- Living with the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer
- A full review of the Kitchenaid Coffee Maker (KCM0802)
- Its a High-Tech Coffee Brewer Designed The Old Fashioned Way
- Features And Facts
- Coffeeble Insider Tip
- My Verdict Of The KitchenAid Coffee Maker
- KitchenAid KCM0802Pour Over Coffee Brewer
- KitchenAid KCM0802OB Review
- Crate And Barrel Kitchenaid Pour Over Coffee Maker, KCM0802 – Onyx Black
Living with the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer
Details Created: Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:16 Written by colin newell
Having just completed a quick review of an espresso machine and a vacuum brewer, it only made sense to jump to one of my current go to brew methods: The pour over.
But not just any pour over method: this review is all about a custom, hands off powered pour over experience.
Pour over coffee is, in fact, my default method on the weekends and most afternoon week days in my lab at the local University. It’s easy. It’s dependable. It’s reliable. You can’t screw it up. It’s that simple.
My curiousity was tweaked when the opportunity came along to test an “automatic” and programmable pour over brewer. But first things first – let’s talk about the key things that you must have to make a basic manual pour over.
- Coffee, ground to around the same grind as drip coffee.
- A suitable carafe to brew the coffee in.
- A suitable filter holder and filter. Melitta and Hario makes both and there are many more manufacturers!
- A scale to measure the coffee as it is brewed.
- A timer to pace the brewing process to meet the ideal spec; around 3.5 minutes of brewing time for most coffees.
- A kettle with a “watering can” spout on it to do a very accurate pour of the hot water: Bonavita and Hario make perfect pour over kettles.
What did I tell you? Simple huh. Here is a very comprehensive guide to doing pour over – – I will get my own guide going shortly but this one is very fine for now.
OK. So we all know that KitchenAid makes some mighty fine appliances. I have one of their heavy duty mixers – as well as many accessories and a KitchenAid food processor. These are all amazing and reliable labour saving devices. KitchenAid has gotten into coffee makers in a new and (I hope) exciting way. We just reviewed the vacuum brewer and now we are looking at the custom pour over brewer. So how did it do?
Well, in order for any powered pour over system to work, it has to do a couple of things right – perfect in fact. What are they?
- It has to heat the water to near the boiling point, but not beyond!
- it has to pre-soak the grinds.
- it has to deliver the water to the coffee in the requisite 3-4 minutes for the perfect brew.
- the amount of water delivered to the bed of coffee must be precisely measured each and every time.
Here is what I found on the first use after a couple of cover to cover reads of the manual.
(Always read the instructions folks!)
Water temperature is not an issue. In fact, the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer pre-heats all the water in the resevoir prior to brewing.
When you think about this, this is exactly what you do when you make an manual pour over.
A traditional drip brewer does not do this. 100% of traditional drip brewers take cold water from the resevoir and heat that water in a heat-exchanger kind of arrangement and supercharge the water and spray it onto the coffee bed after passing through a short conduit (long enough to take some energy off of the water stream to make sure it is not boiling hot when it touches the ground coffee).
So the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer heats all the water it is going to need in advance.
Good thing. Temperature did not appear to be an issue and although I have a digital thermometer, I never got around to measuring the temperature accurately. I’ll get to why in a moment.
The KitchenAid custom pour over brewer, to be perfect, needs to do a pre-soak or a steep of the ground coffee bed, to essentially soak the coffee prior to the primary part of the brew cycle. It did that well, each and every time.
The KitchenAid custom pour over brewer got through 3 and 4 cup brew cycles in around 4 minutes. Close enough for my picky attention to detail.
In 5 brew cycles I noticed one consistent design failure. In selecting the “3 cup” setting (which in reality is actually 3 6-8 ounce ‘servings’) the amount of water that the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer delivered to the bed of ground coffee varied wildly, often upwards of 150 – 170g of water!
For the purists among us, the whole point of doing a pour is to accurately measure the water when making the coffee. I could easily live with +- 50g of water for a 2 – 3 cup serving but this kind of variation made the entire system worthless.
