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Bonavita has a line of many coffee brewers that are SCA Certified, which are tested and approved by the Specialty Coffee Association. This makes Bonavita a brand to be trusted to make a quality cup of coffee, without a question.

One of Bonavita’s releases is the Bonavita Metropolitan Coffee Brewer (BV1901PW). In this post, we will be looking at the features of this model and how it compares to other Bonavita models.

Features of Bonavita Metropolitan BV1901PW:

  • 1500Watts water heater heats and maintains the water at an ideal brewing temperature of 198 F to 205 F.
  • Pre-infusion mode lightly wets the coffee ground before brewing to bloom it. This is optional and can be turned off.
  • Shower head design ensures all coffee ground is fully saturated with water when brewing.
  • Flat bottom filter basket.
  • Tempered glass carafe.
  • Non-stick coated warming plate turns off automatically after 40 minutes.
  • Sleek Matte black design.
  • Audible alert goes off when coffee is ready.
  • 8-cup capacity.

Click here to learn more about Bonavita Metropolitan BV1901PW, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Is Bonavita Metropolitan Different Than Other Bonavita Brewers?

We’ve compared Bonavita models before, like the BV1900TS vs BV1800. So is the newer BV1901PW any different?

Well, internally, Bonavita brewers are the same and work the same way. Some of the differences come as slight different design, capacity or material of the carafe. For the Bonavita Metropolitan, it is different in design:

  • It has a matte black exterior which gives it a very modern look.
  • The glass carafe has a new design, too. It is more artisan-looking, and different than the traditional glass carafe design.
  • The carafe no longer attaches to the filter basket like other models, it simply sits under it.

Bonavita BV1901PW vs BV1901GW, What’s The Difference?

These two, again, are essentially the same in how they brew the coffee. They are also the same capacity and have almost the same glass carafe.

Here’s how they’re different:

The Color:

  • The Metropolitan (BV1901PW) has a matte black finish.
  • The BV1901GW has a mostly stainless steel finish.

The Carafe:

  • Both models have the same glass carafe with its modern design. However, on the BV1901GW, the carafe attaches to the filter basket. So in order to get the carafe, you’ll have to pull out the filter and the carafe together.

Click here to learn more about the Bonavita BV1901GW, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What About Bonavita BV1902DW vs. BV1901PW and BV1901GW?

This model is more similar to the BV1901GW than the BV1901PW. In fact, it is the same in all features except for you:

The BV1902DW is programmable. Which means it has a digital timer that allows for auto start, and it displays the time.

Click here to learn more about the Bonavita BV1902DW, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One Do You Buy?

  • Whichever model of Bonavita’s brewers you choose, know that you’ll be getting the same quality of coffee since they all work the same.
  • The Metropolitan BV1901PW is great for its sleek aesthetics. The matte finish is very in and looks quite modern and cool. And it makes sense to pick an appliance for its good looks since it will be sitting on display on your counter.
  • Between the BV1901GW and BV1902DW, the difference is the timer. If it’s important to you that your brewer has auto start, then go for the BV1902DW. If not, save on the price difference and go for the timer-free BV1901PW.

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In previous posts, we’ve compared a number of BUNN brewers like: Velocity Brew ST vs. BT, BUNN Phase HG vs. HT, and Velocity Brew GRB vs. BXB. There’s also our comparison between BUNN Velocity Brew vs. Speed Brew and BUNN vs. Bonavita. Continuing on with our comparisons, today we’re having a look at two of Velocity Brew’s models: BX vs. NHS and if there’s any real difference between them.

Features of BUNN Velocity Brew:

Both the BX and NHS models belong to the BUNN Velocity product line, so they have the same features:

  • Brews 4 to 10 cups of coffee.
  • 50 oz capacity.
  • Sprayhead ensures that coffee ground is fully and evenly saturated with water for the best extraction.
  • Internal water tank keeps water constantly heated to optimal temperature.
  • Quick brew time, takes about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour-o-matic, drip-free glass carafe that eliminates mess and dripping.
  • Porcelain coated warming plate.

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

What Is The Difference Between BUNN Velocity NHS vs BX?

