Cuisinart is a brand that is leading in the coffee maker world. We’ve reviewed and compared many of their coffee makers like the Cuisinart Grind and Brew, Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs DCC-2650, Cuisinart DGB-900BC and more. All of these make a great drip coffee maker, but none of them so far makes pour-over coffee, not until the model we’ll be focusing on today.
The Pure Precision (CPO-800 & CPO850) is an automatic pour-over coffee maker from Cuisinart that is SCAA-certfied. That means it meets the requirement for a home brewer that Specialty Coffee Association of America has set, that includes brew time and temperature.
Features of the Cuisinart Pure Precision Coffee Maker
- Premium pour over coffee maker with coffee strength and temperature control
- Precision brewing technique mimics manual pour-over brewing method in a fully automated operation.
- Pre-wet coffee grounds for an even saturation and extraction, and to bloom freshly ground coffee.
- Choose from three flavor strength: mild, medium, bold.
- Choose from two temperature settings: hot and extra hot.
- Includes an 8-cup carafe.
- Brew-Pause feature allows you to pour a cup before brewing cycle is complete.
- 24-hour programmable with auto start and adjustable auto off.
- Includes charcoal water filter, laser-etched stainless steel permanent filter and #4 paper filter starter pack.
Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-800 vs. CPO-850, Is There a Difference?
The only difference between the CPO-800 and CPO-850 models is the carafe. Both carafes are 8-cup capacity, but the CPO-800 is a glass carafe and the CPO-850 is a thermal carafe.
Why You Should Consider the Cuisinart Pure Precision Pour Over Coffee Maker
You’ve probably heard many coffee snobs rave about pour over coffee and how it is a lot better than any coffee a drip machine can ever make. Guess what? They are absolutely right. Pour Over produces a cup of coffee that is better than any home coffee maker because of two things: temperature and how the coffee ground is saturated.
- With automatic pour-over coffee makers, the coffee maker is able to bring the water temperature up to 205F, which is the optimal brewing temperature.
- The other thing is the brewing method itself. In drip coffee makers, you have a single stream of water going down through the coffee ground to fill it up with water. But that doesn’t always guarantee that it will fill up the entire basket of coffee ground, so sometimes you end up with coffee ground that isn’t fully saturated and therefore, not fully extracted. A pour-over coffee maker has a showerhead-like water action, the shower water first blooms your coffee, meaning it wets it before the full extraction to ensure that it is all wet and saturated and release any gas from fresh coffee beans. After that, the brewing process starts with the same showerhead water action that fully covers and extracts a flavorful cup of coffee.
One of the biggest downsides to the pour-over brewing method is that it is time consuming and it is not the best choice for someone who wants to rush out with a cup of coffee in hand. This problem is solved with an automatic machine like the Cuisinart Pure Precision.
How Long Does The Cuisinart Pure Precision Take to Make Coffee?
It is hard to estimate how long it will take to brew your coffee because it is fully reliant on your settings. For example: Extra Hot and Bold coffee will take longer to make than a Hot Medium or Mild coffee. Coffee strength refers to how long the coffee steeps in the machine, so the strong the coffee the longer it takes. We can guess though, based on customer feedback, that it shouldn’t take longer than 7 minutes.
Which Cuisinart Pure Precision Has a Hot Plate?
As with other coffee makers, only models with a glass carafe have a hot plate to keep your coffee hot. So, with the Cuisinart Pure Precision, the CPO-800 model is the one that comes with a glass carafe and features a hot plate that can stay on for up to 2 hours. The CPO-850 model has a thermal carafe, so there’s no hot plate on it as it is not needed.
Other Automatic Pour Over Coffee Makers To Consider
Like we said, we’ve covered many automatic pour over coffee makers in the past. But the Pure Precision is the first to come from Cuisinart. If you want to have a look at pour-over coffee makers from other brands, here are some suggestions:
- Bonavita BV1900 8-Cup Coffee Maker
- OXO On Barista Brain
- Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker
- KitchenAid Pour-over Coffee Maker
If you’re a fan of Pour-Over coffee and want a beautiful setup to put on display on your kitchen counter, here’s the good news: you don’t have to spend a fortune for the best setup! We found some great pour-over drippers by Japanese brand Osaka that look simply beautiful, made from quality materials and are worth their money, for sure!
