Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker, White
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- The perfect cup of coffee: Braun’s pure flavor technology ensures your coffee is made at the right temperature and brewing time to extract the best coffee flavor and aroma. Expect excellent results, whether you brew a full pot or choose the 1–4 cup setting
- Wake up to a fresh pot: A programmable 24-hour timer means your coffee will be ready when you are. The auto shutoff feature will turn it off automatically. And the easy-to-read clock is visible from anywhere in your kitchen
- Rich flavor anytime: The brew pause system lets you pour a cup anytime during the brew cycle without dripping. Plus, the 12 cup flavor carafe seals in the fresh flavor by minimizing air exposure
- Your coffee your way: A unique water level indicator lets you brew an 11-ounce mug or up to 12 cups of coffee
- Smarter by design: The sleek, elegant design features a smaller footprint, lower profile, easy-access control panel and convenient cord storage
- Pure pleasure with every sip: The Braun gold-tone filter, unlike paper, enhances the flavor of your coffee by allowing essential oils to reach your cup. A charcoal filter purifies brewing water, and a cleaning feature can be customized to different water hardness levels
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From the manufacturer
- PureFlavor Brewing System
- 24-Hour Programmable Timer
- 12-Cup Glass FlavorCarafe
- Braun Anti-Drip System
- 1000 Watts
Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker
12 Cup - KF6050WH
Braun’s BrewSense 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker features a glass FlavorCarafe that seals in the fresh flavor by minimizing air exposure. The unique PureFlavor system makes your coffee at exactly the right temperature and brewing time to extract the flavor and aroma.
The moment the luscious aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, you know you’re going to have a satisfying cup of savory goodness. The sleek stainless steel and white finish will look stunning in any kitchen.
Features & Benefits
The Perfect Cup Of Coffee
Braun’s PureFlavor technology ensures your coffee is made at the right temperature and brewing time to extract the coffee flavor and aroma. Expect excellent results, whether you brew a full pot or choose the 1–4 cup setting.
Wake Up To A Fresh Pot
A programmable 24-hour timer means your coffee will be ready when you are. The auto shutoff feature will turn it off automatically. And the easy-to-read clock is visible from anywhere in your kitchen.
Rich Flavor Anytime
The Brew Pause system lets you pour a cup anytime during the brew cycle without dripping. Plus, the 12-cup FlavorCarafe seals in the fresh flavor by minimizing air exposure.
Features & Benefits
Your Coffee, Your Way
A unique water level indicator lets you brew an 11-oz. mug or up to 12 cups of coffee.
Smarter By Design
The sleek, elegant design features a smaller footprint and lower profile, easy-access control panel and convenient cord storage.
Pure Pleasure With Every Sip
The Braun gold-tone filter, unlike paper, enhances the flavor of your coffee by allowing essential oils to reach your cup. A charcoal filter purifies brewing water, and a cleaning feature can be customized to different water hardness levels.
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Braun’s Brew Sense 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker features a glass Flavor Carafe that seals in the fresh flavor by minimizing air exposure. Each satisfying cup begins with Braun’s unique pure flavor system to ensure your coffee is made at the right temperature and brewing time to extract the best flavor and aroma. An automatic, programmable 24-hour timer means you won’t have to wait to enjoy that first sip the moment you want it. And the anti-drip system allows you to pour anytime during the brewing cycle. Plus, the Braun gold-tone filter, unlike paper, enhances the flavor of your coffee by allowing essential oils to reach your cup. In addition, a “Clean” warning will illuminate when it’s time to descale, so the best coffee flavor can be maintained. The Brew Sense's elegant design features a premium display with LED indicators and easy-to-read buttons, convenient cord storage, smaller footprint and lower profile. And the sleek stainless steel and white finish will look stunning in any kitchen. With the Brew Sense, you know you’re going to have a satisfying cup of goodness to savor time after time.
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We have been using an old model of Braun 10-cup coffee maker for over 30 years, happily enough, with only minor complaints regarding the design features of that much simpler machine.
