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Bonavita 8-Cup VB1800TH Thermal Brewer - P Rob's Review
Posted: November 7, 2012, 7:07am
review rating: 6.5
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Bonavita 8-Cup BV1800TH Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker
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P Rob 6.50
Kate Rau 4.00
Felipe DeGuzman 0.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Bonavita Quality: 9
Average Price: $150.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $149.99 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Espresso Planet Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Best solid coffee brewer for the buck bar none (once proper grind dialed in). Consistant brewing at the proper temperature. Easy to clean.
Positive Product Points

Makes a great cup of coffee once you dial in the correct grind for either paper filter or metal filter.
Easy clean up. Solidly built. Quick brew.
Carafe keeps coffee hot for a long time
A true 1400W heater.

Negative Product Points

Sensitive to grind.
No timed auto brew
Unknown material heater element
Filter could be a bit easier to slide in below sprayer.

Detailed Commentary

Makes a hot but not scorched cup of coffee.
Would buy again. Very easy to use and clean.
Very sensitive to grind but once you dial the grind in the unit is very consistent.
Brew saturation is controlled by grind. The grind regulates soak time.
Solidly built, carafe does not dent easily with light impact.
Uses a Melita U type #4 filter. Not a cone or a basket type. The housing is ribbed and allow for some prevention of channeling.
On my Baratza Encore is use a #22 for metal filter and allow for 5oz more coffee, which I leave due to grind settling. Best for those who want to mimic a Coffee Press.
I use a #13 for paper filter and use exact amount of water as per cup desired.
Found trick for amount of coffee per cup reservoir level. I use 1 more Tbsp of rounded beans (before grinding) than cups.

Buying Experience

Espresso Planet has a wide selection of products at competitive prices and has knowledgeable staff. Have purchased items since then. Nice showroom.
Good for equipment but not a roaster.
I prefer to use local roasters.
Currently going through all single origins from Reunion Island. Great coffee and excellent service.

Three Month Followup

I find it best when using the Carafe version to heat up the carafe for anything less than 8 cups. I simple use hot tap water and leave it filled while I prepare my beans and add water into the reservoir.

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