Whether you prefer an automatic drip coffee maker or the meditation of a perfect...
This deluxe home coffee machine is like the race car of coffee makers! With its continuously heated reservoir, it’s idling at the start line revving its engine and waiting for the start flag—or in this case, your finger on the “on” button.
The BUNN BXB Velocity coffee maker doesn’t have a pre-programmed auto-start—because with a brew time of less than three minutes flat, you can have instantly available drip coffee without setting a timer. Nor does it have the common Pause to Pour feature, designed for slower brewers so you can remove the carafe and pour a cup of coffee before the machine finishes brewing.
Again, this model brews so quickly, a feature like that would be superfluous. If you’re an instant gratification junkie like I am, there’s no better machine on the market.
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Clearly one of my favorite features of the BUNN BXB Velocity coffee maker is its nearly instantaneous coffee brewing. I’m not one for waiting—I used to keep instant coffee on hand to use with the instant hot-water faucet on my sink, not because I liked the taste of the instant, but because I’m that impatient. These days I enjoy a real cup of coffee just as quickly. Ah, the marvels of technology! Of course, I justified this purchase to myself by thinking of additional reasons why it might be useful or important to have instant-brewing coffee (reasons that weren’t all about me), like the idea that I could get a pot of coffee ready with no notice when a client showed up at my home-office, or when a friend dropped by. But truthfully, I’m the one who most often enjoys its benefits—and I do enjoy them.
I’ve learned a few tricks by trial and error as I got acquainted with my BUNN BXB Velocity coffee maker. The first was to use the actual Bunn brand filters rather than generic store brands, which aren’t as tall and allow the brewing grounds-and-water to back up and overflow the filter. No doubt because of the high-volume, high-pressure spray nozzle action, an inadequate filter can’t keep up with the brewing. My attempt at using a generic filter was probably the equivalent of putting snow tires on a race car. I also learned not to be careless in placing the carafe under the brewing basket; when I inadvertently left it off-center, the coffee didn’t flow into the carafe’s top as it’s designed to do, and I ended up with an overflowing coffee lake on my counter.
I understand why a super-speed model like this would not need a pre-programmed timer or a pause to pour function, but I confess I’m puzzled as to why the BUNN BXB Velocity coffee maker doesn’t include the common automatic shut-off for the warming plate. Especially since the burner on this model tends to get quite hot; it definitely keeps my coffee hot (in fact, maybe too much so at times), but I worry somewhat about the potential fire hazard if I were to forget to shut it off. I also need to remember to unplug the machine if I’m leaving for more than a couple days; since the water tank keeps its reservoir perpetually heated, it would evaporate if left unattended, and I’m afraid it would burn out the heating element (and possibly cause another fire hazard). At this point, “unplugging the Bunn” is on my checklist for travel preparations, alongside items like putting the mail and newspaper on hold, so I’m not really concerned about forgetting—though an automatic feature on this point would be appreciated. Despite those minor critical notes, I love the speedy service, and I’m unlikely ever to go back to a normal speed machine.