Best SCAA Certified Coffee Makers 2018

best scaa certified coffee makers
best scaa certified coffee makers

7 Best SCAA Approved
Coffee Makers

SCAA certified coffee makers are the A-list celebrities of home brewing coffee makers.

If a machine gets the nod from the SCAA it’s a pretty big deal. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a non-profit organization focused on sharing coffee knowledge and defining coffee standards in pursuit of the perfect cup.

The standards they’ve compiled relate to each step in the process from green coffee, cupping, roasting, water quality and finally brewing. If you’re a home brewer then the water quality standards are probably the ones you really want to pay attention to.

The SCAA have also taken to testing home coffee brewers in an effort to separate the “excellent” from the “not bad”. If a coffee machine passes their rigorous testing and makes it onto the SCAA list then it’s generally a safe bet that it’ll make a really good cup of coffee.

Once a machine gets on the list the certification lasts for 3 years or until the model changes.

Not being on the list doesn’t necessarily mean that a coffee machine isn’t any good though. There’s a 4-figure fee that needs to be paid just to get the SCAA to test the machine. Some manufacturers either feel that they can’t afford the fee to have each of their models tested or simply don’t like the idea of paying someone to confirm how good their machine is.

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When you consider how many coffee makers are on the market today and how short the SCAA certified home brewers list is then you begin to understand how tough it is to get this badge of honor. Any one of the machines on their list will do a good job but if you’re looking for the best SCAA certified coffee makers then check out our favorites below.

If you want more detail of the exact testing process and SCAA certification requirements I’ve put together an explanation further down in this post in the blue box. Before we get to that let’s get straight into our reviews of the best SCAA certified coffee makers.

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SCAA Certified Coffee Makers - Comparison


Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 10
  • 10 Cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Cone #4 Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 8 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System Review
  • 8 Cup Carafe
    1 Cup = 5 oz
  • Basket Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 12 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


KitchenAid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker black front
  • 8 Cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Cone #4 Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 8-10 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


Bonavita BV1900TS Drip Coffee Maker
  • 10 cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Basket Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 8-10 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


Oxo On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review
  • 9 Cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Cone #4 Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 8 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


bunn scaa certified 10 cup coffee maker
  • 9 Cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Basket Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 10 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water


cuisinart cpo-850 scaa certified drip coffee maker
  • 8 Cup Carafe
    1 cup = 5 oz
  • Cone #4 Filter
    Type of Coffee filter
  • Brew: 5-7 min.
    Approximate Brew Time For Full Pot
  • Pre-Infusion
    Pre-Soak Coffee Grounds to release CO2 gases
  • BPA Free
    No BPA in plastic in contact with water

#1 Technivorm Moccamaster


  • Highest Quality since 1964
  • Handmade In Netherlands


  • Expensive
  • No special features - just on/off

If you’ve got deep pockets and don’t mind paying for quality then the Technivorm Moccamaster range of products are a good bet.

Especially if you like simple, clean designs and prefer your appliances made somewhere other than China. These are probably the most expensive coffee machines on the SCAA list but there’s a good reason for this.

They’re handmade in the Netherlands so you get the excellent quality you’d expect from a product made in Europe. They’ve been in business since 1964 so you’re also getting a coffee maker with a good pedigree and solid history behind it.

The majority of the Moccamaster options are within their K series with a few options available in their C series. The main difference between these is that the K series has a rectangular tower housing while the C series has a round tower housing.

Technivorm Moccamaster - The Best Automatic Drip Coffee Maker?

Some models come with a glass or stainless steel thermal carafe while with some of the others you’ll need to buy a separate carafe. These great machines will make anywhere between 1 and 10 cups with a full carafe being brewed in about 6 minutes.

I really like the fact that these coffee brewers just have a simple on-off interface with no fancy gadgets, gauges or settings.

#2 Behmor Connected Brewer and Behmor Brazen

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System Review

Behmor Brazen

Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker

Behmor Connected


  • Adjustable Water Temperature
  • App Controlled (Connected Model)
  • A​djustable Pre-Soak Time


  • Heavy Coffee Maker
  • Small Carafe

If you like a bit more control and enjoy tweaking your brew process to get it just right then both the Behmor Connected and the Behmor Brazen would fit the bill. These great brewers give you the the ability to customize each aspect of your brew while still maintaining the convenience of an auto drip machine.

Both the Brazen and the Connected allow for adjustable water temperature and pre-soak times. You can set the brewing temperature anywhere from 190-210F although I'd suggest aiming somewhere around the sweet spot of 195-205F.

If you want to get that perfect bloom going you can experiment with pre-soak times between 15 seconds up to 4 minutes. One of the big reasons that this machine makes such good coffee is the oversized shower head that fully saturates all the coffee grounds.

Behmor Brazen Plus Showerhead

The water flow is also pulsed which creates turbulence in the grounds to ensure maximum extraction. Both machines can be programmed to have your brew ready for your when you wake up. Both models come with a stainless steel double walled thermal carafe that does a great job of keeping the coffee hot.

The carafe has a brew through lid so you don't lose any heat during the brewing process. If you prefer ordering your coffee from bed then get the Behmor Connected and load the free app on your Apple or Android device.

You can control all the functionality from your phone, including how many cups you want brewed. The app keeps you updated on each stage of the brew and you’ll even get a text message when your coffee is ready.

#3 KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802 + KCM0801OB

KitchenAid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker black left


  • Fits in KitchenAid Appliances Kitchen
  • Manual Pour-Over Method automized


  • Longer than average brewing time
  • Could be too tall for lower hanging kitchen cabinets

If you already have some KitchenAid appliances on your counter this great brewer will fit in with them perfectly.

It’s got the typical KitchenAid design elements but with a more modern feel about it. If you’ve perfected the pour over technique then you know how good coffee can be if it’s done right.

It does take a bit of practice and effort though. This custom pour over brewer delivers consistent infused flavor by mimicking the pour over process without any of the manual effort. Once the water is up to temperature it is dispensed over the grounds, alternating between pouring and steeping to get maximum extraction.

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer Video

One of the reasons it delivers such good coffee is that the water is heated to be between 198F-204F directly above the brewer. That way you know the temperature is spot on when it hits the grounds in the basket.

It doesn’t use a thermal carafe but the warming plate will keep the coffee hot for up to one hour without ever raising the temperature of the coffee. That way you know it’ll be hot when you come for a second cup but it’s not ever going to have that burnt taste you get from the cheap coffee machines.

You can select to brew between 1 and 8 cups and it takes around 6 to 8 minutes to brew 8 cups. If you like the idea of one touch brewing then go for the KCM0801OB. There are no fancy settings just a single button to push and some indicator lights, instead of a digital display, to let you know what stage of brewing it’s busy with.

If you prefer a digital display and want more control like 24-hour programmability, roast selector and cup quantity selection then go for the KCM0802. There’s a significant price difference but it’s a good option if you like to use dark roast beans one day and a lighter roast the next.

Using the roast selector will vary the process so that you always get maximum flavors and subtleties from the different roasts.

#4 Bonavita BV1900TS And BV1900TD

Bonavita BV1900TS Drip Coffee Maker

Bonavita BV1900TS


  • Great value for the price
  • Large shower head for even better saturation of the grounds


  • Filter sits on carafe - could be irritating
  • Pouring coffee only possible with lid on

Just because a home brewer made the SCAA list doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive.

If you want consistently good coffee from a reliable machine at a great price then the BV1900TS and BV1900TD machines from Bonavita are a solid choice. These are simple one touch brewers which is great if you like your coffee brewed with minimum fuss and fiddling.

There is an optional pre-infusion mode that you engage by pressing and holding the brew button for 5 seconds but that’s the full extent of any customization you get. Using this mode will wet the grounds to allow for a period of degassing before dispensing the water again to begin the brewing stage.

These machines use a large shower head that delivers better saturation of the grounds to give you uniform extraction. Both machines make use of a filter basket that sits directly on top of the carafe rather than inside the machine.

Bonavita BV1900 and BV1500 (the 5 cup version) coffee maker

This design minimizes the distance the coffee has to travel so you don’t lose any heat but it does mean that you need to be a little careful when removing the carafe along with the basket after brewing. The carafe doesn’t have a brew through lid so you’ll need to pop the lid on after removing the brew basket.

