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Behmor Brewer review: A connected coffeemaker for coffee geeks

Michael Brown | July 11, 2016
Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app help deliver a precisely calculated brew.

There’s nothing like a good cup of mud to get you going. Personally, I enjoy coffee at pretty much any time of the day or night. I prefer it strong and unadulterated by cream or sugar. And the $299 Behmor Brewer ($278 at Amazon as of this writing) makes the best coffee I’ve ever tasted—from a drip coffeemaker, that is.

The Behmor Brewer makes a much better cup o’ Joe than the last Wi-Fi-connected coffeemaker I reviewed, the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker, and it’s endowed with many more features that will appeal to coffee geeks than that smart appliance. A smartphone app lets you control the brewing process, and you can use pre-programmed recipes to prepare coffee to your taste.

behmore water resevoir
Michael Brown

The Behmor Brewer sports a stainless steel water reservoir, but there’s nothing to filter minerals and other impurities from the water you use. 

When you’re ready to make a pot of coffee, choose from three broad categories: Brew, Buzz, or Craft. In each case, you inform the app how many cups you intend to brew (6 or 8). Use 14 tablespoons of ground coffee to make eight cups, or 10 tablespoons to make six. Choose the Brew setting if you’re in a hurry, as the only other information you need to provide is whether you’re using light-, medium-, or dark-roasted beans.

If you pick the Buzz setting, you’ll see recommendations tailored to your brewing preferences. Do you like coffee strong enough to chew? Pick a dark roast. Prefer something sweeter and fruitier? Start with African beans. Medium-roasted beans will yield a creamier cup. You’ll also find profiles for coffees purchased from big-name producers such as Dunkin Donuts, Peets Coffee & Tea, and Starbucks (these are labeled as “sponsored” recipes).

behmore brewer
Michael Brown

LEDs are useful status indicators, but they’re a source of annoying light pollution when they get this big. 

Besides the bean choices, the Buzz brews are pre-programmed with different brew temperatures and pre-soak times (the coffeemaker will release a small amount of heated water into the grounds cup to allow the grounds to “bloom” before the extraction process begins).

As the name implies, the Craft setting gives you the most control over the brewing process. Here you choose your preferred brewing temperature (within a range of 190 to 207 degrees Fahrenheit), and you get to set the presoak time (from 15 seconds to three minutes). In all three situations, you can either start the brew cycle immediately or set it to kick off any time within the next 24 hours.

 

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