People who take care to buy only high quality coffee beans know that it’s just as important to have a good coffee brewer. Some brewers are better than others, and using excellent ground coffee with a so-so brewer results in coffee that misses its true potential.
Now, when it comes to figuring out which brewers are worth your time, it helps that the Specialty Coffee Association of America or the SCAA, identifies which brewing products meet its exacting standards. Only a few products have been certified by the SCAA and two of these which stand out are the coffee makers from Bonavita and Technivorm-Moccamaster.
That SCAA certification means that both products are able to produce excellent tasting coffee at home. One of the key attributes of these products which allows this, is the fact that the water in the brewing basket is raised to the ideal temperature of around 200 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit, before the water is allowed to come into contact with the ground coffee beans.
Another thing they have in common is a brewing time of around 6 minutes, which again falls within the parameters set by the SCAA.
While both products are able to produce great tasting coffee, there are also some key differences. One of the most stark differences is the price.
While the Bonavita BV1800 8 cup Exceptional Brew Coffee Maker can be purchased for a bit over $100, the Technivorm-Moccamaster coffee brewer goes for almost triple that, at around $300. This means that people who are still getting started, or who aren’t yet willing to spend for the cost of a Technivorm, will tend to go for the Bonavita. This kind of decision is made much easier given that the Bonavita is still able to come up with excellent coffee that in many ways is more than a match for the more expensive brewer. Click here for exact pricing on the Bonavita.
Though the Technivorm is pricier, it is possible to see where those extra dollars are going. The build quality, for example, of the Technivorm is superior. The aluminum material which is used in this brewer both looks and feels more robust. It also has a heating element that makes use of copper. That said, while on paper a copper heating element would seem to be better, the Bonavita is still able to get water temperature up to the needed level without this. Moreover, the design of the Technivorm is also quite pleasing to the eye, while some find the Bonavita more pedestrian or ordinary looking.
Another interesting difference between the two lies in the ability of a user to have more manual control over the coffee making process. The Bonavita’s brewing process is rather more hermetically sealed, since there is barely any gap between the showerhead which releases the heated water and the filter basket.
It’s very different with the Technivorm which has a lot more open space above the filter basket, even while the heated water is pouring down. This means that someone using a Technivorm brewer can manually stir the coffee as it’s being soaked, or she can twist the filter basket around so that the coffee grounds are more evenly soaked. For those people who like to tinker a bit more with the brewing process, the Technivorm offers more freedom to do so.
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