Osaka “Lake Mashu” Pour-over dripper with Wood Stand Set:
The Osaka Lake Mashu consists of a stainless steel cone filter, a stand with a wooden base and a 4-cup glass carafe. The carafe is made from borosilicate glass, which is resistant to thermal shock, it also does not absorb any odors, chemicals or residue. And while it can make a max of 4 cups, it has markings for 2 cups (9 oz) 3 cups (13.5 oz) and 4 cups (18 oz), with a full capacity of 20 oz. You can choose your favorite wood color: natural, Mahogany or black.
Osaka “Kaiyukan Gold” Tripod Pour Over Set:
This set has a different feel and aesthetic than the previous set, but it’s still as beautiful with it’s luxurious gold and brown tones! The set includes a gold stainless steel cone filter, a gold stand, a wooden base and a 20 oz carafe accented with cold metal and a brown wooden handle. The glass carafe is marked for 2 cups, 3 cups or 4 cups. Unlike the previous set, it is available only in one shade of wood.
Osaka Mount Zao Pour Over Coffee Station:
This set comes with an entirely different aesthetic, perfect for someone who wants the more classic pour-over look. The Mount Zao set includes a base with a metal stand, a stainless steel cone filter, and a 20-oz all-glass carafe.
Why Choose Osaka Pour-Over Home Set?
There are many pour-over sets available to buy, but here’s why these Osaka sets won our hearts:
- Beautiful designs that reflect the traditional Japanese style combining natural wood with metal.
- The stainless steel cone filters mean you don’t ever have to buy a paper filter again.
- They are very reasonably priced, making them a great set either for personal use or as a gift.
What Is a Clever Dripper?
When it comes to coffee cones or drippers, you are probably familiar with the Hario V60, which is the most popular one. Another one is a Chemex, the famous pour-over pot.
The Clever Dripper, which looks more like the Hario V60 than a Chemex, is another method of brewing drip coffee. While it looks like the V60, it isn’t considered a pour-over coffee maker. The Clever is actually unique in it’s way of brewing. It is called Immersion brewing, and it combines pour over but with the ability to steep your coffee longer, kind of like a French Press.
How Does a Clever Dripper Work?
The first few steps of brewing using a Clever Dripper are somewhat similar to Pour Over:
- Place the filter and wet it to get rid of any paper taste.
- Put in your coffee ground and pour in the water.
- You can pour down the water all at once or slowly. You don’t have to pour the water in increments like with traditional pour-over.
At this point, the Clever Dripper, unlike the V60, will hold the coffee in it and it will steep. Due to its unique mechanism with its shut off valve, the coffee doesn’t pour down until you’ve put the dripper over your mug or carafe. You can let your coffee steep for as long as you want, but 2 to 3 minutes is the recommended time. After it’s done steeping, place the Clever Dripper over your cup and the coffee will start to pour down.
How Does Clever Dripper Compare to Chemex When It Comes To Taste?
The main difference between these devices is retention and how long the coffee is kept before it’s poured into a mug/server.
- The Chemex is designed to be used with thick paper filters that retain a lot of the coffee’s oils. That, combined with the coarseness of the coffee ground and the slow pour of water, coffee is released slowly but the result is a light and clean cup of coffee.
- The Clever Dripper uses a lighter type of paper filters, but the dripper itself still contains the coffee ground perfectly. However, due to the fact the the coffee steeps in the dripper rather than pour down right away, it results in a bolder cup of coffee, almost as bold as a cup of French Press.
How Does Clever Dripper Compare to French Press?
We’ve already stated that Clever is the closest thing to French Press as both allow you to steep the coffee longer. However, since the French Press pot keeps the coffee ground in it even after you’ve pressed down the plunger, it will still continue to steep, though way less than before plunging. This means that a cup of French Press coffee is even stronger than a Clever’s.
What Kind of Filter Does a Clever Dripper Use?
For a Clever, you’ll need a paper filter size #4.
Does It Work With a Permanent Filter?
A permanent filter of the right size could work. However, it might pop up a bit and not sit correctly as a paper filter, which once wet, will mold to the shape of the dripper.
Clever Dripper vs. Bonavita, Are They Different?
Image Title Clever Coffee Dripper by CoastLine, Large, 18 Ounces Bonavita Wide Base Porcelain Immersion Dripper Feature CLEVER COFFEE DRIPPER; the CoastLine Clever Coffee Dripper combines the functionality of a French Press with the convenience of drip brewing while eliminating the drawbacks of each. Great-tasting coffee & effortless dripping!