Having a coffee maker, like the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer, that is “volumetric” or capable of delivering precise amounts of water to a ground coffee bed would be an awesome thing – if it worked – and I would love to know what kind of mechanism they are using to get the right amount of water onto the coffee.
I have reached out to KitchenAid, about their brewer, and hope to get some feedback on what the unit should and shouldn’t be doing. I have not heard back yet – fingers crossed.
Thankfully, the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer has a slightly simpler brother (or sister) that uses all of the features above less the volumetric or quantity selection ability… the custom part. I have not tested that unit but considering that everything about the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer works apart from the actual customizable quantity aspect, then it should be good.
Apart from this annoyance, the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer gets almost everything right. It misses the mark in terms of reliability and getting the brew right each and every time. In the one brew cycle that I did do that nailed the right ratio of coffee to water, it was spot on in terms of taste, overall brew quality and temperature. Sadly, 1 in 5 is not good enough.
2.5 Stars! If I was to rate the KitchenAid custom pour over brewer on a 5-star rating scale (and virtually every other review on this website has always been 4 to 5 stars…) this KitchenAid unit warrants 2, maybe 3 stars out of 5. For the extra money to make this a “more automated” experience, it was simply not worth it. Kitchen Aid Canada did not return any requests for information or comments on this unit.
I look forward to hearing from KitchenAid Canada on this brewer – and making it right. The potential for a great automated pour over brew is definitely here… with some tweaks.
We would like to thank the good people at Capital Iron in Victoria B.C. Canada for giving me complete access to their kitchenwares department. I get to play with everything! Yay!
Colin Newell is a Victoria area resident in British Columbia, Canada and writer for a coffee resource that has been on the air for over 20 years! This website averages around 1000 unique readers every day. That is a lot of folks looking for some help making the right decision on getting that perfect brewer.
Courtesy of KitchenAid
- Quick brew time
- Very thorough manual
- Easy-to-access basket
- Automatic keep warm setting
- Shuts off automatically
- Dishwasher-safe carafe
- Brewed at optimal temperature in our test
- Didn’t keep coffee hot for two hours in our test
KitchenAid’s Custom Pour Over Brewer will make your countertop look chic thanks to its sleek design and glossy grey finish. The digital control panel tells you when the coffee maker is heating, pouring, steeping and ready so you can monitor the brewing process. It also lets you customize your brew, with settings for either medium or dark brew, how many cups you’d like to make (up to eight), and when you want it to start brewing. In our tests, the KitchenAid was a pro at making a super-hot pot of coffee on the maximum setting, but couldn’t make coffee hot enough when brewing on the minimum. Also available in black.
Features: Adjustable strength setting, delay start
How We Tested: Our experts in the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab evaluated 31 coffee makers. We brewed over 441 cups to measure water temperature and cycle length, the two most important factors in coffee taste. We also took temperatures at the end of brewing and after two hours. Ease of use was also considered, including how easy it was to read and use the controls, access the water tank and brew basket, read the markings on the tank and carafe, and clean the carafe. We also took into account whether or not it had automatic keep warm and off functions.
Reviewed: December 2016
Price When Reviewed: $200.00
A full review of the Kitchenaid Coffee Maker (KCM0802)
A Combination Of Perfection And Convenience
- Coffee Quality – 10/10 10/10
- Reliability – 6/10 6/10
- Convenience – 9/10 9/10
- Premium Features – 8/10 8/10
- Price – 7/10 7/10
- SCAA Certified – Cup, mug or full carafe – you can have it all
- Pulse Brew Function – Optimizes water contact time with coffee grounds for maximized coffee extraction
- Cup Selection Feature – You fill up the reservoir once but only brew as much as you want
- Brewing time longer than average – You need some patience but it’s worth it
- Relatively tall – Does not fit under every cabinet
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Although there are many different types of coffee makers available nowadays, a lot of baristas still prefer the traditional pour over method to brew exceptional coffee.
To do it yourself at home you really don’t need expensive tools. A pour over coffee maker and preferably a gooseneck kettle is all that is required for you to get started!
But if you are not careful and monitor the key factors like pre-infusion time (the bloom), correct temperature, or the size of the grind, you can easily ruin your expensive speciality beans, that you have just purchased from the premium roaster in your city.
