About the Bonavita BV1900TS
This Bonavita BV1900TS review uses the actual name of this coffee maker, which is BV1900TS. Sometimes it’s referred to as the Bonavita 1900 TS, but it’s the same great product.
For a long time, most drip coffee makers only did one thing: brew coffee. However, a modern trend among coffee manufacturers is to include more and more features in the coffee machine, making them not only larger, but arguably less proficient at doing the one thing that they’re primarily supposed to do. To that end, some may view the Bonavita BV1900TS as far too simplistic to fit in with more modern and equally priced devices. Others (coffee purists in particular) may find in the Bonavita BV1900TS to be just the device they were looking for. In ditching the excess features, Bonavita makes a bold statement with their BV1900TS. In some ways, this is a good thing. The coffee maker itself is simple and easy to use. In other ways, particularly the “why can’t it do that?” ways, it’s a bit of a drawback. Many users are only looking for a coffee maker that can do slightly more than just brew coffee. We offer up this Bonavita 1900TS review so you can decide which philosophy is more preferable. Are drip coffee makers better when they have loads of features, or is the quest for great coffee found in a simpler device?
Features of the Bonavita BV1900TS
We’ll be right up front with the Bonavita’s features: there aren’t many. This doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to say about what it can do; it can a few things, and does them fairly well. But that’s just the thing with the Bonavita 1900 TS. It only does a few things.
The first and most obvious feature on the Bonavita 1900 TS is the carafe. Metal carafes are not a new concept, but they are gaining in popularity. In particular, it’s more common to find a metal carafe in a higher-end coffee maker than in a lower-end, cheaper machine due to the increased cost of adding more metal to the product. Glass is a much cheaper material to use, so it is far more common in cheaper coffee makers. Using a metal carafe provides the Bonavita 1900 TS a few, key advantages over rivals that use a glass carafe. The first is longevity of the device. Glass breaks. It’s usually only a matter of time before your glass carafe will meet an unfortunate end. This likelihood is only increased if you have coffee drinkers, children and a fairly consistent stream of visitors. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a simple fact of the law of averages. This is why that fine china you, your parents, or your grandparents have remains unbroken. They rarely come out to play. Meanwhile, your coffee machine gets daily use, and the carafe gets pulled out, used multiple times a day. Even if it doesn’t break from the first bump that’s just a bit too hard, each extra-hard bump could weaken the structural integrity of the glass until it does eventually crack and break. The metal carafe on the Bonavita BV1900TS is steel and steel lined on the inside. There are no worries of cracks or breaking. Meanwhile, the thermal insulation will keep the coffee hot. According to Bonavita’s customer service, the carafe is designed to keep the coffee hot for an hour. This is not exactly a long time, it is in line with what most coffee makers with a hot plate and a glass carafe will do.
The Bonavita also features a large shower head that alternates between the left and the right sides while pouring. The water in the brewer is not pressurized, so the water may flow out somewhat slower and with less force. However, the larger showerhead is designed so that water distributes more evenly across the beans. This significantly improves the taste of the brewed coffee and increases the flavor profile. Many cheaper coffee makers use a single-drip method, where the showerhead is more of a nozzle that drips water into one spot. While all of the coffee beans may eventually get wet as the coffee filter fills up with water, more of the water will drain through in one spot, resulting in a thinner brew and watered down flavor profile. In order to achieve the full taste of the beans, an even spread with hot water is needed, so that the water draining through has picked the essential oils from grounds that haven’t been touched yet.
This coincides with the optional pre-soak feature found with the Bonavita BV1900TS as well. Instead of having the brewing cycle start immediately, holding down the brew button will drip some of the water into the filter first without doing the draining it into the carafe. This allows the beans to “degas”, or “bloom”, a process in which the carbon dioxide trapped in the beans is released, along with many of the essential flavors. Presoaking usually only takes around a minute for a good bloom to form.
Hot water is the name of the game for excellent coffee as well. Although Bonavita’s BV1900TS unfortunately lacks a hot plate for the finished brew, it has a fairly powerful 1500 watt heater for the water in the basin. This will heat the water up quickly and easily, maintaining a constant high temperature during the brewing process. Fast heating also means fast brewing, so you’ll find yourself enjoying a hot cup of coffee within 5-6 minutes of hitting the one-touch brew start button. After the brewing cycle is complete, the Bonavita 1900 TS shuts off automatically. There’s no worry with this machine about accidentally leaving a carafe on the burner and causing a fire hazard. As stated, there is not hot plate, so that will never be an issue here.
