Bonavita Coffee Maker Care and Maintenance

Bonavita Coffee MakerYour trusty Bonavita coffee maker brews up batch after batch of delicious java with relatively little assistance from you. It doesn't have a lot of moving parts, so it's easy to overlook regular care and maintenance when it just simply works, right?

Implementing a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule will result in both increased equipment longevity and improved flavor in the cup. Certain components -- like the carafe -- will show their wear and tear, but other, more internal parts can't give you a visual cue. Accordingly, it's a great idea to come up with a schedule that you follow on a regular basis, descaling and cleaning the machine's components at least a few times each year.

Here's what we recommend:

  • Weekly - Each week, wash the carafe and filter basket with warm soapy water. Using a food-friendly cleaning solution, wipe down the machine, paying special attention to the hot plate if your model has one.
  • Monthly - Every fourth external cleaning, wipe out the water reservoir to limit any residue build-up. If you're using water with a higher mineral content, you should also descale at this time.
  • Quarterly - For softer water, a quarterly descale using a descaled and detergent combo like Cleancaf will improve your coffee maker's performance.

Watch as Gail demonstrates and guides us through a thorough maintenance regimen using the Bonavita coffee maker with a glass carafe.

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3 thoughts on “Bonavita Coffee Maker Care and Maintenance”

  • Dustin Bennett

    I Got a Bonavita for Xmas and love it! That said, I need some advise. I can't seem to get the correct grind with my Breville Smart Grinder. With my Capresso drip maker I needed a bit of a finer grind but in reading stuff about Bonavita it seems as though it requires a coarser grind. The coffee so far has turned out a bit bitter, and at this point I've tried so many different grind combinations I'm driving myself insane! :)
    So, do you have any recommendations as to the settings (cups, grind, strength) I should use to brew 6 cups of coffee in using my Bonavita?


    • Brenna

      Hi Dustin,

      I'm glad to hear you love your Bonavita! Actually, a finer grind will work the best for your new coffee maker as well. Try using about 5-6 tablespoons to get the strongest flavor. However, make sure you don't grind the coffee too fine (i.e. as fine as you would grind for espresso) or it will overflow the machine.


  • Jay

    Bought a five cup Bonavita some six years ago and it has delivered great performance! Just recently though it will turn off before completely heating all of the water in the tank. To work around this I unplug and plug in the electrical cord. Guess it's wearing out?

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