keepitsimple wrote:Dozen or so ? can you elaborate ? 'Cos I can only count 3 if you include the top of the water reservoir - add a fourth if you want to put a lid on the pot after you've made the coffee.
I agree - reading the misinformation in this thread just now, I was wondering when someone would correct the flow.
As Dave mentions, the TV and the BV are dead simple to use out of the box. After tinkering you might develop a tweak or two you enjoy to add more of what you like on a coffee - the adjustments are there for someone to use, most don't though and are very happy.
How many used Technivorm or Bonavita machines do you see in the buy/sell section of coffee forums? There are many thousands of these out there - more would be up for grabs used if they did not simply work.
jbviau wrote:Since I haven't used either the Technivorm or the Bonavita, I'm hesitant to contribute, but I thought a wonky-yet-non-enthusiast perspective might be useful [not mine].
In the March 2013 Cook's Illustrated (think America's Test Kitchen) I noticed these two brewers came in #1 and #2. The Technivorm won out by staying within the ideal 195-205 temp. range for 87% of the brew cycle; the Bonavita was there 78% of the time. Flavorwise they tied at 3 stars (max. rating), with the Technivorm's coffee described as "smooth, velvety" and the Bonavita's as "bright, full, more acidic" due to slightly higher brew temp. As a result, the Bonavita is now their "Best Buy" in the auto-drip category.
Here's a brief quote about how they tested temp.: "...we ran two rounds of temperature checks on all of the machines by taping thermocouple probe wires to the center of each brew basket atop the coffee grounds (where the heated water would drip directly on them) and averaged the amount of time the water spent in the optimal zone."
Thanks for that Josh - had not seen that yet.