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Bonavita Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe

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The Bonavita Coffee Maker packs way more punch than ever before possible. Aesthetically, it appears to be a standard coffee maker, but take a closer look. The Bonavita has a finely engineered optimal-flow shower system that saturates your coffee grounds evenly and a stainless steel glass-lined thermal carafe to hold your morning cup at the perfect temp.
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The Bonavita Coffee Maker packs way more punch than ever before possible. Aesthetically, it appears to be a standard coffee maker, but take a closer look. The Bonavita has a finely engineered optimal-flow shower system that saturates your coffee grounds evenly and a stainless steel glass-lined thermal carafe to hold your morning cup at the perfect temperature. This German designed, BPA-free 40 ounce coffee maker from Bonavita will give you an ideal cup of java every time.

Features & Functionality of the Bonavita Coffee Maker

  • Capacity: Eight-cup thermal cafe with one-handed operation for easy pouring.
  • Sturdy Structure: German-engineered stainless steel gives it a clean, industrial look while keeping your coffee at an ideal temperature.
  • Handy Carafe: From coffee maker to table, this glass lined thermal carafe keeps fresh coffee hot without the risk of scorching.
  • Even Flow: The Bonavita has an optimal-flow shower system to make sure that your favorite coffee grounds are saturated evenly and you get the most out of its flavor.
Pros
  • Ideal Brew Temp - You'll get the ideal brew temp with the Bonavita.
  • Quality - No other coffee maker has been comparable to the Technivorm until now. The Bonavita brews coffee just as hot as a Technivorm and also has a thermal carafe to hold the temperature.
  • Small Footprint - Maximize your counter top space with the Bonavita's small size.
Cons
  • Not Programmable - If you enjoy having a hot cup of coffee ready to go when you roll out of bed, this isn't the machine for you. With the Bonavita, you'll have to prep your java for brewing each morning.
Ease of Use 5
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? The Bonavita 40 ounce capacity (8 - 5 ounce cups) coffee maker is definitely on par with the Technivorm 40 ounce capacity coffee maker (10 - 4 ounce cups), yet has a space saving design and costs less.
Tips and Tricks A Note About Coffee & Cups: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.
Manufacturer Bonavita
Model Number BV1800TH
Width 10.75 inches
Depth 6.375 inches
Height 12.0625 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 6.8000
Watts 1400 watts
Volts 120 volts
Material Stainless Steel
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Reservoir Size 40 ounce
Max/Min Ounces per Pot 40 ounce
Programmability No
Available Carafe Styles Stainless Steel

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Bonavita Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
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A shopper asked: Where does it say in the instructions or specs that it is BPA-free? If so, why do the instructions say run it first with water only at least 2x? Also, I saw photos of this in one review that show a metal shower head. Do they not make it with a metal shower head anymore? thank you very much! Oct 30, 2013
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Edgar G: I believe the water container is BPA free as advertised. It is typical to run clear water thru most coffee pots to remove any residual oil during the manufacturing process so is does not affect the taste of the coffee. The plastic showerhead does not hold sitting water and to make it out of stainless steel would be more expensive with no real improvement in dispersing water over the coffee grounds. I have had my Bonavita well over a year and it still makes perfect coffee and keeps it hot for a good period of time. I am a consumer not an expert but I do have a background in metals. Nov 1, 2013
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Toni G: My shower head is plastic with a gold filter in it and my water tank is metal. I don't remember if it said both free in my instructions because I didn't look but I bought it because it was advertised bph free. I rinsed mine with water a couple times just to get any manufacturing residue out. My only complaint about mine is it drips when I pour so I do it over sink. Keep in mind however my maker doesn't look like the picture I received so a newer model might perform better. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. Oct 31, 2013
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Robin K: Hi. Not sure where to find BPA-free documentation, but it is very common to rinse any plastic, BPA-free or otherwise, before use. Shower head outer casing is metal, as shown in the photo, but shower head itself is plastic.

We LOVE this coffee maker. My only issue with it is that after brewing, the first bit that pours out of the carafe is a small bit of water (probably condensed steam), not coffee.

A tip: Wet your paper filter before you use it for better fit.
Oct 31, 2013
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Cameron W: Online at the bona vita website it says its bpa free and you need to run it 2x just to wash any dust or powder that might be in the shower head from the machine that made it. mine is a plastic head, did not now they ever came in metal. Nov 1, 2013
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mel b: I purchased the for my Attorney, to use in his office, and it is still there making excellent coffee for his clients,

Do not know if it is metal, but it is doing a great job with the LavAzza coffee beans
Oct 31, 2013
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Phillip L: My shower head is plastic. I have owned it for one year. I don't recall if it is PBA free. I would run water through any new coffee maker. Nov 1, 2013
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Mark I: I can't answer your questions directly. I can't find anything in the documentation which states the reservoir is BPA free. The advertising makes that claim and I assume it is correct. My assumption regarding the direction to run two reservoirs of water through the machine prior to brewing was to flush the system from any residual dirt or detritus possibly left over from the manufacture. I don't really know. Mine, purchased a little over a year ago, has a plastic shower head. Those things being said, it makes a great pot of coffee and hasn't faltered in daily use, which is why I bought it in the first place. Oct 31, 2013
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A shopper asked: I live at 4500 feet elevation and I am wondering if the water will actually boil in this unit as it makes my coffee. If so does anyone know if there is an HA model? Aug 11, 2014
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Ronald P: I also live at ~4500 ft elevation. From the following source (can't include link), I see that the boiling temperature is ~203.4 F (see partial table below:)

Elev(ft) Elev(m) Tboil(F) Tboil(C)
40001219204.395.7
42501295203.895.5
45001372203.495.2
47501448202.994.9
50001524202.494.7

According to the Bonavita literature, the ideal brewing water temperature is 205 F - so it's close. Another source (can't include link) says " Our tests revealed a consistent 200-203 degree bed temperature and constant 205 degree water temperature at the brew head."

My personal experience is that the water doesn't boil - I see some steam, but by no means does the whole tank boil. I get a full caraf of perfectly brewed coffee.

I love the coffee maker.- even at 4500 feet. Good luck.
Aug 11, 2014
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Matt L: I'm at 5200ft. The temperature of the water as it exits the brew head is about 180F.

SCG support staff have reported that the brew temp at sea level is about 190-200F.

The 180F temp is expected given that our boiling point at 5200ft is about 202F.

That said, the machine still makes excellent and consistent coffee -- most consumer machines I've used at elevation brew at 170F or below and do not work as well as the Bonavita.

Unless pour over from an almost boiling kettle is an option for you, 180F may be the best you'll get at higher elevations. Personally, I'm happy with the results, and, in most circumstances, I am willing to trade the convenience of the drip maker for the slightly lower than ideal brew temp.
Aug 11, 2014
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Mark I: I've live at 4200 feet elevation and have had one of these since 2012. It has never boiled. I'm uncertain what the exact brewing temperature is for the Bonavita but it's undoubtedly somewhere between 195-205 farenheit. Water can boil at 4500 ft. at 205 degrees farenheit but I doubt very much that it would actually boil or, that if it did it, would make a difference to the quality of the coffee because it's the water temperature (not whether it's boiling) that is of concern to the extraction. Neiher would I think it would make a difference to the performance of the machine Aug 15, 2014
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Scott U: I live at sea level, but own property in Utah at 10,000 feet. The coffee isn't as hot at elevation, but it's hotter with this coffee maker than others I've owned.
This is the best coffee maker I have ever owned.
Aug 11, 2014
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Roy T: I live at 4,982 feet elevation and it boils the water just fine. Very hot, brews fast. No special HA model required. Aug 11, 2014
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James C: I live at 9000 ft and it works well. Obviously coffee does not get quite as hot at altitude, but it gets hot enough! Aug 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: I recently bought a Bonavita and Iam having trouble with the water and coffee grounds boiling over during the brewing process. It doesn't always happen, but what am I doing wrong? Is it the coffee filter, too many grounds, grounds too fine? I am REALLY tired of cleaning up the mess! Jan 14, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, if your Bonavita is overflowing, it could mean you are using too many grounds, or that they are too finely ground. If you use a metal filter, that could also be clogged. Unfortunately there is not a way for me to say which of these factors is causing your issue, and you will need to experiment to determine what will result in best flavor for you without over flow. I would start by using just slightly less grounds than what you have been using, and try to get into the habit of measuring or weighing out your amount for consistency. Then, if you are using a fairly fine grind you may want to try grinding just a bit coarser. If you use a metal filter, make sure that all the holes are clear or try experimenting with paper. I can understand your frustration at the overflow (it is something we have all done!), but I hope you are able to narrow down the case and enjoy brewing more in the future! Jan 14, 2014
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Robert O: I gather you are saying that after the brew process gets going, the water and coffee grounds in the filter 'boil over' the top. I have noticed that if the coffee grounds are too fine, the coffee drains into the carafe very slowly, and could go over the top of the filter holder if you are making a larger amount of coffee. So, I would guess that you should use a coarser grind. I doubt it's the filters - they are pretty standard items. I've used Melitta, a "fully compostable" brand, and what's carried at Trader Joe's. No differences there. Do check your cone holder: the little drain hole near the bottom might be clogged or obstructed.. Jan 14, 2014
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Shelley S: This happens once a month or so for me. I think it happens when we don't have the filter really "seated" well in the basket. I try to crease it a bit down the center and make sure the sides are all nice and rounded. However, we rarely make more than 6 cups at a time, so the more grounds you put in there, the more risk you have of them spilling out. Try a coarser grind. This will allow the water to flow through a little faster, preventing the spill over. Try using less grounds. Make sure you are using the right size filter. Jan 14, 2014
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Michael R: Not entirely sure, but here is my theory. The top of the filter is very close to the water dispenser when the carafe is pushed in. Sometimes an edge of the filter gets caught and pushed away from the plastic filter holder, so that the water streams in behind the filter and can't flow into the carafe fast enough to prevent an overflow. A major mess, as you know. I have become very careful before I push the "on" button that the filter is not snagged on the water dispenser, and I have not had the problem since. Jan 14, 2014
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Debra S: I own the Bonavita and it is the BEST coffeemaker I have every owned. I have not encountered the problem you are experiencing. The only thing I can think of that would create your problem would be if the filter doesn't fit properly. I recommend you make sure the filter (make sure you have the proper size filter) fits firmly against the filter holder sides.