As you can see, the manual brewing method requires time and practice until you can expect to reach a consistent but great cup of Joe.
Drip coffee makers, on the contrary, are convenient (you set it and forget it) and typically brew the same quality of coffee with every brew!
However, the average drip coffee machine often does not meet the standards that are required to brew exceptional coffee.
Specifically brew temperature, pre-wetting (the bloom) or pulse brewing are often neglected and result in just an average cup of coffee.
The KitchenAid pour over coffee brewer claims to combine the convenience and consistency of drip coffee makers with the excellent result of manual pour over brewed coffee (1).
After you have read my KitchenAid Automatic review, you will understand its features, how to operate it and, most importantly, whether this is the right coffee maker for you or not!
Let’s get started!
Its a High-Tech Coffee Brewer Designed The Old Fashioned Way
Imagine you walk into a store and see the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer the first time. You are not sure exactly why you are hesitating, but somehow you feel attracted to it.
Maybe the classically elegant lines that merge visually with the smartly designed program bar makes this coffee brewer a head-turner.
Granted, the housing is made of plastic but at least you can choose between four different colors: empire red, contour silver, Medallion Silver and onyx black.
KitchenAid KCM0802ER Pour Over Coffee Brewer, Empire Red
KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee Brewer, Contour Silver
KitchenAid KCM0802MS Pour Over Coffee Brewer, Medallion Silver
KitchenAid KCM0802OB Pour Over Coffee Brewer, Onyx Black
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The automated brewing technology seems to require a lot of space because this coffee maker is really tall.
From bottom to top it measures a whopping 15 inches!
Assuming your kitchen cabinets are mounted at a common height of about 18 inches above the countertop, there is not much space left. And since you need to refill the water reservoir from the top, you may run into problems.
Sliding the coffee maker out might not be that easy because there are black rubber pads at the bottom.
In case you still plan to place it under the cabinets, please check my Coffeeble-Insider-Tip below how to easily solve this problem.
Features And Facts
You can definitely count on the KitchenAid KCM0802 coffee brewer when it comes to performance!
Maintaining a temperature between 195° F and 205° F is only one of many requirements to make it on the list of SCAA certified home brewers(2).
Only the best coffee makers get a certificate from the Specialty Coffee Association Of America (SCAA)
And yes, the KitchenAid Pour Over coffee maker has passed this and all the other tests and is therefore a certified SCAA coffee maker.
The Position Of The Water Tank
It is located partially above the brew basket. That’s very smart, because even I, who barely got a C in Physics in school, know that heat rises up.
As a result, the water in the reservoir stays warm and less energy is needed to reheat.
Manual brewing Made Easy With Automated Brewing Technology
I read a lot, that this coffee maker is slow and you know what: it’s true.
It takes about 10 minutes for 8 cups of coffee. But to be brutally honest, that’s the price you pay for the simulated pour over method.
Related: 8 cups in 6 Minutes: Bonavita BV1900 drip coffee maker
A drip coffee maker just flushes the coffee basket as if the world ends tomorrow.
But don’t get me wrong! I like drip coffee makers. There are some out there that really brew awesome coffee!
However, this Kitchenaid coffee brewer uses a pulse function throughout the brewing process which simulates the manual pour over process. Pour some water, wait until completely soaked in, pour more water, wait, and so on.
This intermitted process ensures the coffee grounds to be fully saturated with water. As a result, you get full-bodied coffee rich in flavor because of the best extraction possible.
You Don’t Have To Be An Expert To Make Exceptional Coffee
KitchenAid made sure the operation is easy right from the start.
All settings can be changed from the control panel with the Menu button and/or the + or – toggle bar.
Here’s a short list of what you can control:
- Roast – Choose between medium and dark roast
- Cups – Choose between 2 and 8 cups
- Delay – You can set a delay/timer for freshly brewed coffee in the morning
- Clean Cycle – Automatic cleaning to preserve coffee quality
What I also like is the simple interface, which always keeps you updated about the current brewing process. You know when it is heating, steeping, pouring and even tells you when it’s time to sit down and enjoy your coffee!
