Crew Review: Bonavita Coffee Maker

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Gail tries out this new kid on the coffee maker block, featuring a petite design and thermal carafe. Watch her discuss the features and functionality, then w…


Carlos Reyes says:

Just got one of this, 1300ml water, 56gr coarse drip coffe, and it took
exactly 6min to extract. It tasted amazing๏ปฟ

stockjonebills says:

I have the bonavita. It does everything as advertised but I wonder if there
have ever been complaints that it scorches coffee during brew time. I’ve
brewed a few different coffees and they come out more bitter than expected.
I’ve tried peets major dickinsons, dunkin donuts original which is a medium
roast. Maybe I’m choosing the wrong coffee. I’m new into coffee and like a
rich smooth round less bittter coffee. Also my glass carafe has a copper
looking interior as opposed to the silver interior of the carafe in your
video. Can you recommend some less bitter coffee.๏ปฟ

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

No; all of the Technivorm thermal carafes are stainless steel lined. – Kat

maydanlex says:

Does the Technivorm CDT model come with the glass lined stainless carafe?
BTW you two are a ‘hoot’ !!!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Definitely one of the best on the market ๐Ÿ™‚ – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

It seems to have little spurts and starts on them, sometimes the full
shower, sometimes just a stream. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

If you plan on drinking the pot of coffee within an hour of making it,
glass is perfectly fine. If you want to sip off it over a few hours, then
go with the thermal. It will stay hot for at least four hours if you keep
it closed up; just remember to preheat it with warm tap water prior to
brew. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@Malangsufi The Technivorms and the Breville YouBrew do, as well; they all
brew 195F – 205F. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Wahooo! Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

No, it’s more about the coffee that we’re using … there’s no great
‘standard’ setting for grinders as they’re all different …. I’d start at
maybe 15, see what the texture looks like, then take it up or down from
there. – Kat

frank828 says:

fyi, this machine has been sold as a Melitta for quite a long time in
Europe. on the german amazon site, it has been getting pretty good reviews.
looks like a great alternative to the double priced technivorms.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@frank828 Good to know! They came with Melitta filters, now we know why ๐Ÿ˜€
– Kat

thePowerPlant says:

Yeah…finally, the new hotness. When can we expect the Technivorm VS.
Bonavita? Awesome video as always.

Stefan Sigfinnsson says:

@pepsi458 French press is even smaller ๐Ÿ˜‰

Benjamin Elliott says:

Sometimes when you use a stainless steel thermos for coffee you get a
little bit of a metallic taste from the container and I think one of the
reasons they chose to put glass in the carafe was to prevent that from

mrbeligos says:

you mentioned a “shower head” effect the hot water is delivered onto the
coffee. In your close up it looks like just one stream of water, not the
shower head affect. is that true?

psykodragz says:

what is interesting is that where the water down feed is plastic, whereas
the tech is aluminum

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@CDTrules7 Sorry I didn’t get into YT stuff until today (Mondays are crazy
around here) and am going to watch it this afternoon – I will comment on it
there. Thanks again for doing that ๐Ÿ™‚ – Kat

Lynn says:

Thank You for doing these reviews. Love to see your reviews and
recommendations. PS. What is the name of those white cups? Are those the
Lino cups listed on your website? ~

Ross Bragg says:

I’m curious if you’ll do a review of the Bodum Bistro Pourover. Gizmodo
compared this Bonavita to it and the Bodum came up on top. I’d like to know
what you guys think. The article is called “The Best Automatic Coffee
Machine”, since Youtube doesn’t seem to want to let me post links.