I hope this helps.
Jan 14, 2014
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Kathleen B: I haven’t had any problem with my coffee maker. I use a #4 paper cone filter and grind my coffee pretty fine (1.5 on a Rancillio burr grinder). With 4 or 5 small scoops of coffee. It sounds like for whatever reason, you’re not getting enough flow. Possible causes: too much coffee, coffee too fine, filter too fine, clogged funnel outlet. Hope this helps. Jan 14, 2014
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Lyle G: I have had my Bonavita for over a year and have never had any problems with coffee grounds boiling over etc.

I "Coarse Grind" my coffee beans with a Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder (Model: 565.04) and use Melitta #4 Coffee Filters. I get perfect results every time.

Good Luck! :-)
Jan 14, 2014
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Darlene B: Make sure that the filter paper and grounds do not get pushed to the side of the funnel whe you push the carafe under the spray head. The clearance is tight, this has happened to us occasionally. Causes your problem exactly.
Bob
Darlene
Jan 14, 2014
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Leonard G: I've had my Bonavita for over a year and I have never had any problems with it. I think you must have a too fine a grind on your coffee. Try a courser grind and see how it goes. I have my grind as a medium grind and things seem to be just fine. Jan 14, 2014
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Shawn N: it could be any of the above. I use a medium grind (like course sand) and a gold filter. I brew my coffee strong so the basket is near full and I never have your problem. I think your grind is probably too fine. Jan 14, 2014
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rosario d: grinds are too fine or wrong filter paper Jan 16, 2014
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JEFFREY D asked: Is the Techniworm Moccamaster that much better than the Bonavita ? Dec 10, 2013
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David M: I can't speak for the Technivorm as I've never personally used it. HOWEVER, it was one of the coffeemakers we considered in the search that resulted in our buying the Bonavita. We bought the Bonavita as a result of the stellar customer reviews, and, in large part, to the EXCELLENT video on the Seattle Coffee Gear site. We were at the end of our ropes, thinking we would never find a good coffeemaker again once our Starbucks maker met its demise around six years ago. (Yes, that's how long we've gone without a great coffeemaker!) We bought the Bonavita and it has been nothing but wonderful! While it doesn't have a detachable water reservoir (don't what you've got til it's gone) or a timer (which isn't THAT important, especially if you don't want your fresh grounds sitting in a coffeemaker overnight), everything else about it is simply top-notch. Couldn't be happier, and highly recommend both it AND Seattle Coffee Gear!

Hope this helps! Happy java making! :-)
Dec 11, 2013
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Shane A: Given the exact same coffee, grind and water, I would have to say that I could not distinguish if the final product came from the Technivorm or from the Bonivita. I have both. I think the vast majority of coffee drinkers could not tell the difference either. They both make a great cup of coffee and the Bonivita is around $150 less than the Moccamaster. For some reason, I believe the Technivorm will outlast the Bonivita ....maybe the build quality and just the way it feels compared to the Bonivita. Not very technical, but just my thoughts. Hope that helps. Dec 12, 2013
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Edgar G: The Bonavita is better looking, better size on counter, much better price and much better taste than 99% of other coffee makers. I have not tasted coffee from a Technivorm Moccamaster but the Bonavita heats the water to the optimum temperature, spreads it evenly over the grounds and keeps it hot in the Thermal Carafe. What more can you ask? I cannot taste 1%!!
The money you save can buy a quality grinder which is just as important. We have had ours for almost 2 years enjoy a great consistent cup of coffee everyday.
Dec 11, 2013
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Paul N: I really doubt it. Though I've never actually used the Technivorm personally, the Bonavita is everything one could want in a drip-maker. Easy to use, absolutely idiot proof, and very hot, well extracted coffee every time. I'd save the extra $100 for quality beans or a grinder. Might not look quite as cool as the Moccamaster but for your drinking pleasure I think this guy is hard to beat. I bought one for home and one for work which gets used daily. Dec 11, 2013
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JEFFREY D: Thanks - I do own the Breville Smart Grinder Dec 11, 2013
jaime t: I owned the bonavita for more than a year now. In my experience this is the champion of them all. I am very particular about my coffee (I'm Colombian) and this machine brews at a perfect temperature which is essential for great coffee. The thermal carafe keeps it hot for a few hours. About the techniworm; it seems to be a great machine built with top of the line materials but a lot more pricey.
Your choice
Dec 12, 2013
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Scott U: I had the money for a techno., but decided to go with this because of the reviews and the fact that I wanted a real glass lined carafe. I have used this daily for over a year and its been flawless, super hot coffee. My son is a barista at Kean coffee owned by Martin Diedrich, and he says that the coffee from the Bona Vita is on par with what they serve.
Good luck!
Scott
Dec 12, 2013
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LISA M: We have had thr bonavita for 1 year. So far it is holding up well. Coffee is not muddy or weak. The thermos keeps the coffee hot for about 1 hour. It is easy to clean, and coupled with an inexpensive milk frother, i don't feel like i need to run to starbucks! Price was right too! lisa Dec 11, 2013
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Tom L: I Have had both coffee makers. The Technivorn is a well made machine, the Bonavita is somewhat lighter in construction perhaps. My personal preference is the Bonavita, it makes a great cup of coffee and easy to clean.
Neither machine has a lot of bells and whistles.
Dec 11, 2013
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Mark I: I can't really speak to the Moccamaster. All I know is that the Bonavita is said to have comparable brewing characteristics and it is way less expensive. I've had mine for over a year and it has served great coffee daily since I acquired it. Dec 11, 2013
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Larry R asked: My wife and I love the Bonavita with thermal carafe. Best coffee from and automatic brewer ever ... very very close to a pour over method IMHO.

One big design problem however!! We always do a full pot (8 cups) with freshly ground beans (Baratza Virtuoso ... setting around 22). Today was the 4th time the entire basket overflowed and created a huge mess on our counter! Now this is the 4th time out of about 200 pots, so not a bad batting average. But, when it happens it is very upsetting ... especially in the morning when I am desperate for that first cup and cleaning up a mess is even more repulsive.

Here is a good description I found on the web of what is going on:
" the brew basket is prone to clogging with the weight of the filter, coffee and water. The issue here is that the fins that keep the filter away from the walls of the basket are simply too short. The filter tends to press down against all the walls as it fills with water. The drip hole is unfortunately placed in the wall near the bottom and as the weight of the filter increases with the addition of water, it is common for the filter to end up plugging the hole and significantly reducing the flow rate into the carafe. When this happens, if you are not standing right by the pot, the result is that the water fills the basket to overflowing, which then runs down the outside of the basket and into the pot. The coffee turns out weak, diluted, and with grounds in it–not pleasant! This problem is intermittent–I have learned to fold the seams of the filter in a certain way to keep the filter from resting against the drain hole and this has helped significantly, but it still happens from time to time–I have to dump the pot and re-brew. "

So, what is the solution? Hovering over the pot to watch in case it happens.?

MY SUGGESTION: BONAVITA NEEDS TO RE-DESIGN THE BASKET WITH STAND-OFF RIDGES TO PREVENT THE FILTER FROM GOING UP AGAINST AND BLOCKING THE HOLE.

Any ideas?

Larry

Thanks
Jan 25, 2014
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Shane A: I have this exact coffee maker (1 1/2 years now) and not experienced this problem. I have really loaded up the basket with coffee many times. I use a melita (brown) paper filter, grind coffee to about a medium setting. I have noticed the Melita filter is a heavier weight and this may help it from sinking between the ribs. Not sure this helps but, I always turn the folded edge away from the hole in filter basket.
I use this coffee maker every morning and love it. I hope you solve this issue.
Jan 25, 2014
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Patti R: We've had this coffee pot for a couple of years and have never had the problem. We do however, always make sure we fold the paper coffee filter so it fits properly. These instructions are both on the coffee filter box and came with the coffee pot. Fold the filter once along the bottom seam and once along the side seam. We do always make a full pot each time also. Hope this helps. Jan 25, 2014
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James C: I've had the same problem. Poor design or not tested or researched enough. Nobody has said anything about the lid. Make sure you rinse it out and let it dry.If you don't , you will get a shot of clear water in front of the coffee on your first pour in the morning. May or may not be harmful. Jan 30, 2014
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Gary F: Hi Larry, I can't say that I've seen this. I use Trader Joe's coffee filters. They seem a bit stiff compared to Melita, for instance. So maybe they don't allow the coffee to press down on to the the hole. Thanks for the heads up, though. Jan 25, 2014
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Phillip L: I have had the same problem every time I try to brew more than 7 cups of coffee. It is the only feature that I don't like with the device. I wish the company would offer a redesigned basket. Jan 25, 2014
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Frederick C: Never had the problem, but I normally make only 5-6 cups.
I like the coffee maker a great deal, but wish it made coffee just a few degrees hotter.
Jan 25, 2014
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James C: Yes this is correct - it is a design issue and you need to be careful to avoid the coffee maker creating a huge mess. Jan 26, 2014
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Scott U: Only happened to me twice. Fixed it with a coarser grind. Jan 26, 2014
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A shopper asked: Was wondering what the best grind is for the Bonavita. I just got one and have tried with Stumptown's #5 grind. It seems lighter and more bitter than my previous coffee maker. Should I try a smaller grind? Mar 13, 2013
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Julianne R: I have found a less fine grind is best for less bitterness. Got a good grinder so can adjust to my taste. However, I love this coffee maker, simple, easy to clean, makes fewer cups when necessary without loosing the excellent flavor. Am very happy with my choice. Mar 14, 2013
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Kelly P: We too had difficulty with our coffee flavor when we switched from our old machine to the Bonavita we think because it brews exactly at the perfect temp. At first we would make it too strong then too weak (we like medium). However, never was the coffee bitter or sour because of the great machine. Are you mistaking bitter for too strong? This little machine extracts flavor so well, maybe you are getting the full flavor of your coffee and you just don't like that brand. We went through that as well.

