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Bonavita 5-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Brewer

Bonavita 5-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Brewer

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I have this coffee maker and am disappointed in it as well. I've tried a variety of coffee's and they seem to come out burnt tasting. My carafe does not leak like everyone else says but it does get water down inside between the interior insulating wall and the exterior wall somehow that is impossible to get out so it will constantly sound like water is swishing around (because it is). Would NOT buy again.
So, testing with actual coffee at the same temp as water results in a massive leak. I can only conclude that something is changing the properties of the liquid and allowing it to get past two quad rings. Very strange. Ok, so unless I can find something with a larger cross sectional area, I'm out of luck for now, dammit.
Bonavita can contact me to arrange further testing and payment since they have declined to do any testing themselves.
Ok, subsequent testing has revealed that size 150 X-Rings(Buna 70 durometer) have thus far yielded the best result yet. I tested it with water at machine brewing temp and detected no drips while pouring. Note that that this test was conducted only once and used two X rings, one in the original location and another near the top of the lid. The small sample size may preclude any statical conclusions.
On another more important note, it makes good coffee. But then so did my old 15 dollar S-Mart special. Shop smart, shop S mart. Good beans help.
I've done more than a few pots since my anti leak mod and I wish I could say I solved it, but I think I need a bigger X-Ring. Maybe one step up to 150? One pour it seems ok. The next it's Victoria Falls. Odd that.
On another note: I am not an engineer, but i did work as an engineering technician and quality control test technician for 25 years before medical issues forced me to retire. So I'm not an expert on anything, but I know quite a bit about many things.
On the leaking issue, I am currently using a size 149 buna X-ring seal on the cover. Leakage has been reduced to almost nothing. I noticed there is an open space above the X-ring seat lip and the cover, so I added a second X-ring above the first. The cover seats fine with no additional effort. I could try going one size up on the X-rings. The supplied X-ring looks to be made of silicone or something like it. I suspect the temp rating is off as it tends to seal better cold than hot. Also, I suspect the design of the cover may be suspect as it just looks like an odd arrangement to me.
Just got mine, about to have my first cup of joe. No leaks while pouring water, small leak while pouring hot coffee. My bet is O-ring is not rated for temp. Other than that, seems fine. Makes coffee, though doesn't taste any better or worse than my cheap one. I use a scoop each of Kona, Jamaican Blue Mountain, Peruvian, Guatemala Antigua, and Kenya.
is it possible to get a 220v for this?
I’ve got the big brother! Makes excellent coffee however the carafe lid is a piece of junk! Constantly leaks and has very restricted flow! Still, good unit decent price!
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Yep, my 8 cup reservoir holds less than my carafe so I usually go just a bit over and it's fine. Occasionally I'll go a little too over and it pools below the carafe. I'm with you I think it's to prevent over filling. It's not an issue for me though, I love mine. I actually had an issue with mine that was probably more my fault but it was still under warranty and they sent me a new one. I'm extremely satisfied with mine and would buy another one if this one fails. Customer service was amazing, I didn't have to ship it back, just explained the issue and they sent me a new one.
Yeah, what you experienced makes sense to me. I think you're probably right with regards to quality control--some just aren't sealed properly. I may try to seal the gap myself or gamble on a new carafe. They're not cheap though : /
This is a great coffee maker. That price is insane. I bought mine a few years back for $129 and that was a good deal then. I mostly brew pour overs, v60 and Kalita Wave, but this is my batch brew maker of choice.
I have the 8 cup (1.3 L) version, and it is a very nice coffee maker. I don't miss having a burner, because the stainless carafe keeps it warm without developing the burned taste that you sometimes get from a burner.
I purchased this coffee maker primarily because it’s low profile fits on my counter under the cabinets. The coffee is excellent and by pre-heating the carafe, the coffee stays hot. My only objection, and it’s a major issue, is that the lid does not fit well and the carafe leaks when pouring despite every effort to tighten it. Perhaps a different silicon washer would correct the proble.
massive upgrade to my morning cup of joe! was using a $30 target special with a reusable/washable filter previously for about 5 years. i was reluctant to go back to using paper filters, but ultimately they just do a better job of filtering. improvements for me include: 1. much improved, richer coffee flavor 2. cleaner coffee without any coffee grounds floating in the bottom of my cup 3. more precise temperature control yields a better brew 4. wasnt sure about the stainless carafe, but it does a good job of keeping the coffee hot and i dont have to worry about accidentally bumping into something and having it break/crack. although the lid leaks if not tightened enough 5. consistency - water in, same amount of coffee out. for some strange reason, my old coffee maker did not put out a consistent amount of coffee. if i measured 2 cups in, sometimes i'd get a cup and a half. other times, i'd get 2 cups. probably related to water temp. 6. smaller footprint than my old coffee maker.
Recently received the 8-cup version from an earlier drop (shipped early), and it's making tastier coffee than the Cuisinart I was using based on Consumer Reports reviews.
