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Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

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Bonavita has taken on our favorite role of mad coffee scientist by combining part pour over and part immersion brewer into a new porcelain filter basket. Lock the base and prepare as you would a pour over. Then, let it set as you would a French press but instead of taking the plunge you gently release the lever and it drips through like a dripper. Crazy train! And we love it!
Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

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Bonavita has taken on our favorite role of mad coffee scientist by combining part pour over and part immersion brewer into a new porcelain filter basket. Lock the base and prepare as you would a pour over. Then, let it set as you would a French press but instead of taking the plunge you gently release the lever and it drips through like a dripper. Crazy train! And we love it!

Features and Functionality of the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

  • Home or Cafe, You are OK: Can be used with the Bonavita Electronic Scale for a one-two precision punch.
  • Strong: Made of Bone China this crazy coffee hybrid device is durable.
  • Universal Fit: Compatible with #4 coffee filters.
  • Stand Alone - You can set it on your coffee mug, a carafe or dripper stand for your prep.
  • Frankenstein - Bonavita manufactured a hybrid coffee brewer that takes the best parts of a dripper and a press and sews them into a fun new porcelain immersion coffee brewer.
  • Plastic Plus - The Immersion Dripper is made of bone china with some plastic parts and a round plastic lid.
Ease of Use 3
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Overall Value for the Money 3
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This Bonavita Immersion Dripper can be used on top of your coffee mug, a carafe or in a dripper stand. Try it! You'll Like it!

Tips and Tricks

Dishwasher safe!

Model Number 29130
Width 5.5 inches
Height 6 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 1.2500
Size #4
Material Porcelain
Manufacturer Bonavita

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Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper
Already Asked: 5 Questions, 24 Answers
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Craig R asked: I received the BID for Christmas, I asked for it. Wondering if anyone has tweaked or messed around with the recipe to get your favorite cup? Care to share? Jan 9, 2014
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Eric F: I am not sure what the recipe is but this is what I use. 23 to 24 g to 12 ounces of 201° water. I use my gold filter grind which is a little bit coarser than auto drip. I steep for three minutes agitating at 30 to 45 seconds. It usually takes another 45 seconds to drain the units.

If I am trying to tweak a certain bean I will usually use my V60 or my Espropress. My Bonavita is my lazy-mans pour over solution.
Jan 9, 2014
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STANLEY A: I find it will make 2 cups (no mugs) of coffee for me. I will preheat a thermal mug carafe. I place 2 heaping tablespoons of fine ground coffee per cup into the filter and Bona vita which has been preheated as well. Leave to sit for 4 minutes flip the switch to drain into the thermal carafe then pour into the cup to drink.
Kinda of like 'cupping'
Jan 19, 2014
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Dean K: Fresh grind your favorite beans then put the grinds in your BID. Boil filtered water to 200 degrees then pour it over the coffee. While the coffee is brewing preheat your coffee mug with the boiled water while the coffee is brewing. After 4 minutes pour out the water then release the coffee into your favorite mug… enjoy! Jan 9, 2014
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cantabrian asked: What I'm not clear on is whether the coffee contacts plastic still. One of the selling points of this over the Clever is that it is not plastic. But then it seems to me that, while the gasket is closed, it is pooling there in the plastic base. Is that right? If so, how is this better than the Clever? Sep 11, 2013
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Elizabeth G: The entire dripper is ceramic with a very small hole (3/8 inch diameter) in the bottom of the V. While the coffee brews that opening is closed on the underside of the ceramic vessel by what looks like a silicone pad, not plastic. To release the coffee you slide a lever over to start the flow.

