Bonavita BV1800: Unarguably the Finest Drip Machine

Posted on March 5 in Articles | 2 comments

Bonavita BV1800 SCAA certified home brewer

Bonavita BV1800: SCAA-certified Home Brewer

When I brew coffee at home, I want it to be as flavorful and rich as a coffeehouse brew. I realize that it isn’t just the coffee type that dictates the best taste. It’s the coffee maker itself.

After trying dozens of drip brewers from the different brands, I found the best drip brewer to be the Bonavita BV1800. I put together this Bonavita coffee maker review to go over both the benefits and drawbacks of this machine for your next purchase.

Flawless Design Features of Bonavita BV1800

Water Temperature

Coffee brewing is a lesson in chemistry and reactions, requiring hot water to extract the coffee bean essence. The Bonavita BV1800 has a precise design, creating perfect coffee in every cup.

Self-proclaimed coffee connoisseurs will tell you that a water temperature between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for coffee brewing.

Inside the Bonavita BV1800 is a thermal block heater using a 1,400 watts of power to heat the water evenly. When you pour the water in the holding tank, it remains there until the proper temperature is reached. There is never any lukewarm coffee for you to drink.

Water Shower System for Optimal Interaction

I’ve had other coffee makers that simply offer a stream of water dropping down onto the coffee grounds during brewing. You only truly extract some of the coffee’s essence with this water mechanism.

The Bonavita BV1800 is different because it uses a water shower system, similar to a bathroom shower head. The water uniformly saturates the coffee grounds, effectively extracting their essence throughout the holder. You never waste coffee grounds or have a weak cup of coffee again.

Fresh Brewed Coffee within Minutes

I’ve seen many of my friends resort to instant coffee because their mornings are too hectic to wait for brewed coffee. Bonavita BV1800 doesn’t make me wait like other models.

Once you activate the brewing mechanism, eight cups of coffee are ready in five to six minutes. You can easily toast bread as the coffee brews for a quick breakfast.

This fast time makes this coffee maker perfect for hurried families and people on-the-go. I need my coffee to wake me up in the morning and I need it fast. I bet you do too!

Keeping It Hot

I’ve tasted coffee that has been burnt as it sits on the hot pad after brewing. With the Bonavita BV1800, you don’t have to worry about a stale or burnt taste.

The keep-warm heater is separate from the brewing heater, using only 55 watts of power to keep the coffee at peak temperature.

Because coffee taste slowly changes over time, the machine has an automatic shut-off after two hours. You know you always have a fresh cup of coffee with Bonavita BV1800!

BV1800 vs BV1800TH

If you are confused about the difference between the BV1800 and BV1800TH, I have looked at both models. Each model has the same brewing mechanisms, from the specialized heaters to the shower head water fixture.

However, the BV1800TH has one distinct difference: the stainless thermal carafe. Unlike the BV1800’s glass carafe, the BV1800TH has a stainless steel carafe with a glass lining. You can see your brewed coffee in BV1800’s carafe, but not in the stainless thermal carafe.

5-Star if not for These

The Bonavita BV1800 uses extremely hot water. In several coffee maker reviews that discusses this machine, you’d find a number of owners cautioning about getting your mouth burnt if you do not carefully drink the coffee at first.

If you are used to weak coffee, the specialized water shower extraction mechanism makes your coffee stronger. It may be necessary to add more cream or adjust the amount of ground coffee used, depending on your tastes and preferences.

… but the Bonavita created a far earthier and more potent flavor …

Source: Forbes

It is also good to note that the glass carafe of BV1800 does not retain heat as well as the thermal carafe in the Bonavita BV1800TH. You may notice that some coffee servings are cooler than others.

Unarguably the Best Drip Brewer

As a coffee purist myself who loves my coffee dripped, I am particular about every drop that goes into my cup. Unless you’re looking for a manual drip, not many drip coffee machines can match what the Bonavita BV1800 has to offer.

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 comes close. But despite the Bonavita costing about twice as much, I still think it is the better choice. By the way, Bonavita BV1800 is among the rare few that has earned Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)’s certified home brewer seal.

Every cup is close to perfection! That says it all.


  1. Just purchased a BV1800… Cant get the advertised water temp of 195-205 Degrees F. The water beginning temp is
    165 F and goes no higer than 182 F. Measured and confirmed with 3 Direct Reading Thermocouple. ITS HARD TO

  2. The Bonavita certainly does make an excellent cup of coffee. We use green organic beans and roast every day. The BV is the best drip coffee maker we have ever used.

    HOWEVER… if something goes wrong with it, it is a pain to repair. Stores that sell it to you will NOT handle the repair, and direct you to the distributor. There you have to provide your personal details and an email, along with other personal information – on a NON-SECURE website. The cap on our carafe broke after six months. I expected a simple phone call and my PO box address would have a replacement winging it’s way in a day or two. No such luck! A premium product should provide premium service – not so with the Bonavita. The service is rude and unhelpful, almost as if by making it hard for you to claim, they will save money.

    Based on my experience with this simple repair I would NOT recommend this product to my friends. Perhaps when they remove the barriers, to honest and straightforward customer service at the distributor, and provide premium service for the premium price, I would change my mind.

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