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What Is a Coffee Percolator and How Does It Work?

A percolator is a type of pot that prepares coffee by nearly boiling the coffee and cycling the coffee ground until it’s ready. Inside the coffee percolator there’s a chamber, or a filter, where the coffee ground goes. This filter connects to the heating element of the percolator.

There are two types of coffee percolators: a stovetop and an electric.

In this post, we’ll focus on electric stainless steel percolators. Why electric? Well, temperature is a key element when it comes to preparing coffee using a percolator. Overheating or boiling the coffee will make it taste bad, and that happens a lot when using a stovetop percolator (many people tend to forget it). Using an electric percolator takes the pressure of timing off your shoulders, it will automatically shut down the brewing process and will keep your coffee hot longer.

Why Buy a Stainless Steel Percolator?

You simply don’t want any plastic parts to come in touch with your coffee, and that’s enough reason to buy a stainless steel percolator. Although most stainless steel percolators are fully stainless steel (Exterior, interior and filter basket), some still have a tiny Aluminum part that is used in the heating element. This part can’t be stainless steel as aluminum works better for conducting heat in this type of device.

Do You Need a Paper Filter for a Coffee Percolator?

No, the only filter you need to use is the included stainless steel filter basket. Some people use paper filters, or the small round type of filters, but this is not necessary with a new type of percolators.

Best Rated Electric Stainless Steel Coffee Percolators:

Presto 12-cup Percolator:

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

  • Brew from 2 and up to 12 cups of coffee.
  • Stainless steel construction for easy cleaning.
  • Stainless steel filter basket.
  • Light indicator alerts you when coffee is ready.
  • Plastic parts only on the exterior (handle, base).
  • Also available in a 6-cup capacity.

Click here to learn more about the Presto Percolator, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Percolator:

Hamilton Beach 40614 Twist Lid Percolator, Stainless Steel

  • Stainless steel exterior, interior and filter basket.
  • Twist off lid makes it easy to pour out coffee safely.
  • Water level viewing window.
  • Light indicator alerts you when coffee is ready.

Click here to learn more about the Hamilton Beach Percolator, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Farberware 12-cup Percolator:

Farberware FCP240 2-4-Cup Percolator, Stainless Steel

  • Stainless steel construction.
  • Stainless steel filter basket.
  • Automatic Keep Warm mode activates after coffee is ready.
  • No plastic parts in the interior.
  • Plastic exterior parts: handle, base and top of the lid.

Click here to learn more about the Farberware Percolator, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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How To Use an Electric Coffee Percolator:


In this time and age, where everything is mass produced in China, it is hard to believe that there are some top quality products that are made in different countries that are actually affordable. Now, we’re not saying that there’s something wrong with products made in China, that’s certainly not the case here. But there are many consumers out there who are looking to use products that are produced locally to support local jobs, for example. Whatever your reason is, we’re here to help you find what you’re looking for. However, there are a few things that we need to bring to your attention first:

– What Does Made in the USA Mean Exactly?

According to the Federal Trade Commission, for a product to be called made in the U.S.A, and we quote here: “the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. The term “United States,” as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and possessions.”

What does “all or virtually all” mean? “All or virtually all” means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content.

Please click here to read the full FTC statement.

– While we will try our best to to list coffee makers made in the USA (or places other than China), the manufactures might change the origin of where machines are produced without prior notice to us and we cannot be held responsible for any misinformation claims. Kindly make sure that the coffee maker you’re about to buy is still not made in china before you buy it.

Now, on with the program!


Coffee Makers Made in the USA:

BUNN BXB Velocity

According to BUNN’s website, their home brewers models GR, BX and BT are made in Creston, Iowa. These models are also known as the Velocity Brew and Speed Brew, here are our posts about them:

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Chemex Glass Coffeemaker

If you don’t mind manual brewing, you’ll be happy to know that the ever trendy Chemex pour-over coffee maker is proudly made in the USA, in Massachusetts to be exact. Some info about Chemex:

Click here to learn more about Chemex and read the customer reviews on

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Coffee Maker Made in Holland:

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG-741 Coffee Brewer

When it comes to coffee makers, it will not get better than a Moccamaster by Technivorm. Although on the pricier side, it is certainly worth every penny. The Moccamaster is made in Holland and it’s top-notch quality. You can read our Technivorm Moccamaster information and comparisons here.

