Bonavita BV1900TS Drip Coffee Brewer

The Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer is a consumer level coffee maker that I had the pleasure of using at a friend’s birthday party. Since they all have kids, there was an area where the parents could enjoy a cup of coffee thanks to the Bonavita. Like other coffeemakers I’ve tried, I’ve used this one time and time again at a friend’s house. While I already have a coffee maker at home, I rave about this one to others, too. Coffee is a serious topic of discussion during at-home Skype meetings for work; I only assume that others experience the same. Before I dive too far into my personal review, features and functions of the Bonavita include:

  • One-touch brew operation
  • Auto-off feature
  • 1500-watt heater
  • Pre-infusion mode
  • Flat-bottomed filter basket

Able to see and gauge water levels

One of my favorite features listed is the ability to see and gauge the water levels. With a much different and more convenient design that most coffeemakers on the market, you no longer have to open the machine and look in – you can see right from the front! The water level is able to be read right next to the actual level of water due to its translucency. While it’s not entirely see-through, as there is a darkish tint, the tint actually matches the rest of the machine and allows you to see the clear water levels much better.

One-touch – auto-shut

The one-touch brew operation comes equipped with auto-shut off so you don’t have to worry, “did I turn that off this morning?” You don’t have to hit four buttons to get your desired strength and style, either. One button for operation allows for a quicker send-off every morning before work (or college). Even if you’re in a small office using this, it’s quick turn on and off allows for more productivity in the office (even though coffee breaks are usually drawn out – you’ll live and you’ll get more coffee!)

As for the 1500-watt heater, you’ll be able to maintain the proper and optimal temperatures for brewing, which for this model is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheaper and poorly made models may have a lower temperature range because of the cheap plastics used to create. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that with the Bonavita, as the durable stainless steel and plastic used on this machine are high-grade and tested for heat and longevity.

Save time when you are in a rush

If you’re really trying to get a quick cup before you go, there’s a pre-infusion method that takes the freshly roasted coffee (ground) and turns it wet to allow degassing before the process of brewing occurs. Not only does this save time, but it actually delivers a rich flavor that I quickly got addicted to. As for the filter, there is a flat-bottomed filter basket that allows you better saturation of your coffee before the extraction. For the extraction process, there’s a larger showerhead that allows more of the product to make it from the machine and into your pot for your cup. You probably won’t be needing a replacement on your carafe anytime soon, either, unlike competitor models. The carafe is stainless steel and lined for optimal thermal temperatures.

Descaling and others

Descaling and clean is recommended after 100 uses – which is still far higher than many models. It may not be totally self-cleaning, but you don’t have to pay much attention to it for it to remain clean and sanitary to use. Think of it this way: you can go three months and one week (roughly) without cleaning your machine. For the quality it produces along with the ability to make a fast cup, there’s no reason to not buy the Bonavita. Another thing I noticed while using it during the first time was that there was NO plastic smell while it was heating up. Other coffee makers I’ve used have had a very distinct and plastic-like smell upon first use. Finding the best filters for the coffee maker is another thing you must take into consideration and for this model, it’s completely okay that you use cheapie filters.

I usually like to talk about the size of a coffee machine for those looking to buy. The kitchen is the most important room in the house or apartment, and it’s important that the space you’re working with can handle another appliance. It’s been proven (through studies AND personal experience) that a crowded kitchen makes residents miserable and causes them to eat out more. In doing so, they waste more money. Making sure your kitchen can handle an extra appliance is key. The size of this coffee maker is 6.1 pounds, and measures in at 12.4 x 6.8 x 12.2. The length is much longer than most (by double, almost), but the height is too large in comparison with other models.

Brewing more cups is appreciated

The only disadvantage of this model that I could find was that it’s only an 8-cup brewer, rather than 10 or 12. If you drink coffee by yourself and don’t drink more than a pot every morning, this is efficient enough. However, it doesn’t interfere with the product whatsoever and actually produces coffee far better than most. Maybe it has something to do with the capacity and the process – who knows! Overall, the price is wonderful and the design is sleek. Being able to match any décor while producing the perfect product are just some of the reasons why I would highly recommend to purchase.