If you like the idea of a programmable brewer then for few more dollars the TD version gives you this functionality along with a digital display. This model is available exclusively from William Sonoma.

The TS model has no display and can’t be programmed but is available pretty much everywhere. Both machines deliver consistently good coffee with the least amount of effort and are really well priced.

#5 OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup and 12 Cup Coffee Maker

Oxo On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

Barista Brain 9-Cup


  • Microprocessor controls perfect timing of brew cycle 
  • Removable water kettle (OXO 12 cup only)


  • Expensive coffee maker

If you’re looking for a coffee maker that is really pleasing to the eye and you don’t mind shelling out $200 or $300 then the OXO On Brain brewers are sure to impress.

I just love their design but the OXO On Barista Brain is more than just a pretty face. It’s got some real smarts too.

The “Brain” in the model name refers to the fact that they’ve built in some smart microprocessor electronics to control all the critical elements of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. It monitors everything from the precision controlled water temperature, the carefully measured amount of water that is dispensed as well as the timing of the brew.

Oxo On 9-Cup Coffee Maker Choose Cup Size

Brew between 4 and either 9 or 12 cups depending on the model you choose.

A little water is first dispensed into the brew basket for an initial bloom and then carefully timed cycles of water are dispensed to get full flavor extraction. By controlling each step the Brain allows the brewer to mimic a perfect pour over process that delivers consistently good coffee.

Because the machine has everything under control there aren’t any brew settings that you can change. While some might not like the lack of control, it does mean that you get rock solid consistency with every brew. The only option you have is in choosing how many cups you want to brew.

You can brew between 4 and either 9 or 12 cups depending on the model you choose. Unfortunately there’s no option to brew a single cup. The 9 cup option is only available from Williams Sonoma. It is programmable and it comes with digital display.

The 12 cup model comes with a simple one button interface and also has a removable kettle which makes refilling a whole lot easier. With this brewer Oxo On have truly combined art and science to make a really attractive coffee maker that impresses with every cup.

#6 BUNN 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

bunn scaa certified 10 cup coffee maker


  • 3-Year-Warranty
  • Digital thermometer to precisely measure water temperature


  • It's pretty big
  • Only available with glass carafe

If you’re spending more than a hundred bucks on a coffee maker then you want to be sure that it’s going to last.

The 3 year warranty and a company heritage stretching back to 1840 makes this great brewer from BUNN an appliance that will be making you coffee for years to come. All Bunn coffee makers are designed and assembled in the USA although some of the individual components are imported.

They claim that the excellent coffee this brewer makes is down to their proprietary “Heat & Release” technology. I’m not sure why they feel that heating water and then releasing it over coffee is a proprietary concept but they do seem to have the temperature and timing spot on.

Make Gold Cup Standard Coffee with the BUNN 10-Cup Coffee Maker

The digital thermometer in the water heater ensures that the water is heated to 197.6F before it is dispensed it via a 6-stream spray head.

I really like the drip-free carafe that it comes with. No more cleaning up after pouring a few cups. You can use the one touch brew button or program it to have your coffee ready for you when you wake up. It takes around 10 minutes to brew a full carafe.

#7 Cuisinart PurePrecision™ Pour Over Coffee Maker


  • Some control over temperature and flavor
  • Available with glass and thermal carafe


  • Coffee not hot for very long in thermal carafe

If you’re already a fan of Cuisinart appliances then the PurePrecision brewer would be a great addition to your kitchen.

This is probably the best Cuisinart coffee maker on the market and its SCAA certification is well earned. The brew process is fully automatic but you do have some control over the strength of the brew and the temperature of the water.

The flavor control lets you select between mild, medium or bold and will require a little experimentation depending on the kind of roast you’re using. Essentially it either speeds up or slows down the flow of water to vary the extraction.

As for temperature control, you have the option of “hot” or “extra hot”. Exactly what temperature these settings refer to I couldn’t tell you. The end result is either a great cup of coffee or a slightly hotter, equally great cup of coffee.

Cuisinart CPO-800 with glass carafe

I like the clean design lines and stainless steel finish of this machine but it’s the consistent quality of the coffee that will keep you coming back for more.

The CPO-800 model comes with a glass carafe or, for an extra $20 or so, you can get the CPO-850 that comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe with brew through lid.


SCAA Home Brewer Certification
What Does It Take To Make The List?

Making the perfect cup of coffee is one part art, one part science and a whole lot of consistency. Here’s a brief look at the criteria the SCAA uses when they decide whether to add a home brewer to their list or not.

Brewing Temperature

Uniformity of Performance

Uniformity of Extraction

Beverage Clarity

Holding Receptacle & Temperature

There are one or two more things that they insist on during their testing. If you’re interested in reading about the details of the testing that they do you can check out the SCAA’s page.


SCAA logo - Speciality Coffee Association Of America

For the most part you’re not going to find cheap coffee makers in the SCAA certified list.

When you see the kind of rigorous testing they put these brewers through you quickly realize that only the best of the best will make it. Designing that level of quality into a product is going to add to the cost. The SCAA badge has become a bit of a status symbol in the coffee brewer community but it’s a badge with substance behind it.

It is only given to a home brewer that delivers a consistently excellent cup of coffee every time you use it. If you’re looking to buy the best SCAA certified coffee maker then any one of the ones we reviewed above will fit the bill. The variance in styling between the different models may mean that you choose one simply because it compliments your existing appliances.

Maybe you love the one touch button interface or perhaps you prefer a brewer with more control or that is programmable. You may simply prefer to stick with a brand that you’ve had good experiences with in the past.

Either way, the fact that each of these coffee makers carries the SCAA stamp of approval means that regardless of the one you choose you’re guaranteed a great cup of coffee.

So tell me, what is your favorite SCAA certified coffee maker and do you own one?

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker Review

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker
Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker

[pullquote align=”normal”]Fresh ground coffee but this convenience costs you[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 8/10
  • Reliability - 8/10
  • Convenience - 4/10
  • Premium Features - 7/10
  • Price - 5/10

  • Intuitive Display - For easy to change settings
  • Customizable - For you to have full control over everything
  • Design - Futuristic stainless steel look for the modern kitchen
  • Burr Grinder - For consistent grind size compared to blade grinder
  • Expensive - You pay more for the convenience
  • Carafe Design - Not easy to empty
  • Temperature - Brewing temperature at the lowest acceptable value

Breville Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe YouBrew BDC600XL
Full Review

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I could have a better coffee in my cup but without all those extra steps like manual grinding!”?

The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker may satisfy your craving.

Although it has a lot of great features there are also some drawbacks that you should be aware of.

So I kindly ask you to read my whole review about the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker before you make a final buying decision.

Breville BDC600XL - A Stainless Steel Robot

Breville DBC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker

The Breville’s massive appearance but also the high-tech LCD display remind me of the robots in the Transformer movies.

Yes, maybe I am exaggerating but with 16.2×14×9 inches it definitely belongs to the bigger drip coffee makers of its kind.

And with 16 pounds of weight, you don’t have to worry a lot to accidentally push it off the table. This hulk of a coffee maker sits rock-solid on your counter.

So you better choose wisely where you want to put it because it’s not that easy to carry the Breville YouBrew coffee maker around.

Except the filter basket, the whole coffee maker is wrapped in a layer of brushed metal.

This gives the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker a quite modern look.

A Cup, A Mug, Or A Whole Carafe - It's Your Choice!

Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control with Coffee Cup
Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker with Travelmug
Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe

After refilling the plastic hopper with up to ½ pound of coffee, you’ve got your first decision to make.

How much coffee do you want to brew? A single cup, a mug, a full carafe? Or even anything in between?

The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker gives you not less than 9 different options.

I don’t even have 9 cups, let alone 9 cups in different sizes.

So whether you are on the way to work or invited the whole family over for coffee and cake, you are always prepared!

The stainless steel carafe can hold up to 12 cups of coffee and keeps it hot for a few hours.

Although emptying the carafe seems to be cumbersome.

