Today I've got the KitchenAid Pour Over vs. the Behmor Brazen Plus in the 8th iteration of the coffeemaker showdown series.

The list of SCAA Certified home brewers has changed a little bit in recent years with a few new players taking the place of some older ones. The two newest SCAA Certified home brewers (at the time of this showdown) are the Brazen Plus and the KitchenAid Pour Over.

If you'd like to see the individual reviews for each of these coffee makers, follow the links below:

Brazen Plus

KitchenAid Pour Over

The Brazen Plus

Tbrazen-plushe Brazen Plus arrived in the Summer of 2014 as the latest iteration of Behmor's first coffee maker, the Brazen.

Invented by Joe Behm, whose company is most well-known for its home roaster the Behmor 1600, the Brazen Plus is designed for coffee enthusiasts who want to be able to control for the things they had previously only been able to control for with a pour over brewer.

The list of features for the Brazen Plus is almost endless. You can control temperature, calibrate the brewer for altitude, adjust the pre-infusion time, and even use manual coffee makers like the Chemex and Hario V60 directly under the shower head.

This has been my go-to auto drip coffee maker for the past year, so I'm always curious to see if a new player can outperform it.

The KitchenAid Pour Over

The KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer is the newest SCAA Certified coffee maker on the block and I've been pretty impressed with what I've brewed with it so far.

It's feature list isn't as extensive as the Brazen Plus, but it does boast more than all of the other SCAA Certified coffee makers currently on the list.

It's unique features are that it has a serving size selector that will only dispense the amount of water you select (in terms of # of cups). It also has a hot plate, which is curious given that this has been shown to have a negative impact on the brewed coffee. Still, this is a minor grievance if you remove the carafe right after the brew cycle completes, the coffee should be fine.

It also turns out that you can turn the hot plate off by simply pressing the brew button after the brew cycle has completed.

How These Coffeemaker Showdowns Work

If this is your first coffeemaker showdown, welcome! Basically, I take two coffee makers and declare a winner amongst the 9 rating categories I normally look at in my reviews. These are:

Price, coffee quality, coffeemaker quality, durability, brew speed, versatility, appearance, ease of use, and cleaning ease.

You can learn more about how I rate coffeemakers here.

The Showdown

Results

It's almost impossible to ensure that all variables are the same across both coffee makers. Additionally, I usually run very few trials across a very small sample size of people, so the results will never be perfect.

So here's what I did with this showdown:

  • I ran two trials, one with a dark roast coffee, the other with a light roast coffee
  • Both resulting cups of coffee were sampled by me and my girlfriend (sample size = 2)
  • Used a medium-fine grind for the dark roast trial and a medium grind for the light roast trial
  • Brewed with 30 grams of coffee and 540 grams of water (18:1 ratio) in both trials

If you watched the video above, you will have seen that the KitchenAid Pour Over won 3/4 tastings. The one tasting the Brazen Plus won was in the dark roast trial (I chose it over the KitchenAid). The girlfriend chose the KitchenAid in this trial.

We actually both hated the coffee in the dark roasted trial on both brewers.

We both loved the coffee in the light roast trial, with a preference (albeit slight) over the Brazen Plus.

The Coffee

The first trial was a dark roast blend (Dancing Goat) from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. I've had mixed results with this coffee, some very good and some very bad.

The second trial was brought to me by Angel's Cup, a light “city” roasted single origin Ethiopian coffee roasted by Sunergos Coffee. This was a great coffee, and this clearly had the biggest impact on how both coffee makers ultimately performed (as it should).

Price

The Brazen Plus is slightly more expensive than the KitchenAid and I'd say in terms of value, they are pretty closely aligned to the features they pack.

Winner: KitchenAid Pour Over

Coffee Quality

As mentioned before, the coffee came out better with the KitchenAid Pour Over in 3 of the 4 trials. Again, lots of variables at play here, but I think it's safe to conclude you'll get great coffee without much fuss through the KitchenAid Pour Over.

