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Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System

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Product Description

Still providing coffee precision beyond compare, the Behmor Brazen Plus features all the things we adore about the first generation (temperature control, pre-soak function, elevation calibration and an overall amazing cup of coffee), but with a few essential upgrades. Experience maximum control as you pour your precisely brewed coffee from the improved thermal carafe. Choose from a flat bottom paper filter, or take advantage of the enhanced gold-tone permanent filter. Rest assured, because you're brewing with a machine that meets the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) standard for quality home brewing.

Features and Functionality of the Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System

  • Mode Button: Where the programming happens! Under this function, easily program the brew start time, pre-soak time, brew temperature, clock time and calibrate your elevation.
  • Auto-On: Program the Brazen Plus to auto start at any time of the day.
  • Pre-soak Function: Allow your grounds to bloom for optimal flavor! Program the pre-soak function anywhere from 15 seconds to 4 minutes.
  • Variable Temperature Control: Effortlessly set your preferred brew temperature between 190-210°F.
  • Elevation Calibration: By telling the Brazen Plus how far above sea level you reside, this coffee maker automatically compensates for elevation changes and how that impacts boiling point.
  • Insulated Stainless Steel Carafe: This helpful carafe keeps your coffee toasty for hours, without the fuss of a hot plate burner.
  • Manual Release: Feel like trying your hand at a precise pour-over? Easily brew into a Chemex carafe as this function allows the Brazen Plus to release heated water into a container other than the stainless steel carafe. Set the water temperature, remove the carafe, and use your Brazen Plus as a kettle for your favorite pour-over or to brew tea!
  • Large Filter Basket: The extra-capacity gold-tone permanent filter basket is 15% larger than the previous version's basket, giving your grounds room to bloom without overflowing.
  • Memory Save: The power may flicker from time to time (or be out for hours!), but the Brazen Plus will never forget your preferred settings.
  • Water Capacity Indicators: Inside the spacious water reservoir you'll notice water level lines. The maximum capacity will be marked (40 ounces), as well as the calibration fill line and a recommended smaller brew of 30 ounces.
  • Large Shower Head: Coffee Grounds become fully saturated during the brew process, as the large shower head rains over all the grounds and pulses the water flow for ideal coffee extraction.
  • Next Level Brewing: The Brazen Plus provides so much precision that you're able to take your standard drip brewing to the next level!
  • Simple Start-Up: No need to shy away from all the tech options! This brewer is user-friendly straight out of the box and super easy to set-up and start your first brew.
  • Friendly Carafe: The updated thermal carafe is perfect at pouring!
  • Tall Brewer: Measuring in at just under 16 inches in height, the Brazen Plus may not fit under some kitchen cabinets. Be sure to measure before you purchase!
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

This upgraded brewer may resemble the previous Brazen (ok, it's pretty much the spitting image of the earlier model!), but features the sought after updated carafe that pours coffee in your cup and not on your counter. The updated gold-tone permanent filter basket is also 15% larger than the previous version, allowing more room to bloom!

Additional Information

Manufacturer Behmor
Model Number 5393
Depth 9.25 inches
Height 15.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 13.0000
Watts 1400W
Volts 120V
Material Metal and Plastic
Reservoir Size 40 ounces
Built-In Grinder No
Auto On Yes
Auto Shut Off Yes
Max/Min Ounces per Pot Max: 40 ounces
Mid-Brew Interrupt Yes
Programmability Yes
Available Carafe Styles Stainless Steel
Aroma Yes

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I keeping seeing the Brazen being compared using different filters, gold and paper, and the default factory settings. Are there any comparisons where the filters are the same and the adjustable settings have been tweaked as intended?
Ed N on Oct 20, 2014
Regarding the Behmor Brazen Plus -- How long does it take for the water to be heated to proper brewing temperature. Then what is the additional time to brew a full pot of coffee?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2014
Best Answer: There isn't a right or wrong answer to this, but there are some approximate times that you can use! The length of time for the machine to get up to your brewing temperature will depend on the starting water temperature and the brewing temperature that you are wanting.

