Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker Review

The Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker is a proven design, having been sold in Europe for many years under the Melitta label. Bonavita is a German company, so it should be no great surprise that this product is of a sufficient standard to be endorsed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

It is at the upper end of the price scale for coffee makers, but when you look at the specifications then you’ll know why.
Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker

Table of Contents
Precisely Engineered
Simple yet Elegant
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

The Bonavita BV1800 – Precisely Engineered for Temperature, Speed, and Saturation

The Bonavita BV1800 comes with a massive 1400W thermal block heater which gives the power to produce eight 5 oz cups full of flavor in just 5-6 minutes. That’s the fastest time compatible with getting the maximum flavor from the grinds. Naturally, the higher quality the grinds you use, the better the taste.

You can make smaller quantities, say three cups, with no loss of flavor, and in just 3 minutes or so.

The BV1800 heats the water to precisely the right temperature for maximum flavor retention. Then the glass lined stainless steel thermal carafe, which has a well-designed lid that screws on, keeps the coffee sealed, and warmer for longer.

Some reviewers (see below) recommend the glass carafe and maintain that it, too, keeps the temperature of the coffee high for lengthy periods, and just as well as its stainless steel counterpart. The glass carafe model has a hot plate to keep the coffee warm, whereas the stainless steel carafe model does not.

A “shower head” method is used to let the water utilize all the grinds and bring out the optimum flavor, with the filter system preventing water from slipping past directly into the cup.

Simple Yet Elegant Design

This model is very popular with reviewers on account of the design, which avoids anything superfluous. It simply brews the coffee, delivers it at exactly the right temperature, keeps the unused coffee fresh and hot for an extensive period, and auto shuts off if not used again.

You can also pour from the carafe with just one hand if necessary – something often not possible with other coffee makers.

Its footprint is small, so you can stow it away easily when not in use.

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Features and Specifications:

  • 1400 watt heater
  • Brews 8 cups (5 oz) at a time
  • High quality stainless steel thermal carafe
  • Auto shut-off
  • Plastic parts are BPA free
  • Item model number: BV1800TH
  • Product Dimensions: 12” H X 10.75” L X 6.5” W
  • Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds

The Bonavita BV1800 is available in Thermal Gray, Thermal Carafe Black, Stainless, and Glass, at varying prices.

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Speed without losing flavor; thermal carafe to keep your coffee warm for longer; auto shut-off; one-handed pouring; small footprint.

Cons: Glass carafe is more reliable than the stainless steel carafe.

Here’s a short video showing the Bonavita BV1800 in action:

Consumer Ratings

The Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker has a rating of around 4 from over 3,200 reviews at the time of writing, which is one of the highest in Amazon’s coffee maker range. Well over half the reviews give the full 5 stars.

Some reviewers have left negative, 1-star reviews because the stainless steel carafe (which looks very sturdy) exploded (or imploded), usually when left to dry after washing. A pity, because, otherwise, they seem to have been very pleased with the product. The solution to this seems to be to order the glass carafe, which is cheaper anyway and is not prone to this defect.

Other reviewers liked the simplicity of design and the fact that there are no unnecessary control knobs or buttons, that it is well made and easy to clean. Also, the product’s ability to brew at precisely the right temperature, and to drip the water onto the grounds evenly, via the “shower head”, thereby ensuring a very even extraction of the flavor, is given great importance.

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Bonavita BV1800THSummary

A product’s quality is often reflected in the length of the manufacturer’s warranty. The Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker has an unconditional two-year warranty, which is a sign of the confidence Bonavita have in it.

So if you know how to make good coffee and you’re looking for a high-quality and stylish coffee maker then this is well worth your consideration. Just bear in mind that it may be wiser to opt for the glass carafe rather than stainless steel.

‘Coffee Lover’

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