Click here to read Moccamaster customer reviews and buy it on

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Coffee Maker in Made in Switzerland:


While this isn’t exactly a coffee maker but an espresso machine, it is definitely worth considering. The Nespresso Pixie is the ONLY Nespresso machine still made in Switzerland! The Pixie has a beautiful retro-modern design, with metal plates and LED lights for low water detection and full used capsule.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Pixie and read the customer reviews on

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Watch Them in Action:

Bunn Velocity Brew:

How To Brew with Technivorm Moccamaster:

Full Review of the Moccamaster:

Nespresso Pixie:

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When it comes to Bonavita or Bunn, you know for sure that these two names are tied up with quality coffee at home. This is why it could get quite confusing when choosing between the two brands. In this post, we’ll look at the features and qualities of each brand, specifically, we’ll look at the models Bonavita BV1900 and compare it to Bunn Velocity Brew, as both these brewers are at the same level.

Features of the Bonavita BV1900:

Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe

  • 8- cup capacity coffee maker, 40 oz full capacity.
  • 1500watts water heater keeps temperature at the optimal 195F to 205F.
  • Optional Pre-infusion cycle for coffee ground blooming (degassing).
  • Showerhead style sprayer and flat-bottom filter, both allow for an even extraction.
  • Includes a thermal carafe with stainless steel lined interior.

Click here to learn more about the Bonavita BV1900, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of BUNN Velocity Brew:

BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer

  • Brews from 4 to 10 cups, 50 oz  full capacity.
  • Brews a full carafe in just 3 minutes.
  • Stainless steel internal hot water tank brews coffee at 200F
  • Any remaining water can stay hot and dispensed for other uses like brewing tea, or making instant meals.
  • Showerhead sprayer with flat bottom filter basket.
  • Double-walled, vacuum sealed stainless steel carafe keeps coffee warm for up to 2 hours.
  • 800-watts water heater.

Click here to learn more about BUNN Velocity Brew, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What’s The Difference Between Bonavita and BUNN?

TitleBUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer, BlackBonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe
FeatureReservoir-style home brewer makes up to 10 cups of coffee in just 3 minutes
Stainless-steel water tank; 800-watt heater and internal thermostat
Sprayhead design improves coffee-flavor extraction; hot water available for tea
Stainless-steel vacuum-insulated carafe; close-and-brew lid; vacation switch
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
Lined with stainless steel instead of glass
The double walled design of the carafe helps to maintain the temperature of your coffee for a longer duration while the steel lining is now shatterproof.
Brewer is the optional pre-infusion function. When switched on the machine will pre-soak your coffee prior to brewing allowing your grounds to de-gas
The showerhead, filter basket, and carafe lid are all dishwasher safe and all plastic is BPA-free.
The flat bottomed filter basket and large showerhead ensure even wetting of your grounds to ensure proper extraction.
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Brewing Method:

  • Both the Bonavita and Bunn are basically automated Pour-Over coffee makers. They brew coffee at an optimal temperature of 195 to 200, which gives them SCAA-certified label. However, the Bonavita gives you the option to run a Bloom cycle (pre-infusion or degassing, where the coffee ground is wet with a little bit of water before a full brew) and the Bunn doesn’t.
  • Both brewers also use a flat bottom filter and a showerhead, which ensures full saturation of the coffee ground and an even extraction.


  • The Bonavita brews 8 cups of coffee with a full capacity of 40 oz.
  • The Bunn Velocity Brew brews from 4 cups to 10 cups, with a full capacity of 50 oz.

How Much to Brew at Once?

  • As with most coffee makers, the brewer will brew as much as you put into it. With the Bonavita, the marking starts at 2 cups, but those are 5 oz per cup measurement, so you’ll have to make up your own measurement, if you will.
  • Same goes for the Bunn, if you want to brew less than a full pot, you can do that by using your favorite cup as a measurement to get the actual number of cups you want. The markings on the Bunn, like the Bonavita, are 5 oz per cup, which is smaller than the average user’s cup size. Once you fill up the tank, the brewer will brew that full tank.

