Braun has been working towards creating better coffee makers for the home user to take their experience to the next level. With the release of MultiServe, it’s evident that Braun is no longer doing only the ‘basic’ drip coffee maker anymore.
Braun MultiServe is a coffee brewing station that offers multiple serving sizes for every mood and occasion. From single serve, half or full carafe, travel mug size and more. The machine is also pre-set with multiple brew settings to make it even easier for you to prepare your coffee to your liking with a press of a button.
Features of Braun MultiServe Coffee Maker:
- Brew Choice Plus: choose from different coffee brewing settings: Light, Gold Standard, Bold or Over Ice.
- Multi-sizes: Dial your choice of serving size: single-cup (5, 8, 12, 16, 20 oz), half carafe or full 10-cup carafe.
- Pod-free system. Use your favorite ground coffee.
- Specialty Coffee Association Golden Cup certification ensures coffee brewing at optimal temperature to meet the association’s standards.
- TempSensor System: three sensors monitor temperature through out brewing process to achieve SCA brewing standard and keep coffee at the perfect temperature.
- Freshness Indicator: visible indicator to let you know your brewed coffee is fresh.
- Removable 50 oz water reservoir.
- Includes glass carafe and gold-tone mesh filter.
- Programmable digital clock with auto-brew settings.
Watch How It Works:
Braun MultiServe vs. Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker, What’s The Difference?
If you’re familiar with Ninja’s popular Specialty Coffee Maker (also known as Ninja Coffee Bar System), you’ve probably noticed by now how similar it is to Braun’s MultiServe.
The Ninja System is also a pod-free system that offer multiple sizes from single cup up to a full 10-cup carafe. Brewing programs include: Classic, Rich, Over Ice and Specialty. So far, they’re pretty much alike… but there’s one difference:
- Specialty brew: brew super rich Coffee concentrate that you can use to create delicious lattes, macchiato, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse style drinks
- Iced Coffee: brew fresh over ice for flavorful Iced Coffee that's never watered down
- 6 brew sizes: brew anything from a single cup or travel size to a half carafe or a full carafe in your Coffee maker
- Fold away frother: turns hot or cold milk into silky smooth froth
- Sca certified home brewer
The Ninja Coffee Bar has a built-in milk frother that allows you to create delicious milk froth for making coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte. But does the Ninja coffee maker make espresso? No, it doesn’t. But it makes something close enough. The ‘Specialty’ program creates a 4 oz coffee concentrate to replace espresso for specialty coffee drinks. This gives you the choice to make more coffee recipes than Braun’s MultiServe, which does not have a milk frother or a coffee concentrate setting.
The Ninja Coffee Bar is also available with an option of glass or thermal carafe, which (as of now) the Braun MultiServe doesn’t have.
Ninja Coffee Bar System has been a really popular pod-free coffee system that brews single-serve coffee as well a full pot, offering different brew types and sizes all in one machine. Now, Ninja is at it again with a system that gives you the same convenience and quality of pod-free brewing, but with even more brew types and more intuitive controls.
What Is Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System?
Ninja has taken their brewing system to the next level to offer you more of the things you like, all in the same system. The Hot and Cold Brewed system offers:
- Traditional hot coffee, including specialty coffee drinks.
- Fresh 10-minute Cold Brew coffee.
- Iced coffee drinks.
- Hot brewed tea.
- Iced tea.
Let’s look at the features of the Hot and Cold Brewed System:
- Brew a variety of hot or cold coffee or tea drinks using fresh coffee ground and tea, no pods required.
- Choose from 6 brew sizes: single cup, XL cup, travel mug, multi-serve cup, half carafe and full carafe.
- Choose from 5 brew types: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Specialty or Cold Brew.
- Choose from 5 tea types for automatic water temperature and steep time adjustment: Herbal, Black, Oolong, White or Green.
- Includes separate filter baskets for coffee and tea.
- Includes 50 oz (10-cup) carafe. Available as glass or thermal option.
- Built-in foldable milk frother.
- Digital display with clock.
- Easy controls using a dial knob and backlit icons.
