Drip Coffee Maker – Bonavita BV1800
I still keep a drip coffee maker around because there are days when I like to slow down and feel like I’m not in a rush to go anywhere. My favorite drip coffee maker happens to be the Bonavita 1800.
I remember when I first got it how impressed I was with it. The first thing I noticed was the Specialty Coffee Associate of America’s Certified Brewer Equipment award. The very first thing I noticed was the coffee that comes out of this machine is extremely HOT. I measured approximately 184* F freshly brewed. During the brew process you can be anywhere from 195* to 205*.
This kit comes with:
* Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker
* Bonavita Thermal Carafe
* Carafe Lid
* Filter Basket
* 2 Piece 16 oz. Stoneware Coffee Mug
* 2 Piece 4.5″ Cup & Saucer Demi Spoon
* Extra filters. Definitely get some extras, especially if you love your morning coffee!
* More of your favorite coffee!
The setup is pretty straight forward. I did breifly go through the instructions just to see what they say. The manual is basic and easy to follow.
The overall brew cycle is pretty quick and comes in just a hair under six minutes. Again I did not choose a drip coffee maker for speed. It lets me brew up to eight cups while I am home relaxing or if I have company and I don’t want to go through k-cup after k-cup.
The coffee? It tasted AMAZING. It was nice and hot at around 183* even after sitting for a while it was still very hot and still tasted nice and fresh. Please be careful!
Cleaning is again straight forward like 90% of drip coffee makers. Just rinse. No sponge work or scrubbers needed.
Great drip coffee maker for the money. It makes a wonderful cup of coffee that will stay nice and hot even after sitting. There is no plastic taste that you get with some makers. Cleanup is simple and brewing is quick, clean and easy. You can brew up to eight cups at one time if you have company coming over.
Best Coffee Maker 2012 – Keurig Mini B31 Plus
So I’ve been testing and using this Keurig for a couple of months now and I have to say it surpassed all my expectations. It’s another great option if you don’t need all the features on the more expensive Keurig machines.
So let’s get into the pros of this really nifty single cup brewer.
Ease of use: The Keurig is, in a way, fool proof. The brewing process is totally streamlined. There are no complex displays or buttons all over the place and theres no timer either. Just fill it up, turn it on and start brewing.
Cleaning: The unit has been designed in a way so it will need little clean up and maintenance. Mostly just a light cleaning of the drip tray will suffice and keep the unit nice and clean. Remember to always use distilled or filtered water.
Size: This unit can fit into the tightest of spaces which is great if you have limited counter space. Whereas some of the bigger, full featured Keurig units have a slightly larger footprint. It also fits great if you have cabinets that hang a little lower as well.
The Coffee: Certainly no complaints here. It brews a great cup of coffee with great flavors and aromas. Not to mention there are SO many flavors and varities available it will make your head spin. (in a good way of course)
Energy Savings: If you like to make your coffee and walk way, don’t worry the machine shuts itself off after some time.
So your probably asking yourself what are the cons? Well I won’t lie, there are one or two little cons, but by no means are they deal breakers and the pros out weight the cons. Basically no x-large mugs will work comfortably with this unit.
Conclusion: If you accept the fact that you can’t use a large mug with this machine and you are comfortable with the size and you are just looking for a quick cup of coffee then this is the model for you. Certainly a top pick for best coffee maker 2012.
4 out of 5 stars from me!
Best Coffee Maker 2012 – Keurig K75 Brewer
So as you probably know I’m a huge coffee person. When I was first shopping around for single cup brewing system I was amazed at the selection, but one stood out from all the rest and passed my taste test with flying colors. This was the Keurig K75 single cup brewing system. Easily our top pick for the best coffee maker 2012. After reading a few reviews I took the plunge and bought the unit, curious about all the hype.
The unit is worth every penny, the hype was right and the K-Cups that are available for purchase are plentiful and tasty. Brewing is a snap, it heats up extremely quickly and brews in under a minute! What more could you ask for? Want to brew a tea bag? No problem, just hit the size of cup you want and you are all set! Another great thing is this unit comes with a built in water filter as well! Great tasting coffee in under a minute is no longer a pipe dream people!
What else can you brew? The possibilities are ENDLESS! K-Cups come in way to many flavors to list. Not only is there coffee, there are multiple teas, iced coffees, iced teas and so much more!
Grind your own coffee? No problem. Keurig offers a reusable filter insert so you can use your own coffee or tea grinds.
K-Cups are pretty easy to find these days. You can find at your local staples, wal-mart, macys and of course you’ll get them on amazon. Depending on where you get them your average cup of coffee works out to around anywhere from 35 cents to 75 cents, which is by FAR cheaper than what you get from your local coffee shops.
I have owned my Keurig for a little over 2 years and still love it. There have been a ton of new K-cup flavors since I first bought it and that’s pretty exciting to me. If you must know my favorites are Snapple Iced Tea, Hawaiian Coffee and Green Mountains breakfast blend.
I did have a slight break down a little after the warranty expired but their customer service was SO good they managed to fix the issue in two minutes! They are absolutely great. Stop reading reviews and get this coffee maker now!!!
- 72 oz. water reservoir
- 5 Brewing cup sizes
- Adjustable temperature
- Removable drip tray
- Includes water filter kit and 12 bonus K-Cups
Best Coffee Maker 2012 – BUNN ST Velocity Brew
The first thing to keep in mind about this particular brewer is they have an initial 15 minute setup, so if you unplug it at anytime you need to go through this 15 minute setup again. So once you fill up your reservoir you will need to give the machine 15 minutes while it preheats and gets setup. If you are the type of person that does not like to leave things plugged in when you’re not home then may need to look at another brewer.
The BUNN ST is a carafe style maker that can make ten cups. To any who is new to this style of brewer it may be a bit confusing but the idea is to keep the coffee warm so the flavor does not deteriorate. Another little trick is to preheat your thermos before using it. This will keep the coffee warmer longer.
So basically you put your paper filter and coffee grounds into the hopper. You do get about twenty bunn filters in the box to start with. Place the carafe (which has been pre-warmed) under the hopper and let it rip! Remember that since its pre-heated the coffee brew time will be under 4 minutes, that’s some pretty fast coffee!
At this point your probably asking yourself, is it worth it? Its a hard question to answer, what I can say is give it a try. I have used mine for about 20 pots so far and I love it. I actually prefer to use it some days over using my keurig. Especially when I have the extra time to grind my own beans. If i’m rushing out to work or something I’ll probably use my keurig.
Overall the bunn does a great job of keeping the coffee warm so you don’t lose all that flavor and end up with crappy coffee. Out of all the home systems I tried, this one does it the best. As far as taste goes, I love it. I try not to use the bunn filters since they are a bit heavy and can remove too much at times. You get a lot of the pleasing flavors and brightness but you lose some of the stronger notes. A reusable basket may solve that issue, I have yet to try it, but will update when I do.
I did purchase a reuseable basket filter and what a difference it made!
Don’t pay retail or MSRP. Best Coffee Maker 2012 has the BEST price!