Bonavita BV1900TS Review
The Bonavita BV1900TS is the update to the very popular BV1800 model, which has been consistently rated as one of the best drip coffee makers for many years now. But how does its upgraded sister model compare to the old faithful?
The BV1900TS is a back to basics coffee maker which really focuses on the one most important feature: brewing really good tasting coffee. In recent years I’ve noticed that a lot of new drip coffee makers on the market have placed emphasis on a flashy design and a plethora of extra features (which aren’t really needed) and lose sight of its primary function. Bonavita have not made this mistake with the BV1900TS.
The design isn’t the prettiest when compared with some of the more upmarket and flashy coffee makers like the Moccamaster KBT from Technivorm, but it’s not exactly ugly either. The best way I would describe it is “no frills”. I do think it looks fairly aesthetically pleasing in my kitchen, but at the same time it’s nothing to write home about. It is quite a compact coffee maker as far as drip brewers go, measuring 11.5 x 10 x 6.75in and fits well even in smaller kitchens.
This coffee maker uses a thermal stainless steel carafe which I prefer to the cheaper, and less durable glass carafes. Although it may not be as pleasing to the eye, I find that it does its job and does it well – which is what’s most important to me. Since I have children, many a glass carafe has met its end on my kitchen floor and these days durability is something that I definitely value highly in a coffee maker. The Bonavita BV1900TS is exceptionally durable. As a bonus, the thermal insulation keeps the coffee hot for longer without need for a hot plate.
There is no pressurization of the water in the brewer which means the water flows out quite slowly, however the BV1900TS features a very large shower head which alternates between right and left. I like this feature because unlike “nozzle” type drip brewers, the water is distributed very evenly across the coffee beans and I definitely find that this adds to the flavor. You can also hold down the button to activate the pre-infusion feature which blooms and degasses the beans for 30 seconds before starting the brewing process.
Unlike the BV1800 which had a conical brewing basket and often left behind remnants of brewed coffee, the BV1900TS has been upgraded to not face this problem. It has a flat bottomed brewing basket and this combined with the larger, wider shower head makes for greater saturation and a more uniform extraction.
The BV1900TS has a capacity of 8 cups (this assumes 5oz per cup) so if you’re like me and usually drink more than 5oz per cup it won’t quite do for the advertised 8. In terms of measurement, this makes the capacity 40oz and actually matches a lot of brewers advertised as 10 cup brewers since they assume 4oz per cup. The 40oz carafe takes roughly 6 minutes to brew, which is slower than some competing coffee makers but isn’t bad.
While there is no hot plate owing to the fact that the carafe itself is thermal, it does feature a 1500 watt heater for heating the water in the tank. This maintains a steady brewing temperature of 195-205F. There is no risk of a fire hazard with this brewer, as again there is no hot plate and the machine will also turn itself off after the brewing process is complete.
One thing I will mention is that you should descale the Bonavita BV1900TS very frequently for optimal use. Regular maintenance will ensure that the coffee maker remains reliable and consistent over time. If you do this, you should find that it’s a very durable drip brewer.
Powerful 1500-watt heater maintains a steady brewing temperature of 195-205F
Wide shower head to evenly distribute water across the grounds
Thermal stainless steel carafe offers great heat retention and supreme durability
Very simple and intuitive design
Optional pre-infusion setting for bloom and degas