A good quality filter coffee machine should brew quickly and hot, but not scorch your bottom. Few coffee makers can do this delicate balancing act, but the $ 170 Oxo Brew 8-cup coffee maker is one of the rare machines that does it. For $ 20 less than the prestigious $ 190The Oxo Brew delivers SCA Golden Cup coffee that tastes just as good.
- Attractive, robust design
- Bring excellent coffee pots quickly
- Thermal carafe does not drip when pouring
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- The filter basket could be easier to fill
Oxo’s latest electric coffee maker also has a thermal carafe which, unlike the Bonavita, is not prone to messy drips and spills as you fill it. The Oxo coffee machine is compact, easier on the eyes than the connoisseur and also feels more robust. All of this makes the Oxo Brew 8 Cup a great buy and enough to earn our Editors’ Choice Award forin 2020.
Small and slim
Physically, the Oxo Brew 8 cup is all it needsand were not. These machines were huge and bulky monstrosities, especially the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup brewing system that towered over other small kitchen appliances and devoured valuable counter space.
The Oxo Brew 8 Cup is comparable in size to the Bonavita Connoisseur. Both coffee machines are compact enough to be stowed under kitchen cabinets when not in use. Due to the slimmer lines of the Oxo and the large space between the different parts, the Brew 8 cup looks downright slim next to the clunkier connoisseur.
Apart from the aesthetics, the Brew 8 cup is built like many other high-performance filter coffee machines. A heater tower and a water tank (1.2 liters) are located on one side of a long base. Opposite you will find a double-walled thermal carafe. A funnel-shaped brewing chamber is located directly above the carafe.
Using the Oxo Brew 8 cup
Making coffee with the Oxo Brew 8 cup is straightforward. First fill the coffee machine’s water tank. The maximum (and standard) size is 40 ounces. That’s the same water capacity as other premium coffee makers like thatand the Bonavita connoisseur.
Then open the lid of the brewing chamber. The filter basket inside holds standard paper filters with a flat bottom and a size of eight cups. Release the basket by swinging the handle arm up. Then leave a filter in, add your ground coffee and put it back in the machine.
Make sure the switch on the brew chamber is set to a full carafe. Also press the on / off switch and tap the button labeled “5-8 cups”. If you want to brew less, there is also a 2-4 cup button for this purpose. Oxo also includes an optional brew basket specially designed for mug brewing. It accepts(Kalita 185).
I have a small point of criticism here. The Oxo filter basket does not sit flat on the worktop. That made it difficult to fill in with reasons unless I was holding it in one hand. The connoisseur’s filter basket has a flat bottom, making it easier to fill while resting on your countertop.
Performance and taste
Bothand its predecessor, the , did very well in my tests. The same goes for the Oxo Brew 8-cup coffee machine. In terms of raw brew speed, the Oxo Brew was able to fill its pot in an average of 6 minutes and 8 seconds. This is close to the brewing speed of the BV1900TS as well as the (both come after 5 minutes, 45 seconds) and faster than the connoisseur (6 minutes, 25 seconds).
As noted in the manual, I used a brewing ratio of 40 ounces of water to 2.26 ounces (64 grams) of medium ground coffee. I also tested with my usual whole bean test coffee from Costco (Kirkland Colombian Supremo).
Regardless, the brewing time of the Oxo Brew 8-Cup is well below the 8 minutes or less that the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) recommends for a good drop.
Speed isn’t all it takes to make great coffee. Precise water heat is also important. In particular, having the right water temperature range (197 degrees Fahrenheit / 92 degrees Celsius to 205 F / 96 C) is critical to making great coffee. I can confirm that the Oxo coffee maker kept its water temperature in a very narrow range.
For the first minute of brewing, the average temperature in the soil was 87.9 ° F (87.9 ° F) according to thermocouple readings. That’s faster than the connoisseur, who had a lower average temperature after 1 minute (147.4 F, 64.4 C). After 2 minutes, the temperature in the Oxo’s brew chamber stayed rock hard at 189.4 ° F. In minute 3 the temperature rose to 197.6 ° F and then in minute 4 to 199.3 ° F. From here the calorific values were constant and rose little more than 3 degrees.
Our refractometer, which measures the amount of coffee dissolved in the liquid, showed a similarly constant performance of the Oxo. In three runs with the 64g of coffee grounds recommended by Oxo, the Oxo Brew 8-cup percentage yielded closely grouped TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) percentages (1.4, 1.5, 1.6%). These numbers correspond to an average extraction percentage of 25%.
This is a bit outside the ideal range, which is usually between 18 and 22%. The Oxo Brew manual also suggests using less precise “eight scoops” of coffee with the plastic scoop bundled together. When I measured eight scoops of my test coffee, it weighed exactly 69.6 grams. After brewing again with 40 ounces of water, I recorded a TDS percentage of 1.3. This gives an extraction percentage of 19%, which falls exactly within the SCA range.
The coffee was strong, complex, balanced, and had no hint of bitterness. The drop I made with less reason (64 grams) also tasted good, just a little weak. I also made coffee in a strong ratio of 83 grams of coffee to 40 ounces of water. Bold, intense and super concentrated, that was my favorite pot. With an extraction percentage of 23%, it was also a hair outside the golden cup area. Regardless of the ratio, the Oxo brewer made coffee that was never bitter and very drinkable. You may need to tweak the coffee and water ratio exactly to your preferences, but the Golden Cup territory is very accessible with the Oxo brewer.
Similar to the connoisseur, the Oxo’s thermal carafe can keep the liquid in it hot for hours. I recorded 3 hours and 45 minutes before the coffee in the container dropped below 66 ° C. This is a slightly shorter run than the Bonavita 1900, which held on to its heat longer (almost four hours), although the champion of the thermal carafe is still the Moccamaster (six hours).
A new option for better drops
I have to say that I am very impressed with Oxo’s newest electric filter coffee machine. The $ 170works well and quickly whips up pots of delicious joe. It’s also made compact and attractively designed. I also like that it comes with a single serving accessory that allows automatic cup-to-cup pouring.
All of this can hold its own against the competition. So far, my filter coffee machine of choice has been the $ 190. However, the Oxo Brew 8-Cup brews just as well and faster and looks better doing it. It also costs $ 20 less and does a little more. That’s why it’s clearly superior in my book and the winner of our Editors’ Choice Award.