I've had my Phase Brew HG for about 6 months. There is a serious design flaw in the coffee pot. I find it "nearly" impossible to pour water into the brewer when filling it to make coffee or after it is made, to pour the coffee into a cup without it leaching down the side of the pot and spilling everywhere.
Also, when brewing coffee, at the end of the cycle, often the "clean" light will be flashing or the brewer just shuts itself off completely. It works though after I press the on/off button again.
I have never owned a coffee maker, cheap or expensive, that have had the above problems. The Bunn quality control staff must have been on vacation when the development of this coffee maker was in development, or they certainly never tried to use it! How could they miss these two problems???
I've owned a Bunn coffee maker for at least the last 40 years and have gotten good service out of them. This model is terrible and it makes me think the quality control of all their coffee models is now suspect.
Count me gone when my Phase Brew completely stops working, I be looking at other manufacturers.
I read all the reviews before I bought my coffee pot. I was a little leary after all the bad ones. I thought that I would give it a try because I liked that it heated the water to the right temperature for optimal coffee extraction. It really does make a great pot of coffee.
My husband and I have been having at least one pot of coffee every morning for just over a year. We love it! Yes it's a little noisy, yes the pot could be better designed. Just remember to pour slowly without tilting the carafe and there is no problem. 40 oz. is just about right for 2 cups each. If we need more we make more.
I've had a Bunn for 30 yrs and this one is terrible. The carafe won't pour without spilling all over the place. I'm going back to tried and true. I just hate I spent the money.
First of all, I had a Velocity for 18 yrs with NO ISSUES EVER. Updated the kitchen and updated the look of my BUNN to something more contemporary. BIG MISTAKE. Carafe doesn't pour without dripping due to pour design. Water takes forever to heat up and begin brewing the now scaled back 40 ounce pot. It is VERY noisy when heating up the water and have to turn the tv in the kitchen to hear over it. Can't see the water level on the gauge because it is so opaque. Then on Christmas morning we brew a pot of coffee and go to make a second only to find it blinking CLE and the time letting us know it is time to clean it. We clean it every 2 months, but what it needed to flash was BROKE! Bunn will get me a new one in 7-10 days in return for me to send the BROKE one back on my dime. What? So they can refurbish it and mail it out to the next family with a broken BUNN HG?
I bought this model after 6 mo. the heating element stopped working. Customer support sent me a new model for free. I just paid shipping on the old unit back to Bunn. A few weeks later the new model broke. I was really surprised that they had not fixed this problem. It appears to be a major and consistent problem if you do a quick internet search you can find it. Bunn should have stopped selling these units when they became aware of the problem. I wouldn't buy a Bunn again.
We love this pot. Coffee taste really good, however after the first pot it is a fight to get another. We have tried unplugging it, turning it off. Neither seems to help. Has anyone else had this issue? Or know how to fix it?
On my second Phase Brew HG (replaced at no charge) and I'm happy with the coffee it brews but noticed air bubbles forming in the water-level window making it hard to see water level. Emailed cust svc two days ago to let them know about this problem - received a response today that they are sending me a new machine. Didn't expect that since this is really an inconvenient cosmetic flaw and doesn't affect performance. Though the design could be better, I couldn't be happier with Bunn's cust svc. Thank you.
Unbelievable! First, let me say that I LOVE this machine, when it works. I have now had THREE of these stop working. When the first one stopped working after 4 months, BUNN failed to respond to my emails but Community Coffee, who I purchased it from, sent me a replacement one pronto! Thank you Community Coffee!!! Well, you guessed it, less than 2 months later that unit also died. Once again, Community Coffee to the rescue. Well, now it has been exactly one year and one week and Unit #3 is DEAD. No coffee for me this morning!!!!
BUNN, PLEASE do something about these machines! I cannot have received the only 3 bad machines and SURELY I could have received a good one at some point. HELP please!!!
Sitting here without coffee,
I had written a glowing review, but hit the backspace by accident and it vanished...the lack of a mobile platform to write a review was annoying too. But here I am, typing out my 3rd attempt to review this coffee maker because I love the coffee that it makes and I read all the bad reviews before I took a chance and thought it deserved another good review.