So we tried different brands, tried varying strengths, and purchased the vacuum sealed bean container from Seattle Coffee Gear to keep the beans fresh. We finally settled on a medium blend from New Seasons (their store brand). We grind just before use to a medium grind texture, and we use less coffee beans per cup than with our old machine. It's yummy now. Hope this helps.
Mar 14, 2013
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Chris J: Bitter might suggest over extraction while lighter might suggest too little coffee. I would try a courser grind but with more coffee. (I have a different grinder.) Mar 13, 2013
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John R: I use either the lowest setting of medium or the least of the coarse grinding settings. .
I also use a medium roast instead of a French roast.
Mar 14, 2013
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mack a: I had similar results.
Try a more generous portion with a courser grind.I did and was pleased with the coffee after that.
hope this helps.
Mar 13, 2013
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Brian C: On my Krups grinder I'm between 5 and 6. It's a matter of trial and hopefully few errors to obtain your customized grind. Mar 14, 2013
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paul w: I always grind whole beans myself for a better flavor. I think for the Bonavita you should use a medium to coarse grind. Mar 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: Are the parts of this coffee maker dishwasher safe? After I usually make coffee I throw all the coffee machine's parts in the dishwasher. So are all the parts of this coffee machine safe? Feb 13, 2013
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Bruce H: Actually the manufacturers directional manual states (under "Cleaning and Maintenance") you can clean the filter basket in addition to the entire top section of the unit with hinged cover in the dishwasher for thorough cleaning. Quoted from the manual, "Step 1: Pull the lid from the water tank to remove it. Step 2: Detach the shower head from the pipe to remove it".

Sometimes when brewing a full pot (I use 70 grams of medium fine coffee) the coffee grounds will bloom and some of the foam will touch the shower head. It's important to keep the shower head clean. I'll use a paper towel or damp cloth in between cleaning the entire top and shower head in the dishwasher. The stainless parts of the top assembly are high quality and will not be harmed in your dishwasher. I use the top rack to keep it away from the lower heating element.
Apr 28, 2014
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Darlene B: I don't think all the parts are safe for the dishwasher. We only throw the funnel in the washer, we use hot water as a rinse on the top of the carafe and the carafe. We found that the carafe top gets some coffee trapped inside so we rinse it a few times with hot water and then fill the carafe with hot water and pour it thru. We use only water from our reverse osmosis unit to make coffee, this keeps everything nice and clean. This is a very nice coffee maker, we especially like the glass carafe, they are hard to find these days, but are the best.
:) Bob and Darlene, Houston Texas.
Feb 14, 2013
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Bill B: Only the filter holder appears to be dishwasher safe. We washed the lid once in the dishwasher and it filled with water and it was difficult to get the water out of the lid. I would not recommend placing the coffee pot itself in the dishwasher just to be careful as it is a thermos type of structure which we generally do not place in our dishwasher.

The whole unit is very easy to rinse with water after each use and this is all we find we have to do to keep it clean.
Feb 15, 2013
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KEVIN P: The basket is safe for the dishwasher.

I think the instructions say never to use soap with the carafe, so I only rinse that part out with just water, and I just rinse the lid.

So I would not advise putting it in the dishwasher.
Feb 15, 2013
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Leonard G: The top, that is removable, and the filter housing is safe to put in the dishwasher on the top shelf. This model makes as good of coffee as the 300 dollar machine I had before it.. Well worth the money. Feb 15, 2013
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Kathleen B: I believe the manufacturer says that it is dishwasher safe. However due to my personal habits I always hand wash this item. Feb 15, 2013
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Jane J: Not the carafe nor the filter holder Feb 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: I just purchased the Bonavita coffee maker, and I love it! We have very hard water where I live. I learned from my last coffee maker that cleaning with vinegar doesn't work, so could anyone recommendation a good cleaner? I'm most concerned about finding a product to keep the water line clear of buildup (I worry about what I can't see to clean). I'd love to have any advice on how to keep this awesome machine in top condition! Thanks! Oct 21, 2012
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Lyle G: The best thing that you can do is to get a Water Softener installed to stop your hard water problems, which in turn will give you a better Brew of Coffee and stop the hard water build up in your Bonavita coffee maker.

I live in the country and have a deep well (Hard Water & Iron) with a Water Softener which cures the problem.

You can use the product (Cleancaf) sold right here at Seattle Coffee Gear to clean your coffee maker. And try DEZCAL which Bonavita recommends. You can use full strength White Vinegar which will smell up the house but will do a good cleaning job. With any of the cleaning products, make sure to run clean water through the Coffee Maker at least twice before using to make coffee.

Your alternative is to use spring water from the store all the time which will reduce build up in the coffee maker and make it easier to clean every couple of months.

I love my Bonavita coffee maker. I keep it clean to produce the best coffee, This machine truly makes the hottest coffee and the insulated Thermal Carafe keeps it hot.

Good Luck, :-)
Nov 4, 2012
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John H: We have a filter on our cold water line to eliminate odor, taste and sediment. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. I highly recommend them. It goes under your sink and connects to your water line. For cleaning I've used baking soda in the past on other coffee makers, but you have to run water through a few times afterward to clear out the soda taste. We haven't had to clean this machine yet and it makes good tasting and hot coffee. After all, it is really just a glorified automatic version of a Melita, which makes the best coffee anyway. Nov 5, 2012
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Bruce H: Watch the Seattle Coffee Gear maintenance video that clearly describes how to clean this machine.

I would not recommend using whole house water softeners for the coffee water because of the sodium content. Use a stand alone water pitcher like Britta. It reduces total dissolved solids (TDS) quite well without stripping all the minerals that are important for great tasting coffee.
Apr 28, 2014
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Wayne W: I certainly agree that its a great machine. I also have very hard water so I've just opted to not use it. I've found a good bottled spring water at a local grocery store and just use it. It helps the taste of the coffee and minimizes the cleaning issue. I can't offer a specific cleaning product though as I haven't had the coffee maker long enough to worry about it. Oct 28, 2012
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Lucian A: The best practice is to only pour the water in when you are preparing to brew your coffee. As backup and to flush the system just grab what your local grocery carries. You could also ask your favorite coffee what they clean with. Oct 28, 2012
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Teri KStaff: We love Dezcal as a descaling agent, or Cleancaf as a cleaner and descaler. Oct 27, 2012
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Jody H asked: So far all I've seen here about this coffeemaker is that it brews with the 'perfect temperature'. Anyone know what that temperature is on the Bonavita? Thank you. Jun 19, 2014
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Ronald P: BonaVita Ad says -

" -- 1400 Watt heater raises water to ideal temperature 205°F / 96°C)." - I haven't measured it, but it's hot.

I have been very happy with maker as far as brewing time (~5 min), coffee taste (with the right grounds), and insulated caraf (keeps coffee hot for all day, but not really "hot" at 3-4 pm). I have not been happy with the pouring spout - can't pour the water into the holding tank very fast. Coffee pours nicely as long as you have the cover on the pot..

Overall I'd give it 3.5-4.0 out of 5.0
Jun 19, 2014
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Catherine O: The National Coffee Association says the best temperature is between 195 and 205 degrees. I've never stuck a thermometer in the Bonavita to test that, but it does make a GREAT cup of coffee; fast too. I have no regrets from buying this machine. Beats all my prior machines hands down. Jun 19, 2014
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Jody H: Thank you very much Jun 19, 2014
Yueh-Wen W: I haven't put a thermocouple in the brew basket, but Cooks Illustrated said it maintained 195-205 for almost as long as the Technivorm (87% of the brew cycle). They gave it 2nd Place Highly Recommended rank, just behind the Technivorm. Jun 19, 2014
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David T: The "perfect temperature" is between 195-205. It's an absolutely fantastic machine. Couldn't be more pleased with it. Jun 20, 2014
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Robert O: It's 205 degrees Fahrenheit Jun 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: I broke the liner for my carafe this morning and I need to find another liner. Where can I find one? The Bonavita website isn't functional at this time. Nov 14, 2013
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keith l: Mine was leaking and they sent me a new one. They have great customer service. Send them an email. Nov 15, 2013
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Bill B: I believe the only place to purchase a replacement liner is directly from Bonavita. Nov 15, 2013
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Cynthia D: I don't know, but you might want to check the Bed, Bath and Beyond website. Nov 16, 2013
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Robert O: Can you replace a liner/ I didn't think you could. My guess would be that you have to buy a new carafe. I would think Coffee Gear could advise you how you go about that. Nov 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can anyone recommend a reusable gold filter for the Bonavita 8 cup thermal carafe coffeemaker? My Braun filter does not fit. Nov 10, 2012
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Ian in Berkeley: The Frieling #4 Cone Coffee Filter, 23 karat gold plated is the way to go. If you paid for this coffee maker to get the best brew then go gold plated to reduce any taste contamination. Oct 6, 2013
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Frederick C: I don't have a clue about reusable gold filters for the Bonavita. The Braun is definitely too big, but I havent looked for a replacement, since I prefer paper filters. Nov 20, 2012
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Kazuo S: I tried my Mr. Coffee filter & it won't fit either.

Bonavita accepts regular #4 paper filter & Technivorm paper filter sold here in SCG.
Nov 19, 2012
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Debbie M: The Cuisinart Gold Tone Filter (GTF-130-1) fits perfectly. Nov 19, 2012
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A shopper asked: How many fluid oz per cup as advertised for this product? Jun 8, 2012
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Joe S: 5 ounzes per cup or 40 ounzes per carafe. Jun 12, 2012
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Michael P: 5oz per cup.....8cup max Jun 22, 2012
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Anne H: While I'm loving this coffee maker - I do wish there were a bigger version. This is only an 8 cup coffee maker which is basically about 3-4 mugs of joe for the morning. I often find myself brewing a second batch. But maybe that's because it is so delicious :) Jun 23, 2012
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keith l: 6oz per cup marked on the tank. Jun 17, 2012
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A shopper asked: I have owned this coffee maker for 2 years and love it. A friend is interested in the heating element. He wants to know if it is stainless steel?

