BUNN NHS Velocity Brewer Review
The NHS Velocity Brew by BUNN is not what a typical coffee brewer looks like, but it performs just fine. Also, unlike other brands, this model comes with a 3-year warranty. However, considering its lack of versatility (it only brews regular coffee), this system is rather pricey.
- Optimal brewing temperature
- Fast brewing
- Unique spray head
- 3-year warranty
- Easy to operate
- Not versatile
- Poor aesthetic design
The Bunn NHS Velocity Brew is not your typical coffee maker. It does not have an aesthetic appeal, and in fact, stands out as a quirky appliance in the kitchen. Fortunately, appearance and design are hardly the best ingredients for a delicious cup of coffee.
Bunn has been a familiar name in the home and lifestyle products sector for quite a while now. However, Bunn’s unusual – almost idiosyncratic – designs have only caused a division of customers’ opinion as of late last year. The Velocity Brewer is a testament to that fact.
But why would people invest in a high-end coffee machine with a long, blocky frame and a number of plastic parts? That’s the question I hope to answer in the following paragraphs as I glance through the various features of the Bunn NHS Velocity Brew.
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BUNN NHS Design
First thing’s first. If you have a space crunch on your kitchen counter, this is not the brewing option you are looking for. This unit is kind of chunky (pardon my French) and would require some extra space.
The overall design is quite basic. You can almost feel that Bunn prioritizes performance over appearance. The company has chosen to stick to a simplistic style and unconventional architecture in an age of gorgeous displays and button.
Granted, the coffee maker may look quite medieval in the midst of flashy kitchen appliances, and that may act as a deal breaker for some. But, at the end of the day, it is performance and reliability that matter.
The stainless steel water tank is large enough to make 10 cups of coffee. The fact that it can hold water at a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit implies you can brew fresh coffee for your guests within three minutes. The multi-stream spray head is a nice feature that ensures even distribution of water over the coffee grounds, thereby guaranteeing superior flavor.
The filter has a large bottom to allow the coffee grounds to mix well with the hot water. This ensures optimal flavor extraction – the secret behind quality coffee.
The polycarbonate lid and plastic brew funnel appear “quite cheap” and unfussy. But, the drip-free glass carafe with a proprietary lid and sprout design for easy pouring, does try to bring this coffee machine to aesthetic life.
BUNN NHS Features
- Large Hot Water Tank
- Drip-free Carafe
- Multi-stream Sprayhead
- Vacation Switch
How Does the NHS Velocity Brew Perform?
Although not a fancy looking machine, the Bunn Velocity Brewer lives up to its price tag with a commendable performance. Not only does it make 10 cups of coffee at a time, but also takes just above 3 minutes to do that!
Bunn claims that the hot water tank can hold the temperature at 200 degrees Fahrenheit while brewing, but in reality, the temperature attained is 195.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Nevertheless, this still allows the system to produce a rich, smooth drip that tastes delicious.
In terms of total dissolved solids (TDS), the brewer hit a score of 1.2 percent TDS which is marginally less than the ideal 1.25 percent TDS (as determined by the Specialty Coffee Association of America). In other words, this means the flavor of the Bunn’s coffee is almost perfect.
The thermal carafe maintains the contents at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 4 hours.
Despite the plastic parts, the Bunn NHS Velocity Brewer is built to last. It comes with a warranty of 3 years. That speaks volumes about the confidence and faith the company has in this product’s durability.
The brewing speed of this unit is one of the fastest on the market for a 10-cup home coffee maker. The Velocity Brewer can serve a full pot in just over three minutes. It lacks a timer, but would you even need a timer for a brewer that works this fast?
Ease of use
The usage is made particularly easy by the fact that this brewing system does not possess any fancy set of buttons or a control panel of any sort. There is a single unlabeled power button that does the job.
The operation is fairly straightforward. Simply place the coffee grounds in the brew basket, add water, and place the carafe in its place. Switch the power button on and wait for the machine to brew your favorite beverage.
Interestingly, the Velocity Brewer can preheat its water so that it can brew at the ideal temperature quickly. In order to do that, you need to add water to the reservoir and allow it to heat for a few minutes before you add the coffee grounds.
Cleaning this appliance is not a headache at all. It does not take a look of effort or time. Moreover, occasional cleaning is enough to maintain this $90.99 brewing system.
The Bunn Velocity Brewer is by no means perfect. It has its own set of disadvantages, but it is certainly capable of doing well where it matters the most. It is a matter of looks versus performance, and you must decide which side you will be going with.
Any drip coffee maker that is priced around the one hundred mark carries a certain degree of risk of being labeled as overpriced. But, the 3 years limited warranty, in addition to the quality of coffee it promises, somehow seems to justify the Bunn’s price tag. The ultimate decision, however, rests with you.
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Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.