KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer (KCM0802) Review

KitchenAid Pour Over

Table of Contents

The list of SCAA Certified home coffee makers has grown a little bit bigger with the recent addition of KitchenAid’s relatively new “Pour Over Coffee Brewer.” This elegant auto drip coffee maker is designed to mimic the popular pour over coffee brewing method sans the somewhat fussy ritual that it generally requires.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the ritual of making pour over coffee. This coffee maker is simply for those who love pour over coffee but don’t have the time or desire to engage in the ritual.

If you want great-tasting, no-hassle coffee, the KitchenAid Pour Over was designed to please you.

So will it?

The Review

Full disclosure: I asked KitchenAid if they would send me a free Pour Over Brewer for review to which they agreed. While I don’t want or think this will impact my review in any way, please be advised that I did not purchase this coffee maker.

My first impressions of the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer is that while it looks great, it is quite large (10 x 13 x 15in) and is reminiscent of my milkshake maker. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make milkshakes. Only coffee here.

Specifications and Features

  • 2-8 cups of coffee (serving size selector)
  • Two temperature settings (medium or dark roast)*
  • Brew pause
  • SCA Certified (no longer certified by the SCA)
  • Programmable

*The temperature settings are basically choosing between medium roast coffee and dark roast coffee (cooler brew temperature).

My Ratings

These are my ratings of theKitchenAid Pour Over Brewer across the 9 different rating categories I use. To learn more about how I rate coffee makers, click here.

Price

For an SCA Certified coffee maker, $170 (at the time of writing) is a fair price. Having said that, it’s still more than $150 and this is definitely pricey.

Score: 3.5

The Coffee Quality

The coffee was great, which was not surprising given the SCAA Certification. The one thing that I think retracts from the coffee’s overall quality is the warming plate below the carafe, which can’t be turned off.

So just a slight reduction from a perfect score, but if you drink your coffee right after it has been brewed, you’ll get better results.

Score: 4.5

The Coffee Maker Quality

The coffee maker is mostly comprised of stainless steel and plastic. The carafe pours very well with no spills, but there is no thermal carafe option which I think is too bad.

The water flow from the showerhead is a bit unpredictable, but so is the flow from both the Brazen Plus and the BV1900, so I can’t really penalize the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer for this. At the end of the day, all the grounds seem to be evenly saturated post-brew which is good enough for me.

Score: 4 

Ease of Use

Easier to use than the Brazen Plus, but slightly more complicated than the Bonavita BV1900.

There were a few things that I had to figure out without the manual, such as starting a new brew after another brew cycle had finished. Turns out you have to hit the “brew” button to reset the coffee maker, and then press it again to start a new brew.

Setting the brew timer was easy though, as was choosing between a medium and dark roast.

Score: 4 stars

Cleaning Ease

It’s very easy to get to the filter and brew baskets for cleaning. There is also a cleaning feature that runs water through a brew cycle. I’m not sure how exactly this setting differs from simply brewing a pot without coffee, so maybe somebody could shed some light on this for me?

In any case, everywhere but the reservoir is easy access and therefore easy to clean.

Score: 5

Durability

Of course, since I’ve only been using the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer for a short period of time, it’s impossible to say how long it will last.

What I can say is that it’s backed by a 1 year warranty and I haven’t seen reports of the coffee maker failing amongst other reviewers yet.

I will update this review if I have any issues in the future or hear of others reporting issues, but for now, it gets a perfect score.

Score: 5 stars

Appearance

It looks great. Definitely more attractive than the Brazen Plus. The one major downside in terms of looks is how big the coffee maker is. But hey, if you have room for it you should be good to go.

Oh yeah, it’s also available in 3 different colors at the time of this review. The other SCAA Certified coffee makers (with the exception of Technivorm) only offer one color respectively.

Score: 4.5

Brew Speed

The brew speed is comparable to the Brazen Plus in that it’s pretty slow for a full pot. I tested it out and it took roughly 11 minutes for a full pot.

4 cups of coffee only took 5 and a half minutes though. To me, that’s pretty good.

In the end, there are certainly faster options, but the only one that will likely heat your water up sufficiently that brews faster is the Bonavita BV1900.

Score: 3.5 stars

Versatility

The KitchenAid Pour Over represents the perfect balance between a coffee maker that does too much and a coffee maker that does too little.

The serving size selector is a pretty unique feature amongst SCAA certified brewers, but I just wish you turn off the warming plate or swap in a thermal carafe.

Score: 4 

Is the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer for you?

So is this the coffee maker for you?

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to fuss around with the ritual of making coffee, but still wants the best possible coffee you can get from an auto drip, the KitchenAid Pour Over may be the right option.

Frankly, it would come down to this or the Bonavita BV1900td. Prefer glass carafes over thermal carafes? Go with the KitchenAid. Want your coffee maker to be black or red? Go with the KitchenAid.

Don’t want a warming plate and/or don’t want to wait longer for a full pot of coffee? Go with Bonavita.