Key points. Its been brewing 1-2 pots for a little over a month now. No problems at all, no drips or spills, and excellent tasting really hot coffee.
The coffee is so good, I would prefer buying a cheap backup to have if I ever have to send this one back, rather than settling on a different machine. The pour over brew cycle makes all the difference.
Display is neat looking and easy to use and designed well, the buttons are covered so coffee/water won't bother them if you drip a little. The auto start is a plus, set it once and all you have to do is click "auto start" each subsequent use and your time is remembered and flashed on the screen.
The coffee is not bitter and tastes like coffeehouse coffee every time because this machine brews like coffeehouse machines (203 degree water poured over the grounds quickly). I adjusted my grinder slightly more fine to lengthen the brew phase, a full pot is brewing through the grounds in around 3-3:30 minutes instead of 4, and a half pot is brewing around 2-2:30 (too fast).
Quick tip, you can brew more coffee on top of whats in the pot without pushing any buttons. My fiancee and I both drink coffee in the morning, and the 40 ounce carafe is just barely enough. So, after she fills her travel mug and I have a morning cup I reload the water reservoir with 4 new cups and replace the coffee grounds and the Phase Brew immediately starts boiling the new water and will brew on top of whats left in the pot so I have enough to fill my travel mug too. Just make sure you have less than 4 cups left in the carafe or it will overflow, of course.
I upgraded my coffee making equipment when I decided on the Phase Brew. It was five times I normal spend on a coffee makers (I was a Mr. Coffee quality level person). I bought it as a Christmas gift in 2012 and have thanked Santa every time I have used it.
The best benefits are:
* easy to clean
* easy to make 2-3 cup levels
* consistent performance (every cup is good)
* works well (no break downs)
* brews the best Dunkin Donut coffee grounds ever
I would buy this machine again and believe it was a good investment.
My husband is an all day coffee drinker. We used to buy the cheap $19.99 coffee makers, but was going threw them quickly. We finally decided to splurge and purchase our first Bunn, which was GREAT! And several years later, we purchased our second Bunn, which was even better than the first!! My husband loved the coffee maker and it lasted for years!
A few months ago I surprised my husband with the Phase Brew HG. I thought he would love having his coffee ready for him each morning, seemed like easier cleaning, etc. At first this seemed like an okay coffee maker. It never brewed like the Velocity, but we aren't complainers...we just deal, but then the blinking "CLE" started. We have done everything to get that to stop, but it won't...no matter how clean the maker is. We have also done hours of research thinking that we have done something wrong, but no tip or advice has helped. We have a water softener and faucet filter and have cleaned the coffee maker several times and even reset the maker, but nothing works.
I wish I would have just bought the Velocity Brew and left good enough alone. Because of course I can't take this coffee maker back to the store...and can't afford to buy the one we used to have.
I would not recommend this product to anyone, especially after reading the reviews and comments, which I will start doing BEFORE I purchase another Bunn....if I even do that again!
After my recent review here Brandi from Bunn emailed me and offered help.
I replied and a service rep called within an hour.
I am not happy about having to pay shipping for sending the old one back but at least I finally got someone to listen.
Customer Service rep could have been a lot more professional and at least act like she cared but I guess you can't have it all.
We will see if this one is any better.
Sure not impressed with all these reviews though.
I bought this coffee maker today and it didn't work when i brought it home from the store. Worst piece of junk I've seen. It's going back to the store tomorrow.
Will Bunn reimburse me for my gas or time????????
I have owned Bunn coffee pots for years and when I saw this one I decided to "upgrade". This coffee pot takes the enjoyment out of drinking coffee. First, when you fill it with water, the carafe spills water all over the place. Secondly, the process of making coffee takes much longer than the advertised time, which by the way, is way below the standard that Bunn has established. Third, the coffee always tastes different. Bunn should recall these terrible machines before they do irreparable damage to their reputation.
I have had this coffee pot for a little over a year and have HATED it since day one!!! My mother has always used BUNN coffee pots and they worked amazingly! I thought when I purchased this one I was getting the original BUNN. My fault for not looking at the box well enough. First the carafe leaks like CRAZY!!! It shuts down and requires cleaning WAY too often, which it did this morning. Cleaned it like regular now as soon as I put water in it starts running out, not heating! Makes my coffee weak and terrible!!! I have always LOVED BUNN pots but after my experience with this I will probably go back to Mr. Coffee!!