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TitleBUNN BXB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, BlackBUNN NHS Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
FeatureBrews 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 oz) in about 3 minutes
Glass carafe and porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch
Unique sprayhead ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
Stainless steel internal hot water tank keeps water heated to optimal brewing temperature of 200 degrees F
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
50 oz. (10-cups) batch
Unique spray head ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
Designed to remain on to keep the stainless steel internal hot water tank heated and ready to go
Swivel lid to easy water pour-in
Porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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  • Features wise, there is no difference at all in how the BUNN NHS and BX work. They have the exact same features.
  • Design wise, the two products have slight differences. These difference also don’t affect how the machines brew your coffee. They simply just look a little different.
  • BUNN NHS is the older model and BX was released after it.
  • If there’s one real difference between these two models, it’s where they’re made:
    • BUNN states that their brewers models BX, GR and BT are all Assembled in the USA. What this means is that some components were imported from different origins of the world, but they were assembled in Creston, Iowa. On the other hand, model NHS was made in China.

BUNN BX vs. BX-D, What’s The Difference?

Velocity Brew BX-D is made especially for use at high-altitude areas. This means that it is designed to include a special thermostat for use at 4,000 feet and above to boil the water at high temperature and keeps coffee hot enough. This model can be used at lower altitude, but other models are not suited to be used at higher altitudes. So if you live in a high altitude area, the BX-D model is the best choice for you.

Click here to learn more about the BUNN BX-D, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One To Choose?

Obviously, picking one of these models isn’t going to be about features since both are identical, in that sense. If you care about where your coffee brewer has been assembled and prefer something that was not made in China (you can see a bunch of NOT made in China coffee makers here), then definitely pick model BX over NHS. Otherwise simply choose whichever design looks best to you.

 

Like most of us coffee drinkers, college students run on Coffee. As a student, having a coffee maker at your dorm room is a must. It saves you a lot of money and it ensures you get your coffee whenever you need it. The issue is that most dorm rooms are small in size, so a compact coffee maker is a requirement. How do you choose the best coffee maker for the job, then?

Let’s have a look at your options for making a cup of coffee at a dorm room, assuming you will brew for one person:

Manual Brewing:

Manual coffee makers like French Press, Pour-overs or Chemex are the most compact and easiest way to make coffee anywhere. These manual tools sit at any counter top or cupboard, taking almost no space, so they make a great option for a college student. On the other side, preparing coffee manually takes more time than automatic coffee makers (especially pour over and Chemex), which might not be very convenient for a college student who’s always on the run.

Automatic Single-serve Brewing:

The best thing about single serve brewers is the convenience they offer any busy coffee drinker. All you have to do is press a button and you get your cup in less than a minute or two. And the best part, most of them don’t require immediate clean up. Which is why we recommend this method for college students and even office users who don’t have the time to prepare coffee the traditional way. There’s also a number of compact single serve brewers giving you many options without worrying about the space it’s going to take.

Although single-serve brewers are great, many people complain that over time, the pods that these single serve coffee makers use to brew coffee can get costly, which we understand can be an issue for a college student on a strict budget. The good news is, there are many workarounds to enjoy single-serve brewing without having to worry about purchasing pods. We’ll write some tips on this below.

Best Picks for Coffee Makers for College Students/Dorms:

Keurig K15 K-Cup Coffee Maker:

  • Compact single-serve coffee maker.
  • Brews cup sizes 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • No water reservoir. simply fill the water tank with a fresh cup at every use.
  • Removable drip tray allows you to accommodate cups up to 5.2” tall.
  • Brews a cup in under 2 minutes.
  • Brews anything from coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Compatible with all K-Cup pods.
  • You can also use refillable K-Cup filters to brew your own choice of coffee.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K15, read the customer reviews and buy it.

KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker:

  • Slim and compact design.
  • Single serve coffee maker that uses ground coffee. No need for pods.
  • Can brew cup sizes up to 18 oz and accommodates travel mugs.
  • An 18 oz thermal travel mug is included with the machine.
  • Simple one-touch brewing.
  • Available in 4 colors.

Click here to learn more about KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

BUNN MCU Single Serve Coffee Maker:

  • A versatile, multi-use coffee maker.
  • Allows you to brew K-Cups, ground coffee, tea pods or loose tea in under a minute.
  • Brews cup sizes from 4 oz to 14 oz.
  • Includes 4 attachments: cup, ground coffee, pod and hot water drawers.
  • Pulse Brew option extracts a bolder cup of coffee.

