Braun BrewSense KF7150BK Drip Coffee Maker
When it comes to design, features, and price, the BrewSense KF7150BK is a pretty good choice for a coffee maker. It is compact, it looks good with its LED display, and it has 24-hour programmable features. It can brew up to 12 cups at once, and at this price point, this is as good as it gets!
- Fully programmable
- LCD Display
- Bold Strength Selector
- Pure Flavor Brewing System
- Water tank not easy to access
- Carafe could be better
This is not Braun’s first attempt at a drip coffee maker. Most consumers give the BrewSense a 4 out of five-star rating. It appears to be most celebrated for its compact design. I wanted to see if it’s really up to standard so I can tell you if this should be on your shopping list when it’s time to upgrade your old and rusty coffee brewer.
Here’s what I found.
BrewSense KF7150BK Performance & Functionality
I like that technology enables you to get exceptional coffee making components in a very small, compact unit. Thanks to Braun’s focus on dynamic brewing you can enjoy quality coffee without using up all your counter space. And in this Braun model, the features are super easy to get a hang of. With an average brew time, this seems to be an all-around winner.
Your coffee quality is guaranteed thanks to Braun’s PureFlavor Technology. On paper, this functionality extracts all the flavor from the grounds while also making sure the entire brew tastes the same. Whether you drink the first cup that drips through or waits until the carafe is full, your drink will taste the same.
I was a little skeptic when testing the above technology with higher quality oily beans. But, to my surprise, Braun’s claim for quality taste stood its ground.
The one concern is that the brewing temperature isn’t optimal. It’s slightly lower than in other high-end models—only reaching around 201°F—which implicates which oils and components are extracted from the grounds. The one benefit of this is that your coffee won’t be bitter.
BrewSense KF7150BK Design
I am all for unique features that make good sense. Why aren’t all carafes made this way? Braun’s lid effectively seals the carafe. The minimum amount of air is allowed to circulate. Not only does this keep coffee warm for longer periods but it keeps the coffee full of flavor.
One look at this unit made us realize why it’s so popular. It is sleek and compact. Any small kitchen’s dream! The designers managed to put sophisticated technology into a small unit, measuring only 10” x 10.2” x 15.8”. It doesn’t spoil a kitchen’s aesthetics and you get to keep a lot of counter space.
Its practicality is not so impressive though. Yes, the carafe and the interface are easily accessible, but the same can’t be said of the water tank. Because you need to lift a lid to access the hole of the water tank—no you can’t take the reservoir out and fill it at the tap—you’ll have to move it from under a cabinet for each refill or position it with enough clearance on top.
What I do like about the reservoir is the clear water level indicator. It is made out of brightly colored plastic inside.
The carafe also needs some rethinking because it easily spills when you tilt it just too far when you pour.
Of course, Braun is known for its attention to quality and most parts will last you quite long. Proof of this is the two-year warranty.
However, I feel Braun could have improved the carafe. While it’s dishwasher safe it’s made of glass which can easily crack or break. Stainless steel is more durable and a thermal version would have kept coffee hot for longer.
Braun BrewSense Features
Here’s how this Braun coffee maker draws attention:
- PureFlavor Technology: With this Braun-specific feature in the filter unit each drop has the same level of flavor thanks to how the water filtrates through the grounds.
- Anti Drip System: You can take out the carafe mid filtering because the anti-drip system will stop the water from flowing until the jug is back in place.
- Adjustable plate: The keep warm plate can keep coffee hot for hours and you can adjust its temperature to your preference.
- Health features: All components that make contact with your coffee don’t contain BPAs. The coffee brewing system also has a charcoal filter so all water will be filtrated before reaching your cup.
- Programmable features: On a user-friendly interface with large buttons and an LCD screen you can adjust settings, such as when your morning coffee must be ready or brew strength.
- Automatic features: Certain functions happen automatically. The keep-warm setting will turn on when you make a pot of coffee and the smart technology will also shut off the machine automatically to limit energy usage and minimize hazards in the kitchen. The default shut downtime is two hours, but you can reprogram this.
- Versatility: You can either use disposable filters or the bundled gold filter (reusable).
Ease of Use
This is one of those technologically advanced machines that actually doesn’t scare users away. The interface is easy to understand. I love that there are multiple buttons—each one allocated to a certain function—so you don’t have to figure out how to reach a certain menu item with just one button.
As you would expect from high-end machines it’s also kitted with warning features such as when it’s time for descaling.
Cleaning & Maintenance
When it’s time for cleaning it’s a relatively effortless job. You’ll see there’ a ‘Clean’ button on the console which will initiate descaling. Parts such as the carafe and filter can be placed in your dishwasher.
It’s unfortunate you can’t remove the water reservoir for cleaning, as many consumers prefer doing this from time to time. However, if you regularly change the charcoal filter it should keep the unit relatively clean.
A unique feature is the design of the charcoal filter’s container. The months of the year are clearly marked and you can indicate when you change the filter. Now you don’t have to try and remember these details anymore.
So, I didn’t fall completely in love with Braun’s BrewSense. I like the compact design because I don’t like a cluttered counter. The brewed coffee was comparable to Starbucks quality. I do wish the reservoir is removable, but with this affordable price tag, I’ll let that one go.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.