To test this, I brewed at 200 degrees, so it took 6 minutes to get to 200 degrees, at which time it started to brew. The brew time will also vary, as it will depend on how much coffee you're using, and how fine of a grind you're using too. With a slightly coarser setting, the water will flow through the grounds faster, with a finer grind setting or higher dosage of coffee, it will take longer to brew for you. It will also make a difference how long you set the pre-soak to be, as a longer pre-soak will add to the overall brew time. Considering I just allowed a 15 second pre-soak, when I brewed it took an additional 6 minutes before it was finished dripping through into the carafe.

So, I would imagine that depending on your settings, you could expect an overall brew time of between 11-15 minutes from start to finish.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 23, 2015
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How is the Behmor Brazen Plus for single cups?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2015
Best Answer: It will brew up to 8 5 oz cups with water fill lines in the reservoir positioned at 4, 6 and 8 cups. It makes one cup in less than 5 minutes that is just as nice as the cup it makes when you make a full pot. There is also a manual brewing method that you could use for open brewing if you're looking for more of a pour over experience.
Reply · Report · Nancy D on May 7, 2015
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What is the brew time?
Peg M on Dec 29, 2014
Best Answer: Brew time will depend on the size of the batch, incoming water temp, and your target brew temp. I just timed mine this morning:

0.9L batch (75% of its capacity) with a target of 204 degrees F. It spent 6 minutes in the heating phase, and 5 minutes in the brewing phase before there was no more "dripping" into the carafe. The machine shut off automatically 1 minute later. (11 or 12 mins total)

First drinkable coffee was probably at 8.5 minutes from the start, but I prefer to brew the full batch before taking any out.

Keep in mind that as soon as you add water to the top, you can start the heating phase. You can be doing other things like grinding your beans and prepping the carafe during that first 6 minutes, as long as you get them installed in the brewer before it hits the target temperature. So in reality, it never feels that long to me.
Reply · Report · Brian D on Dec 31, 2014
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My Brazen doesn't completely empty the reservoir. When adding water for 9 cups the brew cycle stops and beeps with the water level AT THE CALLABRATION level. What is the solution?
Margaret R on Feb 24, 2015
Best Answer: The model I purchased is an eight cup maximum so, I cannot explain what you are encountering brewing nine cups... I will say that I have started brewing 6-7 cups max because at 8 sometimes the coffee basket gets too messy and I get grounds in the carafe. Disappointing, but I still like the maker so much better than my previous one.
Reply · Report · Pamela C on Mar 1, 2015
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Since the cone shape filter seems to be the preferred choice over flat filters is there a compromise on flavor?
Or does this unit compensate for the difference? I like the unit I just am a little apprehensive about the flat filter.
Please advise
Chad F on Jan 11, 2015
Best Answer: We have found that the machine is able to brew a great cup of coffee. It does regulate the brewing to do not only a pre-infusion/saturation, where you can set how long the first pulse of water will sit in the coffee before it puts more water out to continue the brewing process, but it also pulse brews to only put out short segments of water so that the grounds aren't overwhelmed with water, and you can get the full flavor out of the coffee. It really is just a personal preference between the type of filter. We've been able to get a great cup out of either one, you will just want to experiment some with the grind consistency and how much coffee you're using to achieve the flavor you're looking for! It's nice that you can set the temperature that you brew at and it will do that for you consistently, and that will make a big difference to getting the best flavor.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 13, 2015
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I have read that the Brazen Plus thermal carafe does a poor job of keeping the coffee warm. Have you found this to be a problem?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2014
Best Answer: I usually preheat the thermal carafe with some boiling water from a regular kettle while the Brazen is coming up to temperature. This helps the initial coffee be at its hottest, and to last longer. When I do this, the coffee in the Brazen kettle stays "hot" for I'd say around 45 mins, and "warm" for another hour or so. I've never measured temps to be sure. Anecdotally, I usually reheat my coffee in the microwave for a few seconds if it's been brewed over an hour ago.

