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Post# 931261   4/8/2017 at 14:05 (440 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I bought a Bonavita coffeemaker several months ago.  When I was researching this machine, I came across some pictures of it being paired with a Chemex carafe.  For the price, this offered an excellent and far less expensive option than a Chemex Otto, which goes for around $350.


The carafe that comes with the Bonavita uses a Melitta cone filter basket.  When brewing is done, the basket and filter are removed, the paper filter gets tossed, the basket gets rinsed, and the lid is placed on the carafe.   These extra steps involving the filter basket were new to me, as my previous Cuisinart machines had the "stop and pour" arrangement where the basket assembly was separate from the carafe, and the carafe lid remained in place during brewing.  When brewing was complete, all I had to do was grab the carafe and fill a mug.


Using a Chemex carafe eliminates the need for a filter basket.  Just remove the filter and toss it, then enjoy your coffee.  The 6-cup carafe is the perfect size to fit the Bonavita, and with the glass handle, it can go into the dishwasher without having to untie a wooden collar.  I found a 6-cupper on ebay NIB/BIN really cheap and it included a box of 100 filters, so I nabbed it and it arrived yesterday.


I tried the Chemex alternative for the first time this morning, and it's definitely more convenient.  I can't say the brew is much different, except maybe slightly smoother and somewhat less complex, but I like the ease of use.


For anyone in the market, this arrangement offers a reasonable alternative to the Chemex Otto, and renders an excellent brew even without the wetting/blooming process unique to the Chemex automatics.

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