I got this for fathers day last year. Within days I was contacting Bunn about the noise it makes and the leaky carafe. Got no help what so ever.
It only works half the time. Wants cleaned every 4 or 5 pots.
Now wont heat at all.
A $20 coffee maker from WalMart is more reliable and definitely cheaper.
Very disappointed with the coffee maker and Bunn in general.
Surely they can do better for these prices.
Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I have been using this coffee pot everyday for almost two months now. Every morning i brew four cups for my travel mug it is flawless. I have not had a single problem with it. Its the first bunn i have had and i love it! Hot! Beware if you are used to mr coffee this is way hotter than that give it a few to chill after you poor. Good Stuff!
Take this product off of the market! I paid $130 for this model and have been through 2 in over a year. Thank God BUNN has amazing customer service. After my second HG model stopped working, I called and they are sending me a different model entirely...FREE of Charge!
Hi, all! Normally, I only write critical reviews...lol. I guess that's normal, since most of the time people only really care when they feel their money has been wasted.
Anyway, I absolutely LOVE this Bunn machine! It really, truly makes any old coffee brand (Maxwell House, Folger's, etc.) taste like it belongs in a coffee house; it's so smooth! With that said, I have had problems with the carafe leaking (twice) and my brother has the same one and his stopped heating when it read CLE (for the clean cycle). So, I know this sounds like a turn-off, but give Bunn a chance to prove themselves! Both times when my carafe leaked ALL OVER THE FREAKIN' PLACE, Bunn sent new carafes free of charge and without asking for the others back! Finally, we have one that works! It honestly didn't bother me a ton in the first place because the coffee was SO DELICIOUS compared to before. I just poured over the sink. But then I wisened up and realized that this company might help me out, and they did just that! Then, as for my brother's (a combined birthday gift from me to him and his wife - I obviously love it, right? ;)), Bunn sent them a brand new machine along with a prepaid UPS sticker to return the lemon! My brother is a very blunt person, very honest. And he has told me many times how much he LOVES his Bunn, what a difference it makes in the flavor!
So, does this particular model have some flaws? Yes. Does it make coffee taste like nothing you've ever had before? Yes. ;) Will Bunn fix ANY and ALL problems associated with your brewer IF there's a problem? YES! :) Have faith! Their customer service ROCKS!
I got this as a gift so I can not take it back. I would not recommend. EVER!! Every time we pour a cup more goes on the counter than in the cup. I have never written a review before but just poured another cup and am sick of wiping up the floor or the counter. hate it.
This is the second phase brew coffee maker I have had in as many weeks. The first one just quit nothing came out and water didn't boil but you could hear it "click" on. This second one worked for about 5 days and now it is flashing CLE and the time. Unplugged it and thought I could reboot it because surely it's not needing to be cleaned after 5 uses? Wrong.... still flashing. So now I clean it...... still flashing. At this point I just know I have done something wrong to break 2 in 2 weeks. After looking at the reviews I see this is common. Too bad because when it is working it brews a good cup of coffee. I will call customer service in the morning to see if I can exchange again- this time for a different kind-no more phase brew.
First Bunn... I liked a lot about the HG, Coffee Temp, brew time, taste.. all except the fact that it has stopped working with no indication. I've not had it very long. I've been using filtered water, it's not flashing CLE... it just won't heat and it's been impossible to get in touch with Customer service...
Time to look for another maker...
i had this brewer for about 2 months it makes the best tasting hot coffee of all the home brewers i have ever used.read what you are buyingit says its only 8 cups and says it dont have a pause brew all in all a wonderful brewer
I purchased my Phase Brew HG approximately a year ago, all was well until the CLE display started flashing. I did what it directed me to do...BUT, it didn't work. So I called customer service. I have to say, the customer service experience was ok. I was sent a replacement BUNN in a very timely fashion. I was so excited to get back to brewing my coffee, so with a house full of guests (all of whom are coffee drinkers), we opened the package, followed the directions AND .... NOTHING! No coffee, the maker keeps flashing the CLE and the water won't even run through it. I am SO disappointed!!!