Appreciate any info.
Oct 14, 2013
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Kathleen B: Yes stainless on the outside. Glass (thermal) on the inside. My husband is the coffee drinker in the house. Loves everything about it other than he can't tell how much coffee is left due to it being stainless vs glass. Oct 15, 2013
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Shawn N: I have no idea. You should be able to get it from the manufacturer web site. I am very pleased with mine. Daily use for 1 year and still works great. I have never done any maintenance on it. Oct 16, 2013
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Spencer Y: I'm not sure if it's stainless or brass. However, it brews fast. I even make Ice Tea from this :) Oct 15, 2013
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CHRISTI H asked: I recently purchased the Bonavita with thermal carafe and I love it. I would very much like to purchase a carafe that does not have glass inside. Does anybody have any recommendations on a brand and size carafe (thermal) that will work? It does not have to be exact, but close to the Bonavita.

Thank you,

Christi Hendricks
Jul 6, 2013
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Kevin C: Christi, try bed bath and beyond. Measure the carafe and see if they have one close in dimension. Funny but I bought my Bonavita specifically because it had a glass carafe. I feel like glass is more taste neutral than metal. Jul 6, 2013
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Leonard G: Try looking at the NISSAN/THERMOS brand of products. They might have something that works. I used a Thermos brand item to replace the one I had for a more expensive model of coffee maker. Jul 6, 2013
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babs o asked: We have lost the lid to the coffee pot, can I order a replacement lid?

babs
May 21, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately we do not sell the Bonavita lids separately and only sell them with the carafe. You may want to contact Bonavita directly to see if they have the lid only for sale, and they can be reached at 855-664-1252. May 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can someone who is using this machine please confirm whether you can use a gold fiilter instead of paper? And if so, what gold filter do you use - that is, which one will fit the basket? Also, do people using gold filters experience the overflow issue mentioned below? Thanks! Apr 21, 2014
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Shawn N: I use a gold filter with no problems at all. Those that have overflow problems are using too much coffee and / or grinding it wrong. It uses a standard #4 paper filter. Apr 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the best grind for this coffee maker? Coarse or Medium? Jan 21, 2014
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Teri KStaff: We tend to use a medium fine grind when brewing in our Bonavita, but you will want to experiment and see what amount of grounds and level of coarseness you like best. Jan 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: Where is this coffee maker made? Nov 5, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This Bonavita coffeemaker is made in China. Nov 6, 2013
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Mark H asked: I am interested in purchasing the Bonavita coffeemaker and am trying to decide between the glass carafe and the stainless steel carafe with glass insert. While you can check by looking at a glass carafe to determine how much coffee remains, how can you tell how much coffee remains in the stainless steel carafe? Thanks. Oct 18, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately there is not a way to tell how much coffee is left in the thermal carafe version of this Bonavita coffeemaker unless you remove the lid to peak inside. I am sorry I don't have a better suggestion for you, but the carafe is completely closed and so this is the only way I can imagine you'd be able to see the coffee level. Oct 18, 2013
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A shopper asked: For the Bonavita coffee maker, can I swap out the plastic filter holder with those ceramic #4 size holder ones? The ones that look like hand pour filter folders from Cilio and Hario or will those not fit? Jun 12, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately we do not offer a ceramic holder that you could successfully use with this Bonavita. I tried both the Bonavita pour over (the base was not a compatible shape) as well as the Hario #2 (which was too tall). I do not have other options to try, but I think it would be difficult to find a substitute that was large enough for the right capacity grounds but also short enough to fit under the shower head. Jun 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does the thermal carafe keep the coffee hot? If so for how long? I've had thermal carafe brewers before and found that they never kept the coffee hot enough. Dec 4, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The thermal carafe for the Bonavita Coffee Maker is glass lined, and so it keeps the coffee hot for a very long time. We have brewed pots in the morning and tasted 6-8 hours later and were surprised at how super hot the coffee remained! Dec 6, 2012
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A shopper asked: Where is this Bonavita coffee maker manufactured, and does it have any possible toxins, such as a BPA lining in any part that comes in contact with water or coffee? Oct 13, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The Bonavita coffee maker is manufactured in China, and all the plastic is BPA free. Oct 13, 2012
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A shopper asked: can this machine brew just 2 cups? approximate 10 oz? May 26, 2013
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Grady: It will brew 2 cups but I think the quality is improved at 4 cups or more (typical for a 8-10 cup coffeemaker). I think this coffee maker makes much better coffee than an average coffee maker for two main reasons. First it brews at the correct temperature and duration (many coffeemakers including "gourmet" coffeemakers don't). Second a carafe maker doesn't "cook" the coffee and the flavor is maintained for a longer period of time. If you only need 2 cups then consider doing a pour over like Chemex and a thermal mug. You can completely clean all of the coffee residue, the price is less, and the time to pour for two cups isn't bad. May 30, 2013
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Robert O: Yes it can brew smaller amounts of coffee. The water tank is very visibly calibrated. You just have to figure out how much of your coffee makes the right flavor for you, but the standard tablespoon per cup and "one extra" produces a balanced but full flavored result. May 27, 2013
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don T: I have had no problem with making less than the full amount. I make small portions quite often and the coffee maker has worked fine. my large mug holds about two cups and I make that with no problem. May 27, 2013
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Shabari S: Yes, You can put in as little water and grounds as you want ,but they recommend doing a full brew for the best favor profile. I usually measure out 6 cups, not the full 8. May 27, 2013
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Laurie H: The instructions suggest it works best to brew at least 6 cups for optimal results. I've brewed 4 cups (24 oz) & thought it was fine. Never tried less that that. May 27, 2013
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Bill B: We have never tried brewing just 2 cups (10oz) so cannot answer the question directly. However it works perfectly for 4 cups. We do that all of the time. May 27, 2013
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Bruce H: Yes, I do that amount all the time. I wouldn't go below 10 ounces though. Ten ounces just about touches the 2 cup marker on the water tank. Apr 28, 2014
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Anne D: Haven't tried to brew that small amount, usually brew 20 oz. Don't see why it would not work. Great coffee maker May 27, 2013
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Kathleen B: Don't see why not. Just pour in 2 cups of water and use less coffee. May 29, 2013
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Matthew G: Yes, it can brew just two cups. May 27, 2013
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Kevin C: Yes, I generally brew just 2-4 cups as I am the only one in my household who drinks coffee. I bought this unit because I like the fact that it has a glass thermal carafe. If this is not important to you, consider another unit as this unit is quite expensive, and the coffee it produces is no better than a cheaper unit will give you. May 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can someone please tell me what the ideal grind setting is for this machine with a Baratza Encore? Mar 11, 2013
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Robert O: Years ago I had a Baratza grinder. I am sorry if I can't find in my records exactly which one. But essentially, yours is a high quality burr grinder, and therefore I think your question can be answered somewhat generally. Apart from any manufacturer recommendations, in my experience, the darker the roast, the coarser the grind I prefer in my Bonavita. A very fine grind on a very dark roast risks too bitter a taste. Having said that, I probably like a little more "bite" in my drip coffee than most - I am a Seattle-ite after all! I think you should experiment a bit, starting with the middle setting on the grinder, and then adjust it one setting in either direction - coarser or finer - and see what you like most. I'll presume that you will continue to use the same beans or bean blend during this experiment. Best wishes. Mar 13, 2013
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Teri KStaff: It will depend on your beans and personal preference, and Bonavita suggests using a relatively coarse grind, while we prefer using a finer grind. I'd suggest starting with a setting of about 25 on the Encore grinder and experiment to see the flavor you prefer best. Mar 13, 2013
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Catherine O: I do not have the Baratza Encore. However, I do use a burr grinder set on the "drip coffee" setting and it makes a great cup of coffee.. The instructions for the Bonavita recommend using a drip to course grind. And if ground too fine the coffee will over-extract. Mar 13, 2013
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Chris J: For a 6 to 8 cup pot, I use a setting of 16, with 8 grams per 5 ounce cup for the darker roasts (darker, but not dark) and 9 grams for the lighter. The total drop weight might get changed by a gram or so, depending on the coffee. Mar 13, 2013
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Scott W: I have found that coffee that is a bit finer than traditional brews a better cup. When I first began using this coffee maker I found that a regular medium grind was not brewing a strong enough pot of coffee. Mar 17, 2013
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Eric H: Using a Melitta paper filter, I find that 24 works best for my taste on most. I've wandered up or down on settings with different beans and never stray more than 2 away from this setting. YMMV Mar 13, 2013
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Nancy H: I would recommend starting in the middle and experimenting depending on which coffee you are using and your preference.. That is part of the fun and this coffee maker is fabulous!! Mar 13, 2013
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Cameron W: I use the setting 22 for my Bonavita Mar 13, 2013
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Looking for warranty, care information, or videos of this product? You're in the right place!

 

Warranty Information for the Bonavita Coffee Maker

What it Covers:

Coffee makers, Kettles, Scales & Pour over stands 

Length:

- 1 Year (Kettles, Scales & Pour over stands)

- 2 Years (Coffee makers)

Who Supports the Warranty: Bonavita
Warranty Contact Information: 855-664-1252 or email at info@bonavitaworld.com
Notes: Warranty covers manufacturer defects only. Carafes are not covered, unless they arrive with cracks or defects.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No


Caring for the Bonavita Coffee Maker

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal or Cleancaf for descaling.
  • Clean the water tank and lid regularly.
  • Soap out the inside of the carafe and brew basket on a regular basis. Use Cleancaf if necessary to remove coffee stains or residue.