This new one enjoys a similar commitment to careful engineering, but in the spirit of ever greater complexity and the addition of computerized features, it is a far more complex device and suffers from major drawbacks on that account.
For example, all of the programming that one can do (setting the clock to the current time of day, setting the number of hours and minutes after which the machine will shut itself off, and telling the machine when you’d like it to automatically commence a brewing cycle) is lost if you unplug it, supposedly for longer than 60 seconds.
So imagine you’ve got a double outlet in your older kitchen and one is used for the frig and the other is shared between the coffeemaker and the coffee grinder. (The new power cord is an about 28”, two-pronged, polarized one.) We always kept the coffee maker safe by unplugging it after use because it’s power switch was very easy to turn on by simply sliding something on the countertop and gently bumping into the switch. That was the main design flaw of the older machine.
There is simply no way to use this machine’s fancy electronic features if you need to routinely unplug it, unless very briefly, e.g. in order to use the grinder. One must choose to simply power it off with the power button after the brewing cycle is complete, like the old machine, though pulling the cord is no longer necessary for safety. Oddly enough though, the safety instructions in the user manual include the admonition to “Always fill the water reservoir first, then plug the cord into the wall outlet.” (??? This make little sense in the context of all the programmed settings being lost as a result of a brief loss of power, over some 60 seconds, nor should it be necessary for safety.) Even the auto power off setting (the minimum time is 15 minutes, I wish it were 5 or zero) is lost, so the machine, if accidentally left powered on after brewing is complete, will continue to be “on” and will keep cycling the full power on intermittently, as though it were trying to keep the pot warm, whether there’s coffee in it or not and whether you’d want to keep cooking the coffee or not, for the default of 2 hours.
Neither the product description online here nor the Braun website nor the printed user guide explains how the coffee maker uses power, a supremely important aspect of such a device. My Kill-A-Watt says it uses about 930 watts when the heat is on (the rating is 1000 watts). At the start of a normal brewing cycle (not the 1 to 4 cup cycle) the power goes on and remains on until about 20 or 30 seconds after the water stops being spewed out over the grounds. It then enters a cycling pattern of about 9 seconds on and 2 minutes off, keeping the pot warm, until the auto-off period shuts down the machine, turning off the various panel lights but still drawing somewhere between about 1 and 7 watts. The Kill-A-Watt says 1 watt but also says .06 amps, so at 120 volts that would mean 7 watts of power draw, not 1. It’s probably close to 1, or at least it should be.
It may be the case that there is only a single heating element in the device, and it’s located under the warming plate for the carafe, rather than one for boiling the water and another for heating the warming plate as I’d long imagined. That’s probably why the power consumption, even in this newer machine, doesn’t fall from the high level used during brewing to a continuous few tens of watts just for keeping the pot warm. I would prefer to not keep the pot warm and to rely instead on the microwave to warm subsequent cups as needed. Better for the coffee’s flavor, better for controlling the coffee and milk temperature and less wasteful of electricity.
The 1 to 4 cups brewing cycle seems to be only slightly different from the standard cycle. At the start, the high power level cycles on and off a few times for the first minute or less instead of just turning on, then reverts to full on (~930 watts) for the rest of the brewing cycle just like the normal cycle, again turning off within 20 to 30 seconds after the water reservoir is emptied, then the pattern of intermittent warming is less aggressive, with the on cycle being perhaps one second shorter and the period between on cycles increasing to about 2 and a half minutes, i.e. a little less heat is used to maintain warmth of a presumed lesser amount of coffee in the carafe.
Braun could easily adjust the warming cycle for an initial load of coffee in the pot by measuring the time required for the water in the reservoir to be emptied during the brewing cycle, which tells you how much coffee was just brewed. But then if a fraction of that coffee is poured from the carafe, the machine wouldn’t know it and wouldn’t adjust the warming cycle accordingly, in an attempt to keep the coffee in the pot at a particular temperature. Which is part of the reason that the whole approach of increasing complexity seems just silly. A bare-bones approach will in many scenarios work better. For someone with an extra outlet and a regular morning schedule, the current design approach seems fine though.