Watch It in Action:
Cold Brew vs. Over Ice, What’s The Difference Between These Two Options?
You might be wondering, why do you need two options for making iced coffee? Is there a difference between how Cold Brew is made and how Iced coffee is made?
Yes, absolutely! And it all has to do with temperature and steep time:
- Usually, Cold brew coffee (or tea) is a type of brew where the coffee is made with cold water and steeped for long hours, from 8 to 24 hours. This results in smooth coffee concentrate that is usually either mixed with cold water, ice or milk.
- Iced coffee is your usual hot coffee brewed over ice.
- The difference in temperature gives each type of coffee brew a unique flavor profile.
With the Hot and Cold Brewed System:
- The Cold Brew option, either for coffee or tea, will brew over ice at a lower temperature of 110F, for about 10 to 15 minute.
- Over Ice coffee is brewed hot over ice immediately at 205F degrees.
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed vs. Ninja Coffee Bar, What’s The Difference?
We can say that the Hot and Cold Brewed System is the next generation of Ninja Coffee Bar. In the new system, you have the option to brew both coffee and tea, in a variety of drinks and serving sizes.
Hot and Cold Brewed System has two additional brew types, Cold Brew for coffee and tea, and Tea brews. Ninja Coffee Bar is a coffee maker only.
Both models have a selection of 6 serving sizes – approximate volumes are (when using Classic brew):
- Cup: 9.5 oz
- XL Cup: 11.5 oz
- Travel Mug: 14 oz
- XL Multi-serve: 18 oz
The design of both machines are different, yet the operate in the same way. On the right of both machines, you’ve got your control panel which features backlit names and icons for each drink type and size. The Hot and Cold Brewed system has additional options, of course. But both are operated using a dial knob selector.
Both machines will include the carafe, either glass or thermal as you would choose. You’ll also get a coffee scoop and a permanent filter. In the case of the Hot and Cold Brewed system, you’ll be getting two permanent filters, one for coffee and another for tea.
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewer vs. Keurig, Which Is Best To Choose?
Those two are totally different systems, starting with the fact that Ninja’s brewers are pod-free while Keurig is a pod system.
Keurig has a lot of models under its belt, it’s hard to compare them to Ninja’s system specifically, but here are some general differences:
- With Keurig, you can brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and a lot of specialty coffee drinks. As long as they’re available as K-Cup pods. The drinks aren’t necessarily as fresh and can be loaded with added sugar and other bad ingredients. Using the Hot and Cold Brewed system, you can only make coffee and tea drinks, but you’ll be in control of your ingredients, and you’ll be using fresh milk for your specialty drinks that you can froth using the built-in frother.
- With a pod system like Keurig, there’s a continuous cost of buying pods – unless you opt for using a refillable pod. Ninja is a pod-free system, so there’s no additional costs other than buying your favorite coffee beans, which cost way less than pods.
- The Hot and Cold Brewed System offers a variety of brew type that Keurig lacks. With Ninja, you can select from 5 brew types for either coffee or tea, including the all-new Cold Brew that only this systems has. Keurig offers regular or strong brew options, some models might include an over-ice option that’s not much different than the regular brew.
- Brewing a full pot using a Keurig requires using the Keurig 2.0 line. This line requires that you use branded K-Cup pods, but also has refillable pods as a option. The largest size it can brew is 30 oz, which is about a 4-cup carafe.To brew a carafe, you have to buy K-Carafe pods. In fact, anything larger than a regular cup will require a special pod (K-Mug for larger mugs/travel mugs or K-Carafe pods for Carafe).
Should You Upgrade from Ninja Coffee Bar To the Hot and Cold Brewed System?