I had purchased a less expensive maker in the past that lasted A L O T longer than this. Looks like I will be on a mission to find a coffee maker that WILL live up to my expectations. Sorry BUNN, you lost me!
I previously had a velocity brew GR. It leaked from underneath, and would oveflow on the filter basket and the grounds and water would collect inside the gap around the warmer plate. I would not purchase the same style or similar.
When looking at the other coffee makers on display, some of them are so HUGE and UGLY. This one is not. My teenage son thinks it is the coolest one he's ever seen. I do agree. It isn't huge or bulky.
I have read some of these reviews and I do not prefer the velocity brew over this one. It actually tastes better, and does not taste like plastic at all. I have no problem with the carafe/lid spilling. It takes only a few minutes longer than the GR. No big deal. The clock display is blue which is a nice change from red. I love that there isn't a gap around the warmer plate. I have never been so excited over a coffee pot! I am so excited
I should probably stop looking at it and drinking it so I can go to bed. (It's 2:30 AM)
The coffee taste great and the HG looks great! I have no complaints at all. I LOVE IT!
My first phase brew quit working after on 3 pots, but Bunn Customer Service immediately sent me a new one, and it works perfectly. The coffee taste great and I can't detect any plastic taste from the water like other reviewers have stated. No problem with leaks drips, or anything. I've owned Bunn brewers for over 30 years and will continue to do so. Remember, the best tasting coffee comes from freshly ground beans.
The design of the Phase Brew is brilliant. The machine looks sleek, the water is heated to the correct temperature, and the newly-designed carafe (Bunn fixed a problem this past fall) worked flawlessly. And, it was a great alternative to the Bunn "Velocity Brew" which wasn't always friendly to users who don't drink coffee daily (Previous Bunn owners may understand the annoyance of water evaporating from the tank during infrequent use).
BUT.....the brewing chamber is made of plastic, and for those of you with sensitive taste buds, you will notice the taste of plastic instantly. I even did a taste-test by heating a cup of water in the microwave and comparing the taste of the microwaved water to that of the Phase Brew. BIG DIFFERENCE!
Therefore, I reverted to the original Bunn "Velocity Brew," and there is no comparison....the Velocity Brew provides a superior taste. End of story.
I should note the BUNN CUSTOMER SERVICE IS SUPERIOR to all of its competitors. The main representative, Amy, exchanged my brewer without any problem.....now that's service!
Bottom line, stainless steel brewing chambers make better-tasting coffee. If you've used Mr. Coffee all of your life, you'll love this machine. But if you've previously owned a machine with a steel brewing chamber, you will likely find the taste of the water to be unpalatable.
After having the Phase Brew just over a month, I went to make coffee and it would not start, it kept displaying the CLE. Got out the instructions and followed them to do a deep clean (even though it shouldn't have required it for another 2 months). No go. Tried multiple times, even unplugging the unit completely and starting all over. Of course it is Saturday and BUNN "at home" support is not available. To add to it, it is a 3 day weekend. Good coffee but bad quality product.
Thought BUNN was a quality product. Just purchased 3 day's ago. After two pot's the indicator flashed "CLE" it needed cleaned. Thought premature but did so according to the manual.
Has continued to flash the same "CLE" two additional times. When that happens, it also shuts off the burner. Return for my second cup and it is cold. My carafe has not leaked. Yet. Have no issue with the noise or brew time. Have not tried the timer yet. From the sounds of the reviews, there are a lot of problems with this unit. What happened to product testing before you release to the public. All these issues can't be isolated issues. Wish I would have read the reviews first. On my way to buy a different make. Sorry.
I absolutely love my new BUNN Phase Brew HG! I am so glad I ignored the mediocre ratings of other reviewers thus far. The hg brewer is by far the best BUNN I have ever owned.
I drink a lot of coffee. Between work and home, I have owned several BUNN velocity brew coffee makers over the last 20 years, but always wondered if I was sacrificing taste for the advantage of the quick brew (with water being kept at the optimal brewing temperature in the internal water tank for hours at a time). So, I was so happy to see I had a new BUNN option with the Phase Brew.
First, I love the taste. I drink my coffee black/straight up. This cup of coffee is as strong as I like, but noticeably not bitter. The BUNN Phase Brew definitely makes better coffee than my velocity brew.
