The new Bonavita 8-cup Coffee Maker isn't just another high quality brewer with stunningly sleek lines! This updated brewer shares the simplicity of the previous version, but also acknowledges that drip brewing has evolved over the last few years and added a little extra care and thought to each brew cycle.
Features & Functionality of the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe
Large Shower Head: The updated shower head allows for optimal coffee saturation, leaving no coffee ground untouched!
U-Shape Filter Basket: The flat bottom, U-shape filter basket also works to fully saturate your coffee grounds for a full, robust flavor.
Pre-Infusion: The pre-infusion mode allows your grounds time to bloom and reach their full flavor potential.
Stainless Steel Carafe with Lid: The hefty 8-cup thermal carafe will keep your coffee toasty for about an hour when using the included pour-through lid.
Honorable Mention - This updated brewer is SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) certified, meaning it has passed rigorous tests with flying colors!
Ideal Brew Temp - This updated coffee maker also brews at the ideal temperature range of 195° - 205°F, for the best possible flavor every time.
No Programming - Bonavita sticks with the simpler side of brewing and does not include programmable options on this updated brewer, just one simple power switch. The pre-infusion process is also very manual, so you will need to hang out with your brewer until you're ready to begin the regular brew cycle.
Tips and Tricks
To activate the pre-infusion process, simply press and hold the power switch for approximately 5 seconds (or until your see the power switch flash), it will then pre-infuse and brew as normal.
To end the pre-infusion mode and begin regular brewing, press the power switch to deactivate power and then press and hold until the power switch flashes once.
To achieve the hottest coffee possible and maintain that heat a little longer, rinse some hot water in and around the inside of the carafe prior to brewing.
I just bought this BV 1900 TS last week from the Portland store. the coffee pours "ok" with the first cup but after that you have to lift the entire pot well into the air (almost upside down) to get the coffee to pour our more than a trickle. this is the new version that just got into the store last monday or tuesday. is the cover defective or is this normal?
Best Answer:Hi, I just got mine yesterday and have only brewed two pots, but mine seems to pour just fine at around a 90 degree angle (w/ handle parallel to the floor). I think if you have to turn the carafe upside down to get coffee out, something is wrong. Good luck!
I just bought the new 1900TS Bonavita coffe maker (I had the 1800 with the glass carafe, and it just stopped working). In any event, I am looking for a goldtone reusable filter that fits the new 1900TS. I see it referenced in one of the questions, but I do not see the name. I also do not see it on your site. Since what I am looking for would be a flat bottom filter not a cone filter. What do your recommend?
Best Answer:I would think that Seattle Coffee Gear would be best equipped to answer your question. However, since Bonavita is a product of Melitta and Melitta makes the paper filters, why not stick to their filters. I buy them for about $5 for 300 filters at Target and am always assured of Bonavita's wonderful fresh coffee every time. It's the best I've ever had in 30 years of coffee makers and I don't want to rock the boat now! I suggest you do the same.
Best Answer:The instructions say you can brew between 4-8 cups but recommends at least 6 cups. I have always brewed at least 6 cups just because they are only 5oz cups. I don't know that it would be quality issue as much as a heating element issue. It has a pretty powerful heating element that is said to be exact in temp heating. You might damage it by not using as much water because it's not made for that.
Yes, it's certainly capable of making only 2 cups. I've never made anything less than 3 cups, so I can't attest as to whether there's any compromise in flavor. However, if you keep the correct ratio of ground beans to water, I find it hard to believe you would get anything less that a great 2 cups of coffee.
Yes, you can brew two cups. However, the temperature of the coffee is noticeably lower affecting brew quality somewhat. Even though this new model has a fast 1500 watt heating element, it isn't able to heat the water to the ideal temperature in the short time it takes to brew two cups.
I can brew as few or as much as I want without noticing any difference in taste. I did have a bit of a learning curve on the amount of coffee and grind that I used. I experminited a little and now I have it down. Now I make anywhwere between 2 and 6 cups in the morning.
