SCAA Coffeemaker Roundup: Bunn vs Cuisinart vs Behmor vs Kitchenaid

I can’t function without coffee. And as any coffee enthusiast knows, a handcrafted cup of coffee — such as what you get out of a pourover or French press — is the best way to go. Unfortunately, that’s not always practical. Some people might be able to carve out an extra 20 minutes for coffee zen during the morning rush, but I’m not willing to part with that much sleep.

For the past few months I’ve been testing a handful of coffeemakers that promise to come close to manual-brew quality while adding the convenience of an automatic drip. A far cry from your average $50 Wal-Mart coffeemaker, all of the coffeemakers in this group have to meet four criteria:

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Everyday Coffee: Life with the Behmor Brazen Plus

I’ve spent the last week putting the Behmor Brazen Plus through its paces as my daily driver coffeemaker. My first review focused on the basics of the machine, and today I’m going to focus on the end product: does it really stand out as an excellent coffeemaker?

In a word, yes*. It can produce an amazing cup of coffee, but there are a few caveats that may turn off some buyers.

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Behmor Brazen Plus Review: A Coffee Geek’s Coffeemaker

A view of the Behmor Brazen Plus coffeemaker from the top down. The stainless steel reservoir is shiny and new, and the display is brightly lit.
Behold the Brazen Plus

The Behmor Brazen Plus is a fascinating coffeemaker from a company you’ve probably never heard of. It’s got an unconventional design reminiscent the Bunn HB, but with a feature set that simply doesn’t exist on any other consumer coffeemaker.

I discovered the Brazen Plus thanks to the SCAA’s list of certified coffeemakers. Up until then, I’d never heard of Behmor.

Based in Nevada, Behmor is a relatively small (at least compared to the likes of KitchenAid or Cuisinart) maker of extremely feature-loaded coffeemakers and home coffee roasters. This unit’s big brother — the Behmor Brewer — even has full control via app and Alexa. So when I found the unit for only $159 at Bed Bath & Beyond, I knew I had to pick it up. Continue reading Behmor Brazen Plus Review: A Coffee Geek’s Coffeemaker

Everyday Coffee Review: Life With The Bunn HB

Bunn has a long history of building indestructible industrial-strength coffeemakers. You see them everywhere: restaurants, travel plazas, hospitals, convenience stores … anywhere coffee is a critical part of day-to-day operations, you’ll find a Bunn.

A few years ago, Bunn entered the home market. Back then I actually purchased one of their earlier models — the Bunn Velocity Brew. At the time, I wasn’t impressed. The coffee was good, but it lacked a lot of basic features that we take for granted such as auto-off and a drip stop. But that was a good six years ago, so it was time to see if the Bunn HB had improved anything.

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Bunn 10-Cup Programmable Review: Industrial Strength Coffee

This is part of my Everyday Coffee series, in which I review five affordable SCAA-certified coffeemakers. Today I’m starting a new week by taking the Bunn HB 10-Cup Programmable out for a spin!

Say hello to the Bunn HB.

Yup, that Bunn. The same company that literally every truck stop, diner, restaurant, and convenience store is legally required to buy their coffee makers from, is now making home equipment.

Before you laugh, consider this: Bunn knows their stuff. Since the 1960s, they’ve been making some seriously heavy-duty brewers. Their gear takes whatever abuse the real world throws at it and keeps going, because nobody wants a world without coffee. In the commercial world, Bunn is synonymous for “that coffee maker we bought 40 years ago that refuses to die”.

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