Second, I love the technology. The whole “6-minute heating phase + 4-minute phase” is true. Sure, it takes a bit longer than my velocity brew, but the coffee tastes better (did I already mention that?). And, I love the sound the hg brewer makes during the heating phase; brings back pleasant memories of my parent’s percolator when I was growing up. I have not had any of the leaking “problems” some other reviewers complained about; all I can say is grind your beans correctly, slow down when you pour from the carafe, and quit over-filling the top tank.
Third, I absolutely love the styling. The Phase Brew looks simply awesome. I love the details like the weight and substance of the metal brew funnel. I like the 8-cup carafe – I understand that the hg brewer is about taste over volume. And, I like a programmable auto-start option, since I never had that with my velocity brew.
Bottom line, the hg brewer is for BUNN enthusiasts who want a better cup of coffee at home, NOT for velocity brew addicts who are all about speed and volume.
I am badly disappointed with this coffee brewer. I was excited to see Bunn make a model with a timer, but it has dissappointed me greatly. If I could return it I would. Unfortunately most stores won't take items back after being used and want you to send it back to the company. That is just to much hassle.
The Carafe leaks terribly, every time I pour a cup of coffee I have to hold it over the sink and actually end of wasting much of the pot. Also, I did not realize it was only an 8 cup pot when I bought it. I would NOT recommend this brewer to anyone. I am going to back to using my old coffee brewer and chalking this up to a terrible decision and a great loss of money.
I like the "Statue of Liberty" image with both arms raised, holding coffee grounds in lieu of a torch. Beautiful stainless finish and very tasty brew. The first model which I actually won from Bunn worked only a month before the unit stopped working with the CLE light telling me to descale it. Returned the unit to Bunn and the exchange unit has worked fine since January 2011. That was the only major problem; minor problems include: Top drips when swung open. Realize this is for lower opening height but the original flip-up top is drier. Water indicator is dark and hard to read. True, the carafe marks indicate water volume but I fill the reservoir the night before and forget how much grounds I should add to how much water in the reservoir. The rubber seal on the top wasn't seated properly, causing a small leak at the front of the right-hand "pillar". I loosened the four screws, removed the top and re-seated the seal. OK now. Yes, it's loud but not obnoxious; boiling water simply makes noise. The carafe is the worst part of the package. It's very delicate; use stronger laboratory glass. It won't empty completely, wasting a tablespoon of valuable coffee in the "empty" pot. The Phase Brew dosen't waste electricity so don't waste coffee. Basically, simply toss the glass carafe and offer only the insulated unit and everybody's happy. Bunn: can you make me happy by swapping my glass carafe for an insulated one? Whatever, thanks for your generosity and wonderful consumer service you've provided me throughout this adventure.
Plain and simple. It's just an awesome machine. And look at BUNN's track record for customer service.
Great coffee maker with leaky carafe.
We've had a number of coffee makers over the years but never a Bunn. Won't list them here but all were respectful brands usually highly rated by others. One thing we've learned is that quick coffee usually makes for mediocre coffee at best due to water temperature. The phase brew method is unique but rather fundamental if you think about it. Heat the water to the proper temp then let it flow. Nice and simple. The build quality is top notch.. No cheap plastics, no flimsy handles, no punched or shaped paper thin stainless steel. Love the filter basket, nice thick metal with weight. Basically built like a tank even down to the power cord. As for the coffee flavor, in one word AWESOME. Like discovering coffee all over again. Summing it up, styling is awesome, build quality is awesome, coffee flavor....yep it is awesome. It,s even eco friendly. Congrats Bunn and thank you.
this is the worst coffee maker i have ever owned it makes good coffee if you like to wait for it it leaks water everywhere very poorly built for a bunn i will probally never recomend or buy another one for what it cost
I bought this unit August 14th before it even hit the shelves at my local ACE Hardware and September 2nd in the P.M. it died. I have the Velocity brew which I love however it will not turn itself (the warming plate) off. I left for the road one day having filled my thermos with it and forgot it was still on. It could've burned the house down. So I went back to ACE Hardware and complained about it then learned about the Phase Brew HG and I bought it. It's been working fine even this morning, but tonight I tried six times to make a pot of coffee but the heating element won't turn on. Besides, it has a terrible leak during brewing and spills all over the place. So in the morning it's another trip back to ACE Hardware to see if I can get my money back, and I'm back to using my faithful Velocity NHBX but from here out, I will no longer use the pot warmer until a fix is made so it can turn itself off. I'm done with Phase Brew. On a positive note, I love the aluminum basket and pot. I wish all Bunns had that.