Coffeeble says:

9 different 'single-cup' size options from 7.5oz. up to 21oz. for you to be completely flexible.

Quite a few people complained about problems to empty the carafe without turning it completely upside down which results in coffee everywhere but not in the cup.

From Lite To Bold, From Mild To Intense - What's Your Strength?

Breville YouBrew BDC600XL Display

The futuristic but yet user-friendly LCD-Display is the heart of the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker. On the backlit control panel, you are virtually the commander-in-chief!

Is the coffee too strong? Let’s reduce the strength!

Does the coffee in the mug taste boring? Why not increase the flavor?

Not enough Java in the cup? Next time, increase the amount from 11oz to 12.5 oz.

And the best: if you found your perfect coffee profile you can keep it forever. Or, until somebody else changes it after you.

The machine remembers your last settings so you can enjoy your perfect adjusted cup of coffee every time. Or, until somebody else changed it.

All right I am being quiet – you got it. It keeps the last used settings regardless of who has done it.

Another great feature is that you don’t have to bend your neck to check how much water is left in the tank. Because there is a digital indicator in the display for the water fill level.

I guess, it goes without saying that the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker with its ingenious display also comes with a digital clock and a timer.

Performance And Maintenance

Under the hood of the Breville BDC600XL is an 1100 Watts engine to heat up the water quickly and keep it hot during the brewing process.

Although the heated water barely hits the 200°F it is still in the range of the recommended temperature of the SCAA, which is between 195° and 205° Fahrenheit.

Hint: If you pre-warm the carafe with hot water before the brewing cycle you can increase the hours of coffee to stay hot.

Of course, you should dump the water before you push the Start button.

Regular cleaning is important to keep the performance at the top level and don’t clog the grinder.

So taking out the filter holder, the gold tone filter basket and wiping the tunnel between the grinder and the basket should be on your to-do list after each brewing.

Every other day you should also check the burrs and remove old coffee bean pieces inside the grinder.

Then you should be on the safe side!

My Verdict About The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Coffee Maker

With the BDC600XL, Breville has created an intelligently designed coffee maker with integrated burr grinder.

But is the convenience of enjoying coffee made from freshly ground coffee beans at the push of a button enough to satisfy your craving?

Are you willing to forgive this machine, when you get a good cup of Joe but grinding, for example, was not so perfect?

Can you accept it, that frequent cleaning is important and should be done after each brewing cycle?

If the relatively high price can’t stop you as well, I believe the Breville BDC600XL with integrated grinder is the right product for you.

It’s time to make your choice:

Related: Better Coffee with Bonavita but no grinder built-in!

What do you think of the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker? Is it worth the money? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital Drip Coffee Maker Review

Hamilton Beach 46201 Drip Coffee Maker Review
Hamilton Beach 46201 Drip Coffee Maker Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]Feature Rich Coffee Maker Which Brews A Decent Cup Of Joe[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 6/10
  • Reliablity - 7/10
  • Convenience - 9/10
  • Premium Features - 4/10
  • Price - 9/10

  • Easy To Clean - Filter Basket and water tank removable and dishwasher safe.
  • Convenient - Buttons and units clearly labeled and easy to read
  • Feature Rich - Lot of extras for the low price
  • Brew Temperature - Does not reach recommended min. temp of 195 F in brewing tests

Hamilton Beach 46201
Drip Coffee Maker Full Review

The sleek and stylish Hamilton Beach 46201 coffee maker is great for people who appreciate the pleasures of life.

Clearly arranged buttons and a large display ensure the operation of the coffee machine to become second nature quite quickly.

If you just want to prepare great coffee with minimal effort and for a low price, this machine is the right choice.


The Hamilton Beach 46021 may look familiar to you. That’s because its stainless steel front and black plastic body are typical for the Hamilton Beach style.

With 16 inches, it is not a very small appliance, however, it still fits neatly under the cabinets that are usually mounted at a height of 18 inches.

Another feature I like is the swing-out brew basket, as this eliminates the problem which you would have with a top-fill machine and the tight countertop space.

You are probably still required though to force the machine out of its hiding place once the removable water tank ran dry.

Readability Of Display And Units

Hamilton Beach 46201 Display

Although the buttons feel cheap when pressed they are organized well and are easy to read.

Both the On/Off button and the Program button are equipped with an LED-light to indicate an active program or if the machine is running.

The bluish laminated display provides the current time, brew strength and thermometer icon for the ‘Keep Warm’ feature.

The units on the water tank and the carafe are big enough and easy to read.

Coffee Making Process

Add Coffee To Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker

Brewing coffee with the Hamilton Beach 46201 is really simple since it operates exactly like any other traditional drip machine.

To have access to the filter basket you push the ‘Swivel Filter Basket Button’ on the right side of the machine and fill it up with an appropriate amount of coffee grounds.

The water reservoir is removable for easy refilling in the sink. If no cabinets are blocking the top lid from opening, you can also refill the water without removing the tank.

Don’t forget to order the optionally available water filter if you don’t have a water softener in your house. This will remove the odd flavor you have when there is a high amount of chlorine in the water.

The ‘Brew Option’ feature allows you to increase the strength of the coffee.

Using this option will increase the length of the brewing cycle which results in a stronger coffee. Alternatively you can select the’ 1-4 cup’ setting for smaller batches.

And if you can’t wait for your first cup before the brew cycle is finished, no problem. Just pull the carafe out and the flow will automatically stop. Just bear in mind that your coffee could be too strong at this time.

Coffeeble says:

The Hamilton Beach 46021 is easily refillable in your sink thanks to the removable water reservoir.

Type Of Coffee To Use

Since this is a regular drip coffee maker, you have the choice of pre-ground coffee or whole beans, for which you need an additional grinder.

Remember that pre-ground coffee gets stale pretty quickly so freshly ground coffee beans are to be preferred for any kind of coffee machine.

Type Of Filter To Use

Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Coffee Filter

Included is a basic filter basket for which you need an extra paper filter. You should look for filters that indicate 8-12 cups.

If you are concerned about the environment you may consider purchasing the optionally available Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Tone Filter now at Amazon.

Brewing Performance

It is important for the flavor of the coffee to be brewed with the correct temperature. According to the NCAA (National Coffee Association), your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction.

A leading consumer research magazine stated that the Hamilton Beach 46201 failed to achieve the recommended temperature. These results are supported by some customer comments, which felt that the coffee was partly not hot enough.

Colder water results in under extracted coffee which leads to a boring flavor.

If you're not a coffee aficionado you probably won't taste a huge difference. But don't tell me afterwards I haven't warned you!

But on the other hand, this drip coffee maker is a best seller at Amazon with over 75% of 5 and 4 star reviews. So it 

Cleaning The Hamilton Beach 46201

HAmilton Beach 46201 Glass Carafe

A selling point is certainly how easy the coffee machine is to clean. I am pleased to tell you that keeping this machine neat is a breeze.

Thanks to the removable water reservoir and coffee filter holder you can easily wash them off in the sink or just throw them in the dishwasher.

I want to add a minor setback. When you look closely at the picture of the glass carafe you can see the plastic ring at the top.

Coffee residues may be hard to remove in the tiny gaps where the plastic ring and the glass pot are glued together. But with all the advantages in mind, this should be a forgivable small issue.

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My Verdict About the Hamilton Beach 46201 Drip Coffee Maker

Will you be able to satisfy coffee connoisseurs with the Hamilton Beach 46201? Probably not!

However, this coffee machine still brews a solid cup of Joe. And I believe that it is hard to find many drip coffee makers with the same or more features in this price category.

So can I recommend it?

If you are looking for an inexpensive, foolproof coffee maker with above average features, absolutely!