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SHUT-OFF VALVE; the best thing about the Clever Coffee Dripper is the shut-off valve it's equipped it, which holds the coffee until the brewing process is complete. This ensures that your coffee will always be free of grounds and simply delicious!
HIGHLY VERSATILE; this Clever coffee dripper by CoastLine fits the cups and thermoses with tops measuring 1.5" and 3.75" in diameter. At the same time, it works with just any kind of grind: pre-grind, your own grind, coarse, drip & more.
EASY PEASY CLEANING; French Presses are undoubtedly difficult to clean - but not the Clever Coffee Dripper. Simply dispose of the used grounds/filter and rinse! Gently scrub the cone with water and a brush or sponge to prevent ground buildup and you're done! Backed by 1-Year WARRANTY, this is totally risk-free buy; we will replace the Coffee Dripper if there's any problem. CLICK the Orange button to Order Now!
Porcelain dripper with an open/close switch to release coffee
Single cup brewing with French press flavor
Easy clean up after brewing
Uses No.4 paper filter or permanent filter
16 ounce brewing capacity
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- Bonavita’s Porcelain Dripper is actually an immersion dripper, just like Clever. The brewing method is the same, but there are a few design difference.
- With the Clever Dripper, the shut-off valve is designed to release the coffee once it is placed on top of a mug. It is also made of BPA-free plastic.
- The Bonavita Dripper has a switch valve. When you’re done steeping you’ll switch the valve to release the coffee. It’s made of porcelain so it is of higher quality than the Clever.
- The porcelain of the Bonavtia will actually help retain heat better than Clever’s plastic.
- Capacity wise, the Clever dripper is 18 oz while the Bonavita is 16 oz.
What’s The Difference Between Bonavita Porcelain and Bonavita V-Style Dripper?
The Bonavita V-style dripper is actually a pour-over dripper, much like the Hario V60. It doesn’t have the steeping feature of the Bonavita Dripper or Clever.
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Bodum has always been famous of their french press pots. But they’re also increasingly becoming popular for their great pour-over pot. In this post, we will be highlighting the difference between these two to help you choose the right product for you.
Bodum French Press, How Does It Work?
Whether it’s Bodum or another French Press brand, the method of french press works the same (although the quality of Bodum pots is hard to beat!). French press, which is also known as press pot or plunger coffee, is very simple method of brewing coffee, which is probably why it’s a favorite among many coffee lovers.
The French Press is made of a simple pot with a lid that has a filter attached to it. When you fill your pot with your favorite coffee ground, add hot water and leave it to steep for a few minutes. When your steeping time is over, all you have to do is press down your filter, which holds the coffee ground at the bottom of the pot and lifts all the coffee brew up.
Because when using French Press the coffee ground remains in the pot, usually the taste of the coffee is bolder than that made using Pour-over. If you prefer a bold, full bodied cup of coffee, you’ll enjoy the results of French Press.
Bodum Pour Over, How Does It Work?
Compared to the French Press, the Pour-Over pot is a relatively new addition to the Bodum family. Preparing coffee following the Pour-Over method is an increasingly popular trend among coffee lovers. Although it requires more time and a more precise procedure, many people still find it very enjoyable (myself included!).
The basis of pour-over is brewing coffee on a cone which lets the coffee drips slowly. There are different types of pour-over cones, there are the small cones that can be placed directly on your mug like the famous Hario V60, or you can use a decanter where the cone is placed on top of it and your coffee drips into the serving decanter, like Chemex or the Bodum Pour-over pot.
With the Bodum Pour-over, you get a glass decanter with a reusable cone filter. You will add the coffee ground to the filter then you’ll have to slowly pour your water over a course of a minute or two, you’ll notice that the coffee will start to slowly pour down into the decanter. Here’s how it works:
Pour over coffee results in a lighter and cleaner cup of coffee. As the coffee ground remains in the top filter, you’ll notice that the coffee brewed is oil-free and less bitter or acid in taste.
Which One Should You Go For?
Eventually, it all comes down to how you prefer your coffee to taste:
- If you want a strong cup of coffee, more on the bitter side, and with all oily flavors of the coffee ground in-tact, then French Press is the way to go.
- For a low acid, clean and crisp cup of coffee, Pour-over is definitely the way to go.
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:
- 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.
Also available to buy from: 1stInCoffee.com
What Is The Difference Between BV1500TS vs. 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.
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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