User Manuals for your Bonavita Coffee Maker

Bonavita Coffee Maker Thermal User Manual

Bonavita Coffee Maker Info


Videos Featuring the Bonavita Coffee Maker

Bonavita vs YouBrew vs Brazen vs Technivorm Taste Test

Excellent Choice

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I was replacing my Cuisinart thermal carafe drip coffee maker. It was OK but never really brewed as hot as I would have liked it to.

I previously ordered the Technivorm but quickly returned it when I realized that it didn't have an auto shutoff and found that it was almost impossible to pour a cup of coffee out of the carafe without spilling it. Poor design on both parts in my opinion.

The Bonavita brews just as fast as the Technivorm and the coffee is just as hot. Not sure why anyone would pay more for a product that is poorly designed. The Bonavita is MUCH better than anything that you might find in Target, etc. and is definitely worth the money.

Some reviewers were concerned about the glass lined carafe. I think it keeps the coffee hot longer and isn't at risk of breaking with normal use.

(Posted on 8/27/14)

Works well, refreshingly simple.

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I'm enjoying having a simple coffee maker again. No clock, no less-than-ideal grinder, no heating plate, etc. The Bonavita makes great coffee. If you buy the unit with the thermal carafe you may want to pre-heat the carafe to ensure the coffee stays hot.

(Posted on 8/20/14)

good but not great

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The ease of this machine is its greatest feature. The temperature of the coffee is lacking. I would call it very warm....not hot. I would not want to drink coffee any cooler than this machine makes. It cools in the carafe a bit then stays at that temperature for several hours.

(Posted on 8/19/14)

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Hate to burst bubbles, but our year old Bonavita Coffee Maker just quit this morning. A lot of money for a coffee maker that carries the Bonavita price tag. While it worked, we loved it.. the coffee, the temp of the coffee. But all of that has gone. Caveat emptor!

(Posted on 7/31/14)

Awesome cup of coffee

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We love our Bonavita coffee maker. Finally a great tasting, hot cup of coffee. Everytime!! We love it so much, we have purchased one for each of our 3 kids. It"s our new favorite wedding gift. And thank you Kat and Gail for your entertaining and informative videos. We were searching " how to make a perfect cup of coffee" and there you were!! We were hooked. Love your company and your great service.

(Posted on 7/23/14)

Excellent machine

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This is far and away the best coffee machine that I have ever owned. The coffee is always fantastic, the machine is easy to clean, and the machine is very well designed. I have used my Bonavita machine for about a year and a half and it performs as well now as when it was new. I highly recommend the Bonavita.

(Posted on 7/16/14)

Finally an affordable great drip coffee maker!!!

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The coffee produced by this coffee maker is excellent, better than any drip coffee maker we have used in the past. Although the temperature of the final product is very hot, it is quite smooth and full-bodied after cooling a bit. We had been using a french press, but now with the Bonavita, morning coffee is easier and less fuss, yet still has the smoothness of french press coffee. Even better, we got the Bonavita on sale at a great price. We totally scored!!! Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear!

(Posted on 7/11/14)

Great Brewer, Great Coffee

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I have now been using the Bona vita Coffee Maker and I am very pleased with it. It brews a very hot cup of coffee and the thermos caraff keeps it that way. I brew two to three pots a day and I am very happy with my purchase. You won't regret it.

(Posted on 7/10/14)

Finally a decent cup.

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I can't offer much in the way of comparative coffee brewing as I'm stepping up from a generic Cuisinart maker and pre-ground beans.

IMO preheating a thermal carafe is a must with any maker. That said, all the metal carafes in my past have maintained the under temperature of the maker and quickly retained the stale taste of previous brews.

The Bonavita is a substantial improvement in both areas. Not only does it brew at a proper temperature the glass lined carafe with its easy to clean glass liner and a well sealed lid is a dream.

The Baratza Forte' grinder clearly outclasses my brewing needs but not my gear head admiration, I have absolutely no buyers remorse. The convenience of quickly weighed doses, small counter footprint, and the hopper shut off, all aid in an exacting grind and fresh beans.

Even though San Francisco was the West Coasts true coffee capital we have little to match the experience that Seattle Coffee Gear offers. A charming telephone order and quick delivery made my entry into a far more enjoyable brew a breeze and warrants an uneducated five star experience.

MdB

(Posted on 6/28/14)

best coffee I've ever brewed

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Bought the Bonavita about four months ago now and have nothing put praise for it. We replaced a starbucks machine that died. Right away we were able to taste the difference between the coffee the Bonavita produced compared to the Starbucks machine. It was appreciably better coffee. I'll be honest I never imagined I'd spend close to $200 on a coffee maker but I have to say if it lasts for several years it will be well worth the money. You simply get a superior cup of coffee.

(Posted on 6/28/14)

Made 1 great cup of coffee update

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This is an update of review left on 2/5/14

After speaking with a manager at Seattle Coffee and Bonavita, they rushed a new carafe next day to us. Happy to report no problems with the replacement carafe and we have had 4 mos. of the best coffee ever. This machine is absolutely predictable and makes a fantastic cup every time, regardless of the coffees we've used. I can not give a 5 star for quality due to the immediate failure of 1st carafe, but the SCG & Bonavita's customer service came through after speaking directly with the correct individuals. Love the coffee maker, the replacement carafe keeps coffee hot for 3-4 hours with proper pre-heating.

(Posted on 6/19/14)

Awesome coffe and easy cleaning.

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I got the Bonavita about two weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. I switched to the Bonavita from a Cuisinart grind and brew that made average coffee. This machine, though more work than the grind and brew, makes excellent coffee. I agree with other reviewers in saying that you should use nothing but freshly roasted coffee that you grind yourself. It just takes a lot better, no matter what kind of coffee maker you're using.
I think my favorite part about the Bonavita is how easy it is to clean. The glass lined carafe makes a big difference in cleanliness, it's much easier to clean and doesn't stain like other carafes. Also, the shower head is detachable for easy cleaning just in case you get a bit too much blooming and end up with grinds on the head. It comes apart quite easily (you have to remove the stainless steel top) and cleans up with some hot water. Also, I love that I can just grab the grinds basket and empty the grinds and filter into the compost and give the basket a quite rinse with hot water and then place it on the drying rack to dry. When the coffee's gone I rinse the carafe (I wash it with soap and the included handled sponge about once a week) and put it on the rack to dry. After having a complicated all in one that was virtually impossible to get clean having an easy to clean machine like the Bonavita is awesome. One last tip - I open the reservoir lid after it's done brewing just so that the remaining drops of water can evaporate from the reservoir.
All in all - this is a fantastic coffee maker and I would recommend it for almost anyone. I have had coffee from a Technivorm and it's good, really good but I think the Bonavita is just as good and it's price tag, in my humble opinion, makes it even better.

(Posted on 5/18/14)

Two years and still brewing

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I purchased the Bonavita with the thermal carafe two years ago and it's still going strong. It takes some tweaking, but once you find the "zone" with this machine, it's extremely good and consistent. I use 72 grams of medium to coarsely ground coffee for an full pot and I get excellent results every time. HINT: use Melitta filters for this machine. They simply work better than other generics, and never clog. Also, use good coffee. This machine will bring is rather unforgiving if you feed it inferior, stale beans like Starbucks, but it rewards you when you use fresh quality beans. I used to make coffee with a Chemex or a siphon brewer on weekends, but this machine has made me lazy. Great coffee in about 6 minutes. I've never looked back!

(Posted on 3/23/14)

Bonavita Coffee Maker with Thermal carafe

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I stayed at a coffee farm in Kona last month and used the Technivorm coffeemaker. Although it produced one of the best cups of coffee I've ever tasted, the Bonavita was recommended to me as an alternatve by the farm owner and researched it further.
I purchased the Bonavita and I've been quite happy with it.
The steel carafe of the Technivorm did not keep the coffee hot for very long as opposed to the glass lined Bonivita carafe.
The price of the Bonavita is a huge plus over theTechnivorm.
Some of the reviews highlight problems with the durability of the Bonavita carafe which I have not experienced and hopefully will not.
I think the Bonavita produces a superior cup of coffee and I'm pleased with it.

(Posted on 3/10/14)

Made 1 great cup of coffee

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Received the unit on Monday 2/3. Thoroughly rinsed and put up for night. Pre-Heated carafe with warm tap water Tuesday AM, Made a great pot of coffee. Enjoyed over 3+ hours and last cup was almost as hot as first. After dinner, rinsed carafe and set up for night. Next morning, the carafe's inner liner was shattered internally, looked fine looking into the unit, but small pieces of glass were falling out of bottom slots in carafe and sounded like broken glass. Seattle Coffee Gear contacted BonaVITA for me and I filled out the on-line warranty statement with attached photos and videos. BonaVITA replied they process in '5 working days' and then ship. It will take 5-6 wkg. days after that to receive new carafe shipped to Tennessee from their Seattle facility. Pretty lengthy wait for a replacement unit after a quality issue that happened only 1 day after receipt of a new coffee maker. Will never order a glass lined carafe unit again after this experience and will be very wary of this one for awhile. Will probably go to big-box to order an inexpensive back-up for the time being. Very disappointed w/BonaVITA, though I can report that Seattle Coffee Gear has been responsive and helpful. Tempted to return for standard carafe and heat plate design unit upon receipt of replacement carafe for durability reasons. This unit was used according to directions - maybe damaged in shipping?

(Posted on 2/5/14)

Makes great coffee---however there is an occasional overflow mess

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My wife and I love the Bonavita with thermal carafe. Best coffee from an automatic brewer ever ... very very close to a pour over method IMHO.

One big design problem however!! We always do a full pot (8 cups) with freshly ground beans (Baratza Virtuoso ... setting around 22). Today was the 4th time the entire basket overflowed and created a huge mess on our counter! Now this is the 4th time out of about 200 pots, so not a bad batting average. But, when it happens it is very upsetting ... especially in the morning when I am desperate for that first cup and cleaning up a mess is even more repulsive.