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OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review
OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]The coffee maker that does all the thinking for you[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • Reliablity - 8/10
  • Convenience - 10/10
  • Premium Features - 9/10
  • Price - 7/10

  • Foolproof - One Button For All Settings
  • Wide Shower head - Full saturation of coffee grounds for maximum contact of grinds with water
  • Automatic Pour-Over - Mimics manual pour-over for better coffee extraction
  • SCAA Certified - Passed all tests to serve you five-star coffee
  • 2 Years Warranty - No risk  now, no risk later!
  • Size - Too big for very small kitchen
  • Longer Brew Time - Pour-Over increases total brew time
  • Thermal Carafe - Coffee stays only hot for about 90-120 minutes

Oxo On 9 Cup Coffee Maker
Full Review

Does it seem like no matter what kind of coffee you buy you just can’t brew a cup of coffee as good as your local barista can? Premium quality gourmet coffee is just one part of brewing the perfect cup of joe at home.

There is a true science to the art of brewing! And it’s up to your coffee maker to provide the right temperature and amount of water to bring out the full potential of whatever you’re brewing.

The OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker was developed with innovative technologies to create optimal conditions to maximize the aroma and flavors of the best gourmet coffees.

As you’ll see from this OXO Barista Brain Drip Coffee Maker review, the model boasts many impressive features that you just won’t find in other coffee makers. Even those that are in the same price range.

The OXO Barista Brain - So Advanced, It's Actually Simple

OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Drip Coffee Maker

Many coffee aficionados swear by the pour-over brewing method. The slow and steady exposure to the heated water can bring out the full aroma and flavor profiles of coffees.

If you’ve ever tried pour-over brewing, though, you know that it’s time-consuming. So it’s just not a practical option for someone who wants to brew up a quick pot of coffee. It should be easy, especially in the morning before work or after dinner with dessert.

The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is all that combined in one machine!

An automatic drip coffee maker with a simulated manual pour-over brewing method.

Coffeeble says:

OXO On Barista Brain - a combination of manual pour-over and automatic drip.

A microprocessor called the Barista’s Brain (by OXO) controls the brew cycle and mimics this pour-over brewing method.

At the same time, the ‘Brain’ continuously checks the temperature of the water. If necessary, it makes minor adjustments throughout brewing to keep heat levels at optimal levels.

OXO On Drip Coffee Maker Showerhead

A wide rainmaker showerhead is designed to saturate all coffee grounds for a perfect flavor extraction. Another reason why your coffee tastes so damn good with the OXO coffee maker.

The showerhead also dispenses the water into the brew basket in timed cycles. At the start of the brew cycle, the model initiates a pre-infusion cycle or also called bloom. This short cycle triggers the release of CO² in fresh coffee beans. It also supports flavor extraction and thus, activates the unique blend of notes present in the beans.

The microprocessor monitors the length of the brew cycle. This guarantees a perfect timing for the coffee grounds to be exposed to the hot water.

The brew cycle of this coffee maker does allow it to brew a cup of coffee that can rival that of what you can enjoy with a handcrafted pour-over cup of coffee.

It’s important to note that it does take this coffee maker a little longer to brew compared to other models. This is because the cycle starts and stops several times to maintain ideal water volume inside of the brew basket.

SCAA Certified - Quality That's Guaranteed

SCAA Certified Coffee Maker Logo

Another unique feature of the OXO coffee maker is that it is SCAA certified. The SCAA or Specialty Coffee Association of America is a nonprofit group that develops standards for coffee makers. It provides certifications only to models that meet their requirements.

Because the OXO 9-cup Coffee Maker is SCAA approved, you can be confident that it provides you with a great cup of coffee.

Precise water temperature control over the brewing cycle is mandatory to reach this good tasting coffee. The OXO Coffee Maker is designed to brew coffee at temperatures between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

The finished brew drips into an insulated stainless steel carafe that is designed to hold coffee at the right temperature until you’re ready to enjoy it.

According to reports, the thermal carafe will keep the brewed coffee hot. But it does not keep it at an optimal temperature for as long as some competitors like the Brazen Plus by Behmor.

Coffeeble says:

Every sip of coffee tastes the same thanks to the internal mixing tube inside the carafe.
It blends the coffee while it's brewing.

If you typically finish a pot of coffee within 2 hours of brewing, the thermal carafe of the OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker will likely meet your needs.

Yet, if you tend to come back to the pot over the course of many hours, you may need to reheat your coffee in the microwave.

The LED Interface - It Couldn't Be Easier

OXO On Barista Brain Cup Size Dial

The OXO Barista Brain is designed to make home brewing as easy as possible. The model features an LED interface that is easy to read and has intuitive controls. With a simple twist of a knob, you switch the brew amount from 2 to 4 cups or 5 to 9 cups at a time. With a push of the button, you confirm your selection.

Once you have set the desired number of cups, the Oxo On 9-Cup Coffee Maker does the rest. Brew time and temperature are set automatically and give you the best results. This takes the guesswork out of brewing, so you end up with a superb cup of coffee.

OXO On Barista Brain cone shaped Filter Brew Basket

The cone-shaped brew basket also ensures that all the flavor compounds from your ground coffee beans are extracted. As a result, your coffee is equally robust whether you brew two cups or nine cups at a time.

Oh, by the way, OXO has included a 1 cup coffee scoop and 10 standard #4 filters so you can start your first brew instantly.

Imagine this tragedy: you just got your new coffee machine delivered but forgot to buy coffee filters. Fortunately, it cannot happen with the OXO coffee maker.

If you prefer a permanent gold filter instead, no problem! It will also fit, although it’s not included.

There is also an internal mixing tube in the thermal carafe that blends the coffee as it drips. So you don’t end up with the first brewed drops all on the bottom. All these features come together to give you the most delicious experience with every sip.

Unfortunately, the 9-Cup version of the OXO coffee maker does not have a removable kettle. The kettle in the 12-Cup version heats water and can be removed for a cup of tea or cocoa.

If this feature is important, you should have a look at the OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Maker now at Amazon.

The OXO Coffee Maker Design - A Feast For The Eyes

OXO On Barista Brain Design

The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is highly functional, but it’s also attractively designed. The sleek stainless steel and black-finished plastic give the drip coffee maker a distinctive modern look.

This isn’t a coffee maker that you have to put away between uses to keep the kitchen counter top area stylish. The contemporary design will blend in with your decor perfectly.

And you don’t have to worry about cleaning at all. Most parts, like the rainmaker showerhead or the mixing tube, are removable and top-rack dishwasher safe.

Although it’s a 9-Cup coffee maker, the carafe itself holds about 48 oz. of coffee. If you serve coffee in larger mugs, you may only be able to get 4-5 large cups out of the carafe.

Another important thing to note is that all the materials featured in the OXO 9-cup Coffee Maker are BPA free. This ensures that your coffee doesn’t end up contaminated with the potentially toxic compounds found in some plastics.

While the plastic components in the OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker are durably crafted and nontoxic, some people do feel that plastic can alter the taste of coffee.

Any effects on the flavor of your brewed coffee should be minimal, though! And you may not even notice a difference in taste at all, as not everyone has this perception with plastic parts.

My Verdict Of The OXO On Barista Brain

Who does not want a coffee maker with a brain, that does all the thinking for you!

The only thing it can’t do is to order more coffee beans and refill the water! That’s still your job!

Other than that, the OXO On Barista Brain Coffee Maker has all it takes to promise you an incredible tasting cup of coffee – every time!

It is indeed an expensive coffee maker, but so is Rolls Royce.

And OXO is so convinced of the quality of their product, that they offer you 2 years of warranty instead of one!

So if you are thinking, “Maybe I should” please do! You simply can’t lose!

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KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker Review

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker Review
KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker Review

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  • Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • Reliability - 6/10
  • Convenience - 9/10
  • Premium Features - 8/10
  • Price - 7/10

  • SCAA Certified - Cup, mug or full carafe - you can have it all
  • Pulse Brew Function - Optimizes water contact time with coffee grounds for maximized coffee extraction
  • Cup Selection Feature - You fill up the reservoir once but only brew as much as you want
  • Brewing time longer than average - You need some patience but it's worth it
  • Relatively tall - Does not fit under every cabinet

KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802
Full Review

Although there are many different types of coffee makers available nowadays, a lot of baristas still prefer the traditional pour over method to brew exceptional coffee.

To do it yourself at home you really don’t need expensive tools. A coffee dripper and preferably a gooseneck kettle is all that is required for you to get started!

