Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker Review

5 / 5 stars      

While it’s true the Bonavita BV1800 coffee maker has been around for about a year now, I do feel that it warrants a review.  Especially if you like your coffee piping hot.

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There are countless coffee makers.  With all types of imaginable features.  However, with all those features, what I find truly amazing is that the Bonavita BV1800 is one of a few — and I mean very few, as in you can count them on your fingers and toes — that offers enough wattage to heat your coffee up to 205°, which is the heat water needs to be at to really extract the ultimate flavor from your coffee grinds.  That’s right; the BV1800 has a 1400 Watt heating element.  So if you’re satisfied with mediocre, tepid coffee, perhaps you want to stop reading now.  But if you’re looking for a truly hot, full flavored cup of coffee, then keep the Bonavita in mind.

In line with the heat that this brewer produces, it’s good to note that this coffee maker is BPA free.  Since heat causes the chemical to leach into our food, that is a good thing.  Or perhaps you’re worried about stainless steel coming in contact with your food/drink.  This is addressed in the Bonavita as well.  The thermal carafe is lined with glass, so you don’t need to worry.

 

Bonavita BV1800 Pros & Cons

Pros:  Brews at optimal temperature – BPA Free – Thermal carafe lined with glass – Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association

Cons:   None

 

Note that if you go with the glass carafe instead of the thermal carafe, you also get a two hour auto shut off.  This applies to the additional 55 watt warming plate that helps maintain your coffee’s brewed temperature without over cooking it.  For obvious reasons – at least they should be obvious to you! – the thermal carafe model does not come with these features.

Another great feature of the Bonavita is the seven hole shower head which allows for full saturation and agitation of your coffee grounds.

The capacity of this brewer is 8 x 5 oz cups of coffee.  It uses number 4 filters that can be found almost anywhere is you use the paper type, but you also have the option to use a permanent type filter.  (For some info on paper vs permanent filters you can find some info on the main page of our coffee maker section.)  The filter basket is easy to fill and easy to clean.   Brewing a full pot will take around 6 minutes, but keep in mind that the coarseness and amount of grinds will impact brew times. For drip coffee makers the optimal brew time is between 5 and 6 minutes so adjust accordingly.

While the manual does recommend cleaning the unit before using it for the first time – fill with water and turn it on, then let cool down and repeat – there is no horrible toxic plastic smell or taste to wash away.

If you live in an area with hard water, descaling is recommended every 40 cycles, but more may be necessary if you notice that your coffee maker becomes especially loud or start taking longer to brew or reach appropriate water temperature.

Features & Dimensions

  • SCAA Certified (Specialty Coffee Association)
  • 1400 Watt heater raises water to ideal temperature (205°F / 96°C).
  • Engineered for precise water and coffee grounds contact time.
  • Shower head designed for complete saturation and optimal extraction.
  • Brews 8 cups (5 oz. cups)
  • Keep Warm with auto shut off (Glass carafe model only)
  • 2 year warranty
  • BPA-free
  • 13.2 x 8.7 x 14 inches ; 6.6 pounds

If you want a hot cup of coffee brewed in a machine certified by the SCAA, look no further.  My rating for the Bonavita BV1800 is 5/5.

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