Given the choice between a thermal carafe and a hot plate/glass carafe, I still prefer the thermal for the superior quality of the coffee.
Reply · Report · Brian D on Dec 31, 2014
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can the the Brazen brew loose tea?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2015
Best Answer: It's not meant for it, but it certainly can
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 3, 2015
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What size Chemex will fit in the Brazen?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2015
Best Answer: All sizes of the Chemex that we sell will fit this machine. The 10 cup Chemex tops out at 9.25 inches and is the biggest one that can be used as the Brazen can clear 9.5 inches.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 10, 2015
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What is the best Descaler to use on my Brazen Plus?
Ian H on May 17, 2015
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 26, 2015
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I would like to purchase one of these machines, But I would like to know where they are manufactured?
A shopper on May 9, 2015
Best Answer: China
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 26, 2015
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where is this product made?
Ron R on Apr 16, 2015
Best Answer: China
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 23, 2015
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I'm looking to get another top to the pot because I some how misplaced mine. Does anyone know where I can just buy a new top?
ashley on Mar 23, 2015
Best Answer: I'm sorry, we do not sell parts to this machine. Try contacting Behmor directly at They may be able to sell or send you the needed part.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 30, 2015
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Every few days, I have to take apart the lid of the carafe of my Brazen Plus and empty water out of it. I see that there are silicone gasket seals around the pass through openings in the lid, but apparently they don't do much good. I am concerned (crosses fingers) that the stainless steel screws that hold the two parts of the lid together don't eventually wear out the plastic they attach to: it seems this is a design flaw. The water that gets stuck in the carafe lid doesn't leak out into the brewed coffee, but I empty it regularly out of concern that if left too long, it will get moldy. Is it possible I have a defective carafe lid?
Ian H on Mar 1, 2015
Best Answer: I haven't heard of this issue before, so I'm not sure if it would be something that is completely abnormal. It does sound like you're getting quite a bit more stored in here, than I would expect, but I think it's very important to also be cleaning this area regularly, as the coffee oil build up can impede the flow so that it doesn't go into the carafe as easily and over time with enough build up, could actually cause overflow where it doesn't go into the carafe, but rather over the edges (yuck!). I would probably recommend reaching out to Behmor (, to see if they have some recommendations since I haven't encountered that before.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Mar 10, 2015
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Caraf liner?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2015
Best Answer: The inside of the carafe is stainless steel on the Brazen.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Mar 1, 2015
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It seems the preffered choice in filters is cone. Why put a flat bottom in this unit? It seems this is the only thing lacking in this unit. Or does this unit brew as good as a cone filter?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2015
Best Answer: I have had very good results using the Brazen Plus. The flat filter does a fine job of brewing. I suspect they had to use a flat bottom filter to keep the unit from getting too much taller!
Reply · Report · Ian H on Mar 1, 2015
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What size paper filter does it use?
Kim M on Nov 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Behmor Brazen uses a basket style filter like the 8-12 cup size Beyond Gourmet filters we offer at the link below:
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 3, 2014
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Where is behmoor brazen made?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
Best Answer: The Behmor Brazen is assembled in China.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 16, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System

What it Covers:

Behmor roasters, Behmor Brazen Brewer coffee maker

Length: 1 year on roasters & accessories, 2 years on Brazen Brewer
Who Supports the Warranty: Behmor
Warranty Contact Information: Behmor online support
Notes: Please note that to receive warranty support, you must register your equipment with Behmor.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? No