- Brew multiple brew sizes, ranging from a pod-free single cup or travel mug, all the way up to a full carafe
- Hot Brewing lets you enjoy a bold, flavorful cup of hot coffee or tea. Or brew Over Ice to create full-flavored, refreshing iced beverages
- Brew your favorite style of tea, whether you use tea bags or loose-leaf, with the specially designed tea brew basket
- Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence Technology
- Built-In frother turns hot or cold milk into silky-smooth froth in seconds, with nothing more than the press of a button.The thermal carafe is NOT dishwasher safe
If you already own a Ninja Coffee Bar, is it worth it to upgrade to the newer version? The two reasons that might be worth the upgrade are:
- The Cold Brew function: If you like to splurge on cold brew every now and then, and I say splurge cause we all know how expensive a cup of those can be, then you’ll really like this feature. Although the coffee isn’t steeped overnight like specialty coffee houses do it, you still get a great result using this feature. It will save you a lot on your cold brew purchases.
- Tea brewing: If you enjoy brewing coffee, the Hot and Cold Brewed System will make a lot of difference to you, too. It doesn’t only brew tea, it brews each type of tea to different parameters to get the optimal results. By selecting the type of tea you’re brewing, the machine to adjust the temperature and steep time to match the tea type. This is the equivalent of having a variable temperature kettle with a timer, or even an electric tea maker.
BUNN has always made some of the best commercial coffee makers out there. It makes pretty good home coffee maker, too. BUNN’s machines are of few that are certified by SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), which means it brews coffee at the optimal water temperature of 197.6º F. This HB Heat N’ Brew model is slightly different than other Bunn coffee makers for home. It finally has the feature that has always been missing from previous models which should get Bunn fans really excited.
Features of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:
- SCA certified coffee maker that brews the perfect coffee at an optimal temperature between 197.6º F and 204.8º F
- Commercial style, lime-tolerant 6-stream sprayhead design that saturates coffee ground completely to extract full flavor.
- Maintains the ideal contact time between water and coffee grounds for proper extraction.
- Digital programmable clock for auto-start.
- Digital display shows you indicators of each stage of coffee brewing.
- Brews up to 10 cups (50 oz) of coffee in 6 to 10 minutes.
- Does not have a water reservoir. Simply fill the tank for the amount of coffee you want to brew.
- Drip-free glass carafe design.
- Automatic warming plate turns on while brewing and turns off after 2 hours.
What’s New In The BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?
The best part about the Heat N’ Brew model, and it’s basically what’s been missing from all other BUNN models, is the digital clock and display:
- The digital clock is not there just to display time, of course. You can use it to set your machine to automatically start brewing any time you want.
- The display will show you different stages of the brewing process when the machine is working. Whether it’s heating water or brewing, you’ll find what stage the machine is on written on the display.
Yet, what’s still missing from Bunn’s coffee makers is a pause and pour feature that allows you to pause the brewing cycle before it ends.
Brewing Stages of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:
- As soon as you hit the Brew button, the first stage start, which uses Heat N’ Release technology of the machine. This technology uses the thermometer to measure when the water reaches the optimal temperature for brewing. The valve opens for the brewing to start only after the water has reached 197.6º F. This stage takes about 6 minutes.
- The second stage is brewing. Heat and Release now works to maintain the optimal contact time between water and coffee grounds to meet SCA standards. The 6-stream sprayhead releases water in a way that will ensure all coffee grounds is fully covered and saturated in water and extracts the full flavors from your beans. This stage takes about 4 minutes.
Dimensions and Materials Of BUNN Heat N’ Brew:
- The machine has approximate dimensions of 9.7 x 8.7 x 16.3 inches. It weight about 8.5 pounds. While the machine isn’t exactly large, it is slightly higher than average, which can make it a bit of a problem for someone with lower cabinets.
- Material wise, it has a plastic body with some metal accents.
- The included carafe has 50 oz capacity. It”s made of glass with a plastic handle and drip-free plastic lid. All plastic parts are BPA-Free.
- Using the marked measures on the water tank, you can make 4, 6, 8 or 10 cups of coffee.
- The warming plate can maintain temperatures 176-185°F for 2 hours before automatically shutting off.
What Are the Cons of BUNN’s Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?
So far, everything we’ve mentioned about the Heat N’ Brew is quite great. Here are some of the few cons:
- No Pause and Pour feature – this is still missing from all Bunn machines. Some automatic drip coffee makers have a pause feature that allows you to stop the brewing process before it finishes to enjoy a cup. In the case of Heat N’ Brew, you have to wait for the full brewing process to finish.