The other thing is that the machine is huge. Wide, deep and tall. Our older 10-cup machine drew ~800 watts, and had a cross sectional area about half of what this one has and was several inches shorter, both of which are advantages. The new machine has a built-in charcoal filter, which they suggest replacing every two months, depending on how hard your water is, though hardness is perhaps not what it’s mainly about, rather residual chlorine in the tap water. In theory this is a good thing for water purity, but that’ seems like way too much maintenance for real life. In places with mediocre or poor water quality, it could be a very nice feature, however, despite the extra nuisance and expense. Each new filter needs to be soaked for 15 minutes or more then rinsed well for 10 seconds, then installed. It sits in the outlet of the water tank.
It’s not obvious how the plastic cone which holds either a #4 paper filter or the gold colored reusable cone (apparently it’s not gold plated like they used to be or they’d say so) is removed from the machine. Loading coffee from the Braun electric grinder into the cone is awkward compared to the old machine, though pouring water in is not particularly awkward. There is a multi-stepped water level indicator thing in the reservoir so that you can measure water by aiming a flashlight down into the tank rather than by measuring how much you put in. I think I’ll stick with measuring how much I put in.
The carafe has a very nice feel to it, pours beautifully, and has one excellent little feature, a small click-resistance to keep the lid almost closed when pouring at a steep angle where it would otherwise fall open. A “cup” is ~4 ounces. We only need to brew more than 6 or 7 “cups” once every couple of years, so 12 cups is overkill for capacity. Eight or 10 would be fine. A double load can be done for entertaining.
The retail box is well made but it’s not nearly sturdy enough for shipping of the product. Our order was filled without the extra protection of a shipping box and the coffee maker was ruined on account of rough handling of the inadequate packing job. The replacement arrived in perfect condition, however, despite the same packing approach. But after checking it out for one day, I’m not as happy with the net effects of the design philosophy as I expected to be. The coffee certainly tasted good and I suspect it was brewed quite optimally.
1. the 'look': wanted white/stainless as it sits in front of a new white glass backsplash
2. footprint is nice (height/width)
3. all-glass carafe: most white ones have plastic around top of carafe, which I thought would get discolored over time
1. doesn't keep the coffee hot enough, and no temp adjustment exists
2. no brew strength adjustment
3. filter basket fins are too closely spaced: no way to dry them quickly, so unless you want to spend a LOT of time (NOT) - it has to set out on the counter in order to dry
4. showerhead gets covered with coffee grounds, and like the basket fins - the holes are so small and tightly spaced that it's impossible to clean (I use the recommended amt of coffee: 1 T/cup). I have found that it's worse when using the gold filter - so tried paper: still a problem... just a lesser one
5. carafe lid hinge is very flimsy... expect it to break every time I remove the lid
I've always had Cuisinarts and they are much superior, in my opinion. Have always had black ones... this is the first time I was looking for this color - and didn't like their 'white' design.
This Braun 'looks' good, but I'm very sorry I got it and wish I'd returned it.
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Its features don't do anything, the instructions are poorly written, to set the timer for auto shutoff you need to press the auto button and to shutoff after auto on you need to hold it for 3 seconds. You also have to turn it on, then press brew to get your coffee. When it shuts off after 2 hours, turning it back on doesn't activate the plate warmer.
It's just a weird machine. I tried all three water hardness settings and it didn't change the taste of the coffee in any way. It was the same mediocre flavor for all three settings.
Plus, the worse part of all, the carafe glass is thin, the carafe is quite heavy when full and when you pour it goes everywhere. I think as much of it lands on the counter as does in the cup and when you pour the water into the machine, there's very little space to do so and since the carafe leaks everywhere, it makes a complete mess.
This machine is not worth more than a $10 garage sale or second hand store used one.
Reviewed in Canada on August 17, 2020