KitchenAid KCM0802OB Review

KitchenAid KCM0802OB Review
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KitchenAid KCM0802OB is not a traditional pour-over coffee maker, because it is an automatic unit. It does deliver good quality coffee, but it tends to take away the charm of manual pour-over brewers.

Pros

  • SCAA Certified
  • Advanced heating technology
  • Programmable
  • Cup selector
  • Brew pause option

Cons

  • No thermal carafe
  • Slow brewing

During its launch around two years ago, the KitchenAid KCM0802 was marketed as an automatic pour over coffee maker. While it did not amuse me, for I like the ritual of making pour-over coffee manually, it certainly provided relief to those who love pour over coffee but can spare neither the time nor the effort to make one.

The working of a pour-over coffee brewer is slightly different from that of a typical coffee machine. While the latter simply keeps on driving water through the grounds till the reservoir is emptied, the former continues a cycle of sprinkling the grounds with water and then pausing the flow temporarily to allow them to steep – much like the actual process of making pour over coffee.

But does the KCM0802 deliver like KitchenAid claims it does or is it yet another overpriced run-of-the-mill machine that you would be better off ignoring? Also, how does it measure to other top coffee makers on Coffee Dork’s list? In this review, allow me to talk about the different features and specifications of the model that may help you decide.

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Design

The KitchenAid KCM0802 flaunts a unique retro-futuristic design that not only catches the eye, but also makes you fall in love with it. The large bulge in the centre is meant to hold the heater element and the brew basket. The latter comes with a built-in measuring stick so that you don’t have to worry about the accuracy of your measurements.

The only genuine flip side in the design is its dimensions. At a height of 15 inches, a width of 8.75 inches and a depth of 11 inches, it does take up a bit more space than you would have expected. It weighs 9.8 pounds; so you do not have the option of moving it in and out of storage frequently.

The machine is manufactured from mostly stainless steel and plastic materials. It is available in black, red and silver, in case you want the color to match your kitchen décor.

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Features

  • SCAA Certified
  • Brew Pause
  • Advanced Heating Technology
  • Cup Selector (2-8 cups of coffee)
  • Programmable to 24 hours

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Performance

Considering the price, I expected top-notch performance from the KCM0802. According to online reviews and ratings, the coffee brew was supposed to taste great. To my surprise, I found that to be true.

The warming plate below the carafe cannot be turned off, and it may marginally lessen the taste if you do not drink your coffee immediately. But that is hardly a drawback at all.

Durability

KitchenAid is a fairly familiar name in the coffee maker market. The KCM0802 Pour Over Brewer appears to be a durable model, and the SCAA certification lends credibility to that assumption. t is backed by a full one year warranty on parts.

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Brewing speed

The brewing is pretty slow, as expected. It takes around 11 minutes to make a full pot and roughly 5 and a half minutes for 4 cups of coffee. That is not very fast, but unless you have a lot of company, this machine will serve you a cup of coffee faster than the manual pour over routine.

Ease of use

As a customer-friendly brewing system, the KitchenAid KCM0802 ensures that you do not face any complication while using the machine. Be it starting a new brew after a cycle has completed or setting the brew timer or controlling the temperature – this model makes brewing easy even for a beginner!

Also, there is a progress bar which provides an easy-to-read visual display of each step, thereby keeping you abreast of the stage of brewing. The system comes with an advanced heating technology that works between 198 degrees Fahrenheit and 204 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some users have complained about the fact that the machine does not allow them to select the exact temperature, and instead offers two choices – medium roast and dark roast. The former brews at a higher temperature than the latter, but the precise temperature is not revealed.

To be honest, temperature control is usually a feature that comes with barista-like espresso machines that cost around $500. Even though temperature regulation is quite important when it comes to brewing coffee, it is not a standard feature on regular coffee makers like this KitchenAid unit.

Maintenance

Maintenance is barely an issue with this coffee maker. In addition to the cleaning feature that runs water through a brew cycle, you can disassemble the filter and brew baskets, and clean them individually. This, in fact, holds true for all the parts except the reservoir.

Pros

  • It is SCAA certified.
  • Pulse Brew feature implies that the water is released at intervals – a process that simulates the real-life phenomenon.
  • Pre-infusion Blooming phase is ideal for preparing the coffee grounds by saturating the beans and getting rid of the carbon dioxide.
  • Brew Pause is a fantastic option if you want to suspend brewing temporarily.
  • The programmable timer helps you set up brewing the night before.
  • Serving size selector offers you the choice regarding the number of cups of coffee you want to make.
  • Two brew setting temperatures allow you to select between hot and hotter temperatures.

Cons

  • Brew time is slower for more amount of coffee.
  • Thermal carafe option is absent.

Final thoughts

The KitchenAid KCM0802 is not the ideal coffee brewing system if you are looking for regular coffee. However, if you are a pour over coffee aficionado, this is the machine you are looking for. It is easy to maintain and does not compromise on the quality of the coffee.

While it does have its own set of disadvantages, the KCM0802 is an affordable, easy-to-use coffee maker packed with added features like auto programming and plate warmer that makes the process all the more convenient for the user. Moreover, it is approved by the SCAA and comes with a one year warranty, which makes it a reliable choice to go for.

 

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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.

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