A review of KitchenAid pour over brewer, a part of new KitchenAid craft coffee product line.
The new KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer mimics the manual pour over process and delivers a bright, clean cup full of flavor without any effort. The machine meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America which means it brews at optimal temperature, water flow, volume and timing.
I love the style of this brewer: cool design, colors and shiny finish. I’m pretty sure this would look great in any kitchen. The KitchenAid pour over coffee maker is a part new KitchenAid’s craft coffee machines, dedicated to celebrating the art manual brewing.
There are two versions of this KitchenAid pour over: custom and single button brewer.
If you don’t need programmable options, you can choose the basic single button coffee maker. It’s available in Onyx black color and retails for $169.00.
The custom KitchenAid pour over coffee maker comes with strength control (medium or dark roast), cup selector (brew from 2 to 8 cups) and auto ON feature. It’s available in 4 colors (onyx black, contour silver, medallion silver and empire red) and retails for $199.00.
Both models have 40 fl ounces water reservoir, progress bar and are the same size (15.1 inches tall and 8.7 inches wide).
I was surprised with the quality though. Its high price doesn’t translate into extra quality. The unit is pretty much all plastic and feels slightly cheap. Especially for the brand name.
I also feel this machine needs some improvements in design. For example, it’s hard to fill the water reservoir through a small opening on top and there are always few drops left on the unit. You can’t remove the reservoir from the unit either. The glass carafe looks nice, but somehow it’s hard to pour from the carafe without any spilling especially if it’s full. And, a paper filter won’t always fit perfectly so you will need to fold it or trim it slightly.
The SCAA certified brewer
Besides the fact it needs some improvements, this machine does a great job when it comes to making a good cup of coffee. The KitchenAid pour over machine is a Specialty Coffee Association of America certified brewer which means it brews within the Golden Cup standards: optimal temperature, water flow, volume, and timing.
So, the machine really does what it says – it makes great pour over coffee, at a touch of a button. Coffee is always fresh, hot and flavorful. It won’t be burnt or anything. It’s just like a good cup of pour over coffee, but the machine will do everything for you.
EASE OF USE
The brewer is really simple to use. To set up, open the filter holder, place #4 cone paper filter and add fresh ground coffee. KitchenAid recommends using 17 grams of coffee per 10 ounces of water. I normally use 2 tbsp of coffee per cup in my Moccamaster. Grind: fine to medium.
Select the number of cups you want to brew (cups are measured in 5 oz European cups, not 8 oz US cups, so 2 cups equal 10 ounces of water), set the strength and press brew. The machine will first heat the water to the 200°F, then pre-wet the grounds, pause to allow coffee to bloom, then slowly shower the grounds with water. I love the progress bar on this machine and the way it shows each step of the brewing process: from heating to pouring and then steeping. It’s a nice detail.
When it’s done, the enjoy indicator will light up. The machine needs about 6 minutes to brew an entire pot of coffee. For the best result, try using freshly roasted ground coffee.
It’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly using a wet cloth and descaling your machine every three months. When it’s time for cleaning, the “clean” indicator on your coffee maker will flash. Please, hand wash the carafe with a mild detergent after each use or at least once every day. Discarding the paper filter and grounds after each use is a great habit too. Here’s my coffee maker cleaning routine.
The KitchenAid pour over coffee maker includes a full one-year warranty for normal home use. KitchenAid Customer service support is available from Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.—8 p.m. EST at 1 (800) 541-6390. Replacement parts are available for purchase online.
If all you’re really after is a good cup of coffee, a machine like KitchenAid pour over is perfectly adequate, particularly if you’re loyal to the brand. However, the material and quality is a huge deal breaker. I believe the Bonavita (available for as low as $130) is a wiser option. It’s far from perfect but it’s easier to clean and has fewer design problems.