Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Maker Review 2019
Bonavita’s German engineered coffee makers and kettles have made the company a market leader. Their machines and accessories are regularly included in Best Buy articles and with a wide range of competitively priced and high-performing equipment, the brand continues to grow in popularity.
The Bonavita BV1900TS is a thermal carafe coffee brewer that will make up to 8 cups of top-notch coffee in less than 6 minutes. The machine uses a showerhead system to ensure optimal coffee ground saturation and it simulates the pour-over brewing method to give you artisan quality coffee in your own home whenever you want it.
The Pros and Cons of the Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Maker
- Delivers exceptional value for money
- Simple to put together and use
- The preinfusion function delivers the best flavor from fresh ground beans
- Two-year guarantee including all parts and accessories
- Certified by the Speciality Coffee Association
- Smart design allows coffee grounds to bloom, giving you artisan quality brew
- The thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours
- Coffee is brewed in less than six minutes
ConsYou need to turn the carafe completely upside-down to pour out the last of the coffee The minimalistic design might be a bit boring for some people’s tastes Plastic carafe top can lose its shape after heavy use You can’t see how much coffee is left in the stainless steel carafe
It is certified by the Speciality Coffee Association, an honor only handed out to machines that consistently brew the highest quality coffee. Few machines in this price range have achieved this award so if you’re looking to purchase a truly excellent coffee machine without breaking the bank, the BV1900TS is probably just what you are looking for.
With thousands of positive reviews on Amazon, BV1900TS scores an overall rating of 3.4 stars on the site. For an economically priced model, this is very respectable and more than half of the thousands of Bonavita BV1900TS reviews give this coffee maker 5-stars.
How Easy Is It to Use The Bonavita BV1900TS?
There’s nothing complicated about this coffee brewer and this ease of use is reflected in its minimalistic design. But don’t mistake simplicity for inferiority. This machine makes fantastic coffee fast and it has a lot going for it! There are no unnecessary parts and it is straightforward and user-friendly.
Simple Intuitive Interface
The BV1900TS consists of a water tank, on the left-hand side and a thermal carafe topped by a filter basket on the right. Figuring out what goes where won’t require a degree in engineering but it does come with a detailed manual in case you do need some extra help.
Making coffee is super-easy. Once your machine has been assembled, fill up the tank with up to 44 oz of water and add your chosen coffee grounds to the brew basket above the thermal carafe. Flip the switch and you’re on your way to a sensational cup of aromatic coffee, any time night or day!
How to use the Pre-Infuse Function
The BV1900TS offers you the optional step of pre-infusing (soaking) your coffee grounds before you brew your coffee. This extra step is especially effective if you grind your own beans, degassing the coffee to eliminate excessively acidic tones from your brew and deliver a mellower and better-balanced taste.
To use this feature, hold down the on/off switch for 5 seconds. The red light will then flash until the preinfusion cycle has completed. You are now ready to brew sensational, artisan quality coffee!
Cleaning the Bonavita 1900TS
I’m not a big fan of disassembling kitchen equipment and having to clean fiddly parts and that’s one of the reasons I love this machine. Like any drip coffee maker, you should clean this one after every use. Fortunately, this is a piece of cake.
First off, tip out the used coffee grounds from the filter basket and rinse through the filter with warm water. Since you need to remove the filter basket to screw the carafe lid on, you’ll find that you end up tipping out used grounds before you even pour your coffee.
To clean the carafe, just screw off the lid and turn the carafe completely upside down in the washbasin to pour out any leftover liquid. Rinse out the pot with warm water and gentle dish soap and allow to dry naturally so it’s ready for your next use.
The filter basket, carafe lid and showerhead are all dishwasher safe.
Overall Look & Feel
In minimalistic stainless steel and black, this machine will blend into most decor schemes. However, the design is not particularly eye-catching or unique. It’s simple, functional and compact with a footprint of 12.4” x 6.8”x 12.20” it’s suitable for even the pokiest of kitchens. In fact, you could even get away with having one on your desk at work. Word of warning, your colleagues will be jealous!
Features of the Bonavita BV1900TS
As we’ve said already, the BV1900TS is a very simple and straightforward machine so chances are, you’ll already be familiar with the most of the components. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Bonavita has enhanced and upgraded the standard parts of a drip coffee machine. Here’s what’s you get:
Stainless Steel, Double-Walled Thermal Carafe
The carafe maintains the coffee temperature above 150° F for about four hours. After this time, there is an approximate cooling rate of 10° per hour. But with coffee this good, it probably won’t be sitting around for too long.
Like the filter basket, the carafe lid is BPA free.
1500 Watt Heater
The powerful heater uses 1500 watts of power to maintain brewing temperature at 195° – 205° F. It takes less than 2 minutes for the machine to reach 200°F, faster than many competitor products. We timed the machine at 5 minutes and 42 seconds to brew up a 44 oz pot of coffee.
Flat Bottomed Filter Basket
The BPA free filter basket works with standard paper filters, sits over the carafe and is easy to fill, empty and clean. You need to remove the filter basket in order to screw on the carafe top before pouring your coffee. But what seems like a mild inconvenience is actually a benefit as this encourages you to throw away the old grounds right away. Less mess for later!
Showerhead water spout
The extra-large showerhead spout ensures that the coffee grounds are thoroughly and evenly soaked delivering a well-rounded and aromatic cup of joe each and every time. The flavor is even better when you use the pre-infusion function (detailed above) with freshly ground beans.
A really nice detail with this Bonavita coffee maker model is the easy availability of replacement parts and accessories and this is the case for most Bonavita products. There’s nothing worse than having to fork out for a new machine because one small part has worn out or been damaged. From kettle lids to filter baskets and showerheads, replacement parts are easy to buy so you can extend the life of your machine.
Any parts that wear out within the warranty period are covered by the 2-year guarantee.