Here is a good description I found on the web of what is going on:
" the brew basket is prone to clogging with the weight of the filter, coffee and water. The issue here is that the fins that keep the filter away from the walls of the basket are simply too short. The filter tends to press down against all the walls as it fills with water. The drip hole is unfortunately placed in the wall near the bottom and as the weight of the filter increases with the addition of water, it is common for the filter to end up plugging the hole and significantly reducing the flow rate into the carafe. When this happens, if you are not standing right by the pot, the result is that the water fills the basket to overflowing, which then runs down the outside of the basket and into the pot. The coffee turns out weak, diluted, and with grounds in it–not pleasant! This problem is intermittent–I have learned to fold the seams of the filter in a certain way to keep the filter from resting against the drain hole and this has helped significantly, but it still happens from time to time–I have to dump the pot and re-brew. "

So, what is the solution? Hovering over the pot to watch in case it happens?

MY SUGGESTION: BONAVITA NEEDS TO RE-DESIGN THE BASKET WITH STAND-OFF RIDGES TO PREVENT THE FILTER FROM GOING UP AGAINST AND BLOCKING THE HOLE

(Posted on 1/25/14)

Delicious coffee--beautiful coffee maker!

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So glad I read your description and reviews online and decided to order the Bonavita Coffee Maker. It is compact, elegantly designed, and beautifully crafted. And the coffee is exceptional. The Bonavita looks like it belongs in my kitchen --a relief from the usual monstrosities on the market these days. Thank you!

(Posted on 1/23/14)

does some things really well others not so much variation in coffee temp

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Switched from Cuisenart and currently have this model and a Tecnivorm both thermal.

- First i suggest preheating all thermals with tap water. It will help keep heat.

- Overall Technivorm is WINS in my mind in spite of the price difference. I think it will cost you less in the long run and consistently deliver great brew results.

- Bonavita wins on initial price and compact size of the machine. I also find that the coffee temp (in the mug is a few degrees hotter) it marginal however

- The glass carafe on the Bonavita is fragile in comparison the the Technivorm broke mine and its was quite expensive to replace.

- I also don't like the lid on the thermal carafe on the Bonavita compared to the TV. I done feel like I can clean the hollow part of the lid. The brew thru feature on the TV is really really simple and nice.

(Posted on 1/20/14)

Very HAPPY

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I love the simple clean design! The coffee is GREAT! I did have to go back to "old school" ways, however.... This is a drip coffee maker that brews quickly, BUT you must remove the filter top and then put the carafe top on if you want the coffee to stay hot. In other words, if you are used to automatic ANYTHING this is not the coffeemaker for you. I am very happy with it, and am willing to do a little extra work for the fresh, clean, full flavored coffee this maker makes. Also, for smaller counter space, this is a great machine! Finally, I LOVE the fact that it uses so little electricity!!! Brew and then SHUT OFF!!!!

(Posted on 1/18/14)

A great drip brew.

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After switching to a Nespresso Citiz a few years back, I tossed my old Cuisinart drip brewer, and never looked back. Drip coffee just doesn't compete with the smoothness of a Nespresso lungo, no matter what capsule you use.

In anticipation of visiting family, I started looking for another drip machine for convenience when they visit. Reading drip machine reviews was overwhelming. People love the machine, while others hate the machine for the opposite reasons. It seemed as if every drip machine out there was built by blind squirrels. Sometimes they worked well, sometimes they didn't. Frustration set in.

I've been watching SCG's videos for years, so I thought I better give those a good viewing. At first I was leaning towards the Breville all in one, until.......the video of the four machine coffee shootout!

Without boring you with more Academy Award winning coffee drama, I'll just tell you.....the Bonavita came in second to the Technivorm, just just barely, and it was half the price. Bonavita added to cart, and arrived to me three days ago.

Needless to say I cleaned it according to instructions, and immediately brewed a pot with Lavazza Premium House Blend (it's a finer grind, so I dribble a bit of water on the grounds first).

Perfecto! Well, as close as you can get with a drip machine.....

Perfect temperatures, and the taste is smooth, unlike any other drip machines I've owned in my life. I ordered it with the insulated carafe and not the glass, as I want my coffee fresh, in case I don't drink it all within 45 minutes.

My Pros:

1. Awesome coffee from a drip brewer. Nice and smooth.
2. Well built, German engineering. The machine is classic looking, and made with stainless steel, and plastic.
3. Simple to use. One button to turn on. Period.

My Cons:

1. Somewhat expensive for a drip machine, but I'm certain it'll be worth it in the long run.
2. Makes around 4 decent size cups of coffee. This is not the Brady Bunch's coffee machine. If there are 1 or 2 of you, it's perfect. It's simple to make more coffee, so in larger families, it may not be an issue.
3. It's designed to sit on the left side of a counter top. Yes, this is nitpicking, but I only had room on the right side, and it looks odd. On a kitchen island, this is a moot point.
4. There isn't a lot of room in the coffee filter, so wet the grounds first (if they're fine), to prevent the shower head from spreading them around too much.

On a scale of 1-10, I'd give this machine a solid 8.

(Posted on 1/15/14)

Hot and good

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Coffee good ... me happy ...

Easy to use, small foot print, esthetically pleasing and makes a good Hot cup of coffee. The glass carafe is a big plus but rarly does it last long enough in the carafe for me to really test its effectiveness. Which brings me to the main consern i have read about (and was my hesitation) and that is its 8 cup limit. To someone who enjoys having coffee ready to pour this may require making a second pot. Personally i have determined (that for me) the prosses of making coffee is part of the enjoyment of drinking it, so this has not become a problem for me. And because the ease and quikness of  brewing it should not be a problem for those who would like to have some extra in the pot ready to pour. 
The only thing that i have found that may be of small consern is that the coffee maker has a slight week point where the water tank body conects to the plate that holds the carafe. But as long as it is handled by the plate there should be no problems. 






(Posted on 12/4/13)

Excellent Coffe Maker

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I am very happy with the Bonavita. I purchased a Rocky grinder several years ago from SCG that I used for making my espressos. Since this grinder allows such a range I decided it was time to get a quality coffeemaker. After much research and many reviews I decided on the Bonavita - my deciding factor was the review on SGC. The price was half that of the Technivorm which is the only other coffeemaker I would have considered and SCG gave it their recommendatiion. It makes an excellent cup of coffee.
I did have a few test runs to get it right. I even called SGC and spoke with Chris because I kept getting a bitter aftertaste with my coffee. What I discovered is that I needed to clean my Rocky grinder, which I did. I had not cleaned it since purchasing it - what a difference on my grind with espressos as well as the drip!
I grind on setting 30 and use 6 grams of coffee per cup for me it is perfect - I like a dark roast but did try Pike Place and was pleasantly surprised at the fullness of the cup.
The coffee is Hot and the Bonavita is simple to use - simple to clean and just makes a Really Good Smooth cup of coffee.

(Posted on 11/28/13)

Simple to use, fast, fantastic coffee

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I love this coffee maker. It's simple and fast to use. The flavor of my coffee is highly improved over all other coffee machines I have used. I highly recommend the Bonavita for it's simplicity of use and great tasting coffee. I recommend getting a good grinder as well.

(Posted on 11/20/13)

fine, questionable value

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We switched from a Caffetto model, which worked very well for about five years; and, before that, a simple Mr. Coffee model with few features. We really cared that they both brewed great coffee and were simple to use.

We'll be sticking with the Bonavita: it's here and seems serviceable. I don't believe we want to go about replacing it— but I can't say that I'd recommend it. The design is visually elegant, and it's very easy to see water level and load with water.

First: the coffee is just, well, all right. It's good, no mistakes: but both the inexpensive Mr. Coffee tier-model and the Caffetto honestly made a cup with a deeper flavor and more body. We believe that the brew temperature is low, as well.

The Caffetto was a thermal carafe model, and was difficult to pour, so we thought we'd make an improvement here. That's also true: the carafe is easier to handle and pour. However, it doesn't keep the coffee warm for very long: it's middling at best, and we may get an hour or two of somewhat warm coffee. After a few hours, it's relatively tepid.

This model also has no housing for the drip assembly. Which is elegant in it's own way, but there is no real place to store the basket when the top is on the carafe.

Which brings me to the punch line: the Caffetto was about the same price as this model. But it brewed coffee faster, better, kept it warmer longer, was easier to operate, and was cleaner overall (no basket to place someplace between brewings on this model). It also had a clock and a (seldom used: better coffee gets brewed close to grind— but very handy on occasion, time delayed brew feature). Even the filters fit more nicely.

But it isn't about an individual device— the Mr. Coffee low-tier model was lower cost, with more features, and also brewed better coffee. It was also easier and cleaner to operate (still being used at my office after nearly ten years). It had no thermal carafe, but— all in all, it's easy, convenient, and makes a wonderful cup of coffee.

But none of those, unfortunately, can be said about this device. Making coffee is a little messy, filters don't quite sit right (but it works). The brew temperature is a bit low, but services. The coffee stays kind of warm in the carafe, but not for long. And the brew is pretty slow, though not slow enough that we'd send it back.

If you wind up with this coffee maker, you're unlikely to be disappointed. But, at the the price point, I think you'd do better searching elsewhere.

(Posted on 11/9/13)

Excellent

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I was pretty skeptical about this coffee maker considering it makes only 8 cups but the quality of the coffee is spot on every time. I would recommend this coffee maker to anyone who appreciates a good cup of coffee.

(Posted on 11/2/13)

EXCELLENT COFFEE MAKER

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My husband was skeptical of my ordering a coffee maker with a carafe...but for once he admitted that he was wrong. We love our Bonavita Coffee Maker with the Thermal Carafe. This coffee maker makes the coffee very fast, great tasting coffee and the carafe keeps the coffee hot for hours. LOVE IT...LOVE IT... LOVE IT !!!!!!



(Posted on 10/27/13)

Simply Perfect

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My wife recently admitted that my decision to purchase the Bonavita was a good one. She initially question my judgment to replace the Cuisinart automated machine with a semi-manually operated coffee maker. In order to win her over I installed a wall timer so that she can have coffee made before she wakes up. I opt to do a fresh grind and brew later in the day. In any event this coffee maker does what it is supposed to - brews hot coffee quickly. The flavor quality of a cup from this new machine is noticeably better than our old one. We have had it for about 3 months and it works perfectly. Due to hard water in our area we use distilled water to protect the maker from getting scale within the heat elements.