- Taller than your average countertop coffee maker – in comparison to other BUNN (or other brands) coffee maker that range between 9 to 14 inches in height, Heat N’ Brew stands at 16-inches tall. So if you plan to place it under a cabinet like most of us do, make sure to measure the height of your cabinets first. You’ll need a few extra inches of clearance that will allow you to freely open the lid to add the water to the tank.
- No Bloom (Pre-infusion) stage – this isn’t as important of a stage to everyone, but it would be great to have as an option. Blooming is a step that de-gasses freshly ground coffee beans for even more flavor to your cup.
BUNN Heat N’ Brew Compared To Other BUNN Coffee Makers:
Two of the most popular BUNN models are Velocity Brew and Speed Brew coffee makers. How does the Heat N’ Brew compare to them?
- There are obvious design differences that we will not get into. How they work is more important, and all models actually work exactly the same way, but differ in speed.
- However, the Heat N’ Brew is the only model that has a digital clock for auto start. If you want your brew to start automatically at a set time, the Heat N’ Brew is the only BUNN model to do it.
- Speed wise, Heat N’ Brew is the slowest. It takes up to 10 minutes to brew a full pot. While Speed Brew and Velocity Brew take 3 to 4 minutes.
Video Overview of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:
Before we get to the best on demand coffee makers, let me first clarify what is an on-demand coffee maker and how it works:
Unlike usual coffee makers that include a carafe that holds the coffee until you drink it, an on-demand coffee maker, also known as a dispensing coffee maker, holds the coffee in a tank within the machine and keeps it hot there. When you want coffee, you’ll simply push a lever to dispense as much coffee as you want.
Is an On-demand Coffee Maker Better than a Regular Coffee Maker?
It is better in two ways:
- There’s less parts to worry about. No need to worry about glass carafe replacements.
- The coffee tastes better and less burnt than a coffee that’s been sitting on a burner for a while.
But How Do You Clean an On-Demand Coffee Maker?
Good question! The internal coffee tank in an on-demand coffee maker is detachable, so you simply pick it up, wash it and place it back. It’s that simple.
Best On-Demand Coffee Makers:
Here’s the two top-rated on demand coffee makers we found –
KRUPS KM9008 Cup on Request Programmable Coffee Maker with Precise Warming Technology – 12-Cup Capacity:
- Fully programmable coffee maker with timer, cup size selection, aroma selection (coffee strength) and more.
- Precise Warming Technology: a dual heating system that keeps coffee hot and tasting consistent for up to 4 hours from brew time.
- Holds up to 12 cups of coffee.
- Choose from small, large or manual dispensing options.
- Weekday/weekends settings.
- Front facing water window for easy level monitoring.
- 3-position adjustable drip tray accommodates cups of different sizes, including travel mugs.
- Includes water filteration system.
Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker:
- Programmable coffee maker with 12 cup capacity.
- Coffee gauge shows amount of available coffee.
- Press lever to dispense coffee.
- Removable drip tray. Accommodates travel mugs as well as other cup sizes.
- 1-4 cup settings allows you to adjust the temperature and coffee strength settings for when you’re brewing less than 5 cups.
Also available to buy from: 1stinCoffee.com
Hamilton Beach Brewstation 12-Cup Capacity with Internal Storage:
- On demand storage that holds up to 12 cups of coffee in an internal storage.
- Dispense one fresh coffee cup at a time.
- No carafe or hot plate required.
- Removable water reservoir for easy refilling.
- Dedicated Iced coffee program button brews coffee at double strength so it doesn’t get diluted when ice melts.
- Other brewing options include regular or bold brew, and ability to brew 1 to 4 cups.
- Digital clock with auto on/off timer.
KRUPS Cup on Request vs. Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand, Which Should You Buy?
So, which of the two machines we’ve mentioned above should you buy? Here’s a quick comparison between them:
Mainly, both machines work in a similar style and hold the same capacity of coffee. However, the KRUPS does offer more customization and programmablity:
- For starters, it has automatic dispensing as well as manual.
