In this post, we'll be reviewing the Bonavita 8 Cup Brewer with Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe. The model # is BV1900TS. This is the newest model. We purchased these in late 2016. It does look different in aesthetic than the earlier models, although I'm not sure when the design changed.
I have to say that the brewer is attractive. There are a lot of brushed steel finishes, which is nice in that it's easy to keep clean. I have some experience keeping this brewer clean as I have the Bonavita 5 Cup Brewer at home. It's simplicity, brushed steel finishes, and long, smooth surfaces definitely allow the user to keep this machine clean long term.
Unboxing, the brewer is packed well. A pack of flat bottom Melitta paper filters (about 100 count), and a single pack of cleaner is included. This is a nice touch. The brewer has good weight to it. It's not super light or super heavy. It does feel substantive. The same thing can be said about the parts like the carafe and filter basket. Even though the filter basket is made of plastic, it doesn't feel flimsy. It feels like it will last for a long time.
Another important note in favor of the Bonavita brewer is that it is one of a select few coffee brewers certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). In this article on the SCAA website, SCAA has seven pillars of coffee preparation:
While the Bonavita brewer cannot control all of the seven pillars listed, it does an excellent job of the pillars that it can control. Number 5 for example states "The correct contact time between the coffee and water". The brew basket on the Bonavita brewer is deep. This is important in that I feel, a lot of brewers have too shallow of a brew basket. This doesn't allow for the proper amount of coffee to be inserted into the brewer, thus not allowing the proper amount of contact time between coffee and water. So in this respect, I feel the Bonavita brewer does a great job with its deep brew basket.
Pillar 6 emphasizes an importance of "The proper water temperature". Further down in the same article, SCAA states that proper water temperature for coffee brewing to be "between 195°-205°F (hot, but not too hot)". The Bonavita brewer again, does an excellent job of heating water to a proper temperature range for brewing coffee. I'll add that it does this fairly quickly as well.
There are a few negatives about the brewer. I wouldn't say that any of these are deal-breakers but they are worth mentioning:
Here are a couple of positive features that I feel make the Bonavita 8-Cup Brewer stand out:
In conclusion, this home brewer is a great deal. There are many positive features, with a couple iffy negative features. Again, this is one of the most attractive, well-built home coffee brewers available. The brewer works extremely well, as well as offering a nice pre-infusion mode - a definite plus! At a retail price of $179, this brewer is worth it. For some reason, Amazon lists it even cheaper at $119. At that price point, it's a steal!
Another noteworthy review of the Bonavita 8 Cup Brewer online:
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