Unlike kitchen gear brands who make a host of different appliances and products, Bonavita sticks to what it knows — coffee.
The Specialty Coffee Association Home Brewer Certification program is among the most rigorous and exclusive third-party quality assurance badge a product can achieve, and Bonavita already had two seats at the table with its BV1900TS (our favorite coffee maker) and the BV1900TD (a programmable version of the TS brewer).
Last fall, the Connoisseur model joined them, giving Bonavita more SCA-certified badges than any other maker in the world.
Despite its name, the Connoisseur isn’t snooty. It features the same Gold Cup brewing standards as Bonavita’s older brewers — a one-button off-on interface and a flat bottom filter basket. Its most notable change is the basket-to-carafe connection. Instead of the basket resting atop the carafe during brewing (meaning you need to put the used grounds and filter basket on the counter or in the sink to pour coffee), it fits into a slot hanging over the pot. It’s a small change, and one we noted as one of the few issues with its predecessor.
Today on Drop, the Connoisseur is marked down $88 — good for the lowest price we’ve seen.
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