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