Click here to learn more about BUNN MCU Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker:

  • A single serve Espresso maker.
  • Compact in size, available in different colors.
  • Brews Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
  • You can use Nespresso-compatible pods (cheaper alternative) or refillable Nespresso pods.
  • 2 programmable cup sizes: Espresso or Lungo
  • Removable 24 oz water reservoir.
  • Used capsule container holds up to 11 used capsules.
  • You can make other coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte by including an Aeroccino milk frother (or using any other milk frother).
  • Available in many colors

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Inissia, read the customer reviews and buy it.

How To Save On Coffee Pods While Using Single Serve Coffee Makers:

First thing to note is, not all single serve coffee makers use pods. Many models, like the KitchenAid Personal coffee maker and BUNN MCU listed above, use coffee ground just like a traditional drip coffee maker. But if you want to keep your options open and use a machine like Keurig or Nespresso, here’s how you can save on your pod/capsule purchases.

Saving on Keurig K-Cups:

The great thing about Keurig brewers is that they can accommodate refillable K-Cup pods. These pods allow you to use your own coffee ground and reuse them over and over again. They’re much like a gold tone coffee filter that drip machines use. So you can buy one or two of these filters, buy your usual bag of coffee ground and brew them using the Keurig brewer. This method saves you tons of cash on coffee pods and it is the most environmental-friendly way to use a single-cup brewer. Pictured above is a Keurig Reusable filter by SoloFill

Saving on Nespresso Capsules:

In the same way, you can buy refillable capsules for your Nespresso (OriginalLine) machine, too. These refillable capsules are not available from Nespresso officially, but from other brands, and they work perfectly. SealPod is one of the best rated reusable capsule for Nespresso.

Another way to save on Nespresso capsules is by buying Nespresso-compatible capsules. These are capsules that are made by companies other than Nespresso, but for Nespresso machines (again, this works with Nespresso OriginalLine machines only). One of the cheapest brands we’ve come across is Gourmesso.

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A coffee maker that makes both single serve and carafe servings, also known as a 2-way coffee maker, is a very convenient choice for anyone looking for the best of two worlds. Lucky for anyone who’s looking for this type of coffee maker, many choices are available. You can get a two-way coffee maker that uses ground coffee, coffee pods, or both. Even a coffee maker with built-in grinder that does both a single cup and carafe serving is available. All which we will be listing below.

What To Consider Before Choosing a Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Maker:

  • Do you want to use ground coffee or single serve pods? There are brands that use both and others that rely on pods only.
  • Cup sizes: many people want to brew right into a travel mug when choosing the single serve option. If that’s something you want, make sure the coffee maker you’re buying can accommodate a travel mug and support this brewing size.

Best Rated 2-Way Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Makers:

Hamilton Beach Flex Brew 2-Way Coffee Maker:

  • coffee maker with two brewing spouts: one for carafe and another for single serve.
  • Single serve side can accommodate a travel mug up to 8” tall.
  • Carafe side features auto on/off.
  • Brew single serve cups using ground coffee or K-Cup pods.
  • Brew up to 10 oz using K-Cups or up to 14 oz using ground coffee. (for single serve side).
  • Choose from 2 strength settings.
  • Uses two separate reservoirs for each side.
  • Automatically pausing brewing when you remove the carafe.
  • Carafe capacity: 12-cups.

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

Cuisinart SS-15 12-cup Coffee Maker and Single Cup Brewer:

  • Fully programmable coffee maker with 12-cup glass carafe.
  • Single-serve side brews sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Single serve can brew ground coffee or K-Cup pods.
  • Programs include auto on/off (for carafe side), strength control and temperature settings.
  • Single serve side can accommodate travel mugs.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz on the carafe side, 40 oz on the single-serve side.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart SS-15, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Coffee Maker:

  • Keurig 2.0 is the first Keurig machine that can brew single serve and  full pot using K-Cup pods.
  • Available in different sizes, from small to large water reservoir.
  • Can brew up to 18 oz mug/travel mug or up to 30 oz carafe – depending on the model.
  • Brews K-Cup pods or can brew your own coffee ground using a refillable K-Cup filter.
  • Easy to use touch LCD display allows you to program volume, strength or temperature settings.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0 and the difference between models.

