KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Brewer Review 2020

What's a Pour-Over Coffee Brewer?

Pour-over coffees may seem the same as drip coffees, but they are different.

When it comes to making coffee fast and not too pricey, the pour-over coffee will win.

A pour-over coffee brewer makes coffee by continuously pouring hot water over coffee grounds. Pouring hot water over coffee grounds produces a faster brew and extracting more from the coffee grounds. Just don't overdo it or you'll end up with bad tasting coffee.

Pour-Over Coffee vs. Drip Coffee

Showerhead drip coffees, mix the coffee grounds and hot water, by sprinkling the water over the grounds.

A pour-over coffee pours water, at the right temperature, over the coffee. The water is less likely to decrease in temperature, making the process more efficient.

Temperature and the quality of water used affects the quality of the coffee. Hotter temperatures produce better-brewed coffee but too hot, and it'll have a bitter taste. Accuracy is important here!

How Does it Work?

The process starts with wetting the coffee grounds with hot water. Do not directly pour-over all the hot water. The carbon dioxide (CO2) trapped inside the coffee grounds won't let the water in if you pour it too fast.

Once you pour over the coffee grounds, let it rest for 20-30 seconds to allow the CO2 to escape. You'll notice the coffee grounds expand and swell. And that is what coffee connoisseurs call a " coffee bloom."

As the hot water permeates down through the coffee grounds, it dissolves the solubles in them. An even pour-over coffee will result in less unwanted tastes from the coffee grounds.

Once the hot water absorbs the great taste from the coffee grounds, it will work its way down to the bottom container. It soaks through the coffee filters, so excess coffee grounds and bad solubles don't seep into the final brewed coffee.

This article explains the complexity of making Pour Over coffee manually.

KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

The KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee is a slick-looking model that looks like a modern take on pour-over coffee brewers.

It creates the process for making pour-over coffee simple, with only a press of a button. Although it brews slower compared to other brands, to get a better taste, it produced the best tasting coffee among them. The KitchenAid coffee brewer provides great-tasting coffee with one press of a button.

It is also a Gold Cup Standard, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). It can brew up to 8 cups of coffee, which is perfect for a household.

How Well Does it Work?

The KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Brewer doesn't brew coffee as fast as other brands but is the closest to the ideal temperature of a perfectly brewed pour-over coffee.

It takes around 10 minutes for the KitchenAid Pour-over Coffee Brewer to make 8 cups of hot coffee. Ten minutes is a great time, but if you're in a rush or running late for work, this coffee brewer won't be able to make coffee for you.

Don't worry because the KitchenAid has a built-in program to make coffee for you automatically. Just prepare the coffee grounds and water the night before, set up the timer, and you'll enjoy your hot cup of coffee as you wake up.

Ease of Use

The KitchenAid pour-over coffee brewer comes with a manual on how to use the product. It's relatively easy to use and prepare coffee. Just have your coffee ground and water ready and placed correctly in the product. With only one press of a button, the product will make coffee for you.

You can track the brewing progress by viewing the lighted progress bars. The temperature is preset for you to brew, and you can choose medium or dark roast.

Temperature control for pour-over coffee brewers is only present on high priced coffee brewers.

Features

One-Touch Brewing - You can make coffee with only a touch of a button. The button also comes with an LED light indicator.

Progress Indicator Lights - The product has indicator lights that show the steps of the brewing process like heating the water, pouring over coffee, and steeping. The indicator light will show where how far through brewing it is

Advanced Heating Technology - Heats the water for up to 198°F to 204°F at the top of the brewer. Higher temperatures minimize heat loss when the extraction process is happening.

Warranty - 1-year warranty for parts and repair services.

Warranty

1-year warranty for parts and repair services.

Specs

  • Dimensions - 11.3 x 8.7 x 15.1 inches
  • Weight - 7.6 pounds

Pros

  • Creates excellent tasting coffee and is SCAA certified
  • It recreates manual pour-over coffee brewing accurately with the help of Pulse Brew. Pulse Brew controls the flow of water into the coffee grounds.​​​​
  • It can be programmed to brew coffee up to 24 hours ahead. You can prepare your coffee the night before and have it ready early in the morning.
  • You can have the option for brew strength (medium and dark roast)
  • Has the ability to automatically shut-off
  • Brew pause function lets you pause the brewing process
  • You can select the serving size when you brew your coffee. Size can range from 2-8 cups.

Cons

  • Brewing time can take up to 10 minutes.
  • The 8-cup serving can be a problem for extra-large households or when you have many guests coming over.
  • There is no thermal carafe option.

Consumer Ratings

A few customers had a negative experience with the KitchenAid Pour-over coffee maker reporting water leaks pouring out of the unit. If you contact KitchenAid, a replacement unit will be delivered right away.

Some mentioned the slow brewing time.

Most customers also have a positive review of the taste of the coffee.

The product is also awarded the Gold Cup standard by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). And it comes with a 1-year warranty for replacement, parts, and repairs. 

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Conclusion

The KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Brewer is a decent coffee maker.

It produces great tasting coffee and lives up to its Pulse Brew technology.

The brewing time isn't the fastest, but it more than makes up for it with its quality coffee.

You may also check other coffee maker articles like KitchenAid 12 Cup Drip Coffee Maker or KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer 2020 for more information.


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