But if you are not careful and monitor the key factors like pre-infusion time (the bloom), correct temperature, or the size of the grind, you can easily ruin your expensive speciality beans, that you have just purchased from the premium roaster in your city.

As you can see, the manual pour over method requires time and practice until you can expect to reach a consistent but great cup of Joe.

Drip coffee makers, on the contrary, are convenient (you set it and forget it) and typically brew the same quality of coffee with every brew!

However, the average drip coffee machine often does not meet the standards that are required to brew exceptional coffee.

Specifically brew temperature, pre-wetting (the bloom) or pulse brewing are often neglected and result in just an average cup of coffee.

KitchenAid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker black left

The KitchenAid pour over coffee brewer claims to combine the convenience and consistency of drip coffee makers with the excellent result of manual pour over brewed coffee.

After you have read my KitchenAid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker review, you will understand its features, how to operate it and, most importantly, whether this is the best drip coffee maker for you or not!

Let’s get started!

High-Tech Coffee Brewer Designed The Old Fashioned Way

Imagine you walk into a store and see the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer the first time. You are not sure exactly why you are hesitating, but somehow you feel attracted to it.

Maybe the classically elegant lines that merge visually with the smartly designed program bar makes this coffee brewer a head-turner.

Granted, the housing is made of plastic but at least you can choose between three different colors: empire red, contour silver, and onyx black (click image to enlarge).

KitchenAid KCM0802 pour over coffee maker red
KitchenAid KCM0802 pour over coffee maker silver
KitchenAid KCM0802 pour over coffee maker black

The automated pour over technology seems to require a lot of space because this coffee maker is really tall.

From bottom to top it measures a whopping 15 inches!

Assuming your kitchen cabinets are mounted at a common height of about 18 inches above the countertop, there is not much space left. And since you need to refill the water reservoir from the top, you may run into problems.

Sliding the coffee maker out might not be that easy because there are black rubber pads at the bottom.

In case you still plan to place it under the cabinets, please check my Coffeeble-Insider-Tip below how to easily solve this problem.

Is It The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker? Let's Talk Features And Facts

You can definitely count on the KitchenAid KCM0802 coffee brewer when it comes to performance!

Maintaining a temperature between 195° F and 205° F is only one of many requirements to make it on the list of SCAA certified home brewers.

And yes, the KitchenAid Pour Over coffee maker has passed this and all the other tests and is therefore a certified SCAA coffee maker.

Coffeeble says:

Only the best coffee makers get a certificate from the Specialty Coffee Association Of America (SCAA)

The Position Of The Water Tank

KitchenAid pour over coffee maker water tank

It is located partially above the brew basket. That’s very smart, because even I, who barely got a C in Physics in school, know that heat rises up.

As a result, the water in the reservoir stays warm and less energy is needed to reheat.

Pour Over Made Easy With Automated Brewing Technology

I read a lot, that this coffee maker is slow and you know what: it’s true.

It takes about 10 minutes for 8 cups of coffee. But to be brutally honest, that’s the price you pay for the simulated pour over method.

Related: 8 cups in 6 Minutes: Bonavita BV1900 drip coffee maker

A drip coffee maker just flushes the coffee basket as if the world ends tomorrow.

But don’t get me wrong! I like drip coffee makers. There are some out there that really brew awesome coffee!

However, this Kitchenaid coffee brewer uses a pulse function throughout the brewing process which simulates the manual pour over process. Pour some water, wait until completely soaked in, pour more water, wait, and so on.

This intermitted process ensures the coffee grounds to be fully saturated with water. As a result, you get full-bodied coffee rich in flavor because of the best extraction possible.

You Don't Have To Be An Expert To Make Exceptional Coffee

KitchenAid made sure the operation is easy right from the start.

All settings can be changed from the control panel with the Menu button and/or the + or – toggle bar (click image to enlarge).

KitchenAid coffee maker kcm0802 control panel display

Here’s a short list of what you can control:

  • Roast - Choose between medium and dark roast
  • Cups - Choose between 2 and 8 cups
  • Delay - You can set a delay/timer for freshly brewed coffee in the morning
  • Clean Cycle - Automatic cleaning to preserve coffee quality

What I also like is the simple interface, which always keeps you updated about the current brewing process. You know when it is heating, steeping, pouring and even tells you when it’s time to sit down and enjoy your coffee!

Additionally, it informs you when the warming plate is activated or a cleaning cycle is necessary.

Unfortunately, the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker comes only with a glass carafe. There is no option – yet – to choose a thermal carafe version. 

Most coffee makers with glass carafe have a heating plate that keeps the coffee hot for a couple hours before it automatically shuts off.

I’m honestly not really a friend of this so for me it’s not a big deal that the warmer of this coffee brewer shuts off after an hour.

Coffeeble says:

The intuitive display keeps you updated about the current brew segment:
heating, pouring, steeping, enjoy!

In case, you want to spread your coffee over the whole day I would definitely recommend you to invest in a thermal carafe.

Please avoid turning it back on again and again. Your coffee will burn and taste awful!

Coffeeble Insider Tip

As I mentioned earlier, this KitchenAid coffee maker is quite tall – too tall for most kitchens to fit neatly under cabinets and at the same time leave enough space to refill the water tank.

So what can you do?

You can pull it out every time you need more water, but with almost 8 pounds, it’s not a very lightweight coffee brewer. And even worse, the rubber pads, that prevent the coffee maker from sliding, may leave some black lines, especially on light-colored countertops.

But I found the perfect solution for you. Click the link below so you can see it yourself!

My Verdict Of The KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker

The KitchenAid KCM0802 coffee brewer may cost more, but it’s worth more!

My only question to you is: do you think you can taste the difference? Are you confident that the quality of the coffee justifies the high price of this pour over coffee maker?

Convinced? Well, this is your moment!

Check the discounted price and get your KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker now! You’ll be glad you did, believe me!

And in case the price is a little too steep for you, please check my Bonavita BV1800 drip coffee maker review which could save you some money.

Please share your comments with me, if my Kitchenaid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker review could help you with your buying decision!

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Ninja Coffee Bar Review – The All-Inclusive Coffee Shop At Your Home

Ninja Coffee Bar Review
Ninja Coffee Bar Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]A Coffee Shop In Your Own Kitchen[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 8/10
  • Reliability - 7/10
  • Convenience - 9/10
  • Premium Features - 7/10
  • Price - 7/10

  • Multi-Functional - Cup, mug or full carafe - you can have it all
  • Accessories - Comes with everything you need to get started with coffee drinks
  • Auto-IQ Technology - For you to get the perfect coffee to water ratio
  • Expensive - You get a lot but you pay for it
  • Newbie in coffee market - Will Ninja pass the test of time
  • Small Carafe - 43oz could be too small for a large family

Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer
Full Review

Ninja’s in-home coffee bar is a brand new classification of brewers that features the ability to prepare many types of freshly brewed beverages.

The design mimics what you would find behind the counter in today’s fancy coffee houses like Starbucks.

The Ninja CF080Z Coffee Bar brewer is one example of these coffee bar machines. It is capable of creating your favorite hot and cold brewed drinks. Whether you want a thirst quenching glass of iced coffee in the summer heat or a relaxing cup of freshly brewed cappuccino, the Ninja coffee maker can handle it.

Release that inner barista inside you in your own kitchen and make your family’s favorite brewed beverage.

No more having to jump in the car and drive to one of the many local coffee houses to get a great tasting cup of coffee.

The Ninja CF080Z coffee machine makes a great cup of coffee and what’s the secret behind it, you will find out through my Ninja Coffee Bar review.

Ninja CF080Z Multi-Serve Coffee Bar Features

Ninja CF080Z Coffee Bar Brewer with iced coffee drink

The Ninja CF080Z Multi-Serve Coffee Bar is a complete coffee brewing system that delivers a great tasting cup of coffee, both hot and cold.

It features a unique brewing process that varies the strength of the coffee according to your preset preferences. With a simple touch of a button, you can select how strong of a cup of coffee you would like as well as how much coffee you want to brew.

Select a single mug, travel mug, half and full carafe, each one will be perfectly brewed every time.