I love the taste of the coffee in the moring with this home coffee maker ! Tastes the same every morning and the noise is no issue hear because I know its making me a great cup of coffee ! Thank you Bunn !
Good; but it would be spectacular if I'd gotten one of the new carafes. I bought one that woke me up one morning when I poured my first cup of coffee. 3/4 went into the cup. 1/4 said "Good morning" to my foot. I said something to you. Now I have to decant the stupid thing over the sink. Where can I get one of the corrected carafes mentioned in some of the reviews above?
As far as the noise is concerned, it's no problem, and it makes excellent coffee.
Leaks around the plastic rim on the pot onto the counter or floor if not over the sink; then drips across the floor back to the maker. Helps make a good pot of coffee. - Doc
I had been a BUNN fanatic for 20+ years...my first maker lasting over 15 years and then my second only lasting barely over 5 years. I decided to try the Phase Brew and what a mistake! The brew took too long (compared to the Velocity Brew) and the taste was not consistent...sometimes being very bitter. AND THE POURING! Like mentioned by others, the carafe rarely, if ever, poured without spilling all over my counter. I tried to give the machine a chance, but I returned it to Bon-Ton here in NY after 4 months for an exchange to an entirely different brand and I am very happy with my new machine. The taste is consistent and the brew time is about 5 to 6 minutes but it has a programmable timer so it's all good! It's not 3 like with the old Bunn, but my coffeemaker no longer frustrates me in the mornings!!! And that is major!
I'm sorry that you did not like the Phase Brew and wish you would have contacted us before returning your brewer. Folks like you who are used to the speed of Velocity Brew will likely be disappointed in the Phase Brew. It was designed to introduce new customers to the delicious, smooth coffee that is produced by a BUNN coffee brewer.
The issue you experienced with the carafe pour has been corrected and I'm truly sorry that you had that experience. I hope you will give us another chance in the future.
First, let me say I LOVE my coffee maker!
However, I do have some suggestions and recommendations.
Please redesign the carafe. Almost every time I pour, it spills. I have tried holding it differently, pouring faster/slower, pushing the button to raise the plastic lid ... nothing seems to work. It still spills.
Also, the carafe is clearly designed for right-handed people. The marks to show the number of cups are only on one side. And, if you are like me and hold the carafe in the other hand, you can't see the lines very easily. Just a recommendation that you print the lines on both sides.
And, lastly, the clock is not accurate. It runs fast and continues to be further from the correct time (at first, it was a minute, now after 3 months, it is 7 minutes fast). Interestingly enough, my first Bunn that I had to return for another issue, ran slow.
I'd like to reiterate my initial statement, I love my coffee maker. I just thought I would share with you some recommendations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
I did my research on this coffee maker (Phase Brew HG) from the gods before I jumped head first.
I have owned a Bunn in the past and after 8 years it died. I got something else to "Match the decor" in the kitchen. Never again.
Yes, it can be noisy. I don't hear it upstairs when heating the water.
Plastic spout leaking? Nope, best pouring out of a pot I have seen. A little awkward to empty as you have to turn it completely upside down to empty.
Plastic taste? Nope, just smooth coffee.
Mess on the counter? Nope.
Color? Black/Silver. Wife would have preferred White instead of Black.
As an engineering note, I know why the filter support is welded, but it should be removable for full cleaning.
It appears that Bunn PR/Support are doing what they can for what I will call "New Product Blues". I have seen this before with other companies products when they are first introduced and can make or break a produce. I have not had to call support and hope I never do, but from my perspective, they are doing all the right things.
Thanks for your enthusiastic feedback. If there is ever anything we can do to help, please let me know. I've forwarded your note on the filter support to our engineers. For safety reasons (to prevent hot water overflow) we made it permanent, but did debate this issue during development.
