We had a chance to test this brewer last year in an informal private test, and were quite impressed with the results. This is Bunn's new Phase Brewer auto drip coffee machine.
What makes it special? When it comes to drip brewers, the most important thing that many manufacturers miss is the water temperature - namely, the temperatures are not hot enough for proper extraction. Bunn fixes this problem with a dual stage heating / brewing cycle on this machine. It takes about 10 minutes to complete a pot: 6 minutes to properly heat up all the water, and 4 minutes to actually brew.
This is also one of the few machines from Bunn to have all the bells and whistles normal consumer drip autos have: namely, digital controls and timers. We're not fans of timers on auto drip coffee makers - it means stale ground coffee - but for some this is a very important feature. It also uses Bunn's flat filter, which some believe can lead to a better brew in auto drip machines.
Lastly, Bunn's warranty is awesome - a full 3 years (most machines are 1 year or less).
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.