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.
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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), release and then press the power switch again to activate power. The power switch will continue flashing while you are in the pre-infusion mode.
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. Press the power switch again to reactivate power and the Bonavita will proceed with normal brewing
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.
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 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!
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: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!
Warranty covers manufacturer defects only. Carafes are not covered, unless they arrive with cracks or defects.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?
Caring for the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe
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.
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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