Yes, you can brew up to 8 cups. You would adjust the amount of coffee you add to the filter. There is no loss of quality. And quite honestly, the best cup of home made coffee I've ever had with the same beans I've used for years.
I haven't tried to brew just two cups, yet. I think the recommendation is 6-8 cups for the best quality of brewing, so I've stuck with that so far. When I want to brew just a cup or two, I always use my Aeropress.
I haven't tried 2 cups...the machine has a 4 cup mark/ line, which is 4 5 Oz cups or 2 10 Oz cups....coffee is very good from 4 to eight cups..no difference in taste..I'm very happy with the purchase. ...
I am trying to decide between the Technivorm CDGT and the Bonavita 1900 series. Is there a compelling reason (other than longer warranty and size of carafe) to choose the Technivorm over the less expensive Bonavita?
Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe
Technivorm Moccamaster CDGT - Polished Silver
Best Answer:I can only address the Bonavita, which I purchased last year. So far I have been very happy with this product. It is a very simple machine to operate and to clean. No bells and whistles, just good coffee. I'd recommend using with a burr grinder. I don't mind that there's no pause and serve function, because it brews quickly. The smallish size may be a deterrent if you share with many other people, but I just brew another pot if needed. Hope this helps!
I can only speak for the Bonavita, but I have been pleased with the performance. Super simple and fast. Good coffee, good carafe. However, you have to remove the grounds container from the carafe, sit it somewhere, then screw the carafe lid on to pour that first cup. Not a big deal, but something to get used to.
I cannot speak to the Technivorm but I have the Bonavita and have been very happy. I like the ''blooming'' feature and especially love the carafe. No dribbles and keeps hot for a long while. In addition it makes a pot very quickly. If I had any downside to mention it would be that I wish the carafe was larger.
NO! The Bonivita makes HOT coffee fast. It stays hot in the carafe. No clock or LEDs to light up your kitchen in the night !! Great customer service too. We were impressed that the coffee was wonderfully hot and stayed hot.
Best Answer:Yes, you can certainly do that. Just keep in mind that if you choose to use less water, you'll still be needing to use about the same amount of grounds to keep the same flavor. If you're wanting to brew a half-pot, although you can reduce the amount of water that you use, there isn't any way to slow down how quickly the water flows through from the bottom, so if you use less coffee, you may find that it tastes more watery/weaker since it isn't steeping as long to get the full flavor. It's all up to your personal taste preferences, but you may find that you have to use a bit more than 50% grounds if you're brewing with 50% or less water, if that makes sense. :-)
Best Answer:Unfortunately, no clear answer on that since there is a taste preference per person. That said, the manual says a cup is considered 5oz, at least, it says that in my manual. My coffee choice tells me 2 tbls per 6 oz of water. As far as taste for me goes, it's about a heaping tbls per cup. My mugs are 10-12oz cups. I mostly use the Bonavita Immersion Dripper on a daily basis and that is a heaping tbls of coffee.
It depends on how strong you like your coffee. I don't like my real strong so I use a little scoop I have. I think it is about one level 1/4 cup. So I put two scoops in, which is about a 1/2 level cup. If that is too weak or two strong, adjust it from there. By the way, this is for about 7 cups that I make, not 8. So if you want 8 cups, add more.
I usually go by the recommended tbsp in the directions of whatever coffee beans I am using. For example, Starbucks recommends 2 tbsp. per cup of coffee. However, I do agree that the coffee on this machine does tend to be on the strong side so I often decrease the tbsp I use by about 1/3.
I guess it's a matter of personal preference and the type of coffee you use, but my wife and I have found that 1/2 cup of ground coffee gives us a great pot of coffee. This may by blasphemy, but we buy and use a lot of Costco's Regional Blends: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Sumatra, etc.
I have a scale and found for most beans I use 60 grams is a pretty good balance. Obviously you can adjust this to your taste. Measuring coffee by tablespoon is always going to create inaccuracies as there are many variables... grind, type of bean, humidity, heaping or not etc.