(Posted on 9/18/13)

The Bonavita is a winner!

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We have had a Moccamaster for about 5 years and use it at least twice a day. It quit once but I was able to get it going myself. It could use a couple expensive parts. I'm keeping it as a spare.

We got the Bonavita and are very happy with it. It makes great coffee and has some refined features. I like not having so many parts to handle. I like that the filter holder sits on the carafe because you don't forget to empty it. The thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot as long as the moccamaster did.

We'll see how it holds up. For now I highly recommend the Bonavita.

(Posted on 9/9/13)

Excellent coffee

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I have the Bonavita with the thermal carafe and I'm finding the coffee to be excellent. There is a marked difference in flavor and temperature from the Kitchen Aid I was using. It's also faster and the carafe is better designed. My only (small) disappointment is that the carafe doesn't keep the coffee hot long enough for my taste, which includes adding half and half.

(Posted on 9/7/13)

Great tasting coffee but the glass carafe does not keep the coffee hot.

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Coffee made in the Bonavita does indeed taste better than it did in my previous machine. The first cup comes out nice and hot but, the coffee remaining in the glass carafe looses heat quickly. The price seems high based on the simplicity of the mechanics.

(Posted on 8/14/13)

Bonavita versus Technivorm

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I have long been using Technivorm coffee makers in both my houses. But recently my newer Technivorm Moccamaster died. After watching Gail's review of the new Bonavita brewer, I decided to try it rather than buy another Technivorm at twice the price. After several weeks of use, I find the Bonavita's coffee as good as either of my Technivorms and perhaps a bit hotter. The Bonavita glass thermal carafe is also better than the wide mouth carafe that came with my Moccamaster. I'm quite pleased so far with the Bonavita. It remains to be seen how long it will hold up. My original Technivorm is about ten years old and still working. The Moccamaster died after about five years of daily use.

(Posted on 8/8/13)

Bonavita coffee brewer

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I was looking to replace my old Krups machine and begin to upgrade my coffee setup. With a relatively low budget for a coffee fan, I selected the Bonavita coffee brewer since the cost was lower than a Technivorm Moccamaster and, since the reviews were great, I thought I could give it a try.

After a week of using the product every morning, I can say that this product is a bang for the buck. Great coffee needing little to no tuning from your grinder and you get the same delicious coffee taste each and every time.

This being said, I still feel that this brewer is a transition between a bad drip brewer and, ultimately, the Technivorm for any coffee fan.

(Posted on 7/30/13)

excellent product great convenience

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The design of the coffee brewing basket makes the process of setup very simple. The glass lined carafe with its screw on lid holds temperature very well and pours without dripping. Brew time is quick and hot. I have a Technivorm Moccamaster in my other home and much prefer the convenience and function of the Bonavita.

(Posted on 7/23/13)

The best choice, if a bit awkward.

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So, I think this is the best choice for a drip coffee maker at the moment. I've been using it for a couple weeks to replace a Cuisinart, which must have been my third of that brand.

The are two drawbacks.

One is the small size, which isn't that big of a deal (buy a second carafe if you need that much coffee and start another pot brewing, or preheat a thermal carafe from a retired machine and transfer it over)

The second is the lack of a holder for the basket, or lid. This is kind of awkward--the basket doesn't stay attached to the coffee maker but rather sits on the pitcher in the manner of a pour-over holder. I just keep a little ramekin next to the coffee maker to sit the lid or basket in. They might have put a little indentation in the top to hold the basket or lid when not in use.

(Posted on 7/10/13)

great coffee at home

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This coffee maker brews the best cup of coffee I've ever tasted outside of a cafe. My boss has the $300 Technivorm Mocca Master and it is extremely close to his coffee because of the temperature in which it is brewed at, (195-205 degrees) and the complete saturation if your coffee grounds due to a large and extremely accurate shower head. This coffe maker runs neck and neck with the Mocca Master and is about $140 cheaper once tax is included. It is also very easy to clean and the brewing time varies from 5-7 minutes for a full 8 cup pot. I recommend the thermal carafe for it keeps the coffee hot for up to 3 hours without a hot plate which would eventually burn the coffee if left on it too long. My Bonavita and my PS3 are my most prized possessions. Enjoy.

(Posted on 7/4/13)

Love It!

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Thought I wouldn't find a coffeemaker with a compact profile that brewed as hot, fast, and flavorful as my old Braun. The Bonavita is even better! So far it has surpassed my expectations. Assuming it also proves to be durable, I would highly recommend this product.

(Posted on 6/27/13)

Gave it 2 tries, sent it back. No more Bonavita products for me!

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I was really looking forward to this as a nice balance between better functionality/quality than most coffeemakers out there, and the really high cost of a Technivorm.

My first Bonavita Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe came from Amazon. I took it out of the box, rinsed everything out, poured water in the tank the first time- and it proceeded to flow directly out the bottom (yes, that bottom) of the machine, and all over the counter. I couldn't believe it, so I tried it again- same thing. Apparently someone didn't connect something right. So it went back.

My second Bonavita was purchased from Seattle Coffee Gear. I took it out of the box, rinsed everything out, poured water in the tank the first time- and it stayed in like it's supposed to! So after an initial water-only run, I decide to brew some coffee. Everything worked perfectly! I was so excited. But...

As I'm sitting at the table enjoying my first-ever cup from this machine, a few minutes later I hear a loud POP! It actually startled me. What was it? I opened the carafe- still full of hot coffee, and I see shards of broken glass inside! NO!!! Somehow the glass-lined carafe shattered/ imploded while it was sitting full of coffee on the counter. Coffee proceeded to leak out the plastic bottom of the carafe, all over the counter- what a mess!

*Keep in mind- at no time was the hot carafe exposed to cold water- I even preheated it with hot water before the brew cycle.

Sorry Bonavita, while I understand my experience was probably very rare, I won't be buying any of their products again.

NOTE: This review doesn't pass any blame onto the resellers (both made the return process simple), and I've since bought another coffeemaker from SCG.

(Posted on 5/16/13)

Much better than "mainstream" makers like Cuisinart

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Since receiving a bag of beans as a gift I purchased a quality grinder and expected the coffee to taste better based on what Starbucks recommends. It was better, but my pet peeve with mainstream coffee makers the coffee was never hot enough. I enjoy black coffee with breakfast and when I have a dessert, so am not a coffeeholic enough to spend hundreds of dollars on a coffee brewer. I decided to try the Bonavita since the price was ok and like the fact it is so simple and the brewing is not haphazard and uncontrollable. The coffee temperature is better and the coffee does taste better. So needless to say I am happy with the Bonavita so far.

(Posted on 5/5/13)

Bad News

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The Coffee maker does make great coffee, But I am on my 3rd Carafe in 6 months, The top pastic ring on top does not seal with the glass liner.Thus after several cups of coffee being poured some gets trapped betwenn the outer shell and glass liner, When you set the carafe down it leaves coffee marks on the counter. Eventually the coffee that does leak out starts to smell pretty bad, this can't be healthy for you.

(Posted on 4/24/13)

Great Coffee and Maker

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Easiest ever to use and keep clean. Small profile and a great coffee maker for the value.. Would highly recommend. We have been using for over a month.. The coffee is incredible.. Oh and super fast to make.

(Posted on 4/10/13)

Excellent coffee maker

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Our old, thermal carafe equipped, coffee maker finally met its maker so I did some research to find a replacement. It all boiled down to two contenders: Bonavita and Bodum. We went with Bonavita for its compact design and easier to swallow price tag. The bottom line is that it makes a great cup o' Joe quickly without fuss and that it keeps the coffee hot 'till the spouse gets outa bed without it getting bitter from a heating element. I like that it has 1400 watts of power to really get the brewing water to the ideal extraction temperature of 195-205 degrees F. and that it is simply a coffee maker without the usual vampires. Enjoy your Joe.

(Posted on 3/31/13)

Great coffee

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Significant improvement over the cuisinart I was using. Comparable to my Clever Dripper pour over.

(Posted on 3/28/13)

Excellent coffeemaker

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We are very happy with the Bonavita. It makes excellent coffee. Also Seattle Coffee Gear was great to deal with.

(Posted on 3/27/13)

Excellent coffee maker!

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Replaced a new Krups with this much easier to use coffee maker. Easy to prepare and use. Be careful not to overload the filter basket with too much coffee or it will spill over. Just takes a little practice.
Suggestion: To keep your coffee hot in the excellent glass lined carafe, fill it with hot water just before preparation and pour that water
into the water receptacle for brewing. It keeps the brewed coffee warm for much longer.

(Posted on 3/25/13)

definitely 4 stars

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Great coffee pot. Brews quickly, keeps coffee hot. I just wish it was 10 cups

(Posted on 3/23/13)

Great!

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Like others before me have stated, this is a great coffee maker.
Very easy to fill with water, coffee is wonderful and it stays hot for a very long time. Really glad I purchased this.

(Posted on 3/22/13)

Great product

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The coffee stays hot in the pot for a lot longer that I thought it would.I liked the idea of not having all the bells and whistles because I never used them in my past coffee makers. Having trouble finding the filters that are recommend but still looking. Great product. Ken

(Posted on 3/16/13)

Great value, very good coffee

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This is my first high quality drip coffee maker after 15 years with semi-and super automatic espresso makers. I need to keep trying different coffees, but I get the feeling that a fresh ground coffee is really necessary. So far, only pre-ground Illy makes a really great cup. This machine is fast and I believe it's "accurate enough" as far as brew temp. It tastes quite a bit better than the older Cuisinart machine I have. The whole unit has a nice look, feel and weight, even though it's simple.

(Posted on 3/13/13)

Great coffee maker

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So easy to use, so easy to clean, makes great coffee and keeps it hot, am so glad we made this investment. It also looks good on the counter and has a smaller footprint than most coffee makers.