- It offers different aroma settings for you to adjust the strength of your coffee.
- Its re-positionable drip tray, while it may sound like a trivial feature, it great for eliminating splashing when using different cup sizes.
- And it does keep the coffee hot for a rather long time.
The Cuisinart does offer some of those features, but it isn’t as customizable or flexible as the KRUPS. It is more budget-friendly when it comes to price-range, so you’ll definitely be getting what you pay for, either with the KRUPS or the Cuisinart.
One last questions, is there an on-demand coffee maker with built-in grinder?
As of the time of this post, there are none. So you’ll have to purchase your grinder separately.
What Is Breville Precision Brewer?
It’s not the first time we talk about Breville. In fact, it is one of our favorite brands for coffee makers and kitchen appliances. We’ve covered many of their espresso and coffee makers, but today, we’re going to talk about their Precision Brewer.
Breville Precision Brewer prides itself as the world’s first 60 oz coffee maker that is able to make a cup of coffee with total precision, in a fully automatic way. That means, it can prepare coffee in a way that meets SCA’s standards (Specialty Coffee Association) of water temperature and brew time. The Precision Brewer, while fully automatic, it also allows you to customize your coffee the way you like it.
Let’s look at the features in details.
Features of Breville Precision Brewer:
- 6 pre-set brewing modes:
- Gold Cup: Brews coffee to SCA’s gold standards automatically.
- My Brew: Choose your own settings for bloom time, water temperature and flow rate.
- Pour Over: Use this setting to use the machine with your favorite pour over dripper like Hario’s V60 or Kalita Wave. Use the machine to customize the water temperature, flow rate and bloom time, use the adapter to hold your dripper and let the machine do the rest.
- Over Ice: Makes a more concentrated brew that you can use over ice.
- Cold Brew: Set and forget setting for preparing delicious cold brew over night.
- Strong: Create a bold tasting coffee using higher temperature and more contact time.
- Fast: this setting is used to make a full carafe of 12 cups in under 7 minutes.
- Three filter attachments:
- Brew basket for a flat bottom filter for brewing 8 to 12 cups – Included
- Cone filter basket for brewing 2 to 8 cups – Included
- Pour Over adapter for pour over drippers like Hario V60 or Kalita Wave – Sold separately.
- Includes a brushed stainless steel vacuum carafe for 12 cups.
- LCD display with rotary switch for easy programmability.
- Stainless steel housing.
Breville Precision Brewer with Glass Carafe:
Not a fan of thermal carafes? You can now get your Breville Precision Brewer with a glass carafe instead. And of course, it is equipped with a hot plate to keep the coffee hot. Click here to learn more about it.
What Sets The Precision Brewer Apart From Other Brewers:
- Customizable or Standard Brewing: using the Precision Brewer, you have a choice of customizing your cup to your liking or using the golden standard for specialty coffee.
- Flow Rate Selection: One of the special features of the Precision Brewer is the flow rate option. While some other coffee makers can allow you to customize the temperature or brew time, the Breville Precision Brewer gives you the option to also select flow rate speed.
- Special Design of the Carafe: The coffee pour into the carafe through the lid without the need to remove it. This means no heat loss during brewing. Most speciality coffee makers from other brands require that you remove the lid as the coffee brews, which leads to some loss of heat.
- Easy To Use Control Panel: The LCD display makes option selection and customization very easy and quick.
What You Get From Your Breville Precision Brewer:
The Precision Brewer from Breville gives you a lot of versatility without losing quality. Using it, you can make drip coffee with customized settings, a Gold cup, cold brew, iced coffee or pour over. And you can trust your Precision Brewer to make your coffee with true precision, either in water temperature, bloom time or flow rate.
Breville Precision Brewer Comparisons:
Breville Precision Brewer vs. Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:
Breville’s Grind Control coffee maker is another great option by Breville. But it’s certainly not the same as the Precision Brewer:
- It has a built-in coffee grinder. The coffee maker will grind the required amount of coffee for your selected volume of coffee.