I use a Beansafe storage can for my grounds and it has I believe a tablespoon coffee scoop. I drink mainly Peet's coffee and I use 4 heaping scoops for max water level. And for 6cup water level mark I use 3 scoops. Hope that helps
My wife and I prefer rather strong coffee. Using 14Tbs (70 gm) for a full pot produces coffee that we really enjoy. If this strength is not to your taste, experiment until you get what you looking for.
I am looking at the bonvita coffee maker. Trying to decide if the 5 cup or 8 cup is right for me. I brew a large cup 12 oz in the morning before work for just me and for my travel mug to work most of the time. But when I have company, want to be able to brew enough for them. So which one would be the best?
Best Answer:Vickie, I would get the 8 cup size for two reasons. First, you can always brew 4 cups although the water temperature might not average quite as high as with a full pot. Second, I'm assuming you don't work 7 days a week and might drink a bit more joe on the weekend. I really like my 8 cup Model 1900 Bonavita but I doubt you could go wrong any of their models. Bruce
I would get the 8 cup. The size of the cup is only 8 oz so it's not that much even when you brew the maximum its 64 oz. Most people drink more than 8 oz at a time so if you want to be able to serve company with 1 pot of coffee you need the larger one.
Definitely go with the 8 cup. This pot allow you to make a smaller amout with same great results as a full pot. This is a wonderful coffee maker - brews very hot coffee and easy to use. No frills but end result is perfect coffee.
Well you can brew a cup or two with either. But if you're entertaining you can brew 5 cups with the 8 cupper but you can't brew 8 cups with the 5 cupper. So the larger machine gives you more versatility.
Best Answer:Here is what I do to keep the carafe clean at a reasonable price. Buy Urnex Full Circle Coffee Equipment Cleaning Tablets on Amazon. You can get 120 for around $23. Put 3 tablets in the coffee basket without using a paper filter. Pour the water in as usual and turn on. Let the "brew" sit in the carafe for about 10 minutes with the pour lid on. Then turn it upside down in the sink for about another 10 minutes. Remove lid, pour out the water which will be brown. Clean the carafe with with soap and water and rinse well. There might be some residue in the basket that you will need to clean out. I do this about every 2 months. Good luck.
Best Answer:Drip takes a grind partway between true coarse (such that a French Press would use) and Fine (used in Espresso makers). Since those terms are relative rather than absolute, it is difficult to know just how Fine or Coarse your grinder produces the coffee. When properly ground for drip it should feel a bit coarser than table salt and should have some grittiness to it.
can you make tea with the bonavity 8-cup coffee maker?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2016
Best Answer:I have not used the Bonavita to make tea, so I do not know how that would work out. Tea staining might be a problem. Using one device to make coffee and tea would present a cross-contamination problem. The cleaning from one to the other certainly would be a pain.
I am sure that you could, but it wouldn't give you the kind of control of water temperature and brewing time that you would typically want when brewing tea so I would definitely not buy it for that purpose.
I would like a paper basket filter for the Bonavita that has a base of 3.5 inches and sidewall height of 2.75 inches so that I can minimize grounds in the brewed coffee. Can you help find such basket type filter?
Best Answer:Hmm.. I am not sure which Tanzania coffee you had as there are several. Do you still have the package by chance? The only coffee I have on my website with the word Tanzania is listed below.
What is the newest model?I just bought one. model bv1800ss it is not like the one I have in my other home. It does not have the pre infusion feature. I think this model is an old model. What is bonavita latest model?
Best Answer:No, it does not have an auto-off. However, this is not necessary for this machine, because it is just a thermal carafe, there is not a hot plate that the carafe sits on, so it you don't get burned on coffee. The machine will not heat internally when there isn't any water being pulled into the machine or dispensed over the coffee, so no need to worry there either!
I don't particularly like the carafe that comes with the Bonavita. I find that you can't pour straight out of the carafe without the lid, otherwise the liquid dribbles down the sides and spills everywhere. Also the rim holds some of the liquid in the carafe, even if you turn it upside down. Is there an alternative carafe that would would work with the Bonavita? Or am I stuck with the OEM one?
