Behmor's Brazen Plus is built for big time coffee tweakers
Hi guys, this is Brian Bennet for c/net and right now we're taking a first look at the Behmor Brazen Plus coffee maker.
Now this coffee machine is not your ordinary counter top kitchen appliance.
It is one of the only coffee machines out there that meets the FCAA's requirements to brew a golden cup of coffee.
Second, it is a coffee geek's dream in that you can tweak so many different variables of the brewing process right down to how hot the water will be and how long the grounds will be pre-soaked.
You can select how hot the water can be.
You have a range from 190 degrees Fahrenheit all the way to 210 degrees.
You can also select how long you want the coffee grounds.
Needs to be pre soaked from 15 seconds all the way up to 4 minutes.
Also pretty slick is that the Brazen Plus has a calibration mode.
It will tune the internal thermometer and time how fast it will boil a set volume of water, that way you always get the same performance no matter where you are.
As a matter of fact there is also an elevation setting, which allows you to enter in the altitude of your current location.
So if you live 500 feet above sea level, 1,000, 2,000 feet, you can adjust the burring process accordingly.
Other nifty features that the Brazen Plus has is the ability to use a manual release function, so you can heat up your water to the temperature you want.
And decant it into another brewing chamber like a French press or even a Chemex container.
And this coffee machine is programmable too so you can set the clock and have it turn on and begin brewing at the time of your choosing.
There are some things I don't like about the Behmor Brazen Plus.
First off, it takes a while to brew
It has to heat up its water first to the optimal temperature and then start the brewing process.
So we're looking at a brewing time of about 10 to 12 minutes in total.
You also have to take into account that the stainless steel thermal craft.
Doesn't keep coffee as hot as other devices and other coffee machines I've looked at.
It essentially has an open part up here which lets heat escape.
So we were looking at a max of about two hours to keep your coffee hot.
So priced at $229, the Behmor Brazen Plus is definitely no impulse buy.
But, it definitely brews a tasty pot of coffee.
It also costs a lot less than the Technivorm Moccamaster devices, which run about $300 or even more.
That said, you can expect the same level of brewing performance from a less expensive Bonavita BV1900ts.
Thanks for watching.
Be sure to check out the full review of this coffee machine, as well as, my other reviews at cnet.com.
I'm Brian Bennet for cnet appliances.