Finally, the Bonavita BV1900TS has an 8-cup capacity, but this number is a bit misleading. Bonavita calculates their cups based on 5 ounces per cup. Many of their competitors, which boast 10-cup capacities, determine a cup to be 4 ounces. Ostensibly, you’ll find the maximum brewing capacity of the Bonavita 1900 TS to be 40 ounces, the same as most competing brewers that claim a 10-cup capacity.
While this Bonavita BV1900TS review may sound a bit overly optimistic, there are some downsides as far as features go. The lack of a hot plate to keep the prepared coffee warm is a bit unfortunate. While the thermal carafe is good for an hour, this may not be long enough for many coffee lovers. A hot plate with a thermal carafe could have given the Bonavita BV1900TS a significant advantage over other drip coffee makers that also tend to shun hot plates with thermal carafes. While the simple, one-touch brewing makes life a whole lot easier, it also adds limitations. Delayed brewing isn’t all the rage for no reason, after all. It adds a level of convenience for many coffee lovers who simply can’t find the time to get that coffee brewing process done in the morning or evening. And while the steel-lined thermal carafe is excellent, many users have found that it pours painfully slow. This is a consequence of its design, which is intended to keep the heat in as much as possible. Making the pouring aperture tiny helps keep the heat in, but it also results in some frustrations when it comes to actually getting coffee from the carafe into the cup, especially when you’re reaching the bottom of the barrel.
Aesthetics of the Bonavita BV1900TSIt wouldn’t be a good Bonavita BV1900TS review with a quick glance at the aesthetics of this drip coffee maker. Overall, this coffee maker is nice to look at. The steel design makes it fairly appealing, matching with most modern appliances and an easy fit into the kitchen. It’s also sized just right for somewhat smaller kitchens, with a length of 12.40 inches, a width of 6.80 inches and a height of 12.20 inches. The use of black plastic also adds to the visual appeal of the device. However, as a whole, it’s not particularly the prettiest or most unique looking drip coffee maker that you’ll find out there. Part of that fits with the philosophy that Bonavita espoused when creating and marketing this device. They were going for simple. Simple features, simple design, all with an emphasis on making coffee–and only that. If you’re a fan of simple and you like products that aren’t too flashy, it’s a great countertop piece. If you’re more particular to having a coffee maker that’s just as much a showpiece as it is a coffeemaker, this Bonavita device isn’t really going to impress you much, if at all. It won’t turn heads, which is certainly more to its detriment in a culture where outward appearances and first impressions help sell products.
However, as a whole, it’s not particularly the prettiest or most unique looking drip coffee maker that you’ll find out there. Part of that fits with the philosophy that Bonavita espoused when creating and marketing this device. They were going for simple. Simple features, simple design, all with an emphasis on making coffee–and only that. If you’re a fan of simple and you like products that aren’t too flashy, it’s a great countertop piece. If you’re more particular to having a coffee maker that’s just as much a showpiece as it is a coffeemaker, this Bonavita device isn’t really going to impress you much, if at all. It won’t turn heads, which is certainly more to its detriment in a culture where outward appearances and first impressions help sell products.
Build Quality of the Bonavita BV1900TS
The build quality may be the biggest saving grace for the Bonavita 1900TS review. We’ve used the word “simple” and several variations of it in this review for good reason. This drip coffee maker shuns all of the excess found in many other modern coffee makers and made a product that heats water, drips it through a showerhead into a water coffee filter, and drains it into a metal carafe. That’s all. There’s no hot plate to burn your coffee, no clock or delayed timer to fiddle with, no brew settings to poke around at. This means that the build quality is top notch. You can expect this coffee maker to last you for quite a while, as there are so few moving parts of features, that there’s very little that can actually go wrong. The sturdy, compact construction means you’re not likely to break this machine or knock anything over accidentally either. The metal carafe will last a good, long time. The only thing you may need to worry about is cleaning the carafe, the coffee filter, and the showerhead. All of these are made from BPA-free plastic, and are dishwasher safe. When it comes to build quality, sometimes simple is better.
Bonavita BV1900TS Review – Pros vs. Cons
Hopefully our Bonavita 1900TS review helps give you some perspective on this drip coffee maker.For review, there are a good many pros, and a noticeable amount of cons with this machine:
- Sturdy construction
- Relatively small profile
- High-powered 1500-watt heater
- Short brewing time Thermal, steel-lined carafe
- Simple one-touch brewing
- Optional pre-soaking
- Large shower head for better, even saturation 40 ounce capacity
- Small aperture in the metal carafe
- Lacks a hot plate
- No delayed timer or clock
- Temperature not adjustable
- No eye-catching design
Bonavita BV1900TS Review – Further Reading
The Bonavita BV1900TS is an excellent machine and is therefore fully covered on our site. It has been listed as one of the best high end coffee makers and is also the winner in the Technivorm vs. Bonavita round-up.
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