Best Answer:We've only found that the Bonavita carafe will work in this maker. However, we don't have any other brands of carafes that would fit in this space, so if you're able to find one that would be short enough and have the right dimensions in the top to hold your brew basket, then that would probably work.
As an alternative, you could use the glass carafe for the Bonavita, you just wouldn't have the heating element underneath to keep it warm, so you would need to drink the coffee pretty quickly. With that option, it would be a little lower form the spray head, so the water may cool a little more before it gets to the coffee (although I'm sure not by much). Sorry I can't be of more help!
How do you best clean this? Is there a filter to replace?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2015
Best Answer:You can clean this by using Cleancaf or Dezcal. To descale the machine (we recommend doing this every 2-3 months depending on your water hardness), you can use Dezcal. To clean the brew basket and the carafe from coffee oils that will build up over time, you can use Cleancaf.
The machine does not use a filter, but we do recommend using filtered water so that you don't develop a quick scale buildup. When brewing, it uses a #4 cone shaped filter, and you can choose to use paper filters or a gold tone filter that's reusable. Hope this answers your questions!
I really like the Bonavita 1800 glass lined thermal carafe. Can I use that with the new 1900 model?
A shopper on Jan 22, 2015
Best Answer:Yes, you can use the glass lined thermal carafe with the 1900 model, the brew basket will fit into the top just fine. Bonavita no longer makes the glass lined carafe, so while you have it, may as well keep using it! :-)
My coffee pot has build up in the water holder and the automatic cut off just clicks has stopped cutting off automatically, I just took water mixed with some white viniger to wash through the cycle will that help? Love my coffee pot!
Best Answer:Mary...We love the coffee maker and have not had a problem with it...because my wife and I have very hard water from a well, we use only distilled water...I would suggest that you try the vinegar treatment...it should help, but you may need to do it several times...I believe this is the suggested treatment for this problem...Allen in South Carolina
Best Answer:The longest that the power cord can be from the machine to the end of the power cord (including prongs) is 27-3/4 inches. Keep in mind that this is factoring in the power cord stemming from the back side of the machine, but the power cord can also be oriented from the water tank side, although this will make the cord slightly shorter.
Additionally, this overall length is including the plug, so depending on how you're trying to plug it into or put it on your shelf, you will need some extra length for the cord to plug in, and any configuration for the cord to wrap/stretch around to get to the right location. Hope this helps!
I just purchased the bonavita and a gold tone filter from your seattle store and wanted to know if the gold tone filter is not designed for this coffee maker. When I use the gold tone filter it seems a little tall to get the carafe into the machine. Is their a better filter you would recommend?Also just a side note I purchased this item along with a grinder because your site has the best reviews, and Gail is awesome!
A shopper on Dec 7, 2014
Best Answer:Yes, you can use the gold tone filter in the Bonavita, but it is certainly a tight fit. We have found that with some coffee in the filter, it will weigh it down a little bit, but it will still sit a little higher because of the plastic bottom edge. The only other reusable filter we carry is the Cilio 24 Karat Gold plated filter, but it has about the same fit. Thanks for your comments, Gail is the best, and I'm glad you're enjoying the reviews!
I am a big fan of Bonavita coffee makers, owning 3 in total, including two BV1800s and one BV1900. The quality of the coffee produced by both models is excellent, however, I think the BV1800 has a slight edge for having a cone filter basket (which I prefer). The cone basket design is simply more tolerant of different grind sizes and dosages. I can go down to a medium fine grind without risking an overflow problem on the BV1800, whereas with the BV1900 the filter paper overflows if anything finer than medium is used. This ultimately means you are limited in which coffees you can use on the BV1900. Some pre-ground coffees are simply too fine for it (e.g. Seattles Best and Illy), but work perfectly fine in the BV1800. Flavor-wise, the two basket designs produce very comparable coffee.
Another area of annoyance with the BV1900 is with the shower head. While I appreciate the larger size compared to the BV1800 shower head, it requires a very level surface for even water dispersion. Even a half of a degree off can result in considerably more water coming out of one side of the shower head. The BV1800's shower head is smaller, but perfectly suited for the cone shaped basket, and is less affected by surface levelness. At the end of the day though, both machines produce excellent coffee.
