The smartphone app will also keep you informed as to each step of the brewing p
A showerhead-type emitter drips water over the entire top of the grounds basket to evenly soak all of the grounds. I was surprised, however, that Behmor chose a basket-type filter over a cone (a gold filter basket comes in the box). With a cone filter, the grounds stay in contact with the water longer.
But perhaps the combination of the showerhead and the pre-soak cycle make up for it. In any event, the Behmor Brewer produced excellent coffee that was lacking in just one area: It didn’t have that thick layer of crema that makes the first sip from a pressure-extracted cup of coffee so delightful.
Connecting the Brewer to your router
Like the Char-Broil Simple Smoker I reviewed in February, Behmor uses the Dado Internet of Things platform to connect itself to your Wi-Fi network. Once you’ve downloaded the Behmor app, you link your smartphone to the coffeemaker’s network and then configure the app to connect the coffeemaker to your Wi-Fi router or access point. This takes just a couple of minutes, and you need to do it just once.
Each time you launch the app, however, it takes more than a few seconds—on the order of 15 to 20, in fact—for the app to connect to the coffeemaker. While you wait, the app displays a message that suggests the coffeemaker has never been set up at all. That can be alarming the first couple of times, especially when you wake up bleary-eyed and in desperate need of a caffeine fix.
Being a drip coffeemaker, the Behmor Brewer has a few other drawbacks, too: You must grind the beans and fill the water reservoir before you brew each pot, and then you need to clean the grinds basket and the thermal carafe when you’re finished. It’s also missing one other important feature: It has no water filter and there’s no option to add one.
A coffeemaker with a basket filter would typically earn an automatic thumbs down. Not this time.
Should you buy one?
The Behmor Brewer makes great coffee, but it doesn’t quite measure up to what you’ll get from an automatic espresso maker, such as the $700 Krups EA815050 Essential Espresso machine (available at Bed Bath and Beyond) I reviewed in April. On the other hand, that type of appliance can prepare only one cup of coffee at a time, and you could buy two of Behmor’s machines and have money left over for a few pounds of premium beans for the price of that Krups.
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