Water Heater:

  • The Bonavita has a powerful 1500-watts water heater that maintains a 195F to 200F temperature.
  • The Bunn has a 800-watts heater, but it’s able to keep the water hot at 200F, just like the Bonavita. Additionally, it has a water reservoir that keeps hot water available for other uses.

Thermal Carafe:

  • The Bonavita has a thermal carafe with stainless steel lining on the inside.
  • The Bunn has thermal, stainless steel lined carafe as well. It advertises that it keeps coffee warm for up to 2 hours.

Brewing Time:

  • The Bonavita takes about 6 minutes to brew a full pot.
  • The Bunn Velocity takes about 3 minutes.

Which One Makes the Best Choice? Bonavita or Bunn Velocity Brew?

It is tough choosing between these two, we have to admit! The Bunn Velocity Brew seems to have a lot more customer reviews, so it’s obviously more popular than the Bonavita. After all, the Velocity Brew is less expensive, quicker to brew and has a larger capacity, so it makes sense that it’s more popular. Also, from our research, it seems that the Velocity Brew carafe is able to retain heat better that Bonavita’s.

Comparisons To Read:

Watch Video Reviews: 

Review of BUNN Velocity Brew:

Review of Bonavita BV1900:

Note: in this video, you’ll notice the reviewer using his Bonavita with a Chemex carafe, which is a pretty cool hack to the Bonavita! Learn more about Chemex here.

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We’ve written a lot about Bonavita’s popular coffee makers models BV1800 and BV1900. Today, we’re coving another version of the famous Bonavita, the BV1500.

Features of the Bonavita BV1500:

Bonavita BV1500TS 5-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer

  • 5-cup capacity, 5 oz per cup.
  • Coffee maker replicates the process of pour-over automatically.
  • Optional Pre-infusion mode saturates coffee ground to bloom (degas) and extracts more flavor.
  • Heater maintains water at optimal brewing temperature of 195F to 205F
  • Specially designed showerhead allows for ideal extraction in small batches.
  • Includes a thermal, stainless steel lined carafe.

The Bonavita is available in two models: BV1500TS and BV1500TD.

Click here to learn more about the Bonavita BV1500, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between BV1500TS vs. BV1500TD?

Bonavita BV1500TD 5-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer

There’s one major difference between the TS and TD models, which not only makes a difference between these two, but also other Bonavita brewers.

The BV1500TD has a digital display with programmable auto-start timer. This isn’t available in the BV1500TS or BV1800 and BV1900.

Who Should Buy the Bonavita BV1500?

The BV1500 was created as an alternative to the larger 8-cup models, the BV1800 and BV1900. As the Bonavita requires you to brew a full carafe each time, if you’re a single user, or  prefer to brew a small batch at a time, the 5-cup BV1500 is the best choice for you. Although labeled as 5-cup, in reality, as most of us use large cups, a full carafe would provide you with 2 to 3 full size mugs.

Does Bonavita Make a 10-cup or 12-cup Coffee Maker?

No, as of now (2016) it doesn’t. The largest capacity is 8-cups and it’s available in the BV1800 and BV1900 models.

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Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer

We’ve recently reviewed the Ninja Coffee Bar and compared it to many popular coffee makers available on the market, including Keurig and Nespresso. One of Ninja Coffee Bar’s best features is its ability to brew a single-serving cup of coffee as well as other sizes like full carafe, half carafe or travel mug.

Because the Ninja Coffee Bar is able to brew a single cup, many have confused it with the Keurig brewer, which uses K-Cups to brew single serving of coffee. So, you might be wondering, does the Ninja Coffee Brewer use K-Cups to brew its single servings, too?

How Does Ninja Coffee Bar Work?

The answer is no, it does NOT use K-Cups. The Ninja Coffee Bar uses ground coffee only to brew all its sizes, from single serve to full carafe. The coffee maker comes with a scoop that is labelled with the right amount for your required coffee brewing. If you want a single-cup, then simply fill your filter basket with the right amount of coffee ground for a single-cup. As for water, the Auto iQ technology of the machine draws only the needed amount of water depending on your size selection, automatically. So even if you have a full water reservoir, it will draw the water needed for a single-cup only.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Need a K-Cup Brewer?

If you prefer to use K-Cups rather than coffee ground, then we highly recommend Keurig’s coffee brewers:

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