Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
August 13, 2012

I’ve been loving my new Able Kone lately, and have found myself wanting to use it in as many ways as possible. If you haven’t gotten your hands on one yet, its a real beauty, and a lot of fun to brew with.

In the past, I’ve gotten great results putting my Chemex and V60 underneath the showerhead of the Bonavita Brewer—no different with the Kone. I was able to use a pretty fine grind—a 20 on the Baratza Virtuoso—and still maintain a pretty good flow rate with the showerhead and Kone.

Nothing tricky here. Great results, though. You may want to play with the grind settings a bit.

Bonavita + Kone + Chemex

30g coffee, medium fine grind (20 on Virtuoso)

500g water

press play and go!

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July 9, 2012

Bonavita splashed onto the coffee market this year by offering one of the only, if not the only electric gooseneck kettle in the US, at an incredibly affordable price. Mixing quality kettles with layman’s prices, Bonavita provides a way for coffee fanatics to indulge in their hobby without having to break the bank.

Following the same pattern, Bonavita offers a great automatic batch-brewer. I’ve had my Bonavita BV1800TH Coffee Maker for about a month now, and have been pleasantly surprised at the coffee it pumps out. Since my discovery of manual brewing, I’ve had a pretty negative view on automatic brewing. Various conversations with coffee pros coupled with this thermal brewer, have helped me understand that automatic brewing isn’t inherently bad—if the same care and precision is used as is in manual brewing, the coffee produced by an automatic machine can be great.

Here are some notes on the BV1800TH—via Clive Coffee:

  • Designed for precise water and coffee contact time
  • High quality brushed stainless steel finish
  • 1400 watt heating element maintains ideal brewing temperatures of 195-205 degrees
  • Brews 8 cups (40 oz) in 5-6 minutes
  • German thermal carafe (steel housing, glass liner)
  • SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) certified
Photo from Clive Coffee

I’ve tried putting a Chemex underneath the showerhead, as well as a Hario V60, both with great results. Though I still enjoy brewing with a kettle, if you’re looking for an automatic machine for home or office use, I highly recommend the Bonavita.

Thanks to Todd and Tracy at Bonavita for being kind enough to send this along. Be sure to look for the new Variable Temperature Kettle in August.

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May 14, 2012


I’ve been using Bonavita as my primary kettle for about 4 months now, and I love it. Not only does the electric kettle have a quick boil time (5 minutes) but it has a great gooseneck spout that gives great control over pouring speed and location.

At only $59.99 for the electric, and $39.99 for stovetop, Bonavita has balanced the line of quality coffee brewing equipment and affordability for home users.

I’ve had the chance to talk with Todd Larrabee from Bonavita a few times, and I’m always impressed at the passion, excitement, and creativity he envisions for the future of Bonavita and for the coffee industry.

Part of that excitement can be seen in the Bonavita’s recent explosion into the coffee scene with their coffee brewers and kettles.

Last year, Bonavita introduced an affordable gooseneck kettle to the mix – this year they’ve expanded on that idea and showcased Bonavita’s newest innovation: a variable temperature kettle.

From Clive Coffee:

We are happy to report that Bonavita has once again provided an excellent product at a rather unbelievable price. The internal microprocessor keeps the water within .5 degrees of the set temperature and will hold it there for 20 minutes. The gooseneck pour spout offers the control you need for pourover. One of our favorite features is the solid state memory, which means the kettle will recall your presets even when unplugged. For a fast, accurate electric kettle, we feel the Bonavita variable temperature unit offers a great value.

I’m excited about what Bonavita is doing, and look forward to trying out some new, innovative products.

You can grab one of the new kettles from Clive Coffee starting in July.

*Variable Temperature Kettle photo from


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