Behmor Brazen Coffee Brewer

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Type: Brewers

Vendor: Behmor


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  • The Bottom Line

    For those who are on the hunt for a brewer that offers both affordability and advanced control, search no more. A product of Behmor, the Brazen boasts of a design and technology that exceeds any other coffee maker in its class. With the ability to be programmed in a variety of ways, the machine allows users to modify water temperature, altitude calibration, and pre-soak settings to create the perfect cup of joe. This is the ideal system for selective coffee lovers and critics who are looking for an appliance that won’t break the bank.

    While many coffee-making devices use a fixed method of heating with a wide variance range, the Brazen provides users with the ability to set exceptionally specific brew temperatures. The adjustable settings allow users to choose any degree between 190-210 F, with only a .5 ° fluctuation. Because different aspects and flavors of coffee tend to emerge depending on the level of heat that it is brewed at, being able to control the water temperature is essential to creating the ultimate profile.

    In addition to modifiable temperatures, this brewer is also capable of being calibrated to various altitudes. Because water boils at different rates, depending on the elevation, Behmor has developed a feature that compensates for the differentiations that this causes in flavor. It is crucial to set the proper altitude on the machine, in order for it to function properly and efficiently.

    The pre-soak element provides users with the option to steep the grounds for an allotted time (between 15 seconds and four minutes) prior to brewing. This allows for an even saturation and distribution of the coffee. The function can be particularly beneficial for fresher beans, which are more prone to higher levels of “blooming,” or degassing.

    Many users have pointed out the brewer’s rather comic resemblance to a futuristic spacecraft; however, its design was carefully implemented by the manufacturer to offer extensive ergonomic efficiency. Along with its user-friendly structure, the stainless steel used for both the carafe and reservoir offers a combination of benefits, including: quality taste assurance, equipment durability, and excellent heat retention, which eliminates the need for a hot plate.

    The shower-type saturation feature is another perk that this device offers. Instead of pouring water directly into the center of the grounds (a tactic that many of its competitors employ), the Brazen applies an evenly distributed flow over the filter. This approach helps the system to evade the common error of over-saturating one specific area.

    Other features of the Behmor Brazen include pre-programmable auto start times and memory storage. 

    To get the best out of this machine, we highly recommend a home coffee grinder such as the Baratza Virtuoso or the Baratza Vario.

    Behmor’s Brazen Brewer is a high-quality and easy-to-use machine that provides users with unmatched control over the brewing process and you would have to spend at least a $100 more to find a coffeemaker with the same capabilities.

     At a Glance
      • Set Your Own Brew Temperature
      • Stainless Water Tank
      • Adjusts for Boiling Point for Changes in Elevation
      • Double Walled Steel Carafe
      • Sprayhead Soaks Grounds Evenly
      • Pre-Soak Allows Proper Blooming
      • Use Paper Filters or the Included Gold Metal Basket
      • Auto-Timer
      • BPA Free
      • Two Year Warranty Through Behmor
    SCAA Best New Product 2012
    Dimensions
    Height 14.2 inches                               
    Width 5.5 inches 
    Depth 7 inches  
    Weight 13 pounds   

      Pros
      • Adjustable Temperature Range Management: Specify your chosen brew temperatures ranging from 190°F to 210°F.
      • Power Regulated Heat Range: Program configurations guarantee specific water temperatures are attained and never lower or higher.
      • Reservoir & Boiler:  The stainless steel water tank and boiler are one piece, which allows for a far more steady brew temperature.
      • Elevation Correction: Easily adjustable for altitude differences and changes in the boiling point.
      • Double Walled Insulated Stainless Carafe: No hot plate to scorch your coffee, the carafe preserves the heat and the taste for several hours.
      • Auto-Timer: Although we don't recommend this for the best cup (read why fresh ground is better), a program auto-on time function is available that will start up your coffee brewing whenever you want. 
      • Total Saturation Water Distribution Sprayhead: Equal water dispersal over your coffee grounds increases the taste in your mug.
      • Pre-soak Functionality: Create a proper bloom by pre-soaking your grounds from 15 seconds to 4 minutes.
      • Extra-large Gold Grounds Basket: Allows your grounds space to bloom without spillage
      • Brew Directly Into Your Servicing Vessel: Establish a precise water temperature, take out the carafe, and utilize your Brazen as a kettle for your preferred pour-over or to make tea.
      Cons
      • Clogged Screens. 1st generation models were not without their snags. However, Behmor has made continuous improvements to the Brazen Coffee Brewer since it was released and has provided awesome customer support for any and all issues. On the original models, a screen was in place that was designed to catch large pieces of debris prior to entering the pump mechanism. However, screen would often become calcified and clog with hard water usage. This problematic filter has been removed on the 2nd generation models.

      • 1st Gen Leaking Carafes. A few of the first generation carafes were prone to leak around the mouth. Behmor redesigned the carafe to eliminate this problem and at provide replacements to those select number of customers that were affected. Folks, you don't find that commitment to customer service by the larger manufacturers. 

      Comparison to Similar Products

      The only other coffeemaker with comparable features is the much higher priced Technivorm Moccamaster.

      Techniques, Tips and Tricks

      One of the most strongly emphasized instructions is to use only filtered water. The manufacturer stresses that the liquid’s quality is highly important, as it affects both the taste of the beverage as well as impacts the functionality of the machine.

    • Manufacturer Behmor
      Model Brazen Brewer
      Width 9 in
      Depth 9.5 in
      Height 15.75 in
      Weight 8.0 lbs
      Electrical 120 volts
      Construction Metal and Plastic
      Reservoir Size 40 ounces
      Auto On Yes
      Auto Shut Off Yes
      Max Ounces per Pot Max: 40 ounces
      Brew Interrupt (Brewing shuts off when carafe is removed) Yes
      Programmability Yes
      Available Carafe Styles Stainless Steel
      NSF Certified No
    • Shipping

      Ships by UPS, FEDEX, or UPS. Shipping to APOs is OK! Ships from our Missouri warehouse.

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    Jim from Tulsa, OK on Apr 05, 2014
    My Brazen has been the best brewer I've ever owned.

    I can take any roast/variety/type of beans and dial it in to perfection. I keep a log similar to those folks keep for their espresso machines so I can easily repeat my experiments. The pre-infusion is a great feature and I don't know why more coffeemakers don't come standard with this. This machine brews BETTER than my Hario V60 and all my other artys fartsy pour overs as everything is EASILY repeatable. And I can brew a significant amount at one time if I have guests. My fancy manual drip brewers are now collecting dust on the shelves.

    I had a first generation machine and did have a little drip from the spout but Behmor sent a part to fix that.

    Highly recommended.