Additionally, it informs you when the warming plate is activated or a cleaning cycle is necessary.
Unfortunately, the KitchenAid Coffee Maker comes only with a glass carafe. There is no option – yet – to choose a thermal carafe version. If a thermal carafe is important for you, check out these.
The intuitive display keeps you updated about the current brew segment:
heating, pouring, steeping, enjoy!
Most coffee makers with glass carafe have a heating plate that keeps the coffee hot for a couple hours before it automatically shuts off.
I’m honestly not really a friend of this so for me it’s not a big deal that the warmer of this coffee brewer shuts off after an hour.
In case, you want to spread your coffee over the whole day I would definitely recommend you to invest in a thermal carafe.
Please avoid turning it back on again and again. Your coffee will burn and taste awful!
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Coffeeble Insider Tip
As I mentioned earlier, this KitchenAid coffee maker is quite tall – too tall for most kitchens to fit neatly under cabinets and at the same time leave enough space to refill the water tank.
So what can you do?
You can pull it out every time you need more water, but with almost 8 pounds, it’s not a very lightweight coffee brewer. And even worse, the rubber pads, that prevent the coffee maker from sliding, may leave some black lines, especially on light-colored countertops.
But I found the perfect solution for you. Click the link below so you can see it yourself!
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My Verdict Of The KitchenAid Coffee Maker
The KitchenAid KCM0802 coffee brewer may cost more, but it’s worth more!
My only question to you is: do you think you can taste the difference? Are you confident that the quality of the coffee justifies the high price of this pour over coffee maker?
Convinced? Well, this is your moment!
Check the discounted price and get your KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker now! You’ll be glad you did, believe me!
And in case the price is a little too steep for you, please check my Bonavita BV1800 drip coffee maker review which could save you some money.
Please share your comments with me, if my Kitchenaid Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker review could help you with your buying decision!
Pour Over Coffee Brewer
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KitchenAid KCM0802OB Review
During its launch around two years ago, the KitchenAid KCM0802 was marketed as an automatic pour over coffee maker. While it did not amuse me, for I like the ritual of making pour-over coffee manually, it certainly provided relief to those who love pour over coffee but can spare neither the time nor the effort to make one.
The working of a pour-over coffee brewer is slightly different from that of a typical coffee machine. While the latter simply keeps on driving water through the grounds till the reservoir is emptied, the former continues a cycle of sprinkling the grounds with water and then pausing the flow temporarily to allow them to steep – much like the actual process of making pour over coffee.
But does the KCM0802 deliver like KitchenAid claims it does or is it yet another overpriced run-of-the-mill machine that you would be better off ignoring? Also, how does it measure to other top coffee makers on Coffee Dork’s list? In this review, allow me to talk about the different features and specifications of the model that may help you decide.
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The KitchenAid KCM0802 flaunts a unique retro-futuristic design that not only catches the eye, but also makes you fall in love with it. The large bulge in the centre is meant to hold the heater element and the brew basket. The latter comes with a built-in measuring stick so that you don’t have to worry about the accuracy of your measurements.
The only genuine flip side in the design is its dimensions. At a height of 15 inches, a width of 8.75 inches and a depth of 11 inches, it does take up a bit more space than you would have expected. It weighs 9.8 pounds; so you do not have the option of moving it in and out of storage frequently.
The machine is manufactured from mostly stainless steel and plastic materials. It is available in black, red and silver, in case you want the color to match your kitchen décor.
- SCAA Certified
- Brew Pause
- Advanced Heating Technology
- Cup Selector (2-8 cups of coffee)
- Programmable to 24 hours
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Considering the price, I expected top-notch performance from the KCM0802. According to online reviews and ratings, the coffee brew was supposed to taste great. To my surprise, I found that to be true.
The warming plate below the carafe cannot be turned off, and it may marginally lessen the taste if you do not drink your coffee immediately. But that is hardly a drawback at all.
KitchenAid is a fairly familiar name in the coffee maker market. The KCM0802 Pour Over Brewer appears to be a durable model, and the SCAA certification lends credibility to that assumption. t is backed by a full one year warranty on parts.
