You may believe that brewing superb drip coffee at home isn't possible unless you splurge on a super kitchen gadget like a. Fortunately, you'd be wrong. Not only does the new $190 Bonavita BV1900TS offer the same level of vaunted coffee-making performance, it costs $100 less than fearsomely good rivals such as the . With far fewer parts, it's also more compact and easy to clean than its Dutch-built counterpart.
Additionally, this appliance from Bonavita is a breeze to use, which puts it way ahead of complex drip brewers from Cuisinart and Breville. Likewise the BV1900TS produces more enjoyable pots of coffee than the nimble. All of this adds up to the Bonavita winning our Editors' Choice seal of approval and my hearty recommendation.
At first glance I didn't think much of the Bonavita BV1900TS. That's because this machine doesn't go for a lot of flash like expensive LCD panels, blinking LED-lit buttons or striking modernist designs. Instead, similar to the spartan Bunn Velocity Brew BT, the BV1900TS downplays its coffee brewing abilities or even its physical controls. In fact you'll find just one button on the Bonavita, an on-off switch.
This utilitarian approach extends to the coffee maker's basic shape and no-frills industrial design. Up top sits a flat oval plank that on the left houses a circular lid for the water tank, and on the right consists of the brewer lid and conceals the shower head. Directly under this you either place the plastic filter basket, thermal carafe, or both depending on whether you're actively brewing coffee or merely storing a hot pot of coffee.
Aesthetically speaking, the BV1900TS is attractive though not overly conspicuous or ostentatious. The machine's shiny steel skin and black plastic accents are right in line with other modern drip coffee makers and contemporary kitchen decors. One big upside to Bonavita's minimalist craftsmanship is the BV1900TS's compact footprint. Measuring 11.5 inches high by 10 inches wide, and 6.75 inches deep, the appliance is sure to find a home even on the most cramped countertops.
Usability and features
The Bonavita BV1900TS's straightforward ethos extends to the coffee maker's dead-simple operation. Whipping up a fresh pot of coffee is as easy as opening the circular water tank lid, decanting a portion of water (the machine maxes out at 8 imperial cups, 44 oz, 1.3 L), then adding coffee grounds into the brew basket and positioning it over the thermal carafe. The final step is to flip the on-off switch and sit back while hot water from the tank travels over to the brewing lid and showerhead-style spout, raining down onto the grounds.
Unlike the, the BV1900TS doesn't treat you to an entertaining sideshow of bubbling liquid while it's brewing. Water just drains from the BV1900TS at a speedy rate; there's no other indication brewing has begun except for a red light on the power switch and the soft sound of water dripping into the carafe.
One welcome difference between the Moccamaster and this appliance is the BV1900TS' fewer number of parts which require cleaning. While Technivorm's device has two removable lids along with a detachable brewing arm, plus destratification tube which screws into its thermal carafe, the Bonavita machine has just one element (besides its carafe and tank) which needs hand cleaning --- its filter basket.