No frills and yet the best cup of coffee I have ever had.
Positive Product Points
Simple, efficient, and provides a quality home brew. I often walked to the nearby gas station for coffee since I was never satisfied with my own brew. Not anymore. I swear this is the best home brewed coffee I have ever had. Hot, fast, no bad aftertaste, low acidity, and great tasting.
Negative Product Points
No frills, no timers, Bunn filters required, always on.
I have been on my coffee quest for a very long time. The problem is once I bought a coffee pot in the past I accepted the mediocre coffee. Not anymore. Whenever I purchase a coffee pot now I put the machine through tests to see how it compares. My recent adventure has brought me to the Bunn NHP. This model looks a little different but nonetheless it is the same.
I have read many reviews and it appeared that there were more positive things said about Bunn than negative things. So I decided to give it a try. I am very pleased. I will admit that the process for brewing coffee is unique and careful attention has to be made; however, if the instructions stated that I had to rub my belly while patting my head I would do it for the coffee this machine produces.
Any reviews that you read that are negative are probably not associated with the coffee machine but in the coffee maker. Due to Bunn's particular way of brewing there are definitely some points one needs to be aware of. First, you must use the Bunn filters since they are taller. Second, your grinded beans should be done with a Burr grinder, either professionally or with your own. Third, you need to be aware of any coffee maker you buy. So many of us buy equipment, coffee and other types, and just continue to use such products without paying attention to changes. You have to take care of your equipment with regular cleanings.
My successful cup of coffee is achieved by the following. I use coffee from Gloria Jeans. I have tried a lot of mail order that roasts beans the same day they send it out, but I keep going back to Gloria Jeans. Very good coffee. You can have the best coffee maker in the world but if the beans suck your coffee is going to suck. Second, I grind my beans using a Burr grinder. My particular model is from Gevalia. I am quite happy with it. I do not know if it is the best but it does a good job. I like it because you can choose how many cups and how fine of a grind. I go with a number 6 setting out of 16 and typically choose 8 cups. I use cold well water, which has been through a water softener, and fill my carafe to 8 cups. I open the coffee cover, pour in my water, place my coffee grinds are in place, I close the cover, and in about 2 minutes I have hot coffee.
I also think it is refreshing to have a coffee maker that does not look like a space pod with more buttons than my remote control. Some people may want a timer or brew interrupt but neither is needed since this machine brews so quickly. This machine does not simple pour hot water over your grinds either like other machines; instead, it truly sprays the 200 degree water efficiently over all of the grinds. Since the machine is so quick there is no time for the bitterness of over brewed beans to come through.
I bought this maker from Target. The first Bunn coffee maker I purchased was severely damaged. I think the box must have been crushed. I had no problem replacing the product.