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BoldJava
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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 10:19am
Subject: 1st Look - Bonavita Electric Kettle
 

Over at http://greencoffeebuyingclub.com, we buy new hardware and then put it through its paces with 10 members having their chance at 1st hand experience.  Traveling road shows.  I snagged the 1st Bonavita Electric Kettle in NAmerica.  I put it to work this weekend with a Hario/KONE (Gen2) set-up this weekend.  A 1st look follows:

Bonavita Electric 1L Kettle: 1st look

Manufacturer:  Bonavita
Cost:  Electric, $49.99; Stovetop model, $29.99 - shipping $13.62
Model Reviewed:  Electric
Purchased at:  www.buzzkillerespresso.com, Chicago
Similar items owned:  Hario Buono V60, Paico Stovetop
Quality:  8
Usability:  7 (handle)
Cost vs value:  10
Aesthetics:  9
Overall:  10 (Cost vs value trumps all with this unit, particularly in comparison to Hario)


Pro:
  1.  Heats 1 liter to boil in 6:05 minutes
  2.  Superb pouring spout.  
  3.  Attractive
  4.  Cost
  5.  Swivels nicely on the base, 360*
  6.  Light in the hand - easy to control
  7.  Heating element is recessed, below the metal base
  8.  No plastic in contact with water - 100% SS

Con
  1.  Handle is awkward
  2.  Interior spout design - leaves water behind
  3.  Max water level hidden inside
  4.  Electrical base feels cheap


Observations:
  • Brushed stainless steel appliance makes it very easy to control with 2.2 lbs of water in it.  Looks sharp on the counter.
  • Tip is unsurpassed.  You can literally pour 'drop by drop,' better than Hario's and comparable to Paico
    Capacity is 1-liter but you are hard pressed to find that level.  The only marking is inside the kettle, obscured.  * The next revision would benefit from an exterior raised line to indicate 1-liter level.
  • The kettle will hold 40 oz but boils out the port holes.  Stick to 34 oz as clearly stated on instructions.  (I think 40 oz with stovetop would be fine, staying on top of kettle at boil point).
  • Handle is poorly designed.  Granted, my hands are large but even my wife took exception to the ergonomics of the finger notch in the kettle's handle.  I resorted to using 3 fingers, omitting the notch at the top.
  • Spout protrudes into the kettle's reservoir leaving about 1/4 of an ounce (Paico's is flush - no residual water).  Getting picky now.

Buying Experience:  BuzzKillerEspresso was responsive, shipped right when they said it would.  I love that their cart has a "shipping estimate" BEFORE you fill out 20 tons of personal information.  Good experience.
Click Here (www.buzzartisanalcoffeeroaster.com)  Offers both the electric kettle ($50) and the stovetop ($30).

Final summary: Buy it.  

  • Hario vs Bonavita - Bonavita in a cake-walk.  Better pouring control/tip at same cost with an electric kettle.  With a stovetop, Bonavita surpasses the Hario in pouring at 60% of the cost.
  • Bonavita vs Paico - Equal tips but Bonavita is better built

Summary:
Despite the slight design issues, this kettle is a value.  For the same prices as a Hario V60 stovetop kettle, you can purchase the Bonavita electric kettle.  Its pouring tip is superior to the Hario.  For myself, when I want a liter of water, I use a stovetop (Bonavita's is $30; Hario's is $47-$55 and dropping).  Either electric or stovetop, this is a "thumbs up."  If you have a pourover set-up but need a kettle, add this to Santa's "short list."

B|Java

 
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BoldJava
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Drip: Hario, Beehouse, Cilio, Kone...
Roaster: RK Drum and Gene
Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 10:25am
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I have pics and will post this evening.

B|Java

 
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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 2:53pm
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Good review Dave - I get a little faster boiling time though with mine - I timed 1 liter (up to mark in kettle) 72 degree F water from start to finish when the light cuts out - it took five minutes and forty seconds for me.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 6:31pm
Subject: Re: 1st Look - Bonavita Electric Kettle
 

Right out of the box (for comparison size, 11 ounce mug)

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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 7:10pm
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^^^ Dead link for me above, but here's a good one: Click Here (www.greencoffeebuyingclub.com)
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Vac Pot: Yamas
Drip: Hario, Beehouse, Cilio, Kone...
Roaster: RK Drum and Gene
Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 8:29pm
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The Line-up

Paico, Bonavita, Hario, (l-r)

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Grinder: Macap MC4 Doserless Stepped
Vac Pot: Yamas
Drip: Hario, Beehouse, Cilio, Kone...
Roaster: RK Drum and Gene
Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 8:32pm
Subject: Re: 1st Look - Bonavita Electric Kettle
 

Tip comparison - Bonavita and Paico tie for 1st place for control and measured pour.  Hario comes in 2nd.

Midnite, Bonavita
1:30, Hario
3:00, Paico

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Roaster: RK Drum and Gene
Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 8:52pm
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Unusual handle design

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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 10:02pm
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Not having the Hario, how much does it hold in comparison? I have a 40oz Chemex.
Granted, for most uses...single cup pours, smaller amounts in Chemex, etc, it's plenty large enough.
I often wonder why folks like Bonavita don't just copy a handle design from another company that gets thumbs up from reviewers?

BTW, the water temperature around here is presently 46f and dropping.
Last year, my electric kettle took a minute longer in winter than in summer.

Thanks for the review, Dave.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011, 2:36am
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IMAWriter Said:

Not having the Hario, how much does it hold in comparison?

Posted November 28, 2011 link

The Bonavita Kettle holds a liter of water.

IMAWriter Said:

I often wonder why folks like Bonavita don't just copy a handle design from another company that gets thumbs up from reviewers?

Posted November 28, 2011 link

The non-electric version has a handle closer to the Buono. I like the handle personally. It keeps the hand from making accidental contact with the hot kettle while pouring.

The thumb indention that gets in the way of Dave's bear paw of a hand is a useful feature for me since I can support the less than full kettle (I fill it half full for my single cup needs) by balancing the kettle on my thumb at the finger guard - instead of 4 fingers inside the handle loop I only have one thumb (imagine the motion used to turn a door knob) - this method still gives the controlled pour I want but is easier on the wrist.

 
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