiling water I could never get my brew temperature above 195F (as measured using a Thermapen).

The Bonavita solves both of these problems quite nicely. It's not made of plastic, so that issue is out, and the porcelain holds heat much better. I'm now able to achieve brew temperatures of 201-202F, resulting in a slightly sweeter and rounder cup.

Downsides as compared with the CCD:

A) I liked being able to see through the clear plastic of the CCD, especially when I was draining it into a cup. It's slightly more difficult to tell when the Bonavita is fully drained.

B) The design of the CCD makes it foolproof. As someone used to that design, I forgot to flip the lever shortly after the Bonavita arrived, and wound up with coffee all over my counter. Not a mistake I'll make again, but still worth mentioning. The Bonavita isn't quite as slick, design-wise.

C) The Bonavita is slightly smaller than the CCD. With the same filters (Mellita #4) I was able to do cups with 36g of coffee and 480g of water in the CCD. That much coffee and water will overflow the Bonavita, so I've switched to 33g of coffee and 440g of water. Not a big deal, but again still worth mentioning.
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I bought this item because I don't like how the Clever Dripper is made of plastic. I know that it is BPA free and whatnot, but I just don't like plastic in general. Plus the CD I had cracked.

I just received the unit, but am pleasantly pleased with it thus far. It was packaged well, and delivered on time. It has nice weight to it being that its made from porcelain, and the lever/mechanics seem like they were designed well. Hopefully it will last over the years.

I've brewed with it twice so far, and each cup came out perfect. I let the fresh coffee (26g) bloom for 30 seconds, let steep for 2 minutes, and let drain for 1:30. I used a grind in between espresso and drip. Ended up with a fantastic cup with very little sediment. Full bodied like a French press, without the grinds in your mouth.

I would recommend this product to anyone who likes a full bodied, French press style cup.
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