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Bonavita 8-Cup VB1800TH Thermal Brewer - Felipe DeGuzman's Review
Posted: June 30, 2014, 12:53pm
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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: 9.2
Manufacturer: Bonavita Quality: 8
Average Price: $150.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $169.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups Caffe Tempo
Bottom Line: Great machine for a first cup daily driver.
Positive Product Points

Fast brewing time
Easy to use
Consistent brew temperature

Negative Product Points

Loading the filter/carafe into the brewer housing is a bit clunky (you need to tip the filter basket just slightly in order to fit it in)
Thermal carafe doesn't retain heat as well as my insulated coffee mug
The swapping of the filter basket and carafe lid is a bit messy

Detailed Commentary

I purchased this model after seeing it highly rated on Amazon.com (and validating on CoffeeGeek)
I initially wanted a simple carafe-based machine for serving coffee to guests (I was a daily espresso guy for a long time). When we moved to a temporary house, my Rancilio setup needed to share counter space, so for the past eyar I have been a dedicated drip-brewer guy. This machine has been very effective as a daily driver- typically brewing 6 cups each day (actually only fills a regular coffee mug twice).

I vacillate between a gold Melitta cone filter and brown paper filters - for guest I always go with the paper filter to eliminate sediment

I am fortunate enough to have access to Counter Culture coffee in my local Whole Foods, so I always use fresh beans (my preference is 5-8 days off roast, but WF usually has beans fresher than that)

I do love the simplicity and effectiveness of this machine. Coffee brews true to Gold-Cup standard ( I measure beans by weight every time). The first cup is always near-perfect.

However the carafe has a secondary lid that must be installed immediately after brewing (take off the filter basket and then install the lid). Inevitable, I lose some heat as I wait for every last drip to fall from the filter basket (of course then there is condensation on the bottom of the filter basket which makes a mess on the counter). Even if I get the lid on immediately after brewing stops, it just does not hold heat very well. I have tested this by pouring 1/2 of the fresh brewed coffee into my insulated coffee mug. 30 minutes later the mug is still piping hot while the coffee in the carafe is noticeably cooler (note I do NOT preheat the carafe or the mug).

By comparison, my in-laws have the Capresso ST600 Coffee Brewer- its carafe design retains heat better and is much less messy to work with.

Buying Experience

Easy to buy on Amazon...with Amazon Prime I had the unit within two days.

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