There’s a new SCAA Certified coffee maker in town, folks!

The new and improved Brazen Plus is the latest iteration of a feature-rich auto drip coffee maker invented by a company best-known for its popular roaster: the Behmor 1600.

I have a feeling that the Brazen Plus is going to soon be a very popular auto drip option, as it offers features that even the most advanced coffee makers on the market don’t offer. Let’s take a look at some of the features.

Complete List of Features and Benefits

  • Brew Pause – remove the carafe mid-brew to grab a quick cup of coffee
  • Permanent Gold Tone Filter – great for a full body, rich cup of coffee
  • Compatible with Paper Filters – great for a cleaner cup of coffee with less sediment/sludge
  • Brew Timer – Brew a pot (or cup) at a set time, automatically
  • Boiling Point Calibration – calibrate the temperature to the altitude of the city you live in
  • Brew Temperature Control – set the brew temperature anywhere from 190˚-210˚ F
  • SCAA Certified – one of only 9 coffee makers currently certified. Refer here for the most up-to-date list.
  • Oversized Shower Head – for full and even coffee saturation
  • Pre-infusion Setting – for blooming coffee anywhere between 10 seconds and 2 minutes
  • Stainless Steel Water Reservoir – less water contact with plastic is always good
  • BPA Free – for the times hot water does make contact with plastic
  • Manual Brew Option – use a Chemex, Hario V60, or other manual brewer under the shower head
  • Pulsing Shower Head – for more even coffee saturation
  • Thermal Carafe – keeps coffee hot for hours without burning it/affecting taste negatively

Phew! I don’t think any coffee maker can claim to have a list of features as long as this….and I’m probably even missing a few things. In any case, this is a Versatile coffee maker (yep, with a capital V).

The Review

Since SCAA Certified coffee makers don’t come around too often, I plan to throughly review this brewer. I’ve also conducted a thorough comparison between the Brazen Plus and the BV 1800 that you can find here.

You can also check out my comparison between the Brazen Plus and BV1900 here.

Let’s talk about the Brazen Plus’ pros and cons first.

Video Review

How does the Brazen Plus compare to the Bonavita BV 1800?

Glad you asked! I do a side-by-side comparison of the two coffee makers here.

How does the Brazen Plus compare to the Bonavita BV 1800?

The Ratings

Let’s break down the current individual ratings of this coffee maker. Be aware that at the time of writing, this is still a very new coffee maker so there aren’t as many user reviews out there to collate into this review. As a result, this is completely based off of my personal experience with the Brazen Plus.

The Price

At $200 I find this coffee maker to be well worth it in terms of value. But since we’re going on price alone, this is definitely on the higher end for an auto drip coffee maker.

Rating: 3 stars

The Coffee Maker Quality

Really not too many design or usability flaws from what I can tell so far. The condensation build-up is a little bit annoying, but considering the coffee maker boasts a stainless steel reservoir, permanent gold tone filter, BPA-free materials, and a very practical thermal carafe, it’s hard to dock anything more than a half star here.

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Coffee Quality

While I still need to try using the Brazen Plus with a paper filter, I haven’t been disappointed with the permanent filter at this point. Sure, the coffee isn’t quite as good as what you’d get from an Aeropress (in my opinion), but for an auto drip that gives you this much control I think it deserves a full 5 stars.

Rating 5 stars

Ease of Use

I think this is potentially the one achilles heel of the Brazen Plus. With lots of features and settings comes a steeper learning curve, and as a result this isn’t the easiest coffee maker in the world.

Having said that, the fact that all settings (minus the clock) are saved after unplugging the machine is absolutely awesome. Setting up your auto-timed coffee for the morning is a breeze once you’ve used the coffee maker a few times.

Rating: 4 stars

Cleaning Ease

Aside from wiping up condensation build-up from the reservoir lid and shower head, this isn’t any more difficult to clean than most coffee makers. There are only 4 removable parts, so this shouldn’t be a pain point for anyone.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Durability

Only time will tell how long the Brazen Plus lasts, but considering there is a 2-year warranty I’m not too worried about malfunctions for now.

Update 5/29/15: I’ve been using the Brazen Plusfor almost a year now and it has still held up great.

Rating: 5

Appearance

It’s very futuristic-looking. Reminds me of a space station of sorts. But I think it looks pretty good.

Rating: 4 stars

Brew Speed

The brew speed mostly depends on your personal preferences. With variable pre-infusion times and temperature settings, brew time can clock in at all kinds of different speeds.

Having said that, I brewed 2 cups at 195˚F and it took about 6-7 minutes. When compared to the BV 1800, that’s 5 minutes slower.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Versatility

Do I really need to elaborate on this one? This is the most versatile coffee maker I’ve ever used, or even heard of for that matter.

Score: 5 stars

Customer Service

If you are going to go forward with the Behmor Brazen Plus, keep in mind that you are purchasing a coffee maker from a relatively small company. As such, the only method to contact Behmor for support is via their website’s contact form. In other words, there is no phone number you can call to get in touch with someone for immediate help.

So if this is an issue for you, you’ve been warned.

Is the Brazen Plus for You?

If you’ve been looking for an SCAA certified auto drip coffee maker that can do it all, the search should end here.

Currently, my BV1800 is in my cabinet while the BV1800 has taken its place on the counter as my go-to auto drip coffee maker.

I’ve already done a head-to-head comparison with the BV 1800 and BV1900. This was the clear winner for me and remains the only auto drip coffee maker that I currently use..