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There’s a good chance that you’ve been to a coffee shop somewhere and saw both Iced Coffee and Cold Brew offered on the menu. You’re wondering, both are cold coffee drinks, why are they named differently?

Actually, there’s quite a difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew. They’re prepared in a different way, and therefore, have different taste.

  • Cold Brew is coffee brewed using cold water.
  • Iced Coffee is regularly brewed coffee (with hot water) with ice added to it.

How Cold Brew Is Made:

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Cold Brew is referred to that way not only because it is served cold, but in fact because it is brewed with cold water and not boiling water like your regular cup of coffee.

To make a cold brew, you add room temperature or cold water to your coffee ground and let it steep for at least 12 hours. Some people let it sit for up to 24 hours. After the steeping time is up, remove the coffee ground from the coffee. At this point, what you’ll have is a coffee concentrate. You can create your coffee drink by adding cold water, milk or cream in your preferred ratio. And guess what? you can even add hot water to the concentrate to make a hot cup of coffee!

What’s So Special About Cold Brew, Anyway?

Cold Brew

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So why go through all this hassle to make cold brew? Well, it’s not really a hassle, but it just takes sometime to be ready. And if it wasn’t worth it then you wouldn’t have seen it grow this much in popularity.

In Cold Brewing, the interaction between the cold water and the coffee ground is different than hot water. Using cold water results in a flavorful yet mellow and acid-free coffee. It brings out a lot of different flavors that you’re missing out on with hot water brewing (provided you’re using quality coffee in the first place!)

Another, very important, difference is the fact that with cold brew, your drink is never diluted with melted ice, even when you actually add ice to it. This is because you’re starting with very concentrated coffee. So whether you add water or ice to it, it’s never diluted the same way iced coffee gets when the ice melts.

Cold Brew concentrate can last in your fridge for up to 3 weeks.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home:

Making Cold Brew is fairly simple. If you’re not into buying any special tools for it, then you can simply make it this way:

  • Bring a large jug, add coffee ground and cold water.
  • Cover the jug and let it cool in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Filter out the coffee ground and save the cold brew concentrate in a well sealed bottle or jug.

Your other option would be to buy one of these simple and inexpensive Cold Brew filter/pitcher:

Hario Cold Brew Bottle:

Hario Water Brew Coffee Pot

From the leaders of manual coffee brewing, this Hario bottle is simple to use, store and clean. It has a built-in filter that makes filtering the coffee as easy as pulling out the filter and putting on the lid to seal the coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Hario Cold Brew Pitcher, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Toddy Cold Brew System:

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

The Toddy system is popular, although I personally believe it to be a little messy in comparison to Hario’s bottle. Toddy can make you a larger batch, though.

With Toddy’s system, you add the coffee ground and water to the large bucket-like container. This container needs replaceable filters (another reason I don’t like it) to use. Leaving the coffee to brew for up to 12-24 hours, it starts slowly dripping to the bottle placed under the container.

Click here to learn more about the Toddy Cold Brew System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Osaka 4-cup Cold Brew Dripper:

Osaka 4 Cup (20oz_600ml) Cold Brew Coffee Dripper

the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper has a great drip style design, which is very similar to the large and expensive traditional old brew drippers. With the Osaka dripper, you get the top dripper and the carafe. The add ice and water to the top compartment and it will start dripping over the middle compartment which has the coffee ground, which will then start dripping coffee to the carafe. One of the best features about the Osaka dripper is the ability to adjust the flow speed, which gives you control over the strength of the coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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When you’re in the market for a new coffee maker, and you find a range of machines with prices from $15 up to $200 and even more, there’s no doubt you’ll get confused. Coffee makers are seemingly the same, but the truth is, not all coffee makers are created equally.

Coffee makers are not just about how many cups they make or their auto on/off features. The quality of a coffee maker is measured by the way it extracts and brews the coffee and its ability to get the most out of your beans to give you a flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee.

What Affects The Quality of a Cup of Coffee at Home?

  • Of course, it all starts with the coffee itself. Use a quality brand, and the fresher the grind, the better. The best way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee is by grinding your beans just before brewing.
  • Choose a coffee maker that allows you to adjust the strength of your coffee so you can customize your drink to your taste. This would usually mean adjusting the amount of time the water is steeping the coffee in. The stronger you want the coffee, the longer your machine will keep the coffee ground steeping in water before dripping it down to the carafe.
  • How the coffee maker extracts the coffee makes all the difference. The average coffee maker will simply shoot water down on the coffee ground (similar to a faucet), which would result in an uneven extraction of the coffee. A great coffee maker has a showerhead that spreads the water evenly on all the coffee ground, resulting in a full and even extraction of the coffee ground.
  • The coffee maker should be able to brew at a temperature of 195 to 200F, which is the optimal temperature for coffee brewing.

Which Drip Coffee Maker Makes The Best Coffee at Home?

We highly recommend that you go for a coffee maker that is certified by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). SCAA certified coffee makers are guaranteed to brew at the right temperature, the perfect time and within the SCAA Golden Cup recommendations for the best cup of coffee.

Now, we realize you might be on a budget, or not keen on spending a fortune on a coffee maker, so we’ll start our recommendations with the most affordable options.

Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1500:

Bonavita BV1500TS 5-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer

This coffee maker would cost you less than $100, much like many coffee makers out there, but it will make you a far superior cup of coffee.

The Bonavita has a very simple one button operation. Switch it on and it’s ready to go. It heats water up to 195-205F, has a showerhead for an even extraction and has a pre-infusion option that blooms fresh coffee ground to de-gas it.

How long the Bonavita takes to brew and how strong your brew is will depend on the coarseness of the coffee ground you’re using. It’s always fun to experiment with this until you get your favorite result.

The Bonavita is also available in models BV1800 and BV1900, you can read about the difference between them here.

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KitchenAid Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker:

KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee Brewer

The KitchenAid mimic the pour-over brewing method, automatically. The heats water at the top of the brewer to minimize any heat loss, and it reaches temperature up to 204F. The digital display on the machine shows you each step of the brewing process, as well as a clock and the settings for an auto on option.

The KitchenAid also has a Roast selector, a setting that allows you to choose according to the type of roast you’re brewing, medium or dark, which allows you to taste the subtle differences between these roasts. You can read our review of the KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Maker here.

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Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker:

Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System

One of the great things about the Brazen Plus is that it allows YOU to set the temperature of your brew. You can choose from 190 to 210F. Another great feature is its oversized showerhead and pulse water flow which saturates the coffee ground even better. Other features include auto on start, digital clock, thermal carafe and more. Click here to read our comparison of the Brazen Plus vs. Bonavita.

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Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker:

Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe

This is the top of the line coffee maker that is preferred by most. It is the best for its highest quality, the Moccamaster is fully handmade in the Netherlands and it’s certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of American and Europe.

The Moccamaster is able to brew a full or half carafe, in 4 to 6 minutes. It has a manual drip-stop brew basket with 3 positions, two will allow you to adjust the flow of the coffee and a third to stop it completely for when you want to remove the carafe. It heats water up to 205F with auto shut-off after brew.

Click here to read our comparisons of all Technivorm Moccamaster coffee makers.

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Bonavita BV1500:

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Unboxing of the Brazen Plus:

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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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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:

Click here to read the customer reviews and buy it on Amazon.com

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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 Amazon.com

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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 Amazon.com

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Coffee Maker in Made in Switzerland:

Nespresso-Pixie

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 Amazon.com.

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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?

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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.

Capacity:

  • 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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