Ninja Coffee Bar System:

 

  • A full coffee bar system with a variety of coffee sizes and options:
  • Single serve sizes: Cup, XL Cup, XL Multi Serve and Travel Mug, up to 22 oz.
  • Carafe Sizes: Full carafe, half carafe.
  • Choose from brew types: classic, rich, specialty, over-ice or Cafe Forte (exclusive to Ninja).
  • Uses ground coffee only, for both single serve and carafe.
  • Built-in milk frother allows you to create creamy milk froth for specialty coffee drinks.
  • You can read our comparisons of Ninja Coffee Bar models here.

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

Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

  • Choose to brew a single cup or a full carafe up to 12 sizes.
  • Built-in coffee grinder for a grind and brew coffee experience.
  • Grinder can be shut off to use pre-ground coffee.
  • Choose from 8 coffee strength settings
  • LCD screen gives you realtime feedback on your water level, brew time, grind size, strength settings and other selected settings.
  • Auto start settings starts the grind and brew process at your selected time.
  • Does not use any coffee pods. Only ground coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Grind Control, read the customer reviews and buy it.

 

Which Of These Coffee Makers Is Best To Buy?

There are lots of variation in features in the coffee makers we listed above. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Budget: If you have a budget under $100, the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew and Cuisinart SS-15 are budget-friendly. Although they lack the extra features that the other two (Ninja and Breville) can offer.
  • Do you want a coffee maker that uses K-Cup Pods? Then again, your choices would be either the Hamilton Beach or Cuisinart.
  • If you want a coffee maker with the most serve size options, then it’s the Ninja Coffee Bar. It has the most single serve size options, brewing up to 22 oz travel mug size. It also has the option for making specialty coffee drinks like Cappuccino and Latte, thanks to its built-in frother. However we do have to note that, since espresso – which is the base of these coffee drinks – requires a pump machine, the Ninja bar doesn’t make an authentic espresso. What it brews is a coffee concentrate that is the next best thing and delivers a similar taste.
  • If you want the freshest coffee, then the Breville Grind Control is your best bet as it brews coffee from freshly ground coffee with its built-in conical burr grinder. If you don’t already have a grinder, this coffee maker makes a great all in one option.
  • Neither the Breville Grind Control or Ninja Coffee Bar use pods, but ONLY coffee ground.

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In the battle of Grind and Brew coffee makers, two exceptionally good coffee makers stand from the crowd: The Breville Grind Control and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.

How do you choose between different models of Grind and Brew coffee makers? Here are some pointers:

  • Your budget will most likely be the first thing to dictate which coffee maker to choose. Although it sounds like these machines perform the same task, they actually vary in price (for different reasons we will be listing in our comparison).
  • Know exactly what you need. Don’t go for the fancy features if you’re not going to use them.
  • Newer isn’t necessarily better. Don’t be afraid to go for an old model if it has everything you need. Although we do not recommend you go for a discontinued model since it will make it difficult to find parts or support for it when needed.

In the beginning, let’s talk about the features of each of these coffee makers before we compare them to each other.

Features of the Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

  • Coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Brew into a single cup, a travel mug or up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Choose from 8 strength settings.
  • Adjustable grind size.
  • You can choose to brew pre-ground coffee.
  • Calibration function allows to adjust the grind to suit different type of beans.
  • Steep and Release function ensures the best tasting cup.
  • Pre-brew temperature control ensures your water is the at optimal temperature for brewing.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 0.5 lbs.
  • LCD display shows you water level, grind size, strength settings, grinding time, brew time and other selected settings.
  • Auto-start program.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and a gold-tone reusable filter.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Grind Control, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker:

 

  • Coffee maker with built-in burr grinder.
  • 8 oz bean hopper capacity.
  • Choose from three coffee strength settings: Strong, Medium and Mild.
  • Grind control program allows you to set the best setting for the amount of coffee you’re brewing.
  • Choose from 2 cups and up to 12 cups.
  • Brew-pause filter allows you to pause the brewing process to enjoy coffee before the full brewing process is finished.
  • Grind-off option, you can use pre-ground coffee.
  • 24hr programmability. Auto-start option.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and gold-tone filter.

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

Breville Grind Control vs. Cuisinart Grind and Brew – What’s The Difference?

