If you drink coffee at all, you are sure to have heard of Bunn brand coffee makers. Bunn is one of the best brands of coffee makers on the market, and it has been for quite a while. If you have tried Bunn coffee machines, you know how smoothly they work and how they make great coffee.
Since your coffee is such an essential factor in getting your day started, we are going to share our top five picks of coffee brewers from Bunn. We will share the positive, as well as the negative, so that you will have a complete picture of each unit.
|BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer|
|BUNN Speed Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer||8 lbs||4.6/5|
|Bunn MCU Single Cup Home Coffee Brewer||11 lbs||4.4/5|
|BUNN HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker 10 cup||9 lbs||4.3/5|
|BUNN VPR-2GD 12-Cup||25 lbs||4.0/5|
The Bunn GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer has a stainless steel hot water tank that keeps water warm, so you can brew your hot pot of coffee on demand. It only takes about three minutes to brew a full pot.
This Bunn model features a multi-stream spray head that distributes the water equally over your coffee beans, allowing you to get the fullest flavor possible. The coffee is then deposited into a pot that is specially designed so that it won’t drip when you pour it.
This coffee brewer can make anywhere from four to ten cups of coffee, and it has a porcelain-coated warming plate to keep the coffee hot for late risers.
The only thing that could make this machine any better would be if it were programmable, so your coffee could be ready for you when you get up. You also need to be careful of the amount of water you put in the water tank. If you get it too full, this machine tends to overflow from the coffee ground drawer and make a mess.
The Bunn Speed Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer also has the capability to brew ten cups of coffee at a time. It has an internal hot water tank for faster brewing, though this model tends to take closer to four minutes to brew, compared to the Velocity’s three minutes.
The Bunn Speed Brew is very simple to use. The only big problem with it is that there is no timer to shut it off automatically. In order to keep your coffee warm, the unit has to be on all the time. Coffee can get a scorched taste if it stays on a burner too long, so to help solve that issue, Bunn has set the warming plate to 180°. However, most people like their coffee to be hotter, and that just isn’t possible with this machine.
This coffee maker features a specially shaped drip-free carafe. It also has a lime-tolerant coating to help prevent any build-up in the machine itself, or in the decanter.
Single cup coffee makers have become very popular. They are easy to use and can quickly brew the single perfect cup of coffee. Bunn’s MCU Single Cup Home Coffee Brewer is very versatile. You can brew K-cups, ground coffee or tea, tea bags, or just plain hot water.
Having individual pods is really convenient if you have a lot of people who like different flavored coffees. They are particularly great for people who don’t like coffee, as you can brew tea and hot water for hot chocolate too.
This brewer has one cup that comes with it, but other cups can be used as long as they fit in the opening. Not all cups work, so double-check yours before you begin brewing.
There are two significant drawbacks that we found with this coffee maker. First, there is no on or off switch. You have to plug it in when you’re ready to brew and unplug it when you are done. Make sure you have your coffee cup in place before plugging the unit in, as it will begin brewing immediately.
Second, even though you can brew freshly ground coffee with this machine, there is no mechanism to help easily eject the grounds into the garbage can. You either have to use a spoon or knock it against the side of the garbage can. When you go the trash can route, the lid often comes off and falls in, requiring you to dig around in the garbage to find it.
The Bunn HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker is great to have for convenience. It features a digital clock that lets you program it to start brewing your coffee at a specific time, whether you are there or not. When the machine begins brewing, the warming plate automatically comes on too. It takes approximately ten minutes to brew a pot of coffee. By the time it is done brewing, the warming plate is up to temperature and will keep your coffee warm for up to two hours. It will automatically shut off after two hours in case you forget about it.
This particular model of Bunn coffee brewer tends to require more coffee grounds than other models to make the same strength of coffee. It also uses a little more water, which gives it that gas station watered-down taste. Be mindful of how much water you pour into the filter cavity. Water tends to spill out and make a mess if it’s overfilled.
This model has a strangely shaped, shatter-resistant, and drip-free carafe. It is nice until you get down to where you only have about two cups worth of coffee left in it. Once you reach that level, the pot requires you to tip it further than 90° to get the rest out, which can be difficult.
The Bunn VPR-2GD has the capacity to brew up to 12 cups of coffee at a time. It comes with two glass decanters and two warming plates.
This Bunn model has a rather large footprint and takes up quite a bit of counter space. It is better for businesses than it is for the average homeowner.
There are a couple of drawbacks with this particular model, though. There is no on or off button. Once you plug it in, it runs continuously. It’s also hard to gauge the water level, so you have to measure your water beforehand so you can pour more accurately.
Probably the biggest problem with this particular brewer is the sound level. It’s fine when it’s just keeping your coffee warm, but it is loud when heating up the water to brew. You’ll need to be careful where you place this machine so it won’t interrupt work.
There are several things for you to consider when you are looking for a Bunn coffee maker. The decisions you make before you go shopping will help with any guessing issues that may come up while you’re in the store. They include:
Consider these things when it comes to usage:
Where will its home be?
Make sure you have a place large enough to store your Bunn where you will use it the most.
How many cups per day?
How many people will be using your machine?
Bunn home models can make up to ten cups of coffee at a time.
The standard commercial model can make up to 12 cups of coffee at a time.
The standard Bunn coffee maker uses ground coffee beans to make coffee by the pot and keeps it hot on warmers.
These use individual pods to make one cup of coffee at a time. They can be nice if you are serving several people with different taste preferences.
The airpot brews your coffee directly into a large insulated pitcher. This pitcher allows you to make large quantities of coffee at a time, and can be transported to different locations if needed. The insulated pot keeps your coffee hotter longer without the use of warmers. This helps the coffee taste fresher for a longer period of time.
Thermal coffee makers also deliver your coffee into a thermal stainless steel container. The thermal coffee maker typically has a 10- to 12-cup carafe, while the airpot is larger.
SoftHeat technology allows the coffee in your pot to heat up to 175 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the heater has reached your desired temperature, it shuts off to help prevent over-brewing or scalding.
a. Pour over:
Water is poured into the top of the machine before turning it on in order to brew.
These coffee makers can be connected directly to a water line, allowing the hot water reservoir to fill up automatically. They do still have the pour over option available if a water line isn’t accessible.
Coffee makers can come with one to six warmers. The number of people that the machine will be serving will tell you how many you need.
Some Bunn coffee makers have a hot water faucet for people who would rather have hot chocolate or tea.
Digital brewing controls offer different electronic features such as automatic shut-off, higher brewing volumes, additional hot water reservoir controls, and improved temperature control. This particular type of coffee maker does not offer the pour-over option. It must have an automatic connection to its water supply.
Now that we have told you about the different kinds of coffee makers there are and what types of models are available, lets quickly review our top five Bunn coffee brewers:
1. BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer – Top Pick
2. BUNN Speed Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer – The Runner-Up
3. Bunn MCU Single Cup Home Coffee Brewer
4. BUNN HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker 10 cup
5. BUNN VPR-2GD 12-Cup – The Commercial Brewer Pick
Now you can feel like you have enough knowledge to choose the Bunn coffee maker that is best for you. Whether you are looking for the right machine for home or for the office, Bunn has you covered.
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