The brewing is pretty slow, as expected. It takes around 11 minutes to make a full pot and roughly 5 and a half minutes for 4 cups of coffee. That is not very fast, but unless you have a lot of company, this machine will serve you a cup of coffee faster than the manual pour over routine.
Ease of use
As a customer-friendly brewing system, the KitchenAid KCM0802 ensures that you do not face any complication while using the machine. Be it starting a new brew after a cycle has completed or setting the brew timer or controlling the temperature – this model makes brewing easy even for a beginner!
Also, there is a progress bar which provides an easy-to-read visual display of each step, thereby keeping you abreast of the stage of brewing. The system comes with an advanced heating technology that works between 198 degrees Fahrenheit and 204 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some users have complained about the fact that the machine does not allow them to select the exact temperature, and instead offers two choices – medium roast and dark roast. The former brews at a higher temperature than the latter, but the precise temperature is not revealed.
To be honest, temperature control is usually a feature that comes with barista-like espresso machines that cost around $500. Even though temperature regulation is quite important when it comes to brewing coffee, it is not a standard feature on regular coffee makers like this KitchenAid unit.
Maintenance is barely an issue with this coffee maker. In addition to the cleaning feature that runs water through a brew cycle, you can disassemble the filter and brew baskets, and clean them individually. This, in fact, holds true for all the parts except the reservoir.
- It is SCAA certified.
- Pulse Brew feature implies that the water is released at intervals – a process that simulates the real-life phenomenon.
- Pre-infusion Blooming phase is ideal for preparing the coffee grounds by saturating the beans and getting rid of the carbon dioxide.
- Brew Pause is a fantastic option if you want to suspend brewing temporarily.
- The programmable timer helps you set up brewing the night before.
- Serving size selector offers you the choice regarding the number of cups of coffee you want to make.
- Two brew setting temperatures allow you to select between hot and hotter temperatures.
- Brew time is slower for more amount of coffee.
- Thermal carafe option is absent.
The KitchenAid KCM0802 is not the ideal coffee brewing system if you are looking for regular coffee. However, if you are a pour over coffee aficionado, this is the machine you are looking for. It is easy to maintain and does not compromise on the quality of the coffee.
While it does have its own set of disadvantages, the KCM0802 is an affordable, easy-to-use coffee maker packed with added features like auto programming and plate warmer that makes the process all the more convenient for the user. Moreover, it is approved by the SCAA and comes with a one year warranty, which makes it a reliable choice to go for.
Crate And Barrel Kitchenaid Pour Over Coffee Maker, KCM0802 – Onyx Black
Automated KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker provides barista-style coffee house flavor and ultimate brewing control, without the difficulty of manual pour brewing. Advanced automation steeps and extracts fresh coffee flavor and aroma at the press of a button. Just as a barista is trained in brewing excellence, this electric coffee maker ensures the timed release of water evenly and precisely to saturate grounds. This intermittent pouring and pausing extracts flavors at a finely calibrated pace for more robust coffee taste. Instead of heating water from the reservoir in increments as is the standard for coffee makers, this pour over coffee brewer heats water to the optimal 200 F, and dispenses from the top for ultra-efficient extraction. This unique brewing technology also minimizes heat loss during brewing to maximize flavor. With one-touch medium and dark roast settings, this pour over coffee maker lets coffee connoisseurs taste and savor all the subtleties and nuances within a coffee roast. Cup selector lets you select 2-8 cups and further refine flavor. With an easy-read visual progress bar, you can immediately see each stage of the coffee brewing process. Visual indicators of Heating, Pouring, Steeping and Enjoy virtually let you know when coffee will be served. This precision electric coffee maker meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. An innovative time in coffee brewing with a concept that was first introduced to specialty coffee houses, and is now available for home use. This electric coffee maker provides the convenience of 24-hour programming. Removable basket features filter clip keeps filter in place. Includes coffee scoop. Cord wrap on back. 8 cup capacity. Dishwasher safe carafe. Since the first stand mixer was introduced in the early 1900s, the KitchenAid brand has been acclaimed internationally for performance. Their latest line, the result of extensive testing and research, upholds their long-standing tradition for