You can also set a timer to brew your favorite coffee so that it is ready for you when you need a cup the most.

Another unique aspect of the Ninja Coffee Bar is that you can create a wide range of coffee-based drinks that include either hot or cold liquids.

The Ninja CF080Z gives you a combination of a single serve coffee maker, drip coffee maker, cappuccino machine and iced coffee maker all in one machine.

Whether you are wanting a single cup on the run before work or making a full pot, you can select how much coffee you want with a simple turn of a knob.

Auto-IQ One Touch Intelligence For Optimal Coffee And Water Ratio

Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer With Cup and Froth

The Ninja Multi-Serve Coffee Bar is a full function beverage machine in that it’s capable of making a wide range of your favorite hot and cold drinks.

This includes freshly brewed coffee, tasty iced coffee and even a fancy cup of espresso-like coffee that is authentic enough for a delicious cappuccino.

Using a unique Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence brewing process the Ninja coffee maker will bring out the best flavor out of the coffee grounds.

And it doesn’t matter how much you brew – Auto-iQ always uses the right amount of water.

Coffeeble says:

Always the right amount of water thanks to Ninja's Auto-IQ Intelligence

If you have read some of my other posts, you know that I always recommend grinding your coffee beans right before the brewing process.

But Ninja promises that even if you normally use lower quality, store brand coffee grounds you will get a much better cup of coffee every time, without having to leave your house.

You can select between four unique brewing methods for the best tasting cup right in your kitchen:

  • Classic Brewed Coffee – not too strong and not too weak.
  • Rich Brewed Coffee – a stronger coffee with a more intense flavor experience
  • Brewed Ice Coffee – cool off in hot summer
  • Specialty Brewed Coffee Drinks – strong espresso for your cappuccino or latte

Stronger Brew For Brewed Iced Coffee

Making fresh brewed iced coffee presents a unique situation in that pouring a hot liquid over ice cubes has a tendency to water down almost all drinks.

This is where the Ninja CF080Z Coffee Bar’s exclusive Auto iQ feature comes in again.

It will automatically adjust the level of coffee concentration as the liquid is poured over the ice.

This will help compensate for the amount of water that will mix with the coffee as the ice cubes begin to melt.

As a result, every cup of iced coffee tastes as delicious as it would if it was poured hot.

Specialty Brewed Beverages

If your favorite brewed beverage is a bit more on the creative side and you like a good cup of unique layered beverages, the Ninja CF080Z can dial up the concentration level and deliver a strong cup of coffee, almost espresso-like.

Using the special milk frother that comes inside the package you will be able to create each of the extra layers for specialized coffee drinks.

Inside The Ninja Coffee Brewer Package

Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer CF080Z accessories

With most coffee makers you only receive a manual next to the coffee maker itself but no extras.

Ninja, though, offers a variety of packages which could be a little confusing in the first place. So make sure to carefully select the model of your choice.

For example, inside the package of the Ninja CF080Z you will find:

  • Glass Carafe (Stainless Steel included with CF085Z)
  • Milk frother
  • 18oz. insulated tumbler, hot & cold
  • 5 paper filters
  • permanent coffee filter
  • coffee scoop
  • Book with 40 recipes

Advantages Of The Ninja CF080Z Multi-Serve Coffee Bar

The CF080Z Multi-Serve Coffee Bar is a feature packed machine that makes a classy cup of coffee that would rival even the best coffeehouse.

It comes with absolutely everything you would need (well, except the coffee grounds) to get started.

Worth mentioning is that the CF080Z model is completely BPA-free, according to Ninja.

The Ninja exclusive Auto-iQ technology delivers the precise amount of water and the prescribed temperature to create the best tasting cup every time.

The package also includes a book with 40 coffee drink recipes to get you started with your new coffee bar.

Disadvantages Of The Ninja CF080Z Multi-Serve Coffee Bar

While for the most part the Ninja Multi-Serve Coffee Bar is a pretty good machine, the glass carafe is a bit small and don’t think that 43oz. of coffee is enough for a whole family of coffee drinkers.

The other thing is that at about $170, it is a bit on the expensive side.

My Conclusion Of The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer

As someone who enjoys a really good cup of coffee, I can tell you the idea of being able to brew my own cup, a full carafe, iced coffee, or even cappuccino with only one machine really appeals to me.

With the Ninja CF080Z coffee maker, you can also save some money since you don’t need to visit any coffee shop anymore.

I would highly recommend the Ninja Coffee Bar to everyone who is in the market for a top rated drip coffee brewer who wants more than just a traditional drip or 1 cup coffee maker.

Now it’s time for you to get creative and buy your Ninja Coffee Bar with glass carafe now!

Coffeeble says:

Make delicious Cappuccinos at home AND save money!

Disclosure: I may get a commission for purchases made through eCommerce-links in my posts. More details here.

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System Review

Behmor Brazen Plus Drip Coffee Maker Review
Behmor Brazen Plus Drip Coffee Maker Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]A Full-Featured Rocket Ship On Three Legs[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • Reliability - 8/10
  • Convenience - 8/10
  • Premium Features - 10/10
  • Price - 7/10

  • Temperature Control - Set it from 190-210 F
  • Adjust Pre-Soak Time - Control the bloom to degas freshly roasted coffee
  • Pulse Water Delivery - Mimics manual pour over - the baristas favorite
  • SCAA certified - Passed the rigorous testing procedures
  • Manual release - use it as a water kettle for hot tea or oatmeal
  • Smartphone app - Available for Behmor Connect Coffee Maker
  • Small Coffee Carafe - For 40 oz of coffee only 
  • High price tag - You pay for what you get
  • Longer learning curve - Finding perfect profile with all those options by trial and error could be frustrating 

Brazen Plus Temperature Control Coffee Maker Full Review

You are here because you are in search of a drip coffee maker that can work like a pro and give you the ideal cup of coffee. Am I right?

Then you need to get your hands on the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System.

Nobody should face Mondays without a hot cup of coffee brewed to perfection! Because coffee is what makes you start off your day with an energy boost!

The demand of this hot beverage has increased all over the world as it is the first thing people sip before leaving for work or morning chores.

The Brazen Plus by Behmor is a powerful machine that offers you full command over the coffee brewing controls. You can brew your coffee beans according to your unique coffee preferences, the way you want.

Your brewing process determines the quality and flavor of your coffee.

This is why you need the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System which will give you outstanding results. It is a versatile, feature-rich drip coffee maker for your home.

In my Brazen Plus Drip Coffee Maker Review, I will show you why this coffee maker may be the perfect choice for your next cup of Java.

Behmor Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System

Brazen Plus By Behmor Coffee Machine
Temperature Display Behmor Brazen Plus

The Brazen Plus Coffee Maker has an effective temperature control brew system that is fast and accurate.

You have complete control over the temperature of your water source. Use the easy-to-read digital screen to select the brewing temperature for your coffee beans.

The Brazen Plus allows you to set the temperature from 190-210 °F. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the recommended temperature for brewing coffee is between 195-205 °F.

The brewing process itself will take about 5 minutes. The actual brew time recommended by the SCAA is 4-8 minutes.

Add another 5 minutes for heating water plus pre-soak (or pre-infusion) time and you know how long it roughly takes to brew a full carafe.

The pre-infusion function in the Brazen Coffee Maker allows you to fine tune the extent of time the grounds can bloom.

Coffeeble says:

Not many drip coffee makers let you set the brew temperature like the Brazen Plus does!

The benefit this brewer offers is that you can adjust how long the coffee can bloom. You can set the pre-infusion time from 15 sec. – 4 minutes.

Brazen Plus Pre-Infusion

Letting your coffee bloom releases all the carbon dioxide in the grounds. This will have a major effect on how your coffee tastes.

The Behmor Brazen Plus saves all your directed settings in its permanent memory. These calibrations remain saved until you decide to change a parameter.

At last, I want to add that you can save some time by turning off the pre-infusion setting when using ground coffee from the store. 

Only coffee beans roasted within the last couple weeks are still releasing CO2. And being roasted within a few weeks does usually not happen with store brand coffee.