If you simply want to know which SCAA Certified coffee maker makes the best coffee, I’ll tell you that the differences among the coffee quality is negligible. I do plan to do a coffeemaker showdown between this brewer and the Brazen Plus (possibly the BV1900 too). I’ll update this review with a link when it’s published.

Share your thoughts!

Own the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer? Have questions? If so I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
  • According to KitchenAid’s manual, if you press the “Brew” button after the coffee is brewed, the hot plate will turn off. So, that con goes away.

  • Not up to par. I gave up my Mr Coffee for this and I can say that the taste is not comparable. I get the same brand from Whole Foods and it doesn’t taste nearly as good as it does from the Mr Coffee maker. So disappointed. The hot plate turns of quickly as well.

  • Hi Benji; excellent review! Have you been able to find a reusable filter for this coffee maker? Trying to eliminate the paper filters… Thanks!

  • Benji, I need your help please. My coffee maker crashed and I want a scaa certified coffee maker that doesn’t break the bank. I need a simple reliable unit that makes good hot coffe. Your recommendation would be appreciated. Also my wife likes the convenience of the k cup. Any recommendation there. Thanks Larry ?

  • Very overpriced and after some use, all the lettering has worn off of the buttons. I don’t even feel like I can give it away because it is so complicated to use. Without knowing which button you are pushing, you would never be able to figure it out.

  • Nice review, although it would have been nice if you included some shots of it brewing with the process. Also, can you use a gold filter with this item?

  • Just picked 8 cup Kitchen Aid Pour over coffee maker off a clearance rack. Bought some good fresh quality coffee and half and half, followed the simple directions and made the best pot of coffee of my life.

  • So, I just purchased this coffee maker and have been using it for four days.

    My first impression upon taking it out of the box? In a word: cheap.

    Everything about this coffee maker screams profit margin. It’s made of thin, lightweight, cheap plastic. I was absolutely shocked after paying $170. That’s the most I’ve ever paid for a coffee maker.

    Moving beyond the first impression, here are the other cons:

    1. The decanter and its lid is equally thin and cheap feeling, making me nervous when holding it that it could break with the slightest impact.
    2. The opening to the water reservoir is thin; you will spill water all over the top of the coffee maker, so have your wipe down cloth ready.
    3. It uses paper filters instead of a permanent gold screen filter — a great advantage over buying filters that you have to then throw out with the coffee.

    But, the most important detractor of this coffee maker is that it DOES NOT make good tasting coffee.

    After I unboxed it, cleaned it, ran it through a couple of cycles with just water and then made my first pot, I was taken aback. The coffee I’ve always loved to use lacked flavor when made with this coffee maker. I’ve since made six pots, even changing from the “medium dark roast” to the “dark roast” setting, and to no avail.

    Yesterday, a coffee aficionado friend of mine was visiting. He drinks his coffee black. Without giving him any feedback, I asked him to simply tell me what he honestly thought of the coffee in my new coffee maker. His reply: “It doesn’t have much flavor. I don’t know what coffee to water ratio you’re using, but you might want to increase it.”

    I made him another pot using four heaping scoops of French Market coffee. His response: It has a little more flavor, but it’s still lacking.

    While I can live with a poorly designed coffee maker, I will not subject myself to poor taste. Honestly, I love KitchenAid. Their blender and mixer is a staple in my kitchen, but I was astounded they put their name on this cheap product.

    I’m going to box it up and return it.

    • Thanks for your thorough review, Lucas!

      Out of curiosity, which coffee maker were you using before?

      I gave my review unit to my friend and we were actually talking about it just the other day. I actually shattered the carafe when I was over at her house a few years ago. She cited the reservoir as the #1 downside for her to-date. I agree that the coffee maker is not of typical KitchenAid quality/heft.

      • Hi Benji.

        I was using the Calphalon Quick Brew Thermal Carafe Coffeemaker.

        Other than the great tasting coffee it provided (and I’ve actually had multiple guests at parties ask me how I managed to make such great tasting coffee), it is able to brew a pot in about six minutes; it also has a removable water reservoir for easy filling — man do I love that.

        What I didn’t like about the Calphalon was the thermal carafe, which didn’t pour out well (lots of messy dripping as you pour) and it didn’t work very well at keeping the coffee hot for long. Also, the heating pad turns off as soon as a pot is brewed; it would have been nice to have had 30 minutes or so of heat to keep the coffee at temperature.

        I like my Calphalon so much that I took the unprecedented step of writing Calphalon to suggest improvements that could put the coffee maker right over the top: one of them being ensuring the water temperature was maintained throughout the brew cycle.

        Yesterday, I found I was able to salvage my Calphalon coffee maker. After returning the Kitchenaid coffee maker, I ran two descaling solution cycles through it and it solved the problem of the intermittent brew cycle (turning off before a full pot was brewed), and the coffee is now up to temperature as well — nice and hot.

        Ugh. Simple fix that just didn’t occur to me. Live and learn.

        I may someday again go hunting for a higher-end coffee maker, but I think my real dream is to get a great espresso maker to compliment my drip coffee machine.

  • Table of Contents

    On Key

    Related Posts

    >