Review: Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer
It’s the simple things in life that matter. Thankfully, Bonavita took ‘simplicity’ to heart when they designed and created the BV1900TS Coffee Brewer.
The BV1900TS coffee maker is an incredibly simple machine that produces the type of quality you’d expect only from higher priced brewers. Read on for our review of the Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer and learn about its features, pros and cons, and how it stands up to the competition.
simplicity of operation; best for beginner brewers
cheaper price among similar models on the market
our rating, based on our sound and impartial assessment
Given that simple things are best, let’s start with some basics. Here’s a run-down on some of the pros and cons, the “brews” and “boos,” if you will, of this Bonavita brewer model.
The Bonavita BV1900TS is has been designed and engineered with number of excellent features.
One-Touch Brew Operation
For starters, you can actually start your brewer with the touch of a single button. After adding the grounds and pouring the water, the only thing left to do is to push the start button. There are no other selections to make or options to tap through.
This coffee maker also has an ‘auto-off’ feature, so don’t worry if you forget to turn it off. It will take care of that itself!
This is a lot of power for a small machine, and you benefit from the brewer’s heating ability. The unit heats quickly during brewing, and then it maintains the precise temperature range for perfect coffee (195-205 degrees Fahrenheit; 91-96 degrees Celsius).
Wide Shower Head and Basket
The shower head on this unit is larger than an average coffee maker’s shower head. Not only is the size bigger, but it sports multiple openings instead of just a single hole (picture an actual showerhead versus a bathtub faucet).
The filter basket is flat-bottomed rather than conical. Flat-bottomed baskets have a wider distribution of coffee grounds.
Design engineers created the wide, multi-opening showerhead and the wide, flat-bottomed filer to work harmoniously. The showerhead distributes water beyond the center, and the wide basket allows this to work.
More grounds receive hot water during the brew, giving the coffee more robust flavor.
For the discerning coffee connoisseurs among us, the Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer gives you an advanced, but simple option. By holding the on-off button for five seconds when you start the machine, you will engage the pre-infusion option.
This feature stops the brewing briefly once water drips into the basket. The grounds soak for a short amount of time, a process also known as blooming. This releases gases, and with them, bitterness or other undesirable qualities. After a short bloom, brewing resumes as normal.
While this isn’t fully necessary, it’s a feature that many people like because they experience a smoother, purer cup of coffee.
This coffee brewer gently lets you know when your coffee is ready to enjoy. This Bonavita model is focused on freshness and flavor, so knowing when it is ready allows you to fully relish the result.
Stainless Steel Carafe
The carafe is durable, and perhaps even more important, it’s thermal. It’s designed for temperature maintenance so you can drink multiple cups over approximately four hours at the same hot temperature.
Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer Review
As mentioned, this Bonavita coffee brewer is very simple and user friendly. Is it the best? After testing this model, we feel that it is absolutely among the best coffee brewers available. This review of the BV1900TS brewer will highlight the qualities that make it so.
This is a speedy little coffee machine. In less than six minutes, it presents you with a full (40-oz) pot.
With its 1500 watts of power, it reaches 200 degrees in only two minutes, and then it maintains the temperature for optimum quality.
This brewer’s extraction performance is high, too. Coffee extraction percentage (the TDS, or total dissolved solids), is a way of measuring the quality of coffee. This Bonavita machine has a TDS of about 26 percent. That is a bit on the high side of the desired 18-22 percent, but it isn’t so high that the taste is sharp or bitter.
The great extraction is attributed at least partly to the wide, multi-holed showerhead. Hot water is evenly distributed around and across the grounds, maximizing their brewing potential.
Quality and Consistency
The machine’s performance produces high-quality and consistent coffee. The features work in harmony, each contributing to the final product: a rich cup of coffee with superior, balanced flavor.
You can count on the Bonavita BV1900TS to brew pot after pot of the same high-quality coffee.
In addition to the one-touch start button, this machine has very few parts, too. A carafe and lid, the tank, and the filter basket are the only components that need cleaning. The lid and basket are dishwasher safe, which is convenient.
The unit is actually rather plain. There are no buttons other than the on-off button, nor are there lights. Nothing flashes. Nothing asks to you select this feature or that.
The BV1900TS is simple and unassuming in every way. It is small enough (12.4”L x 6.8”W x 12.2”H) to tuck out of sight. Both aesthetically and operationally, it is basic and no-nonsense.
Simplicity means low-maintenance, and it means that this machine has only one thing on which to focus: making you smooth, rich coffee.
How Does It Compare?
Bonavita BV1900TS vs. Behmor 5393 Brazen Plus Temperature Control Coffee Maker
The Behmor 5393 Brazen Plus is comparable to the Bonavita BV1900TS in price, and both machines have the pre-infusion feature and boast temperature regulation. The Behmor, though, asks you to select the temperature you want. It also has an altitude calibration feature for optimum coffee extraction.
If you live at a high altitude, the Behmor might increase your TDS percentage slightly. Otherwise, this feature might be unnecessary. Also, if you love precision and like the idea of choosing your own temperature rather than having your machine do it for you, you might like the Behmor.
Both machines promise delicious coffee. The Bonavita does it without fanfare, while the Behmor Brazen 5393 gives you more options to play with.
Bonavita BV1900TS vs. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT Polished Silver
The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT Polished Silver coffee maker is considerably more expensive than the Bonavita BV1990TS, but it does offer more features.
If you are a coffee connoisseur or an advanced brewer, you might prefer a brewer like the Moccamaster KBT, as it gives you more control than does the Bonavita BV1900TS.
The Moccamaster KBT features a manual-adjust, drip-stop basket so you can control how fast your coffee drips into the carafe.
The water pulses as it brews to so the grounds move and shift for maximum saturation and a richer flavor.
Both systems have a stainless-steel carafe to maintain temperature and flavor.
You’ll get a top-notch cup of coffee with either machine. The Bonavita BV1900TS is great for beginning brewers and for anyone seeking simple coffee-making. The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT is designed for advanced brewers and people who enjoy tinkering.
Our world is fast-paced and quite often we rush through our lives at breakneck speeds. Yes, coffee helps us do that. But Bonavita’s BV1900TS Coffee Brewer simultaneously invites us to pause and savor a high-quality cup of coffee before rushing off again.
It’s the ultimate expression of Bonavita’s balance: Thanks to the simplicity, we can effortlessly brew a pot of coffee in barely more than five minutes. We pause. Reset. Reenergize. And then we can dash off into the busy part of our lives once again.