Coffee Maker Review: Lance Larkin BE 110 Brew Express
Lance Larkin Brew Express
Coffee Maker Quality8.8/10
Ease of Use7.6/10
- It comes with an additional basket for hot tea
- Built-in coffeemakers take up no space on your counter
- This brewer comes with an adjustable cup selector
- Features a Brew Pause/Pause and Serve (activated by an infrared sensor)
- Serving size selector
- Double-walled thermal carafe
- The price might scare away some consumers
- Setup likely requires a contractor to install to waterline and build into wall
- No built-in water filter
The Lance Larkin BE 110 Brew Express doesn't just provide a great cup of coffee, it's a built-in coffeemaker that can be recessed into your wall, and thanks to its design, which includes a tap that goes directly into your water supply, you'll never have to pour any water again.The Brew Express used to be SCAA Certified, but it has either a) expired/not been renewed or b) no longer meets the requirements for certification.
The Brew Express comes in two models:
-The built-in-to-your-wall version (what I'm reviewing here)
-The countertop version (less expensive option)
The BE 110 may sound incredible when taking a look at the features alone, but does this built-in coffeemaker live up to its promises? Let's take a closer look.
Please note: Although I am reviewing this top rated coffee maker, I have no experience using it. Instead, I've summarized all of the most helpful reviews on this coffee maker from around the web. I do my best to make the reviews completely unbiased, making sure to cover both the positives and negatives of every coffee maker I review. Visit the about page to learn more…or feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Here are a few videos outlining some of the features of the Brew Express. Please note: the units shown in the video are older models of the Brew Express, so make sure you check the Amazon product page and the Brew Express website for the most accurate look at the machine.
SCAA Certified…once upon a time
While the BE 110 isn't officially certified by the SCAA, the previous Brew Express model, the 112, was certified. I'm not sure if Lance Larkin is in the process of getting the current model tested by the SCAA, but in any case, there are very few auto drip coffeemakers for the home market that receive a certification from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), so when a buyer sees this coveted certification, the coffeemaker deserves serious consideration.
A few of the things that have led to the BE 112's SCAA certification: The brewing temperature staying between 195-205˚F, the coffee grounds are evenly saturated during the brew cycle, and brewing time is between 2-8 minutes.
Given its history with SCAA Certification, you can be pretty confident that the coffee this brewer produces tastes as good as it can get.
A Thermal Carafe keeps the coffee as hot as you need it
The carafe that comes with this coffee maker is made of steel, not only ensuring your coffee stays hot, but it's also designed not to spill when you pour yourself a cup.
There are very few negatives with this coffee maker when you get down to brass tacks.
Admittedly with a price hovering around $400 around the web, plus whatever costs may be needed to build this into your wall and piping, the Brew Express coffeemaker isn't a cheap option. Even so, the coffeemaker may well be worth it given all of the positives.
Score: 2 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
This built-in coffeemaker is made mostly of stainless steel, and with its former SCAA certification and superior design, it's truly worthy of a 5-star rating.
Score: 5 stars
The Coffee Quality
Out of the numerous reviews concerning this product, all of them have said the coffee tastes great. The former SCAA certification also ensures that at the very least, the coffee is being brewed correctly.
The one flaw however, is the control over water quality. Since this is hooked up directly to your water line, you will need to create your own kind of filtration system, which I wouldn't trust myself with personally.
Score: 4 stars
Ease of Use
All you need to do is put your coffee in the basket, set the cup selector to what you need, and it'll fill the water by itself, similar to many commercial coffee makers. Keep in mind that the installation will be very difficult if you try and do everything yourself, which is why the Brew Express won't get a perfect score here.
Score: 3 stars
The carafe is fairly easy to clean, and since most of the coffee maker is inside your wall, you won't have to worry about excessive dust build-up or really cleaning anything but the front panel.
Score: 5 stars
The Lance Larkin Brew Express comes with a 1-year MFG limited warranty in case something should go wrong, though there are very few reviews that say anything ever has gone wrong up to this point. At the time of writing, the only complaint in regards to durability was that the brew settings will reset after a power outage.
Score: 5 stars
Being a built-in coffee maker, the brewer's appearance should blend in pretty well with most modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances. Even if your kitchen looks a little different, the small footprint contributes to this coffee maker's great looks.
Score: 4.5 stars
The hands-off nature of the Brew Express will save you a little bit of time during preparation.
Score: 5 stars
This machine has an auto shut-off plus a brew pause feature for when you're in a hurry. It's also one of the few auto drip coffee makers out there that actually hooks up to your water line. This is a convenient feature (except when it comes time to descale the machine).
Score: 5 stars
The Lance Larkin BE 110 Brew Express Coffee Maker is not only easy to use, but if you add the prestigious SCAA certification of its previous model (the BE 112), its warranty, and the quality of its coffee, this coffee maker almost makes up for its hefty price tag.
The Brew Express may be for you if:
- You want something that is hands-off and easy to use
- You need something that can make a single cup if you're in a hurry
- You want something that takes up no space on your counter
The Brew Express is probably not for you if:
- You're looking for something that is less expensive
- You don't want to hire help for installation or tear off part of your wall for a coffeemaker
- You prefer glass carafes over thermal carafes