OXO On Barista Brain 12-Cup Coffee Maker


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What’s it like living inside the head of a barista? We like to think there are a lot of coffee terms floating around, as well as images of portafilters and perfect rosettes, but we may never know. With the OXO Barista Brain 12-Cup Coffee Brewer, however, there is no guessing required!

Certified by the SCAA, this 12 -cup drip coffee maker (and kettle!) comes packed with features. Choose how much coffee you’d like to brew, between 4 and 12 cups, and the water will come up to optimal temperature in the kettle. The water is then pumped into the brew basket where it is evenly dispersed for full coffee grounds saturation. Or, if you’re feeling like a cuppa tea, choose to skip the coffee brewing process and boil water to one of several preferred infusion temperatures!

Features and Functionality

  • SCAA Certified - This coffee maker has been through the rigorous testing of the SCAA and bears the stamp of approval that it brews at the correct temperature for a great coffee extraction.
  • Removable Water Kettle - The water reservoir doubles as a removable, glass water kettle for making tea, hot cocoa or ramen noodles!
  • Internal Scale - With a built in scale, the OXO Barista Brain monitors water volume, allowing you to only brew the amount of coffee you want. What does that mean? If you have eight cups of water in the kettle, you can choose to only brew four cups of coffee. It will only disperse the amount of water that you've chosen.
  • Easy To Use - The simple LED interface and dial/button make using this coffee maker a breeze. Just turn and push your way to the perfect cup.
  • Removable Silicone Mixing Tube - An internal mixing tube helps blend the coffee throughout the carafe as it brews.
  • Auto-Drip Stop - If the carafe is removed during the brew cycle, a sensor will temporarily stop brewing to prevent drips. Replace the carafe within 60 seconds to resume brewing.
  • Wake-Up Timer - Set a desired 'wake-up' time and the coffee maker will automatically start your pre-programmed brew cycle.
  • Some Like It Hot - Certified by the SCAA, the Barista Brain brews at the optimal temperature.
  • Brainy - As the name implies, this coffee maker really is smart. OXO seems to have thought through just about every brewing scenario.
  • Dual Purpose - Cramped kitchens will rejoice at this two-in-one brewer and kettle...as long as it fits.
  • A Bit Large - Due to the Barista Brain's dual purpose, mentioned above, it has a fairly large footprint.
How Does it Compare?

The OXO On Barista Brain 12-Cup Coffee Maker is similar in size to the Technivorm Moccamaster Grand, but with the added bonus of a built-in kettle.

A Note About Coffee & Cups

Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.

Tips and Tricks

Adjust the boiling point of your water, due to altitude, to get a customized brew!


Manufacturer OXO
Model Number 8710000
Width 14.75 inches
Depth 7.75 inches
Height 16 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 8.7500
Watts 1400W
Volts 110V
Size 12 cup
Material Stainless Steel and Plastic
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Reservoir Size 60 ounces
Built-In Grinder No
Bypass Doser No
Cup Warmer No
Auto On Yes
Auto Shut Off No
Max/Min Ounces per Pot 60 ounces maximum | 20 ounces minimum
Warm Up: Brew Time 13 minutes
Mid-Brew Interrupt Yes
Programmability No
Available Carafe Styles Stainless Steel
Aroma No
NSF Certified No


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My understanding is that the OXO 12-Cup machine allows for temperature control of the water for brewing - a handy feature if you live at elevation. Does the 9-cup machine have the same feature?
C L on Jul 18, 2016
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Best Answer: There is no way to set a specific temperature on the 9-cup machine.
Reply · Report · Dean E on Jul 19, 2016
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what is a good grind size for this one using the Oxo grinder?
Crystal S on Apr 17, 2016
Best Answer: I do not have a grinder. However I used standard ground coffee such as Maxwell House brand, I have been using the Barista Brain for three months with this grind and the coffee is rich and aromatic. Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · David H on Apr 23, 2016
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How long does it take to just heat water for tea?
Steven Judy S on Jan 2, 2016
Best Answer: The "Brain" has a 1400W heating element so is 40% faster than my microwave for 4 plus cups (the minimum for the kettle). You can adjust the temperature for different types of teas and it hold at that temp. I use it for pour overs, perfect temperature with ease.

