Does a coffee maker have to be smart to be good?
No, but it might make a good coffee maker that much better.
The $329 Behmor connected coffee brewer has useful smart abilities that have been drafted onto the body of a quality drip coffee maker.
Build on Behmor's excellent Brazen Plus coffee maker, this machine is all about control.
You can adjust the brew temps and pre-soak times and it carries SCAA certification.
But those are all features the Brazen Plus offered and this connected version simply removes them from the display and puts them on your phone.
For example you can select the amount of coffee, the type of coffee, and the length of pre-soak right from the phone.
Behmor hopes that this will make the machine easier to use because the machine's display is in effect the screen on your smart phone.
You won't have to deal with small LCD's or tiny buttons.
In practice I found it to be useful.
But a bit wonky.
Sometimes the app would lose connection and alerts would sometimes arrive late.
you can't even schedule the machine to brew at a certain time, like when you wake up in the morning.
That's a pretty basic function and it's sorely missed.
Still the machine makes great coffee, and some of the app features are useful.
Like advice for presoak times and brewing temperatures that will match your coffee type.
So if you really want a coffee maker that can brew quality drip with some app connected abilities, this is the machine for you.
For sheer performance and speed, choose a Technivorm Moccamaster or a Bonavita 1900 and.
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