(Posted on 2/28/13)

Bonavita Coffee Maker

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We purchased 2 units - both my son-in-law and myself really like a good cup of coffee. Like that the carafe holds coffee hot. Love auto-shut off.
Would possibly like just a little hotter brewing temp.

(Posted on 2/20/13)

Excellent brewer

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So far I am loving my Bonavita brewer. I've had it for a couple months now and am still experimenting with different coffees. This brewer is very simple and brews great, hot coffee. The only reason it doesn't get fives stars is because (despite reviews to the contrary) the carafe is not perfect. It is still a little difficult to get the last bit of coffee to pour out of the carafe as there is a slight lip on the top that overlaps the glass liner. I was definitely considering the Technivorm but decided on the Bonavita since it's mechanics were similar to the Technivorm and it was considerably less expensive and it was receiving so many positive reviews. They were right, this little baby brews some great coffee! Also, I am quite happy that I purchased via Seattle Coffee Gear.....great service!

(Posted on 2/20/13)

terrific coffee

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I was looking for a new coffee maker to replace the Newco OCS 12 which began to leak dangerously, and went for this unit as a value alternative to the Technivorm. This has been a great little machine...

It is a bit small, but it looks really good and build quality seems good. It is a basic design with a basket that simply sits on the pot during brewing. This unit performs flawlessly, and I don't miss any of the fancy features. It is quick, quiet and produces delicious coffee consistently.

I recommend this unit highly.

(Posted on 2/9/13)

Great product

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My wife bought this as a xmas gift for me and I love this product. It is quick to brew and make a smooth cup of coffee. I love the thermal carafe it keeps the coffee hot for up to 4-5 hours. I am very happy with this and reccomend this to everyone looking to up grade to making better cup of coffee.

(Posted on 1/13/13)

Excellent machine

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Great coffee maker at a great price. As others have stated, wish the filter basket attached the the machine itself and did not sit on top of the carafe. Just one more step in the morning that I could do without. I also wish they would make a larger capacity available. A 64 oz like the larger Technovorm would be great--especially for company.
The coffee maker is awesome--why is it that all of the great ones make such small pots of coffee!

(Posted on 12/27/12)

Excellent coffee at a good price

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Wanted to upgrade my drip coffee experience and just could not convince myself to spend the money for a Technovorm. Enticed by the reviews and the price I ordered the Bonavita.
I am delighted with the purchase. Once I dialed in the right grind on my Baratza Encore and the amount of coffee to use the results have been all I hoped for and more.
Brews a great cup and so easy to use and clean. A winner!!

(Posted on 12/26/12)

Love this coffee maker

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I was looking for two things with this coffee maker: great taste and the ability of the carafe to keep the coffee hot. I got both. Yesterday I poured myself a cup four hours after brewing the pot, and the coffee came out steaming. It brews quickly and tastes great.

(Posted on 12/17/12)

Good Coffee

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Replaced a Cusinart machine with this. The coffee is smoother and more flavorful. Stays hot for at least two hours. I really like the simplicity of the unit.

Coffee is ready in a few minutes with no fuss.

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(Posted on 12/12/12)

High Quality, Great Looks and a Great Cup of Coffee

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Have brewed coffee for years with a Melita china coffee maker. The coffee from this coffee maker is just as good and the brewing time is quick and the carafe holds the hot coffee for plenty of time.

I like the reasonably affordable price, no gimmicks and great looks of this unit. The coffee is not quite as hot as i would like, so I do have to use room tem filtered water (rather than from the fridge's filter) and temper the pot with hot water to have coffee as hot as I would like.

Seattle Coffee Gear was quick with delivery. I didnt get a pound of coffee or the cleaning gear, however. Perhaps they've discontinued that--or the customer who stated that in their review got a special deal.

(Posted on 11/20/12)

It's very simple, makes great coffee and keeps it warm.

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We replace our Capresso drip machine with this and the difference is night and day. While it doesn't allow you to remove the carafe and fill your cup while the brew cycle is still running (our only minor nit), We find it very simple to use, clean and operate. The coffee is fantastic and it stays warm about 2 or 3 times as long as our former Capresso thermal carafe model. Six minutes isn't too long to wait for a great cup of coffee.

(Posted on 10/3/12)

Well made but not for us

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When klutzy hubby broke the Moccamaster glass carafe it provided an opportunity to look at the Bonavita thermal carafe coffee maker. It appears well designed, not too expensive, and with a great 'shower' system for wetting grounds. Unfortunately, the taste, even with changing our coffee grinder settings, was not up to the Technivorm so we returned it for a glass carafe. Pray for my husband.

(Posted on 9/17/12)

Great Value

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It works simply and efficiently which I think is best feature...no clocks or alarms. Fast and hot coffee.
Someone complained about plastic filler tank...it only has water for five minutes!
Someone else complained about noise...quick heating requires a little sound!
I drink the carafe empty in about 2 hours and last cup is still hot.

(Posted on 9/14/12)

Great alternate to the Technivorm

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I'm a devoted Technivorm user. However, I needed to purchase a coffee maker for the office. I purchased the Bonavita because I wanted the proper water temperature produced by the coffee maker and I did not need any bells and whistles like a programmable machine. Bottom line, this little unit is a great purchase for the price. It doesn't have the capacity of the Technivorm, but that just means we have fresh coffee in the office throughout the day!

(Posted on 8/22/12)

really great

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Feel this coffee maker delivers great tasting coffee. The brew time is quick. clean up is good. aesthetically pleasing on the counter, and not too bulky like some more popular brands. Carafe does keep coffee hot--haven't tried all day, but for at least 3-4 hours. Pricier, but worth it given its something u use every day. Hope it lasts a long time. Only had it for few weeks now.

(Posted on 8/20/12)

just what I was looking for...

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I have been using this for 2 weeks and it suits our needs perfectly. I compared this to the Bunn stainless steel carafe machine and the Cuisinart SS carafe. This machine's simplicity is what makes it stand out. The video from this site was very helpful and I received great customer service. The glass in SS carafe is key. Bonavita makes a strong, hot pot of coffee quickly. I'm super pleased with this purchase.

(Posted on 8/17/12)

Great Machine!

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We bought this coffeemaker to replace a Cuisinart that suddenly stopped working.
A little leery of trying unknown brand, but reviews convinced us it was worth a shot.
Very easy to use.
Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for as long as we need it to.
Coffee quality (we grind our beans each time we brew) is excellent.
Excellent experience also with Seattle Coffee Gear ordering & delivery.

(Posted on 7/29/12)

fantastic

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This coffee maker is just great.
It makes coffee, really hot.
Easy to use. Fast brewing.
Love the carafe~ keeps it warm for hours.
And the glass inside is great.

I used to have a Cuisinart until it broke, and I found this.
Super happy.

(Posted on 7/6/12)

Best Coffee Maker I've Ever Owned

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The Bonavita Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe provides the ability to produce a GREAT cup of coffee at the perfect brewing temperature. The design is wonderfully simple and functional and the price for all this is very resonable.
If you like smooth and rich tasting coffee that is NOT bitter, this the coffee maker for you. It fills a niche that all of the major brands seem to ingnore. I have owned several coffee makers over the years but this one is the BEST for the money so far. Just BUY IT. Seattle Coffee Gear is the best place to do so, fast service and great pricing. KUDOS to SCG.

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Easy To Use,Quiet,Perfect Brew Temp,Quick Brewing,Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/5/12)

Worth the money!

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We LOVE this coffee maker! We also LOVE Seattle Coffee gear for throwing in the cleaning kit and pound of coffee! The Bonavita quicky produces a delicious, hot cup of coffee. And it is half the price of a Technivorm. We use it every morning, and the coffee stays hot for hours in the thermal carafe. The carafe is especially nice because it does not 'cook' the coffee while it sits. I have gotten to the point that I no longer add sweetenter. A bit of creamer, and done! The coffee is THAT good!

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Quiet,Quick Brewing,Easy To Use,Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/4/12)

Compact, simple, high quality brewer

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Within 3 days of receiving the BonaVita we gave our Keurig B60 and 'Consumer Reports' recommended drip brewer away. The Keurig always tasted great (theBonaVita is better!) but K-cups are pricey. Our other drip brewer always overheated at the end of the cycle and cooked the coffee. Now we have more counter space AND great coffee everyday! The crema is impressive, flavor is full and balanced, and the coffee is piping hot. Can't ask for more than that! My only complaint is that it is sometimes difficult to see the water level. I would like to see an LED like the Keurigs have. I get around it by holding a small light source there by hand -- so don't let that single design oversight stop you from trying this amazing brewer!

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Easy To Clean,Easy To Use,Fits under counter,Great Taste,Lightweight,Quiet,Large Water Container,Quick Brewing

Cons:
Hard to gauge water level

(Posted on 6/2/12)

Fantastic Product!

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This product is fantastic! I purchased through SCG (as they are simply the best) and this coffee maker is hands down the best I have ever owned. My father recently purchased the Technivorm KB-741 & we compared brewers. We both agreed that the Bonavita's brewing capabilities and performance are practically identical to the Technivorm. Both are great products, however, I prefer my Bonavita. One of my favorite features is the glass lined carafe. Happy buying!

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Ideal Brewing Time, Glass Lined Carafe, High quality, Perfect temperature

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(Posted on 5/24/12)

A solid performer at a reasonable price

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It is compact, 12" tall, which allows the unit to reside under the kitchen cabnets, on our limited counter space. The carafe keeps the coffee very warm, especially if it is warmed with tap water berore brewing. I like that it shuts off automatically right after brewing. It is solidly made. I would have liked the cord to be not so stiff. Buyers should be aware that "8 cups" does not mean 8 X 8 oz., we get slightly over 4 average mugs of coffee when full, which is perfect for the two of us.

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Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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None

(Posted on 4/4/12)

bonavita

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simple to use ,hot coffee, only negative need to remove filter holder and install top on pot .

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

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Small Water Container

(Posted on 3/28/12)

I would buy this product again and again

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Best coffee maker I have ever used.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 3/27/12)

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