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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.
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.
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.
Presto 12-cup Percolator:
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Percolator:
Farberware 12-cup 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.
– 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!
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:
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:
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.
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.
Bunn Velocity Brew:
How To Brew with Technivorm Moccamaster:
Full Review of the Moccamaster:
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:
Features of BUNN Velocity Brew:
Image Title BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer, Black Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe Feature Reservoir-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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How Much to Brew at Once?
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.
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.
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:
The Bonavita is available in two models: BV1500TS and BV1500TD.
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.
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.
No, as of now (2016) it doesn’t. The largest capacity is 8-cups and it’s available in the BV1800 and BV1900 models.
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?
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.
If you prefer to use K-Cups rather than coffee ground, then we highly recommend Keurig’s coffee brewers:
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.