Pulsed Water Flow With Oversized Showerhead For Ideal Extraction

Showerhead of Brazen Plus Coffee Brewer

The Brazen Coffee maker incorporates an over-sized shower head that is of 3’’ in diameter.

Accompanied with pulsed water flow, it allows better grounds saturation and extraction.

The over-sized shower head and pulsed water flow create turbulence in the coffee grounds bed to fully saturate them.

It ensures complete coffee bed saturation for a splendid coffee extraction.

SCAA Certified Home Brewer

The Brazen Plus is one of the few coffee machines certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

This coffee brewing system meets their standards based on many requirements like water brewing temperature or perfect brew time. Brazen Plus by Behmor was the first certified coffee maker under the SCAA’s standards and newest testing procedures.

When this is no reason to invest in on of the best coffee maker, then what? Yes, I said invest. Because the Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker is not cheap.

And for this price tag, I would expect to see less plastic and more high-quality materials. Yet, the features of the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System are exceptional compared to what other coffee makers offer.

And by the way, all plastic in the Behmor Brazen is BPA free.

A Rocket Ship On Three Legs

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System

The Behmor Brazen Plus is no ordinary-looking coffee maker.

Its design consists of a cylindrical top, circular stainless-steel base, and three-legged body. It kinda reminds me of a rocket ship that is about to going to outer space any minute.

Thanks to the insulated stainless steel thermal carafe inside the Behmor Brazen Plus, your coffee stays hot for a couple hours – even longer when you preheat the carafe with hot water. You won’t need a hot plate burner to do this job.

But the weak point of the thermal coffee pot is its size. A family of four can enjoy about one and a half cup each before the carafe is empty.

Except you consider a cup to be 5 ounces then the Brazen Plus indeed makes 8 cups as described at My typical cup, by the way, is usually 8 ounces so I would get 5 cups out of it.

Stainless Steel Water Reservoir - A Rarity In Drip Coffee Makers

Behmor Brazen Plus Stainless Steel Water Reservoir

Another great feature is the stainless steel water reservoir, which should leave no plastic taste in your coffee.

Let’s face it, maybe 98% of drip coffee makers have a water tank made of plastic.

Not the Brazen Plus! Even better, the stainless steel water tank is at the same time a heater.

The heater is not hidden inside the housing of the coffee maker. So you can identify if you need to descale the Brazen Plus when you detect mineral deposits.

Inside the water reservoir, you’ll notice water level lines to show the capacity it can hold. You can fill it up to 40 ounces of water or 8 cups.

Again, the 8 cups are misleading in my opinion.

Not unique, but worth mentioning is the brew timer, that the Brazen Plus offers. Who would not love to have a cup of coffee ready when you wake up in the morning?

And even better, when you leave the house in a rush, the machine goes into sleep mode by itself.

This saves you some money but also you don’t have to rack your brain whether you turned off your coffee maker or not.

Coffeeble says:

The only home drip coffee maker that I know, that has a stainless steel water reservoir (instead of plastic).

Flat Bottom Paper Filter Vs. Gold Filter

Oh no, it’s not a question of either or. Included in the package are both the filter basket and the gold filter.

Behmor Brazen Plus Paper And Gold Coffee Filter

Using the gold filter will let the oils in the beans pass into your cup. The result is a strong, full-bodied coffee.

But some say the oils increase bad cholesterol or they just don’t like a strong flavor. If you agree, use the filter basket and a paper filter.

The paper filter blocks the oils, which can lower cholesterol. At a downside, it could also reduce the intense flavor that comes from the coffee oils.

Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker

Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker

Behmor has now a coffee maker supported by a smartphone app. The Behmor Connected Coffee Brewer offers the same great features of the Brazen Plus.

The big difference:

A single Start/Stop button has replaced all the buttons on the front panel.

With your smartphone, you can set all the features from temperature to pre-infusion time. And best of all, you can save your preferred settings to the Start/Stop button.

Track the brewing process and get notifications when your coffee is ready.

Behmor Connected App Track Status
Behmor Connected App Set Temperature
Behmor Connect App Set Pre-Infusion Time

There is also a Buzz feature with brewing profiles from several professional coffee roasters.

If you don’t have a smartphone yet, you can still use this coffee machine. The Start/Stop button has a default setting for pre-infusion and temperature.

The price tag of the Behmor Connected drip coffee maker is pretty high, considering there’s only the app, that’s different.

But, Behmor also offers a home coffee roaster supported by the same app.

So if you are seriously interested into coffee roasting and brewing, the app supported Behmor coffee maker may be the perfect choice for you!

My Verdict About The Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System

The Brazen Plus takes your standard drip brewing to another level!

All the tech options make it a modern and contemporary machine that can work in any home or office.

The Brazen Plus by Behmor is user-friendly and quite easy to set-up, allthough it could take some trial and error until you found your perfect configuration.

But when you did it will for sure brew a rich and flavorful cup of coffee. In short, it’s one of the best drip coffee makers for your home.

The small coffee pot and the hefty price tag may act as a deterrent but you’re paying for quality.

And when you got it I’m sure it’s a coffee brewing system you’ll be proud to own!

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Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Thermal Coffee Maker Review

Bonavita BV1900 Drip Coffee Maker Review
Bonavita BV1900 Drip Coffee Maker Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]Amazing Coffee With The Flip Of One Button[/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • Reliability - 9/10
  • Convenience - 8/10
  • Premium Features - 8/10
  • Price - 9/10

  • Extra wide shower head - For even extraction and better flavor
  • Strong Heating Element - 1500 Watts for perfect brewing temperature
  • Pre-Infusion - Bloom function to degas coffee grinds
  • SCAA Certified - For a guaranteed perfect coffee in your cup
  • No extra features - No Time, clock or auto-stop
  • Short power cord - Limited mobility with only 24 inches

Bonavita BV1900TS Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker Full Review

Writing the Bonavita BV1900TS review has probably been the most enjoyable post I have written so far.


Because after my researches I really got excited to explain you all the fantastic features it got.

Not long ago I reviewed the Bonavita BV1800 and it is still one of my favorite coffee makers. But the new Bonavita BV1900TS has several great features and improvements to promote an even more exceptional coffee in your cup.

And on top, it is over $100 cheaper than the Technivorm Moccamaster, one of the kings of the drip coffee makers.

So stay with me and I will provide you with all the new features, design changes and where you can get the best price!

SCAA Certified Home Brewer

Bonavita BV1900TS drip coffee maker

The Bonavita BV1900TS is one of the few drip coffee makers that made it on the certified home brewer list of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

To receive this certification, the coffee maker must meet specific requirements determined by the SCAA.

In my opinion, these two requirements are the most important ones because a lot of drip coffee makers fall short of them:

  • Brewing Temperature – must stay between 198°F and 205°F throughout the brewing process
  • Contact Time Of Water And Coffee – Must be between 4 - 8 minutes

There are more requirements that are listed in the SCAA’s certified home brewer booklet.

More Power For Even Faster Coffee

Bonavita has increased the power of the BV1900 to 1500 Watts.

The manual even states that this is the highest wattage of any household coffee brewer available in North America. This change reduces the brewing process by almost one minute compared to the BV1800 with 1455 Watts.

In terms of brewing time, your coffee is ready to drink in about 6 minutes for a full 8 cup carafe of coffee.

Not only speed is a result of the high power. It also guarantees the water temperature to stay consistently between 198 and 205°F.

As you probably can remember, this is an important condition to receive the SCAA certification.

Pre-Infusion For Increased Flavor

Bonavita has equipped the BV1900TS with a Pre-Infusion feature to let the coffee ‘bloom’ before the brewing begins.

You may have heard the expression “blooming” before but if not I will explain it quickly. I will try to be brief about the chemical reactions of the bloom and why it is so important for a better flavor.

When you pour hot water over freshly ground coffee, CO² or Carbon Dioxide is released.

If more and more water is coming, as it is with most of the average coffee makers, the gasses cannot escape. And when your coffee is not able to “degas”, you may find your coffee to be excessively bitter or taste like acid.

And the purpose of the Pre-Infusion feature is exactly that – to degas the grinds by pre-wetting them before the brewing cycle starts.

