Bonavita BV1900 Coffee Brewer Review


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Bonavita BV1900 Review

The Bonavita BV1900 is the latest edition in coffee brewers by the brand. Bonavita is a name well known and respected in the coffee world. The BV1900 is an ideal coffee brewing system for informal environments with a design that blends convenience, simplicity, and quality. Perfect for home or office, this model is designed to provide the perfect cup of coffee each time with no fancy controls and buttons, just the ones, required.

There are 2 closer variants of this model namely BV1900TD and BV1900TS. The TS is the easier and simple version that mostly resembles the older BV1800 whereas the TD comes with digital controls to monitor and tweak the coffee preferences. We will review the BV1900TD model here as it is the simplest and preferable variant.

Features and Specifications

Bonavita BV1900 Shower Head

Shower head style brew spout

The large, showerhead-style brew spout of the Bonavita BV1900 is designed to provide even water coverage to the entire surface of the coffee in the brew basket. This ensures that all grounds have equal saturation, thus guaranteeing that none of the coffee goes to waste. This is a huge improvement over brew spouts that simply trickle water through the grounds, leaving the grounds around the edges largely unused. You can call it an automatic pour-over coffee maker as the brewing process resembles that.

1500W Heating Element

The heating element being in the BV1900 is of 1500W, which is 100W greater than it’s predecessor BV1800. It brews a little quick and hence saves some time.

Easy to use interface

An easy-to-use interface means that you are only ever a single press of a button away from enjoying a perfectly brewed pot of coffee. Bonavita has balanced simplicity and performance in its interface design, which means you can customize your coffee without the need to be a computer programmer in the process.

Pre-infusion ‘bloom’ option

The brew cycle of the Bonavita has an optional pre-infusion feature. This feature, known as a ‘bloom’ feature, dampens the coffee grounds before actual brewing. This technique has been shown to increase the flavor strength of the coffee you use, ensuring a richer, bolder cup of coffee each time.

Smart boiler design

The boiler system of the Bonavita BV1900 is designed to not release water for brewing until it has reached an optimum temperature of around 200 degrees. This guarantees that each pot of coffee you brew will be of the highest standard, using water that is the perfect temperature for extracting the full flavor of the coffee you use. The boiler system will maintain the water at a temperature of around 200 degrees while the unit is on. This means you won’t have to wait for it to heat up for your next pot of coffee.

Automatic power-off feature

 The designers of the Bonavita understand how busy and so many distractions you probably have. Thus, they know the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you turned the coffee maker off. An automatic power-off feature will turn the Bonavita BV1900 off after 40 minutes, ensuring you never have to think about such a little detail ever again! This also makes the Bonavita more energy efficient than models that continue to draw power indefinitely. This model a plus for anyone wishing to be more environmentally conscious.

Bonavita BV1900 Carafe

Large capacity carafe

Bonavita’s large capacity carafe can hold up to 50oz, providing up to ten 5oz cups. This is an ideal size for offices, where a staff of five people can get 2-cups of coffee per brew cycle. This 50 oz size has been seen as large enough to cater to average-sized groups of people, while not being so large as to allow coffee to sit unused, becoming cold and bitter.

Thermal design carafe

The carafe of the Bonavita BV1900 has a double-wall design. This design means that it keeps in heat better than its single wall counterparts. Additionally, the double-wall keeps cold air out, meaning that this carafe can be taken outdoors on a cold day to provide hot cups of coffee to those working outside. The thermal nature of the carafe also means that your coffee doesn’t have to sit on a heater, constantly ‘cooking’ all day long. This helps to keep the coffee tasting fresh, eliminating the burned taste of over-cooked coffee.

Compact design

The dimensions of the Bonavita BV1900 are 11 ½’’ wide, 6 ¾” deep, and 12” high, making it a very compact unit. This is perfect for any place where counter space is at a premium. The water reservoir is also of rounded shape as compared to the rectangular shape of BV1800.

Positive customer feedback

With a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5 stars, from nearly 1,200 customer reviews, the Bonavita BV1900 has been fairly well-received so far. The only real negative feedback has been regarding the size and design of the carafe.

Additionally, the BV1900 has received recognition from Specialty Coffee Association  (SCA) listing it as a Certified Coffee Brewer.

Setup

The setup for the BV1900 is a snap. Simply add water to the easy to reach water-reservoir, turn the power on, and put the filter and grounds in the filter basket. Choose whether or not to ‘bloom’ your coffee, and follow the prompts of the single-touch digital interface. Once the boilers are at full temperature, the water will release to begin the brewing process. The first pot of coffee will take a total of 6 minutes or less to brew. Overall, the work is very simple to understand and replicate.

Below is the video by CNET, briefing about this exceptional brewer.

Pros

  • The boilers maintain a temperature that ensures the water from the brew spout will always be between 195-200 degrees.
  • The insulated design of the coffee carafe means that coffee stays hot for up to 4 hours.
  • The simplicity of Bonavita’s design means that there are few components that require maintenance.
  • Added bloom feature means that you get the most flavor from any coffee you use.

Cons

  • Carafe spout design means that a small amount of coffee is always there at the bottom of the carafe.
  • Requires regular de-scaling to prevent calcium buildup that can cause steam to escape around the brew spout.
  • The carafe will only provide eight 5oz cups of coffee. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it makes this model less capable of handling larger groups of people. Additionally, this will be a drawback for anyone who enjoys larger cups of coffee.

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Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee...
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher...
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal...
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets freshly roasted ground...

Conclusion

Overall, the Bonavita BV1900 is a wonderful choice as a day-to-day coffee maker at home or the office. Additionally, the small footprint of the unit makes its size as convenient as its performance. It is often compared to that of Technivorm and Bunn BT. The BV1900TS can be called an advanced or upgraded form of the older one, BV1800.

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