BUNN Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker Review

Last Updated on August 11, 2021 by YourBestCoffeeMachine

The BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker is here to help you stay caffeinated, even as our lives have become steadily busier and busier over the past few years.  Sometimes, it would be nice if we had 25 hours in a day rather than 24. Yet, no matter how busy we have become, it’s always important to make time for the things that matter in life such, such as friends, family and coffee!

Bunn thermal carafe coffee maker

The BUNN thermal insulated coffee maker offers us a solution that attempts to maximize our coffee experience while also maximizing our time in other areas by providing an incredibly short brew time.

There has been much hype about this machine, so let’s dig in and see what all the fuss is about.

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Features of the BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker

The BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker features an “always on” function that keeps two full carafes (approx. 20 cups) of water on hold at the ideal brewing temperature. Therefore, when the moment arrives that you need to have your coffee, you simply add your fresh grounds, and in 3 minutes, you will be sipping on your favorite brew.

The designers at BUNN have attempted to disrupt the world of countertop coffee machines by incorporating a high-velocity spray. The manufacturer claims that this process removes the bitter taste that can be so often associated with coffee that comes from run of the mill machines. The velocity spray means that the beans will never become over saturated such as they do in standard drip coffee machines.

Convenience of the BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker

The BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker can hold two full carafes of heated water in reserve. This means that this machine has a large output of coffee, making it ideal for large families, office spaces or those who love to drink ten cups of coffee a day! Not only that but BUNN claim the water is heated to the optimal temperature for brewing of 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the first carafe has been filled, the machine gets to work on preparing the next reservoir while you are serving/enjoying the first one. This makes this machine ideal for entertaining at dinner parties or gatherings of friends and family. For speed and convenience when coffee is in high demand, you would be hard-pressed to find a better performing machine than the BUNN BT Speed Brew.

The “always on” function is handy, but what about when you will be away from home or the office? The machine is fitted with a handy on/off switch that can cease the heating process indefinitely. When you arrive at home or work again, and want a cup of coffee, just switch it back on, and in no time, you will be back in business!

Insulated Carafe keeps coffee warm up to 2 hours

One of the best things about the BUNN BT Speed Brew is that it features an insulated carafe. This vacuum-insulated carafe allows you to keep your coffee warm for up to 2 hours on end. It is the ideal companion for those who like to brew coffee in the morning, and then have a cup or two around lunchtime, and will save you the hassle of having to restart the entire brewing process.

Users have raved about this innovative design, and we think that it is a great idea too. One top tip that users have suggested is to pre-scald the inside of the carafe with boiling water. Doing this will ensure that your coffee stays piping hot throughout the day!

Size & Design

The BUNN BT Velocity Brew’s aesthetic appearance is certainly unique. This machine is larger than your average home brewer, towering to 14 inches tall at its highest point (it’s specific dimensions are 9.25 x 2 x 14.25 inches and it weighs 10 pounds). If it is a compact coffee machine that you are after, perhaps you would be best advised to look elsewhere.

Additionally, users have reported that it is maybe not the most attractive machine that they have ever owned. However, its appearance is passable because of its performance.

The Build of the BUNN BT Velocity

The BUNN BT Velocity Brew’s build quality is nothing exceptional. It is primarily constructed of lightweight plastic, which while there is nothing wrong with it as a functional material for a coffee machine, it does give a somewhat entry-level feel.

The lid, which is made from polycarbonate, is disappointingly pliable and budget feeling. Some parts of the machine are dressed up nicely, such as the large, metallic water tank and these features save the machine from what would have been a disappointing construction.

On a positive note, the thermal carafe is well constructed and has a solid, long-lasting feel to it. Additionally, it features a very handy and well-designed swivel-on lid, which again, significantly boosts the overall build quality of the machine.

Performance of the thermal carafe coffee maker

Although the build quality and compact size may not be the biggest strengths of the BUNN BT Speed Brew, coffee making absolutely is. The machine has the word “speed” in its name for a reason ─ users have never come across a machine that can blast out ten cups of coffee at such speed. Not only does the BUNN BT Speed Brew produce coffee an unsurpassed rate, but it also produces a very consistent and tasty brew by all accounts.

Drawbacks of the BUNN BT Speed

One issue that users have with BUNN BT Speed Brew was that they are required to purchase BUNN filter papers to operate the machine. It would be nice to see the machine become compatible with generic papers.

Secondly, many users have complained about the machine’s lack of controls and the display, which give a certain prehistoric feel. This omission by the manufacturer has led to many users reporting that they were unsure if the machine was operating correctly ─ and, the machine doesn’t even feature a water level indicator.

On the bright side, at least one does not have to wait long to find out!

Cleaning BUNN Coffee Maker

Happily users report that the drip coffee maker is very easy to clean. The opening of the carafe is large enough to easily clean inside. The coffee maker comes with cleaning instructions and can be descaled if necessary.

Final Thoughts on the BUNN thermal carafe coffee maker

The BUNN BT Speed Brew is a thermal carafe coffee maker for those who favor high-quality coffee and convenience over aesthetics and counter top space. No-nonsense coffee drinkers will appreciate the sheer output and enviable brewing speed that this machine can offer them. Its preheated water supply and thermal carafe are some of the best innovations on the market today, and its ability to consistently produce a great tasting brew outshines many of its competitors at the price point.

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If you can see past its not-so-attractive design, large size and need to purchase special BUNN filter papers, then you are sure to find a great investment in the BUNN BT Speed Brew thermal carafe coffee maker. Where else can you get 10 cups of coffee in less than 3 minutes ?

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