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.
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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!
Do common grocery-store-purchased Melitta filters work well for this dripper? If so, which No. (size)? Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 14, 2013
Best Answer: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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Answer: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.
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'
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!
Extra large 16 oz cup. 2 scoops of beans in the GSI Outdoors Camping Mill. 14 oz water in the Bonavita. Brew for 6 minutes. My beans are normally from Tchibo and fairly mainstream so if you're using some dark roasted beans, you might start with less beans or less time.
Best Answer:Hi Dee, When looking in from the top the bottom of the cone looks kind of like an eye. It's not perfectly round. It measures aprox 2 inches long and 1 inch wide in the center which then tapers slightly to the edges. The inside height is 4 inches. A Melitta #4 paper filter fits just right.
If your cup is at least 2½" wide, there is no problem. The bottom is flat, hard plastic with a hole in the middle of a bit less than 2½". It is slippery hard plastic, nothing to prevent it from sliding. Maybe I don't pre-heat it enough, but I never managed to get a good cup out of it..
The bottom of the dripper is flat, nothing sticks down from the flat bottom. The OD of the bottom is 5 7/8". The center of the bottom is recessed with a diameter of 2 1/4" with the Depth of 3/16" to the OD of the valve.
It's all one unit, so it doesn't come apart. The base is about 5-6 inches wide, and the bottom is flat, so it sits on top of the cup. My cup is about 3" wide, but it would fit on both larger and smaller cups.
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?
Best Answer: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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Is the bottom plastic component of the Bonavita Immersion Dripper BPA-free?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2014
Best Answer:That's what others say but i frankly don't care. i'm so old that BPA is low on my list of concerns well below potential baldness and failing eyesight. I love my Bonavita. much more flavorful coffee and much more consistent than any my old pour through....
Yes, it is BPA free. The only things that come in contact with your coffee is ceramic and, at the bottom hole, a small silicon, BPA free stopper. There is a plastic assembly around the stopper, but coffee does not touch it. Very good product.
I was under the impression it was but it doesn't matter; the coffee only touches the ceramic top portion and a silicone stopper at the bottom. I also have a Clever, and it is all plastic but is BPA free.
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?
Best Answer: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. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Best Answer:Unfortunately we don't carry parts for these droppers, but you could buy a replacement from us! I would suggest contacting Bonavita directly to see if they have this piece available, and they can be reached at 855-664-1252.
Best Answer:Generally Bonavita includes just one filter and so you will need to purchase filters for your Bonavita Immersion Dripper. It uses a #4 Melitta Style filter, and I have included a few links below:
I noticed that Bonavita appears to have redesigned this a bit from what was available last year. What is the difference between this dripper and the previous Bonavita model?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2014
Best Answer:The redesign of this Bonavita Immersion Dripper includes a wider base than the previous model offered. We have posted a new photo of the wider base, and the video with Jess going through the Bonavita products shows the older model with the narrower base. Hope this helps clarify!
This coffee maker was good while it lasted. It was a convenient size when I wanted to brew just a couple of cups. The only problem in operation was that the "on" and "off" indications were hard to read, but I fixed that by going over the raised letters lightly with a sharpie. I liked that it was solidly made out of porcelain rather than plastic like the other one I had. But unfortunately, that solid build did not extend to the lever used to open and close the release valve at the bottom. After light use (no more than 2-3 times per month) over the course of a year, the lever broke at the point where it attaches to the valve assembly. The design would have been helped by either metal or a thicker plastic, in that the lever needs a fair amount of course given the tightness of the valve seal. In any case, it doesn't appear to be fixable, so I got some use out of this but not nearly enough to justify the expense. I might just get a small French press to replace it. More expensive, but less likely to fail. (Posted on 9/18/2016)
Nice build quality, but less good coffeeReview by Eskil
It is supposed to be the "french press with less cleaning work". It is less cleaning work, and it is a good quality product, but I never managed to get a cup at the quality of a french press. Maybe I don't pre-heat enough - it is lots of porcelain. It probably needs to rest some time totally full of fully boiling water to stay hot, if you spend time with a thermometer, you can probably find a good method. (Posted on 3/12/2016)
No rocket science requiredReview by A. Da Costa
It's not as easy as dumping some pre-ground coffee and boiling water into a Melitta dripper, but if you're reading this, it means you're ready to try something a little more sophisticated :)
Anyways, compared to other fancy pour-over techniques like Chemex, Hario V60, etc... the Bonavita immersion dripper produces a decent and consistent cup every time. No need to use fancy gooseneck kettles to control the pour. Just pay attention to ratios (coffee:water) and time. (Posted on 11/16/2014)
Easy to useReview by Nerosmama
This dripper is easy to use and my one cup of coffee/day tastes just fine. Great that it is dishwasher safe. I worry about chipping or breaking it tho. Guess I have to be extra careful. (Posted on 11/13/2014)
Not perfect, but almost.Review by Thorsun
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 4/14/2014)
Bonavita Porcelain Immersion DripperReview by hamr1
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 3/27/2014)
Love it!Review by Elizabeth G
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 9/11/2013)
Best steep-and-release brewing device on the marketReview by Kayakman
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 7/3/2013)
great productReview by Mark S
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 6/20/2013)
Recommended!Review by Kathy
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 4/15/2013)
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