The BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer is a former # 1 Best Seller on Amazon, so let's see why that should be.
|Table of Contents|
|A 10 Cup Machine||Power & Reliability|
|Flavor||Is It Easy To Use?|
|A Precision Instrument||Features & Specs|
|Pros and Cons||Consumer Ratings|
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew - A 10 Cup Machine
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew makes you a full carafe of 6 - 10 cups (50 ounces) of coffee at a time. And it keeps the water in the stainless steel internal water tank hot all the while it is on.
This makes it an ideal coffee maker for a small office, or a busy household. Any place where a lot of people come and go much of the time, and stop by for a brew. The coffee in the carafe stays hot for at least 2 hours, and up to 4 hours. It depends, of course, on room temperature and conditions, but in any event you won't be constantly brewing up.
Power and Reliability
BUNN have made this machine with an 800-watt heater and an internal thermostat.
This means you can heat the tankful of water up from room temperature in about 14 minutes, using just 160 watts of electricity, and then later in the day have hot coffee brewed in three and a half to five minutes for another six to ten cups. That's impressive, but.....
What About the Flavor?
So many factors influence the flavor of the coffee, and they all have to be right. You have to heat the water to the right temperature and filter it through the coffee grounds. And you have to do that in such a way as to extract the maximum flavor. The quality of the coffee grounds and the water itself also play a part. Even if you get all that right, it won't work if you let anything unwanted enter your cup. Think surplus coffee grounds.
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew uses a spray head design to ensure all the coffee grounds are saturated by the water evenly and completely. Some users have found that the water can overflow and make a mess on the work surface. See below for more on this and how to prevent it.
If you can prevent one or two potential problems with it then this coffee maker can deliver great tasting coffee. From the first cup to the last.
Is The BUNN BT Velocity Brew Easy To Use?
Once you've inserted your coffee grounds and filled the water reservoir, it's as easy as closing the lid. That's all you need to do to start the brew process. Unless you switch it off, the machine is always on. There's a vacation switch to turn it off when you go away for a few days.
A Precision Instrument
I mentioned just now about how some people have had a problem with the water overflowing during the brew process. It's important to remember that any coffee maker is a precision instrument. It deals with coffee grounds (potentially very messy) and extremely hot water (enough said). As such, it needs a little attention from time to time to be kept in optimum working condition.
Little things like the filter you use can make all the difference. If your filter is not quite long enough then the water level can rise above it and overflow. Make sure your filters are not too short. The best filters for the BT are BUNN's own, as stated in the User's Manual. They're reasonably priced if you order direct from BUNN.
A restrictor flow head, available free of charge from BUNN, can also cure this problem. It does extend the brewing time by about 20 seconds, but you will probably consider it worth the wait. Other causes have been the use of unbranded filters that are too short or grinding the coffee too finely.
And, as with all coffee makers, if you don't clean it now and then you're bound to have problems. Clean the sprinkler and outlet area regularly, and use the supplied brush on the delicate parts. Click here for some useful tips on how to clean a coffee maker (opens in new tab).
There's more advice on this topic on the Questions and Answers section of the Amazon page.
Here's a short video showing the key features of the BUNN BT:
Features and Specifications of the BUNN BT Velocity Brew Home Coffee Brewer:
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 10 inches ; 10 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
- 800 Watt Heater
- Internal Thermostat
- Spray Head Design
- Item model number: BTX-B
- Warranty: 3-year, limited
Pros and Cons
- Thermal carafe keeps taste and temperature of coffee for 2-4 hours.
- 50-ounce capacity reservoir for up to 10 cups.
- Stays on all day for 3 minute brew time.
- Vacation switch.
- Easy to use - just close the lid to start a brew.
- Needs regular cleaning to avoid water overflow.
- You're tied to BUNN filters - other brands may be too short.
- Sprinkler can come off too easily - be careful not to throw it out with the used grounds.
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew scores over 4 on average in over 2,300 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (May 2019). Nearly two-thirds of reviewers give it the full five stars. They love its great looks and that the taste of the coffee doesn't deteriorate even after 2-4 hours in the carafe.
Some have had a problem with the coffee overflowing during the brew process, as already discussed.
BUNN have been manufacturing coffee makers for over 40 years now, and in that time have established themselves as a solid brand name with an enviable reputation.
They have shown their confidence in this product by covering it with a 3 year limited warranty. The quality of the coffee produced by the BT is superb, and the brew time very fast.
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew Home Coffee Brewer is ideal in its proper environment. And that environment is a small office or a domestic set-up where there are two or three serious coffee drinkers. If this is you, click the link below to find out more about this high quality coffee maker.