Stefan Sigfinnsson says:

One thing I like to point out is that it’s a bit awkward to name the video
Bonavita Coffee maker and then have drip coffee maker and not just coffee
maker as a tag for the video.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@thePowerPlant Soon!! Next week – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We generally use about a tablespoon per serving …but most often eyeball
it ๐Ÿ˜‰ – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@ConsumerFanatics Our rep @ Bonavita wanted to speak up about this —
‘based on the offset hole in the bottom of the filter basket, it will allow
the coffee to saturate/immerse the grounds without the manual switch’. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

These brewers brew at the recommended brew temperature for specialty
coffee. The only complaints that I’ve heard is from people who are used to
water that is too hot and actually doesn’t produce the best coffee, but
it’s what they personally prefer. – Kat

degenerazn says:

So is there a difference in the glass vs thermal carafe? The glass one is
$20 cheaper.

Michael Pedersen says:

I have bad feelings towards stainless, too. I can’t say why that is, though.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I doubt that we will because we don’t plan on carrying it. In person, the
unit isn’t that great, design-wise, and the coffee we tried on it didn’t
blow us away. – Kat

Dack Isback says:

Glass is chemically inert, as there’s no effect on the alkaloids/terpenes
or what have you it shouldn’t alter that taste at all.

Daniel Ramos says:

My friend is barista and coffee bonafita said that this is one of the best
“electric maker” is true?

Daniel Ramos says:

Is true, it is one of the best. In Brazil does not have to sell if I want
to have to “import” …

Malang Sufi says:

I did a lot of reading on this on various forums and from what I have read
they are the only company which brews the coffee at the optimum

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

To tell you the truth it has been awhile! Those might be the Coffee House
cup collection set of two 12.5 oz. They are not the Lino ones which have a
sleeker look.

Robert Franz says:

I work for a specialty coffee roaster (I’m not a coffee expert myself) and
this is what I bought for home use. Very solid, repeatable quality even
brewed by a Luddite like me. I’m buying another today for my office so I
don’t have to bug other people to make my coffee. On weekdays, I do a dose
small enough that the bloom isn’t a problem. On weekends when I have more
time, I turn the brewer off after about a cup and a half, break up the
bloom, and continue on.

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@mieczyslam She loves it! Can’t break the habit I guess – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Pull them straight up and off, according to Bunny, our cleaning maven ๐Ÿ™‚ –

Seattle Coffee Gear says:


Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@ConsumerFanatics Yes — it is on tap for next week! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll brew up
batches and then have the crew taste & choose, like we’ve done with other
tests. – Kat

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

I don’t believe so – Kat

Kary Menuau says:

Hey Kat, would you say the thermal carafe is better than the glass one in
keeping the coffee hot? I read a review where they said the coffee get
stale in the glass carafe after a while, was that your experience, or
doesnt matte, its just ur taste if u wanna see your coffee or not. thnkx

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Not really — if you’re going to drink the coffee within the hour, you’ll
have a similar cup at the end of the day. Price difference is materials –

MickAv8r says:

Do you guys have a preferred setting for the Rocky grinder when brewing
with the Bonavita or do you use a generic setting for all the drip makers?
Looking for a starting point to dial in from.

CDTrules7 says:

Just wondering did you get my video, and if yes how did you like it?

Croozer says:

Does the Bonavita have a copper heating element?

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

@pepsi458 Agreed! And also, it makes a great cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ – Kat

mieczyslam says:

Half’n’half? C’mon Gail, don’t do that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

joewillgo says:

@SeattleCoffeeGear So what do YOU guys think brews a better cup of Coffee?
Technivorm or Bonavita?

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

We did a compare taste test on this – check out that video to see what that
subset of the crew thought ๐Ÿ™‚ – Kat

joewillgo says:

@SeattleCoffeeGear I just brought a Bonavita from you guys and I love this
machine so far! It makes great hot Coffee!!!! HOWEVER, I HAVE NO IDEA how
to remove the lid/shower head pipe from the machine so it can be washed &
cleaned in the dishwasher. Can you guys PLEASE help me with this? The
manual did not really explain anything, it only has 2 pictures of the lid &
pipe being removed, but it did not really tell me how you get it removed! I
don’t want to break my machine.PLEASE HELP!!!!Thank You

Brant Dilar says:

Forgot to mention the fact you guys make great informative videos. Thanks
-and keep it going!

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