Description and Review
Bonavita BV1900TS Review
Tested and approved by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as part of its Certified Home Brewer program, Bonavita displays a higher level of quality. The new Bonavita BV1900TS comes as an improved version of their already successful predecessor BV1800TS. They both have a similar design with a thermo carafe, based on a stainless steel, but with a more shiny finish for the new version. The water tank keeps the same 8 cup capacity, which corresponds to 40 oz., as 1 cup is considered to contain 5 oz. But the similarities end there.
The Bonavita BV1900TS has a newly designed filter basket that has a flat bottom. It is also worth to note that the old basket had the dripping hole slightly higher than the bottom, so always a small amount of water remained in it. The new has this at the lowest level so you get all of it out. In addition it features an 11 hole shower head compared to the previous 7. Both of these innovations contribute to a more uniform soaking of the ground. Regarding the switch, it remains at the same spot but the function is a little different.
As opposed to the previous simple On/Off function, the new one has a push switch that will return to the original position by simply releasing it. It also has a double kind of action. When pressed for 5 seconds it will perform the so called ‘pre infusion’ and when pressed instantaneously will execute a completely brewing cycle. Finally it is noteworthy that the internal lining of the thermo carafe is now durable stainless steel vs the old’s fragile mirrored glass.
After filling up with about 40 oz. of water you are ready to add your ground into the filter basket. Differently from other drip coffee makers, the basket is not in a fixed position. You have to attach it on top of the carafe for brewing and remove it for pouring into your mug. A plastic cap also has to be screwed on top of the carafe. Brewing temperature is guaranteed between 195°F-205°F which is optimum for a perfect extraction of coffee characteristics.
Thanks to its 1500 watts heater, we managed to raise up the required temperature quite rapidly. The nicely designed spray head distributes water over the grounds between 197°F-200°F according to our precise digital thermometer. In about 6 minutes the coffee brewing was complete. After replacing the filter basket with the cap we filled our cups smoothly. Its properly designed pouring system didn’t allow spilling over. Our coffee had the right temperature and a fine aroma. Matched with a delicious taste resulted for an excellent beverage.
Replacing every time the filter basket with the screw lid is kind of frustrating though. On top of that if you let the coffee sitting inside for more than an hour you may notice a strange metallic taste, that was not present in the old glass lining version. We also noticed that, due to poor design, a small amount of coffee tends to trap inside every time. Finally cleaning can be also troublesome as the sharp round plastic edges in the inside can scratch your hands.
Overall the BV1900TS has a good built quality for its price range with lot of metal parts and strong heater. Definitely an upgrade of its predecessor with a controversial lining type, favoring carafe durability over coffee taste. For the money it is a choice that is hard to beat. For the crispest possible ground you should always match it with a proper coffee grinder such as the economical Capresso Infinity.
- Good Build Quality
- Proper Water Temperature
- Frustrating Filter Basket/Lid Change
- Hard Cleaning
- Coffee Residue in Carafe
- Metallic Taste (After Long Storage Time)