The exact time to heat depends on the temperature setting and the amount of water heated.
Reply · Report · Jeremy L on Feb 20, 2016
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Should the temperature for coffee be set at 212? The book says to set the boiling point to 212 and that is correct for my altitude, but I was wondering if 212 (boiling) will burn the coffee?
amelia604 on Oct 13, 2015
Best Answer: The machine is calibrated to bring the water to the ideal temperature so that when it brews (dispenses the water up and over the coffee) it is brewing at the proper temperature. It has gone through rigorous testing to determine that it is both ideal and consistent in temperature so that you get the best flavor from your coffee. Keep in mind, after the water leaves the kettle, it does travel through some plastic components at the top of the brew portion of the machine, before it drips over your grounds, and it will loose some heat to the plastic. So, it will be bringing the water a bit over that ideal 195-205 before it dispenses the water due to that factor.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Dec 9, 2015
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how to reset it?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2017
Best Answer: Press the Oxo button and hold it down. The time display will shift to setting the auto-brew function. Keep holding the button down and then the display will change to resetting the clock for 12 hour or 24 hour, temperature setting, and time. Use the circular switch around the Oxo button to make changes. Hope this helps. You can also refer to the owners manual. If you do not have the manual you can do a Google search of the brand name, "Oxo Barista Brain" to find a copy of the owners manual on-line.
Reply · Report · David H on Jan 14, 2017
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Is it possible to get an extra stainless steel carafe for the OXO On coffee maker?
Deborah N on Nov 21, 2015
Best Answer: We currently do not carry these parts, I would refer you back to the manufacturer OXO for this.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 22, 2015
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Does oxo supply replacement parts? This is an expensive brewer.
A shopper on Nov 3, 2015
Best Answer: We do not sell parts, but you can try contacting them directly at 800.545.4411 The brewer comes with a 2 year warranty
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Nov 4, 2015
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Great brewer for 4 to 12 cups (all with the same brew time)Review by Jeremy
Great design, sturdy construction, made to help brew the perfect cup of coffee or tea.

- Brews at the CORRECT temperature for coffee (Altitude adjusted boiling point) 204 at the kettle, slightly lower at the nozzle but surely between 195-205.

- Brews for the CORRECT amount of time for ANY brew volume between 4-12 cups. It weighs the water and adjusts the pump speed to brew in a little over 4 minutes (4.5?).

- Great spray head mixes and stirs for you. Post brew you can see the indents in the grounds where the nozzles were spraying. No weak dribble here!

- Automatic presoak (bloom)

- Uses HUGE filters (commercial BUNN style) so you can brew strong without fear of overflowing.

- HOT coffee in the carafe and it stays hot for hours. Further proof of a proper brew temperature.

- Removable kettle so you can fill it at the sink or with your filtered pitcher with ease.

- You can set it to brew 10 cups of coffee and keep 2 cups of water hot in the carafe. This is great for brewing a pot of coffee and a pour over OR Aeorpress/French press for an alternate type of coffee (Or even tea if you are so inclined).

I have had the brewer for a couple months now and it brews a good cup of coffee without the trouble of various tinkerings that would have to be done for other brewers to get it right.

I recommend pairing this with the Bodum double walled insulated mug or tumbler. Great visual effect of floating coffee, keeps it hot, and a great feel.

My second purchase is going as a gift to my wife's parents. Worth it to have good coffee when visiting, plus they like the results and the removable kettle for easier water fills (no inverting or wrist rotation with heavy items). (Posted on 2/20/2016)
Good startReview by Morales
Mostly by accident I've already ended up with one of these, but have only had it a couple of days. So far so good, and I wanted to mention a couple of things I found interesting.

OXO has put all of the smarts in the base and all the mechanicals in the water kettle. If you look at the bottom of the kettle it has the concentric metal contacts like a normal electric kettle, but there are like 5 rings. Inside the kettle is a small temperature sensor (sticks up 1/4" from the bottom) and a water pump that draws water from the bottom of the kettle and pushes it through a small tube (hidden in the handle?) and out the spout.

Inside the base is a scale so the base knows how much water is in the kettle, and it knows whether it is rotated for coffee brewing or water heating (pump will only work in coffee mode which only comes on when the spout is in position).

So when you turn on the machine (I've found this faster and easier than on the video) it knows how much water is there. You dial the amount of coffee you want, and it heats the water. It will not allow you to ask for more coffee than you have water (again, it knows).

Once the water is hot the pump, which is very quiet, gives the grounds a small dose of water to let it bloom, then periodically pumps in more water. This is 3-4 minutes for 6 cups after the water if hot. The whole process is very quiet.

I really like that it knows how much coffee you are making, and due to the pump can adjust the rate of water delivery based on how much coffee. I'm hoping that this means it will make good coffee in both large and small amounts (4-12 cup range, interestingly only in even cup steps). This is the feature that really drew me.

Also of interest is that the kettle lives nicely under a counter—you pull off the kettle to fill with water and are not trying to lift a flap and angle in a pitcher of water. This is really nice. Unfortunately the basket lid still comes up pretty high when you open it.

For me this has ended up saving space by replacing both a water kettle and a coffee maker. The thermos claims to hold it at drinking temperature for an hour, and to my experience does this even with only a couple of cups left in the bottom. Having all the mechanicals in the kettle makes a lot of sense. Is suspect it will make kettle replacements expensive, but it also replaces all of the moving and high temperature parts so hopefully the machine will last a long time.

So so far so good. (Posted on 10/4/2015)

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Warranty Information

What it Covers:OXO On Electrics

Length: 2 Year

Who Supports the Warranty: OXO

Warranty Contact Information: 800.545.4411

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

Care and Maintenance

For detailed care instructions, please refer to your machine's user manual. We recommend that you also incorporate the following into your cleaning routine:

  • Descale when the descaling icon appears
  • Clean the kettle, filter basket and stainless steel carafe after each use
  • The outside of the coffee maker can be wiped off with a damp cloth

User Manual

Oxo On 12 Cup Coffee Maker User Manual


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