Extra-wide Showerhead And Flat Bottom Filter To Promote Even Extraction

The Bonavita BV1900TS is equipped with an extra wide 3-inch showerhead (2¾ inches of Bonavita BV1800).

The wide showerhead and the flat bottom filter work perfectly together to evenly wet the coffee grinds not only in the middle but also along the edges.

And this procedure results in a perfectly balanced coffee, neither over nor under extracted.

Additional Year Of Warranty For Extra Peace Of Mind

As with the BV1800 coffee maker Bonavita also offers a two-year warranty for the BV1900 TS (link to the warranty information provided below).

I really want to emphasize this extra year of protection, since not a lot of (or any?) other coffee maker manufacturers offer it.

Design - No Need To Impress With The Obvious

The footprint of the Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Maker is even smaller than its predecessor, the BV1800.

With 12 inches in height and depth and 7 inches in width, it does not need a lot of counter space.

The frame material of the Bonavita Coffee Maker is stainless steel and all plastic parts are BPA-free.

To maintain the temperature of the coffee for several hours, the stainless steel carafe is equipped with a double wall insulation.

Only one button can be found, which not only turns the coffee maker on and off but also activates and deactivates the Pre-Infusion feature.

Bonavita BV1900TS Pre-Infusion and On-Off Button

Activate Pre-Infusion by holding the start button for 5 seconds

My Verdict Of The Bonavita BV1900S Premium Drip Coffee Maker

The Bonavita BV1900TS does not need to create attention with its design to be respected.

Quite the contrary: the inner values like pre-infusion, wider showerhead or flat bottom basket to just name a few, work so well with each other.

Therefore, it is no surprise that coffee experts, including the SCAA only have honorable words for the Bonavita BV1900TS coffee maker.

For about $180 it is by all means, not the cheapest coffee maker you can buy. But isn’t it worth paying a little extra for the simplicity to get a perfect cup of coffee every time of the day?

Allow yourself a little self-indulgence and place an order now at Amazon to get the best price.

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Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker Review

Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker Review
Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker Review

[pullquote align=”normal”]Simple Design – Amazing Coffee![/pullquote]

  • Coffee Quality - 9/10
  • Reliability - 9/10
  • Convenience - 4/10
  • Premium Features - 6/10
  • Price - 7/10

  • Best bang for the buck - Most affordable SCAA certified drip brewer
  • Small footprint - Enough space left for other small appliances
  • Strong heater - 1455 Watts heats water in less than 30 seconds
  • SCAA Certified - Tested to guarantee delicious coffee every time
  • Shower head - For perfect saturation of coffee grounds
  • No extra features - No Time, clock or auto-stop
  • Filter head sits on carafe - Refills could be bothersome

Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker With Glass Carafe
Full Review

Please imagine an interview with the developer of the Bonavita BV1800 coffee maker:

You: Wow, the Bonavita BV1800 with glass carafe is not cheap for $150. Surely it does have a display and a timer, doesn’t it?

Bonavita: Nope.

You: But it has drip stop, right? So I can get a cup before the brewing process is completely finished?

Bonavita: Nope.

You: Hmm, I also can’t find the strength regulation to brew stronger or weaker coffee.

Bonavita: Not there!


Let me interrupt here! Because I don’t think this will convince you to actually buy this coffee maker, right?

So we have to clarify a few questions you may have:

  • Why does this Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker has over 1500 5-star ratings at Amazon?
  • Why should you buy a 150 bucks drip coffee maker when you can buy a $50 Hamilton Beach coffee maker with way more features?
  • What is so great about this coffee maker when even professional Barista’s recommend it?

As a smart coffee lover, you may already know the answers.

SCAA Certified Home Brewer

Bonavita BV1800 Drip Coffee Maker With Glass Carafe

Imagine being able to get a delicious cup of coffee without the skills of a barista! Without knowing the optimal water temperature or contact time with the coffee.

And on top, imagine you have a guarantee that you get this five-star quality cup of Joe every time, every day, every morning!

You can stop dreaming because, with the BV1800 8 cup coffee maker from Bonavita, you found a winner!

It is one of the rare drip coffee makers that has received the certification of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

(Update 2016: The BV1800 is still on the SCAA-website but under "Past SCAA Home Brewers". Bonavita probably has not requested new tests but rather focused on their newer BV1900 model to keep the certification.)

Related: Bonavita BV1900 SCAA Certified Coffee Maker Review

What the SCAA does is to ensure that coffee makers for the in-home use meet certain requirements. They have an easy to read booklet on their website.

This booklet should answer all questions about the SCAA’s vigorous certification requirements. If not, feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.

In general, the BV1800 8 cup coffee maker of Bonavita has everything you’ve always wanted in a drip coffee maker – it’s a marriage of perfection and convenience.

Hidden But So Important Features

The Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker only comes with one button, the auto-off switch. The integrated heating plate will keep the brewed coffee in the glass carafe hot for two hours. Then the auto-off feature kicks in.

But the real benefits are hidden inside the machine.

Powerful Heating Element

It is crucial to continuously maintain the right water temperature between 195° and 205° Fahrenheit for the best coffee experience. And, of course, you don’t want to wait a lifetime until the cold water has reached this temperature.

More precisely it takes about 20-30 seconds until you see it raining out of the shower head!

Exactly for this reason Bonavita has equipped the BV1800 Coffee Maker with a powerful 1455 Watts water heater.

The brewing process itself takes about 6 minutes.

So go ahead and turn the coffee machine on. Meanwhile, you can brush your teeth and when you are back, your coffee is ready.

Criss-Cross Shower Head

The positioning of the shower nozzles is another key factor for the perfect coffee flavor.

Bonavita did an excellent job with the cross-shaped positioning of the nozzles to get an evenly saturated bed of coffee grounds.

As a consequence, the brewed coffee tastes almost as good as Barista’s most preferred method: the manual pour-over.

2 Years Warranty Instead Of Just 1

Bonavita is so convinced of the quality of the BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker that it offers a two-year warranty (link to the warranty information provided below).

I believe, this is a big deal!

One of my last coffee makers broke after 14 months! 2 months after the warranty had expired. Perfect timing, isn’t it!

Did you ever experience the same frustrating moment?

Then the one extra year of warranty surely comes in handy!

Coffeeble says:

Get 2 Years warranty with the Bonavita BV1800!

Do all the features sound too good to be true?

But they are true!

You’ll wonder how you ever managed without the Bonavita! Get it today!

Design - Stainless Steel On A Small Footprint

To put it briefly, the Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker is a small machine. With only 12 inches in height, it surely fits under almost every kitchen cabinet.

With about 12 inches width and 7 inches depth, it leaves enough room on the counter for your other small appliances.

The frame material of the Bonavita Coffee Maker is BPA-free plastic wrapped in a thin layer of steel plates.

The filter holder is made of high-quality semi-transparent plastic, which is also BPA-free.

Bonavita BV1800SS - The Alternative With Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

Bonavita BV1800SS Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe

The inner strengths of the two machines are the same.

But for a few bucks more you get the same coffee maker with a stainless steel carafe.

So if you usually spread out your coffee consumption over several hours, please choose the stainless steel carafe.

The heating plate of the cheaper glass carafe version keeps the coffee hot for 1-2 hours, that’s true. But every additional hour you can expect the coffee to taste more burned.

Imagine you keep your coffee hot in a pot on the stove. I don’t think you want to do that for a long time, don’t you? Since the thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot automatically the heating plate is not necessary anymore.

Immediately after the brewing process has finished, the Bonavita BV1800SS shuts off automatically.

My Verdict Of The Bonavita BV1800 Drip Coffee Maker

Your first impression was possibly deterrent, defensive and somewhat discouraging – a hefty price tag for no visible features or fancy display.

But who should know better than the Specialty Coffee Association of America that the inner values of the Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker entirely surpasses the visible features.

Perfect water temperature, excellent extraction and outstanding timing produces one of the finest brewed coffee you can get from one of the best drip coffee makers.

And don’t you deserve the best?

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Do you have the Bonavita BV1800 8 Cup Coffee Maker with glass or thermal carafe? Let me know below in the comments.

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