In conclusion, I would recommend the BV1800 over the BV1900 as it is more flexible with grind size, however, both coffee makers will do an admirable job making coffee.
(Posted on 12/13/2016)
Works at 10,000 feet.Review by RyNo
I picked up this coffee maker to see what all the hype was. Even at 10,000 feet where boiling is approx. 195 degrees, it makes a very hot and good pot of coffee. I measured the temperature in the beans and it was 192-193, that is very impressive at this altitude. Other coffee makers struggled to get 190 at the shower head. I also noticed the coffee was much hotter while I was drinking it compared to my Oxo 12-Cup.
Another aspect I like about this machine is the size considering it is an 8-cup. It takes up a lot less counter space than other coffee makers, but still makes a decent size pot of coffee. It might be as fancy as some, but it gets the job done and is easy to operate on this sleepy mornings.
Lastly, it is priced fairly well for what you get. It makes coffee just was as coffee makers that cost over $100 more. (Posted on 6/20/2016)
Very good at most important things. Some secondary issues.Review by Jim_In_Madison
I've had the Bonavita 1900TS for about a month now, and I'm pleased with the purchase. My unit brews excellent tasting coffee, and that's the most important thing (to me). The coffee also brews in a reasonable amount of time and comes out in a quite hot. I understand that "quite hot" is subjective, but if the coffee's temperature were any higher, it would be too hot to drink without scalding my tongue. For me anyway, this is ideal. I also feel that the carafe does a good job at its most important function; keeping the coffee at a nice drinkable temperature for a couple of hours. There are two secondary issues with the carafe though. If you try to pour from it without the screw-on spout, it's basically a dribble-glass and just makes a mess on the counter. The second issue is that it's oddly difficult to empty completely. It takes a concerted effort and a number of gyrations to get the last couple of tablespoons of liquid out of it. To my mind, these are workable shortcomings, but they may be more of an irritant to others.
So, for me, the bottom line is that this is a good coffee maker that handles the most important things well but has some minor shortcomings. I would purchase it again. (Posted on 3/9/2016)
Half the price of the Technivorm, most of the performanceReview by Dan
I do not have any issue with the temperature of this coffee. It makes a nice steaming pot. It is not molten hot, but I intend to enjoy it soon after brewing anyways. The thermal carafe does a fine job too. The construction is mainly plastic, but it doesn't appear overly cheap. I don't know why everyone is so dead set on comparing this machine to the Technivorm when you can very literally buy two of these for the price of one of them. That's a bit like comparing a Honda Accord to an Audi S6. One reviewer on here has even figured out a way to insure that their dishwater makes it into the pot. I'm still scratching my head about that one. Bottom line: This makes a pretty nice cup of coffee for not the most money. (Posted on 1/17/2016)
Geat machineReview by D3
I have been using this for over a year and have never had a problem Carafe keeps coffee hot for over an hour and the coffee always comes out great. I only wish it had a timer. (Posted on 12/14/2015)
best yet Review by Jer
Great no complaints & craft works very well. 3 hr. still hot to my liking. (Posted on 11/13/2015)
Great machine and great customer supportReview by Black dog
I've had the bonavita now for a year. It makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I buy my beans fresh from a local roaster and this helps with the quality of the coffee but the machine its self does a great job. Brew time and temp are exactly what I expected. My carafe keeps the coffee hot for three hours or so. Maybe I got lucky with my carafe I don't know but no complaints about it. My machines thermo block died after about five months so I call SCG where I purchased it and they offered a couple trouble shooting tips. Those didn't work so they directed me to bonavita. I called on a Wednesday explained my problem and they said that they'd have me a new machine by the end of the week if I went on line and completed the warranty information. True to their word my new machine arrived on Friday. Can't beat that for customer service and product support. It helps that I live in the Seattle area and bonavita is a seattle based company but that's still very responsive customer service in my book. Overall I'm extremely pleased with my machine and have no complaints. (Posted on 9/5/2015)
