If you're new to a coffee maker that brews coffee with right temperature water and grounds saturation, you may need to adjust your coffee and water ratio to enjoy a good cup of coffee.
As with most electric brewers we have encountered, we don’t necessarily think that the manufacturer's instructions optimize performance. Our recommended departure points for experimenting with the Bonavita Exceptional Brew coffee maker are:
→ 30grams (beans), medium grind setting, 14 ounces of water in to yield approximately 12 ounces of liquid
→ 40grams (beans), medium grind setting, 17 ounces of water in to yield approximately 15 ounces of liquid
→ 50grams (beans), medium grind setting, 23 ounces of water in to yield approximately 20 ounces of liquid
→ 55 grams (beans), medium grind setting, 25 ounces of water in to yield approximately 23 ounces of liquid.
For more body, adjust the recipe using more coffee, for more brightness and concentration adjust the grind finer. For a smoother, less bitter cup, adjust the grind courser, and to allow for more nuance in aromatics and fruit flavors adjust the recipe for less coffee. One thing to note is that the efficiency of the Bonavita can highlight some of the negative features inherent in inferior coffee. With some experimentation and adjustment of the basic parameters, flaws in the coffee can usually be masked at least as well with the Bonavita as with any other brewer, but of course, we would simply choose to use better coffee. Happy brewing!
In case you’re new to manual pour over brewing, here is a way to get started. Brewing a single cup of coffee via the manual pour over technique allows the coffee flavor to fully come alive. We don’t think you’ll go back to your K world anytime soon after enjoying single cup coffee this way. Thanks to Jonathan for sharing his recipe with us.
→ Yield: Approximately 7.5 ounces
→ Brew ratio: 1:17, 14g coffee :238g water
→ Total contact time: 1:50–2:10 minutes
→ Grind size: Differs greatly depending on grinder, but slightly finer than drip coffee setting.
→ Water temperature: 202–205°F
→ Extraction: 19.45%
→ TDS: 1.28%