User Manuals for the Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System

Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System User Manual


Well made, but lackingReview by Frank
I want to like this machine more than I do. It is built like a tank, and offers an impressive array of precision settings. However, even after many attempts, the coffee is always a anemic compared to manual brew methods such as pour over, aero press and French press. And, man is the thing hard on the eyes. Not a looker. (Posted on 10/6/2015)
Well made, but lackingReview by Frank
I want to like this machine more than I do. It is built like a tank, and offers an impressive array of precision settings. However, even after many attempts, the coffee is always a anemic compared to manual brew methods such as pour over, aero press and French press. And, man is the thing hard on the eyes. Not a looker. (Posted on 10/6/2015)
Meticulous control over brewingReview by Godfather
Some of the best coffee we've ever tasted. Complete control of presoak times, water temp and altitude adjustment for precise boiling. One of the only coffee machines with a stainless steel reservoir. Have no problem with the carafe cooling down. Sure, 2 hours later it's a tad cooler, ( a tad) but that's why they invented microwave ovens. Besides who lets their coffee sit that long. Yuck. Stop drinking BPA plastic parts coffee and step up to the Brazen Plus. Yes, even the Bonavita 1900 st has a plastic water reservoir. (which we also own). Heck, I pull up a chair and watch the Brazen Plus do its thing in the morning. It's that beautiful. Oh and did I mention 5 star coffee? (Posted on 6/6/2015)
I am on my send one unit. The first failed after 6 months due to my softened and filtered home water "being too hard". So Behmor replaced it and I started buying bottled vapor distiller water that had less than 100 ppm of minerals in it (kind of a pita to have to gain that kind of knowledge about the different available brands of distiller water, but we are coffee geeks).

The distilled water definitely helped. I've gone an entire year on the second unit before it failed in the exact same way as the first. (Despite regular descaling that was completely unneccesary)

Being a technical sort, I disassembled the unit and have come to the conclusion that there are a couple of under-engineered components. One of which is the electromagnetic valve at the heart of the system. I have not yet disassembled that, but it is clearly suffered

(Posted on 6/5/2015)
Extremely happy.Review by spa
I can't count how many drip coffee machines I have bought over the years, and never being satisfied with any. This time, based on many reviews and recommendations, I narrowed it down to the Technivorm, Brazen and Bonavita. I chose the Brazen Plus. In terms of overall quality of brew they are all ranked highly. I ruled out the Technivorm, mainly on price alone. The Bonavita was praised by many, but one excellent review showed the water dripping out of the basket drip holes unevenly. That worried me. Using the Brazen, the coffee came through the drip holes evenly. However, it was mostly the versatility of water temperature and pre-soak time of the Brazen that swayed me.

I've made several pots at this point (using brown filter paper), and overall, I rank the Brazen Plus as excellent. I weigh the coffee beans based on their recommended settings and the results are at or close to what I like. I have noticed a difference by adjusting the brew temp and/or pre-soak times, so what they say is true. After some adjustment I have not changed the settings. I can see how those variables will change with different coffee beans (as demonstrated in the video here at Seattle Coffee Gear). Considering the different varieties of coffee beans I brew, though, I'm not sure how much experimentation I want to do (or practically can do). That said, it's nice to have the option. Regardless , it makes a great cup of coffee -- smooth and not at all bitter.

Negatives? Really just one--I tend to drink slowly over a couple of hours. I am used to a hot plate beneath the pot to keep it warm. Thermal carafes avoid the potential bitterness created by plate heaters, but the coffee cools down relatively quickly in the thermal carafe. I read the Brazen cools faster compared to its competitors. Also, I like to add a small amount of milk to my coffee (although with the Brazen I almost don't mind drinking black again -- the coffee is that smooth). I have found that by briefly microwaving the milk to warm it up makes a big difference. The cold milk tended to cool down the coffee too much after my first cup.

I am very happy with the Brazen -- actually, the first time I've really enjoyed coffee from a drip machine. I might have been equally happy with the Technivorm or Bonavita, but I think I've made an excellent choice.
(Posted on 2/18/2015)
Fantastic!Review by Pamela
The best coffee maker yet. I do prefer using the paper filters rather than the "gold" filter... taste seems better to me. Bought the Bunn filters, taller sides, less mess. My husband agrees that this is a great coffee maker. (Posted on 2/17/2015)
Best of the bestReview by slim pickens
You will not find a better coffee maker or service after sale. If you like coffee your going to love Behmor Brazen Brew System. (Posted on 10/29/2014)

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