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An automatic coffee maker is one that IS required to be hooked up to a water line or "plumbed in" to an existing water line. However, there are some "automatic" brewers that can be operated without being hooked into a water line. These brewers are known to have a "pourover back-up" feature.

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  • Bunn Automatic Coffee Brewer | A10A Model

    Bunn Automatic Coffee Brewer | A10A Model **DISCONTINUED MODEL**

    SKU#: MBN57

    Your Price: $410.20

    Out of stock

  • Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-1 | 1L

    Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-1 | 1L

    SKU#: MBN68

    Your Price: $599.00
  • Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-2 | 1U/1L

    Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-2 | 1U/1L

    SKU#: MBN67

    Your Price: $665.00
  • Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-3 PF| 3L (Right)

    Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-3 PF| 3L (Right)

    SKU#: MBN773

    Your Price: $704.20
  • Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-3 PF| 3L Left

    Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15-3 PF| 3L Left

    SKU#: MBN772

    Your Price: $704.20
  • Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15 | 1L/2U

    Bunn Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF15 | 1L/2U

    SKU#: MBN66

    Your Price: $629.98
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF15-TS | Automatic

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF15-TS | Automatic

    SKU#: MBN376

    Your Price: $695.80

    Out of stock

  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF-TC DV | Black PF

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF-TC DV | Black PF

    SKU#: MBN349

    Your Price: $750.77
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF15-TC | Black PF

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Thermal Carafe | CWTF15-TC | Black PF

    SKU#: MBN346

    Your Price: $689.23
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF35-APS | Stainless

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF35-APS | Stainless

    SKU#: MBN343

    Your Price: $770.77
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF15-APS GF | Stainless

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF15-APS GF | Stainless

    SKU#: MBN338

    Your Price: $758.46
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF15-APS | Black PF

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF15-APS | Black PF

    SKU#: MBN337

    Your Price: $499.00
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF-APS DV | Black PF/Stainless

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF-APS DV | Black PF/Stainless

    SKU#: MBN366

    Your Price: $778.46
  • Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF Twin TC | Stainless (120/240)

    Bunn Thermal Coffee Brewer | Airpot Brewer | CWTF Twin TC | Stainless (120/240)

    SKU#: MBN377

    Your Price: $1,351.00

    Out of stock

  • Bunn Twin Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF 4U/2L

    Bunn Twin Decanter Coffee Brewer | CWTF 4U/2L

    SKU#: MBN72

    Your Price: $1,372.00
  • Bunn AXIOM Coffee Brewer | AXIOM-15-3 PF | 1 Lower/2 Upper

    Bunn AXIOM Coffee Brewer | AXIOM-15-3 PF | 1 Lower/2 Upper

    SKU#: MBN766

    Your Price: $599.00

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Bunn Pourover vs Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

 

The difference between Bunn pourover coffee machine and automatic drip coffee makers isn't that dramatic, but the way they work does make a big difference in how their coffee is brewed.

A Bunn pourover coffee maker is not usually found in the home, though there are a few models intended for kitchen use. It's mostly a commercial or industrial type of coffee brewer where you need to brew an entire pot of coffee very quickly. The basic idea is that the water is kept constantly hot in a reservoir atop the machine, and then an entire pot's worth of water is flushed over the coffee grounds at once (rather than waiting for the drip by drip). The speed of the brew is appealing, which is why retail establishments favor the system but the coffee can be weaker than drip coffee because the water moves through the grounds too fast for good flavor extraction. You can compensate for this by using a bolder flavored coffee with a dark roast in the first place.

 

Even so, many of the more gourmet coffeeshops will stick with automatic drip machines in order to produce a stronger cup of coffee. This is usually the reason for the longer wait times. Because the Bunn pourover machine keeps a pot of water hot at all times, it will use up more power than an automatic drip brewer that only heats water when it's been activated to start a brew cycle. One nice aspect of this, is that you can easily grab a pot of hot water for making tea or hot chocolate without having to get out a separate machine or hot water kettle. In a home setting, it may also be a bit hazardous to have a pot of scalding water just sitting there all day long (especially in households with children). The volume and speed of the Bunn pourover system is ideal for a restaurant, but may be overkill for the home coffee drinker.

 

Do you really need a full pot of coffee in under 3 minutes? If you need that speed, or just hate waiting, there are Bunn pourover coffee makers designed for home use though they are not that different from the commercial quality machines. The Bunn commercial machines are quite a bit more expensive than most home brewers, and may have 2 or 3 separate hot plates for keeping multiple pots of coffee warm at all times. That's usually more than a household needs to worry about. The Bunn pourover machine was invented by George Bunn, of the Bunn-O-Matic Corporation and Bunn is still the leading manufacturer of these machines, and of commercial coffee makers in general.