This is well made and very functional. The bottom part that sits on top of your cup is plastic, but that is not in contact with the coffee. I have beenvery happy with this dripper. The size will brew enough coffee for a large mug or two cups.
Sep 11, 2013
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William D: The only contact coffee has with plastic is at the bottom of the 3/32" or so drain hole in the base of the ceramic part, under the filter. That moves aside to drain the brewed coffee into the container, so the contact between coffee and plastic (as it appears to be; I'm not certain of the material). With my palate and the good but not super-premium grade of coffee I use, I certainly don't notice any effect. If I were worried about it, and had some super quality coffee to enjoy, I'd use a Chemex with attendant rigmarole. In short, I don't feel the coffee/plastic contact in the Bonavita is enough to worry about . . . Sep 11, 2013
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Mike M: I'm not familiar with the Clever, but if it is all plastic there would be quite a bit more contact. There is a drain hole at the bottom of the Bonavita that is an 1/8" in diameter or less. A plastic or silicon stopper slides across this hole during brewing. Once you open it the coffee drains into your cup with no additional plastic contact. The area below the gray ring on the cone is plastic but it doesn't come in contact with the coffee. Coffee is best described as a cross between French press and drip. Sep 11, 2013
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Mark S: There is a small stopper, made of silicone I think, that holds the coffee in the brew chamber. The brew chamber is made entirely of porcelain, and aside from that tiny stopper, it only touches porcelain and a paper filter during the immersion phase of the brew. When you open the stopper to drain the coffee, it falls freely out of the bottom, soI don't think it has much contact with the plastic bottom at that point either, although if it is too far off from level it might possibly drain down the side. Sep 11, 2013
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Peter T: Yes ,the valve that stops the drip is some kind of plastic material , it makes a good cup of coffee but be aware that it is a very large unit , it is not something you can carry around.After having it for a while it has occurred to me that I never stop the drip process , it does make a great cup of coffee Sep 12, 2013
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Brett P: While the base is plastic, this does not come into contact with the coffee. The bowl part is not plastic at all, but like a pourover device. Only the small whole on the bottom of the dripper has a part that stops it from dripping out. This small part is plastic. Sep 11, 2013
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John R: No coffee ever pools in the plastic base. With the valve closed coffee only pools in the upper chamber which is all porcelain. In that sense it is better than the clever. I hope this was of some help to you. Sep 12, 2013
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Joe H asked: I saw pictures of the bottom of this dripper and was wondering if it would fit over my Contigo travel mug? The diameter of the opening is 2 5/16 inches. Thanks! If this would fit it would be perfect. Sep 27, 2013
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John M: Hi Joe

It looks to me like it would. The Dripper is 4" wide on the bottom. I have had no problem so far with it fitting any of my different mugs under it. I'm sure there are some that are wider than 4" that it would not fit. I have really enjoyed it. I like pour over coffee and it is the best pour over dripper I've used. It's great to use when you travel. Not alot to pack for a trip. Hope this helps you. You can always brew in a mug thats fits and then transfer it to your mug if it doesn't fit.

Good luck

Sep 29, 2013
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William D: It appears to me that this should work. The guides on the outside of the base (to keep it from sliding off the mug or container) are about 3 5/8" apart. There are shorter inner guides which are about 2 5/8" apart, evidently meant to go INSIDE the mouth of the cup or container, but they are shorter and could probably be cut or filed off (plastic) if they interfere with the dripper fitting on the cup. Oct 11, 2013
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Peter T: be aware that this thing is huge, the bottom of it will accept a cup 2.5 inches to 3.75 inches In diameter ,my travel mug is 3.5 inches and fits perfectly.
The truth is I am not very happy with my purchase ,when you stop and think about it why would you use the shut off function ? I never use this function and wonder why I spent all that extra money for it. But does make a good cup of coffee.
Oct 11, 2013
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Mike M: Hi Joe,

It should work. There are tabs about 2.5 inches apart on the bottom, but you can stagger them putting one inside the lip of your coffee mug and the other outside. I have to do that with one of the mugs I use and the coffee doesn't spill.
Its posible they will both fit outside of your cup. Either way you should be good to go.
Oct 11, 2013
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STANLEY A: It fits on my Contigo travel mug but appears very tippy. I have never used it this way but ran water through it ok. It fits perfectly on my capresso stainless carafe after my capresso machine gave up the ghost. Oct 14, 2013
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Amy A: Yes, it fits over my Contingo travel mug. It seems a little top heavy, but stable. Oct 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do common grocery-store-purchased Melitta filters work well for this dripper? If so, which No. (size)? Thanks! Jun 14, 2013
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cindy s: Yes, I use Melitta filters, #4 and they work perfectly!

I've used other single cup "dripper type" brewers and this one is by far my favorite. It's heavy, very well made and I love having the option of keeping the lid on for a few minutes because that keeps my coffee piping hot.
Jun 16, 2013
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Serena Y: I have used a Melitta #4 cone (natural brown) and also plain #4 cone filters (bleached) from Costco. That size seems to work very well. In a pinch you could also use a basket filter folded to fit. That's what I was doing until I bought the 1000 pack from Costco! Jun 18, 2013
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Kathryn W: Yes, the Melitta #4 filters are a perfect fit. They come right up to the upper rim so you can fill the cone to the top. Love it! Jun 16, 2013
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Michael P: Hi,

I use the no. 4 size Melita filters, no issues or problems.