Though I worried I'd miss the warmer for a glass carafe, the stainless steel carafe is doing a good job of keeping it steaming as long as the lid goes on early. Even when I let a cup of coffee get cold, I usually don't mind drinking it, whereas the cold coffee from my previous machine was awful.
Thumbs up on these machines.
220v or 110v? Also does this have a keep warm function?
justvalencia
It will be 110 and a heating element on a vacuum sealed container won't do anything so no. Bonavita does have a european spec line if you want one .
I almost pulled the trigger on this until I checked around. These are $66 on ebay with free shipping.
craigm2
Amazon too!
Darn, I haven't received my from the last drop and now it's $10 cheaper!
Hi guys/gals! A question for those who own one of those: can you brew directly into mug?
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So it's probably inconsequential to most but anyone know if this thing will brew using a smart switch... e.g. will it start a pot if the power switch is "on" when it gains power? I have a slightly unusual process where a programmable doesn't always make sense so I use a smart switch to start the pot from my bedroom or bathroom (via Alexa) so it's ready by the time I hit the kitchen.
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Thanks for the info, appreciate your response!
If you're going that far, may as well replace the button with something that can be fired directly by the pi or an Arduino, via relay if it carries power, or via logic if it's just a momentary switch. Far more reliable than attempting a rube goldberg contraption to actually actuate the existing button. :)
A fun game to play for Canadians-how countries that need a voltage converter to make this operational can have cheaper shipping.
and what about the european version? Im asking because of the different plug.
Just received mine this week. My carafe isn't welded/sealed between the plastic and stainless, so coffee is leaking out the side. Anyone else have this problem? Seems like something was really messed up on this drop, rushed manufacturing?
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I sent them a support request and they replaced it quickly
Haducken
Thanks! I'll do that. I hate to go thru returning products, so I figured I would live with it.
Any Update on shipping?
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nwesley
What the hell honestly, this was meant to be a gift for someone and now this is just plain rude of Massdrop.
ExiledKing
From Masssdrop support on Feb 5 "We are currently waiting for the vendor to ship the bulk order to the warehouse and we have not received updates on the new estimated arrival, unfortunately. Logistics will update everyone via email and/or the discussion board as soon as they have more information. "
I purchased one of these about 9 months ago, and this is a solid "Coffee Maker". I'm into both espresso and pour-over and I very rarely drink coffee from "The Pot" but this does a nice job overall.
I purchased this for my wife, who really didn't want to fuss with pour-over/presspot/espresso every morning and this thing is perfect for her. It has the simplest design for the basket, it just sits neatly on the pot, and that makes clean up so easy. Coffee never touches the inside of the machine, meaning no gross grimy buildup. Comes with a great vacuum flask carafe that keeps the coffee warm for multiple cups throughout the morning.
It is not programmable. It has only one button on it, but that is the beauty of it, press one button and its off to the races. This thing is fast, heats the water to the correct temperature quickly and gets going!
TL;DR - Bottom line is that it makes good coffee maker coffee, is the easiest to use and clean machine I've seen. Will it make life changing coffee? No, but it does make a good cup, because it doesn't do anything to ruin your coffee like many machines.
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No need once it complete brewing it uses all of the water to complete brewing it shuts off. Since it has a thermal carafe it doesn't have a burner.
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I purchased this from Amazon about 1 year ago. I payed a lot more for it too. For 60 its a pretty good coffee maker. If you are looking for a premium "pour over style" automatic, THIS IS NOT IT. If you are looking for a nice looking normal brewer, that makes coffee a slight step above a Mr. coffee; Sure, go with this. There are so many design decisions on this thing that are just BAD. The carafe has to be the worst insulated carafe ive ever witnessed. Coffee will be noticeable cooler within 30 minutes so DO NOT store the coffee in here. Even if you prime with hot water before you brew. Its an awful carafe. You must have the lid installed to pour from the carafe. You must run vinegar through more than any other coffee maker ive owned (once a month), or it will shoot out crazy amounts of dry steam. The 30 second off-gassing mode is inconsistent and just ok. I use it, but I need to spin the filter to make sure all of the grounds are soaked. I feel like i'm just making a pour over at this point.
Listen its not the best by far. But for 60 id say it can make good coffee fairly consistently. This was among the first brewers that attempted to simulate a pour over. There are far better ones out there now. This style has improved.
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Samweiss
Which is the best for pour over style coffee? Moccamaster?
I have the larger - used it for more than a year and never needed descaling. Moved to a home with hard water, and only need to descale every few months. One pot daily use.
does this need a disposable paper filter?
mdiu
Yes, it takes Melitta 8 - 12 cup Basket Filters. I have them at my local grocer, but you can get 400 of them for $10 on Amazon.
Would have loved to see the 8 cup programmable version as an upgrade in this drop. I'd be 100% sold on that one.
Soundbear
We have the 8 cup and love it. Not sure they make a programmable one.
dkimlee
There is one actually! Found it on Amazon while researching this one, but it's $150, so a bit steep.
We got this coffee maker a month or two ago. I don’t drink coffee but my wife does and loves it. Best home brewed coffee she has ever had in her opinion.