I took a "leap of faith" after reading some of the reviews on the forum. I also read that all of the "Product malfunctions" were taken care of promptly by customer service. I purchased my Phase Brew HG at Bed Bath and Beyond for $99 - 20% discount. My local store does not stack Bunn brewers (mistake), so they ordered it for me from the website (the 20% coupon only works if you purchase in the store). I received my brewer in 8 days at my front door.
After using this product for 3-4 weeks I can honestly say that it delivers EXACTLY as advertised. I have a friend that is a "Coffee Geek" that I purchase my coffee from. He orders and roast in small batches - (Heavens Hollow) - for those interested.
I can understand after reading reviews on the Bunn and Amazon site that lots of people who purchase this product are used to the "Mr. Coffee" type consumer brewers. If you understand the process of brewing coffee, then you will understand why this product (a) takes the time that it does to brew (b) lacks features such as being able to pull the carafe out in the middle of the cycle to pour a cup of coffee.
1) brewer looks nice and commercial grade. the filter basket is stainless steel, and the electronics (clock - timer), and see thru design, are very nice looking
2) product is made well and very functional - again, stainless steel filter basket, viewport into water reservoir with cup marking - so that you can pour directly from a water filter pitcher, as opposed to having to use carafe. There is a "backstop" behind the burner plate that keeps the carafe from sliding past the burner plate (very nice feature). Glass carafe seems to have a PERFECT pour. I have NOT experienced the drip / leak problems that some customers have. Spray head feature that releases the water over the entire basket instead of just the middle...nice!
3) Water temp!!! this is one of the MOST important features of brewing good coffee! This is done when the brewer is turned on and takes ~ 6 minutes or less. To extract coffee from the ground beans the water needs to be just below boiling (212 F). This water is ~200. The burner plate allows the coffee to cool just a bit, but not much - you will not need to microwave your coffee!
4) brew (steep) time - this is the 2nd most important element of brewing...4 minutes is the magic number, and this is what the Phase brew does.
5) Programmable brew time. This is a feature that I don't use, but is a handy feature for lots of folks.
50/50 pos / neg
1) made in China - there are only a few products that Bunn has made in China. This is an issue with some, but If the quality is good and it helps keep the price down, I'm for it!
2) 8 cup carafe vs 10 - again, this is good for me as I'm the only person in my family who drinks coffee!
I have purchased a Zerowater filter and have found that it makes the coffee better while helping to keep the brewer clean and the scaling low. I keep the brewer deep cleaned and the spray head clean.
This product is awesome!!!
I just found this at bed bath and beyond. someone ordered it online and returned it unopened, My gain as they do not store stock it. WOW what great coffee! I have been in the restaurant biz all my life ad this makes Excellent coffee. Who cares about a little noise! I got it for $79.00 with my 20% off store coupon. A steal! Went home and brewed away... Highly recommended!!...... Oh and looks Cool Too in my kitchen
So there are defintely some mixed reviews about the Phase Brew. So far I absolutely love it. I love how it is programable. For as long as I can remember my parents used Bunn coffee brewers so when I decided I was "growing up" and ready to drink coffee. I bought a Bunn. I just recently purchased the Phase Brew and besides the fact that it is a little loud. I think my coffee has a better taste to it. And I don't feel that I waste my coffee now. By that I mean I don't have to make a full pot because there is no hot water tank. So I just make what I need or feel I will drink. The brew cycle is longer but I hardly notice this, I make my coffee every night and program it so when I wake up, Its ready. I have to admit the carafe does occassionally leak more than it should. But I think once I replace this I shouldn't have any more problems. For me, this coffee pot is great.
tried it for two days and am not a happy camper. loud coffee bitter expected better for the price.
It goes back today !!
Ok, I know that many people seem to be complaining about the Phase Brew coffee maker. However, I just got my Phase Brew yesterday and I love it. Sure it is a little noisy and takes a little longer but the coffee is literally 80% more flavorful than any coffee I have brewed at home. Also, I haven't had any trouble with the carafe leaking when I pour. I guess some people just like to write negative reviews. :)
I also think it is a good looking design and l love the fact that it is programmable for early mornings. If you care about the flavor of your coffee, ignore the negative reviews and buy the Phase Brew HG.
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