Jun 17, 2013
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Mark S: A #4 filter from Melitta fits very nicely. Jun 20, 2013
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Jim M asked: As background to our question, we have used Melita coffee cones and filters for years. The system is simple and we can clean the funnel reasonably well after each use. We recently purchased a "Clever Coffee Dripper.” While we like the feature that the grounds stay immersed for a period of time, the “plug” mechanism has become stained from coffee. Also, the Dripper now leaks during each use. The soft plastic “plug” part (at the bottom of the funnel) is attached to a hard plastic “lift” mechanism beneath the funnel (that rests on the coffee cup and pushes the plunger up thus allowing the coffee to flow into the cup) and neither part can be disassembled for cleaning. We now use the Dripper in a saucer to catch the leakage, so it still “works,” but I continue to be frustrated that I cannot clean the simple interior parts (the “plug” and the interior surfaces of the “lift"). With this as background, my question is: can the plastic base of the Immersion Dripper be unscrewed from the porcelain funnel . . . and can it be disassembled for purposes of cleaning the interior parts? Apr 23, 2013
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Kathryn W: I have also used the Clever Dripper and have the same staining issue; mine does not leak but I have heard that is a common problem. I bought the Bonavita because it is porcelain, not plastic.
The underside mechanism of this brewer has a lot of nooks and crannies but so far I have been able to keep it clean without too much trouble; I just give it a quick wash in soapy water right after each use.
I have not taken it apart yet, but I did find a post on home barista forum by someone who did. If you search for "Bonavita immersion brewer" you should be able to find it; they don't want links posted here. The article includes pictures and it looks simple to do but might not be necessary.
I like this brewer and am glad I upgraded from the CCD.
Apr 25, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately the Bonavita Immersion Dripper is not meant to be completely disassembled for cleaning, as there are a series of screws at the base to keep the plastic portion attached to the ceramic. I began the process of removing some of the screws and found there to be 12 in total that you would need to remove for a deep cleaning of the pieces. There is only one silicone piece that comes into contact with the coffee, so I would imagine that taking the Immersion Dripper completely apart for cleaning would happen pretty infrequently, if at all. Apr 25, 2013
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Dietmar V: I can only partially answer this, as I have never tried to unscrew the bottom part from the porcelain funnel, but the Immersion Dripper has at least screws that seem to connect the bottom part with the funnel. Apr 25, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

What it Covers:

Coffee makers, Kettles, Scales & Pour over stands 


- 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
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 Porcelain Immersion Dripper

  • Hand wash or dishwasher safe.

User Manuals for your Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper User Manual

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Not perfect, but almost.

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I love the way it pours when I manually brew my coffee and I like the way the thermostat is accurate and maintains the temp I want. My family thinks it is cute. It would be nice to have a more visible measure of water in it. It does slow down as it approaches the set temperature, taking a bit longer, but that is the price of not overshooting the mark. It seems very well constructed. My wife thought it was priced somewhat high.

(Posted on 4/14/14)

Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper

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Received it for Christmas(asked) Very well made, makes a very nice cup of coffee, and I can put it in the dishwasher. My French press has seen no duty since I got this. Simple to use compared to the Hario, so it's easier to multitask.

(Posted on 3/27/14)

Love it!

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Very accurate, very sensitive scale. Easy to operate. Like being able to set a timer, so it does not cut off on you while you are in the middle of measuring. I have the stand with the ring to sit a dripper on. Makes it easy to accurately reproduce the same consistent, quality cup of coffee over and over. I have also found many other uses in the kitchen when I need small amount of anything from cheese to gelatin - especially when using metric amounts.

I was upgrading another digital scale; this one is much more accurate and weights are in small increments. Very happy with this purchase.

(Posted on 9/11/13)

Best steep-and-release brewing device on the market

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I have been using the Clever Dripper for some time and have ordered coffee using this method long before I used it at home.

While I always loved the end result the Clever, I was so excited to see that Bonavita was offering a porcelain steep-and-release brewing device. The reason why is because the Clever is made of plastic and has major heat retention issues.

In my personal testing the Clever dropper on average 15f in temp over the 4 minute brewing process. Now that I have the porcelain Bonavita i also tested it and it drops only 6f-8f in the brewing process. This means that the Bonavita stays within the ideal brewing temp of 205f-95f for all 4 minutes.

Now that I have the Bonavita I will never go back to the Clever.

In coffeehouses, this would make for a great alternative to either pourover or French Press as it is much easier to clean up and creates a much better end cup of coffee.

Thanks Bonavita for making this product for us!!!

(Posted on 7/3/13)

great product

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It's like the Clever Coffee Dripper, but with better design and heat retention. I do wish it was easier to disassemble the bottom mechanism for cleaning, but all in all this is is still the best system I've found for hybrid immersion/filter brewing on the market.

(Posted on 6/20/13)


Review by

I love this brewer! I like the immersion method and have been using a competitor's (plastic) product for over a year, so when I read about the porcelain Bonavita immersion brewer I was happy to try it out. It works as advertised; I am very satisfied with the coffee I can brew with this dripper. Nothing touches the coffee except porcelain, the paper filter and the stopper at the bottom of the cone. The dripper is heavy so you want to be sure to preheat it before use so your coffee will stay hot.

Only time will tell if the underside mechanism will be easy to keep clean, but so far so good. This filter cone seems a bit expensive, but there is nothing else like it out there so give it a try!

(Posted on 4/15/13)

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