This coffee brewer certainly has developed a lot of buzz, especially in a community of supernerd coffee enthusiasts who normally eschew anything auto drip. It is the Behmor BraZen auto drip coffee machine. And it is not your Dad's Braun auto dripper.
It features PID like controls for the water temperature that allow you precise adjustments in whatever brewing temperature you want. It features a "full soak water dispensing head" that promises to deliver a full-saturation shower to the bed of ground coffee. It has a system called "temperature glide" to control and slow down the heat increase of the brewing water when the machine approaches your set temperature. And it even auto calibrates itself to adjust temperatures depending on your altitude (!!). For instance, water, which boils at 212F at sea level, boils at 202F by the time you get to places like Denver. And it even has an onboard system to let you store and recall favourite settings. Capacity is 8 cups (1.2l) and it features a steel thermal carafe and many other super geek features.
While we haven't had a chance to use or test one of these, but it has become a popular device amongst the coffee enthusiast crowd. At a price that is still cheaper than many of the top line Capressos and Brevilles, this could be your next auto drip machine.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.