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Best Coffee Maker Review

Best coffeemaker: BUNN

I only started drinking coffee a few years ago when a friend of mine started working at Starbucks and gave me several bags of coffee beans. Since then, I’ve become addicted to coffee. I bought a burr grinder which is the only kind of grinder you should use if you want to grind your own coffee beans. I also bought a BRAUN coffee maker which was very inexpensive and great for making a single cup of coffee because it uses a funnel shaped coffee filter. The only problem is that sometimes the coffee is really good and sometimes a little bitter.

Lately, I’ve gotten too lazy to grind my coffee and I buy Chock full o’Nuts ground coffee.  I’ve been wondering how to get consistently good coffee, so I spent the day researching coffee makers on the Internet. Only the BUNN coffee maker has nothing but great reviews everywhere. I’ve seen BUNN coffee machines in restaurants and diners all my life but I never realized they made a home coffee machine.

After trying a BUNN home coffee maker, there was an immediate and noticeable difference.  The coffee is definitely milder and was not bitter.  I’ve been using it for three weeks now and I have not had a cup of coffee yet that was even slightly bitter.  Every pot of coffee is consistently mild, not bitter and really good.

Also interesting is that with less bitterness, I found that I am able to use approximately 25% less sugar, which means 25% fewer calories.  Since I don’t use sugar substitutes, I’m very happy to be able to cut down a little on my sugar intake.

After reading about BUNN, I found that there is a distinct difference between the way a BUNN makes coffee and other coffee makers.

First, BUNN uses a stainless steel water tank which is pre-filled with water and maintained at a consistent 200°F. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America coffee should be brewed with water at 200°F. Other coffeemakers heat the water directly with the heating element at temperatures ranging from 186°F to boiling.

BUNN is able to achieve a consistent water temperature of 200°F by using the stainless steel water storage tank which pre-heats the water and maintains it at the correct temperature. The tank essentially works the same way as the hot water heater in your house. When you make coffee, you add water which enters the tank at the bottom pushing the hot water up and through the spray nozzle onto the coffee grinds.

Apparently, in addition to the correct temperature, a quick brew time is also important to eliminate bitterness.  BUNN home coffee makers will brew an entire pot of coffee in only three minutes, approximately half of the time of other coffeemakers.

BUNN’s unique spray head is designed to create just the right amount of turbulence to mix the coffee grind with water.

BUNN coffee makers seem to be well built because there are many reviews on the Internet from people who say they are tired of replacing $50 coffee makers which break frequently while their BUNN has lasted without problems. It’s made in the US, so your money helps support our economy.

BUNN BX coffee maker

There are 5 home coffeemakers and a couple of commercial coffeemakers which are suitable for home use. All of the home coffee makers work exactly the same way and produce the same quality coffee.  The only difference is the styling and whether you want a glass decanter or stainless steel decanter.  I prefer the glass decanter.  Although the stainless steel decanter is designed to keep your coffee hot longer, I like my coffee hot and prefer to heat it in the microwave.

The 5 BUNN home coffeemakers and their differences are as follows:

  • GRX is sold at stores like Wal-Mart, has an all plastic housing and a glass to counter with a hot plate.
  • NHBX is a more modern design and little more compact in size front to rear and its a little shorter than the others. It also has a swivel lid on top versus a lift up lid to fill it.
  • BX is the original design with a square, more commercial look and a glass decanter with a hot plate.
  • BTX is the original design with a square, more commercial look and a stainless steel unbreakable double wall vacuum insulated carafe which keeps coffee hot without overheating, no hot plate and is dishwasher safe.
  • My Café is a coffee pod machine.

There are at least three BUNN commercial coffee makers which are suitable for home use:

BUNN CW15TC commercial coffee maker for home use

BUNN A10A

BUNN CWTF15-1

BUNN CWTF-1 Automatic Coffee Maker with hot water faucet

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9 Comments »

  • combi ovens says:

    I would call the manufacturer and ask what the trick is. You could also run bleach water through it followed by clean hot water a few times.

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  • Don says:

    I can't really agree. I find Bunn makers to make bland coffee with no complexity to the taste. Also, the tanks are extremely hard to clean, and the water in the tank gets stale-tasting if coffee is not made every day. We have one in our office and it has been a disaster from Day One.

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    • PhilEsq says:

      I prefer milder coffee, so maybe you're right. I just cleaned it a few days ago and did not find that it was difficult to clean. I use mine at home but I go through a pot of coffee every day.

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  • Craig says:

    Bunn in general makes really good coffee makers. I’m not familiar with this specific model, but we have an older one in our office that has lasted for many years and just keeps going. Keep it clean and use it properly and it performs well.

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  • Raymond says:

    You just can not go wrong with BUNN coffee makers. I agree that they are great products with an average of 4 stars in Amazon.com. I think the model in the picture is a BUNN 13300.0001 VP17-1SS.

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  • PhilEsq says:

    The model is the Bunn BX with a glass pot. The BTX has a stainless steel decanter.

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  • MyCoffeeBuzz says:

    Good information on the Bunn coffee maker. I did not know they had a stainless steel water tank. I like stainless steel much better than plastic. Also the fact that it brews a whole pot of coffee in 3 minutes is really good. I don't like to wait a long time on my coffee in the mornings. I may look closer at the Bunn when I purchase another coffee maker.

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  • Sasha Smitt says:

    Very good and informative article.

    I was always wondering if Bunn has any model commercial models that suits for home use.

    BTW, what is the model shown on first picture?

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  • Mr Coffee Maker says:

    Depending on the kind of coffee maker you use, make sure to get the coffee beans ground to the appropriate level of coarseness.

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