Best coffee makerReview by Bubba g
Just broke the glass carafe, using old Krupp coffee pot, I realize how good the Bonavita is. (Posted on 7/27/2015)
I'm so sad and under caffeinated.Review by I love coffee
I had a Dutch made Technivorm which was the best machine I have ever owned. It was damaged in a move and I read great reviews on the Bonavita. I would have bought another Moccaster Technivorm but it's a bit too tall for my counter. The Bonavita arrived two months ago and I have had a good cup of coffee at home since. The coffee is not hot! I have to microwave it immediately after pouring. The brew process is twice as long as my old machine. If you pour without the lid, it's a huge mess. If you use the lid, coffee trickles out and it taps 10 seconds to put one cup. I rinse my carafe with boiling water first but coffee is not hot. I had this shipped to Canada at considerable expense and am so disappointed. I want my old Technivorm back as I'm spending a fortune at Starbucks and Independant roasters. (Posted on 2/24/2015)
Great coffeeReview by EdHusky
I used the 1900ts for several months. It most definitely makes a better cup of coffee than most other coffee makers, however, I decided to go back and buy the 1800 class carafe model with a hot plate. I didn't find the 1900 stainless carafe keeping it hot long enough. I don't like having to put hot water in the stainless carafe to warm it up before putting the coffee in. (Posted on 2/23/2015)
Fantastic Coffee MakerReview by Xcubed
You can spend a lot more money but you WILL NOT get a better cup of home brewed coffee. CNET hit this nail on the head! Love this machine. (Posted on 2/17/2015)
carafeReview by J C
Very poor design or workmanship. After rinsing carafe under the faucet and making a pot of coffee, up to a teaspoon of water drips out of the handle of the carafe onto the counter. After I put the lid on the carafe, the first thing that comes out of the carafe is a shot of clear water, even after drying in the dish rack overnight. Also have to nuke it in the microwave to have "hot" coffee an hour later.
(Posted on 1/26/2015)
Great coffee, crappy carafeReview by MokaLisa
The quality of the brew is absolutley top notch. I've worked in the speciality coffee industry so my standards are high, and the brew from this machine is one of the best cups of drip I have ever experienced. That being said, the carafe is complete crap. Coffee Doc, why should I pay $180 for a SCAA approved brewer, then have to pour my coffee into a thermos to keep it hot? Even when I preheat the carafe before brewing, the coffee is not hot enough for me after 30 minutes. That is a design/engineering flaw, pure and simple. Perhaps not having a brew through lid like my old Capresso MT500 just allows too much heat to excape. This brewer would get 5 stars if it came with a carafe that kept coffee hot long enough to make it through the Sunday paper. If you're okay with the Thermos thing, though, buy this. The brew is outstanding. (Posted on 1/11/2015)
Bonavita 1900TSReview by MT
Good and simple coffee maker, HORRIBLE carafe. Seems like they might have cheaped out for the new model. Even after filling it with very hot water, the coffee stays hot for MAYBE a half hour. Very disappointed. (Posted on 1/10/2015)
Best drip coffee maker for the $Review by Brandon
We now use our Kuerig for hot chocolate and iced tea, because this bad boy makes coffee that is as good as you get at restaurants known for great coffee.
Easy to use, easy to take care of, and you'll never need to stop for a great cup on the way to work again. (Posted on 11/17/2014)
Pretty Damn GoodReview by Coffee Doc
This coffee maker does one thing: it makes coffee. It doesn't grind, it doesn't have a timer, it doesn't froth milk. It just makes coffee. Having said that, it makes great drip coffee. It does pre-treat the grinds, makes coffee at about 205 degrees and takes about 4 minutes. The steel carafe is good for about 40 minutes (sorry, use a thermos if you must), and it makes about 3 good mugs worth. Just perfect for my wife and myself in the morning. It is easy to clean and is bullet proof. Once you get your formula down (grind setting on your grinder, grams per volume of water) you will get consistently delicious coffee all the time. Expensive, but worth it. (Posted on 11/14/2014)
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