Winner: KitchenAid Pour Over

Coffee Maker Quality

Both coffee makers are made in China, which is disappointing for many consumers. Yet, the only SCAA Certified Brewer that can claim otherwise is the Technivorm Moccamaster, which is at least $100 more than both of these coffee makers.

To me, this comes down to functionality.

The Brazen Plus has an all-stainless steel water reservoir that is so easy to pour your water into. In contrast, the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer has a plastic reservoir that is extremely difficult to accurately pour water into.

The glass carafe with hot plate also screams poorer quality to me personally. I still really don't get this decision by KitchenAid. Maybe future iterations of this coffee maker will have a thermal carafe option?

Finally, the fact that the Brazen Plus has more holes on the showerhead is an attractive advantage in terms of coffee maker quality.

Winner: Brazen Plus

Ease of Use

The KitchenAid Pour Over is easier to use in my opinion, but this is just because it has fewer features and buttons.

All of the other SCAA Certified Coffee Makers out there are easier to use than both of these.

Winner: KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer

Cleaning Ease

One of my problems with the Brazen Plus in terms of cleaning ease is getting into the carafe itself and giving it a good scrub down. Additionally, the Brazen Plus has a carafe lid that seems to pick up water that is nearly impossible to dispose of.

However, there is no way you can get into the water reservoir of the KitchenAid. Any mineral build-up would be more difficult to clean. The Brazen Plus on the other hand, has an easy-to-clean reservoir.

Winner: none

Durability

It wouldn't be fair to compare this considering I haven't had the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer for very long. The glass carafe is certainly more vulnerable than the stainless steel carafe of the Brazen Plus though, so just keep that in mind.

Winner: none

Brew Speed

The KitchenAid was faster in both trials. About 4 minutes to brew 4 cups of coffee, not bad at all. The Brazen Plus took about 8 minutes in the first trial but was much closer to the KitchenAid in the second trial.

Winner: KitchenAid Pour Over

Appearance

Neither of these coffee makers are particularly attractive, but I think the KitchenAid is slightly more attractive despite it's bigger size. It is also currently available in 3 colors, while the Brazen Plus is only available in one color: black.

Winner: KitchenAid Pour Over

Versatility

With more features and customizability comes more versatility. You can get a far wider range of results with the Brazen Plus depending on how you customize your brew.

It will be hard for any coffee maker to dethrone the Brazen Plus' versatility any time soon.

Winner: Brazen Plus

KitchenAid Pour Over or Brazen Plus?

The crazy thing about coffee makers is that there is no perfect option for everyone. Even though these coffee makers are incredibly similar and the KitchenAid won the showdown, which coffee maker you ultimately choose depends on a lot more than what I covered here.

I'll do my best to sort it out for you though.

Choose the KitchenAid Pour Over if…

You want one of the top auto drip coffee makers on the market that is relatively easy to use but still has features like a brew timer, brew pause, and serving size selector.

I like to think of the KitchenAid Pour Over Brewer as a way better version of all the Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach coffee makers that were ever made. It has all of the essential features and makes way better coffee.

If you don't need these features and just want something that you can flip a switch and walk away from after adding your coffee and water, I'd check out the Bonavita BV1900 instead.

You can buy the KitchenAid Pour Over on Amazon here:

 

Choose the Brazen Plus if…

While the KitchenAid won the showdown, I personally will probably continue to use the Brazen Plus as my auto drip of choice because I can control temperature more accurately. Many people can't be bothered, but I'm the type of person who loves to experiment with my coffee.

The Brazen Plus is the best choice for the coffee enthusiast who wants to take a break from manual coffee brewing methods from time to time.

If you don't need more than two temperature settings, pre-infusion adjustment, or elevation calibration but still want a brew timer and other standard auto drip features, go with the KitchenAid.

If you don't need any of that jazz, go with the Bonavita BV1900.

You can buy the Brazen Plus on Amazon here:

Share your questions & comments!

I'd love to hear what you think about this coffeemaker showdown, so if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them below. Same goes for questions, ask away!