- You can brew a single cup, or other variety of volumes up to 12 cups of coffee.
- Customizations include grind size, strength control, grind time, brew time.
- Unlike the Precision Brewer, there’s no water temperature settings or flow rate settings.
- The Breville Grind Control only makes drip coffee. There’s no option for over ice coffee, cold brew or pour over.
- The Grind Control coffee maker is a great option for someone looking for a quality coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder that can make both a full carafe as well as a single cup.
Breville Precision Brewer vs. Technivorm Moccamaster:
Technivorm Moccamaster is considered to be an automatic pour-over coffee maker that is certified by SCA. The quality of the machine is superior, and to this day, it is still hand made in the Netherlands. There are many models of the Moccamaster and you can read our comparisons of it here.
In general though, the Moccamaster automatically makes coffee (up to 10 cups) that meets the Specialty Coffee Association standard. However, there’s no special customization you can apply to your brew. In fact, the only button the Moccamaster has is the switch on/off button.
Features of the Moccamaster include:
- Brew temperature of 175F to 185F. Cannot be changed.
- Brews up to 40 oz carafe in 6 minutes.
- 9-hole water outlet ensures full coffee ground saturation.
- Available with a glass carafe or thermal.
- Available in many colors (depending on model).
Breville Precision Brewer vs. Bonavita:
- The Bonavita coffee maker is a lot similar to the Moccamaster. It’s a ‘one button operation’ kind of coffee maker. The machine is programmed to brew to SCA standards, but nothing can be reprogrammed.
- It can brew up to 8 cups, or 5 cups on another model.
- It has a showerhead type of water outlet for full coffee saturation.
- Brewing temperature is 195F to 205F and cannot be changed or reprogrammed.
- Optional Pre-infusion (Blooming) mode.
- Bonavita is available with a thermal carafe, glass carafe or double-walled glass carafe.
Which Coffee Maker Do You Buy?
If you’re looking for precision and versatility, the Breville Precision Brewer has everything you need. Using it, you’re truly in control of your cup. But for those days that you don’t feel like tweaking and just want a good cup, you’ll find pre-sets on the machine to be perfect for that. And the fact that it can brew coffee in different methods (drip, cold brew, over ice or pour over), gives you a lot of room experimenting and enjoying different styles of coffee using a single machine.
If you simply want a good cup of coffee without all the bells and whistles, you can pick between the Bonavita and Moccamaster as both operate the same way. However, the Moccamaster is built to higher standards and is still handmade in the Netherlands, which is something Technivorm prides itself with. The Bonavita is the more affordable option, but it is made in China.
Grinder Recommendations To Pair with Your Breville Precision Brewer:
Need a grinder to pair with your Breville Precision Brewer? Here are a few of our favorite burr grinders:
Breville Smart Grinder Pro is a user-friendly burr grinder with lots of features. It’s great for grinding beans for any type of brewing methods, from espresso to french press. It has 6 precise grind settings, a timer with 0.2 second increments. The LCD display guides you through your settings for easy customization. And if you’re grinding for espresso, you can use the included portafilter holder for handsfree grinding.
Baratza Encore is the most popular entry-level burr grinder. It’s my grinder of choice, actually! It has 40 grind settings to select from. It does a great job grinding for drip coffee and french press, but does not provide the best results for espresso grind. So, if you need a grinder that will also grind for espresso, go for the Baratza Preciso (40 settings, with micro-adjustments) instead, or the Breville Smart Grinder Pro mentioned above, which have more grind settings that allow you to get precise grind for espresso.
Type Of Coffee Gear
- Espresso Machines
- Single-Serve Espresso Machines
- Coffee Grinders
- Coffee Pod Organizers
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- Coffee Makers
- Pour-Over Coffee Brewers
- Pour-Over Coffee Tools
- Single-Serve Coffee Makers
- French Press Pots
- Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
- Dual Boiler Espresso Machines
- Electric Milk Frothers
- Electric Water Kettles
- Stovetop Moka Pots
- Vacuum Siphon Coffee Makers
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