Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper



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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

  • 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.
How Does it Compare?

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!

Tips and Tricks

Dishwasher safe!


Model Number BV4000IDV2
Width 5.5 inches
Height 6 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 1.2500
Size #4
Material Porcelain
Manufacturer Bonavita


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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.
Reply · Report · cindy s on Jun 16, 2013
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I saw pictures of the bottom of this dripper and was wondering if it would fit over my Contigo travel mug? The diameter of the opening is 2 5/16 inches. Thanks! If this would fit it would be perfect.
Joe H on Sep 27, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Joe

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.

Good luck

Reply · Report · John M on Sep 29, 2013
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I received the BID for Christmas, I asked for it. Wondering if anyone has tweaked or messed around with the recipe to get your favorite cup? Care to share?
Craig R on Jan 9, 2014
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.
Reply · Report · Eric F on Jan 9, 2014
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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?
Jim M on Apr 23, 2013
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.
Reply · Report · Kathryn W on Apr 25, 2013
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The little grey leaver on my Bonavita dripper is broken, where can I by a knew one?
Mikael H on Jan 30, 2015
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.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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Does this stand hold wide base Immersion Dripper (BV4000IDV2) in the ring? It is possible to secure it properly? Thank you!
Janne M on May 22, 2016
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What is the diameter of the bottom part of the cone under the platform? The cone I have now will fit sone cups but not others because the bottom of the drip cone is too wide. Thanjs
Dee E on Feb 21, 2016
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.
Reply · Report · David D on Mar 12, 2016
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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?
cantabrian on Sep 11, 2013
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.
Reply · Report · Elizabeth G on Sep 11, 2013
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How much water does the funnel hold?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2016
Best Answer: Including the coffee grounds, just a little over 16 oz (480 ml).
Reply · Report · Justin A on Jun 13, 2016
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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....
Reply · Report · Joe K on Sep 24, 2014
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Does the initial purchase include filters ? (which ones ?)
Thomas D on Oct 16, 2014
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:
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 16, 2014
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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!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 13, 2014
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Does it come with a lid?
A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper comes with a lid.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 6, 2014
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A weak link in the designReview by Jim G
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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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Coffee makers, Kettles, Scales & Pour over stands 

Length: 1 Year (Kettles, Scales & Pour over stands), 2 Years (Coffee makers)

Who Supports the Warranty: Bonavita. Warranty covers manufacturer defects only, carafes are not covered unless they arrive with cracks or defects.

Warranty Contact Information: 855-664-1252 or email at

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

Care and Maintenance

  • Hand wash or dishwasher safe.

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