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TitleBreville BGC650BSS Grind Control, SilverCuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
FeatureAdjust between 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roast coffee beans
Pre-brew temperature control
Brew a single serving or full carafe
Programmable Auto-Start to brew coffee at your selected time
LCD display: Carafe/Single Serve, Water Level, Count Down Timer
24-hour fully programmable coffeemaker with auto shutoff, brew-pause feature, and Grind off function
Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe with comfort grip handle holds up to 12 cups of coffee
Built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper holds a half pound of beans. Strength selector and grind control fine-tune intensity and volume
Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Similarities:

  • Both coffee makers have built-in stainless steel burr grinders.
  • Both can brew up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Both include a thermal carafe and gold-tone reusable filters.
  • Auto-start function.

Differences:

  • Breville’s Grind Control gives you the option to brew a single-cup, travel mug or different quantities up to 12-cup carafe. Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew can brew a minimum of 2 cups and up to 12-cups.
  • The adjustments on the Breville Grind Control are more advanced. For example: you can choose from 8 strength settings, 6 grind settings and you can calibrate your grind to match the type of roast you’re brewing. On the Grind and Brew, you can choose from 3 strength options, and the grind setting is tied to the amount of cups you’re brewing.
  • The Breville Grind Control has an LCD display that makes programming the coffee maker a breeze. It gives you instant feedback on the water level, grind and strength settings, grind time and more. The Grind and Brew by Cuisinart has a simple clock display, and everything else is programmed by buttons on the front panel of the machine.

Which Should You Buy? Breville Grind Control or Cuisinart Grind and Brew?

The best question to ask yourself here is, what is your brewing habit?

Do you brew full carafe daily? Do you prefer to brew a single cup instead?

If you brew different amount of coffee each time, you’ll appreciate Breville’s Grind Control ability to brew various cup sizes: single, travel mug, or up to 12 cups carafe, without compromise to the taste. And you’ll be happy to not waste any coffee because you’ll brew just what you need!

Another thing to consider the Breville for is if you enjoy different type of coffee roasts. No other coffee maker can calibrate its settings based on coffee bean type! This, in addition to 8 strength adjustable settings will ensure you have a cup of coffee that never fails you.

If you’re not interested in all the advanced features of the Breville, then you’ll find the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to be very functional, although it doesn’t make a cup as customized as the Breville.

Breville Grind Control vs. Bonavita BV1900, What’s The Difference?

The Bonavita is a a popular choice for a high-quality coffee maker, but it is not comparable to the Breville Grind Control in anyway.

The Bonavita is a coffee maker that brews coffee in a way similar to the pour-over coffee method, but in an automatic way. There are no settings or special programs on the Bonativa, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder like the Grind Control does. With the Bonavita, brewing is a simple as switching on the power button.

What makes the Bonavita special is:

  • Its flat bottom filter and showerhead that saturates the coffee ground with water before brewing (pre-infusion) and while brewing. So even bit of coffee ground is evenly extracted.
  • It brews coffee at optimal water temperature of 195F to 205F.

The Bonavita is a great coffee maker, but it’s entirely different than the Breville Grind Control. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our post on it here.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew vs. Capresso CoffeeTeam TS, What’s The Difference?

Capresso CoffeeTeam coffee maker with Built-in grinder makes a valid competitor to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. Here are its features:

  • It makes up to 10 cups of coffee.
  • Available with a thermal carafe or glass carafe.
  • Built-in burr grinder.
  • Fully programmable.
  • Choose from 5 grind settings, 5 cup sizes, and 3 coffee strength.
  • It has a 6 oz coffee bean hopper.
  • Can be used with the grinder off.

So the Capresso is fairly neck to neck with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. The differences are:

  • It brews less coffee – 10 cups vs. 12-cups for the Cuisinart.
  • It has a smaller bean hopper.
  • On the other hand:
  • It has 5 grind settings (fine to coarse)
  • It is available with the option of a glass carafe and warming plate.

You can read our review of the Capresso CoffeeTeam here.

Common Questions:

Do I Have to Use the Built-In Grinder?

No, with both models, there is a grinder-off option that allows you to brew pre-ground coffee. This comes in handy when you want to brew coffee that’s different than the one in the hopper.

Do I Have To Use the Included Gold-Tone Filter?

No, that’s not necessary. You can use any store-bought paper filter too.

Do These Coffee Makers Have Warming Plates?

No, because in this case, a warming plate isn’t required. They include a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for a long time. Having no warming plate also saves on electric usage.

With the Breville Grind Control, Can I Brew Directly Into a Mug or Travel Mug?

Yes, if you’re brewing a single cup or travel mug, you don’t have to use the carafe. The machine can accommodate a tall travel mug or a cup in its tray.

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