Discount!- Zojirushi EC-BD15BA Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe CoffeeMaker-ReviewNew!- Zojirushi EC-BD15BA Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker]- Stylish automatic coffee brewer with 1.5-liter thermal carafe- Stainless-steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours- 1025 watts; electronic clock/timer with preset function; auto shut-off for safety- Clever brew-and-serve lid design; easy-to-read water gauge- Measures 15 by 12 by 9 inches; 1-year warrantyZojirushis EC-BD15BA 1.5 Liter Fresh Brew Coffee Maker with Vacuum Stainless Steel Carafe is gorgeous and functional andwill look spectacular on your countertop. It has many wonderful features.Lots of folks dislike the burnt flavor that coffee gets whenit sits in a glass pot over a heating element. To avoid this, coffee shops often brew right into large thermal pots to keep the coffeewarm without it becoming overcooked. The Zojirushi Fresh Brew does that, too, but in home-sized batches. It looks great, too, witha glossy black body and stainless steel carafe and brew basket. To brew, lift the lid and swing the water outlet spout to one sidewhile the filter is being loaded; the spout will return to its proper position when the lid is closed. A small red ball in the water gaugemakes it extra simple to read. And an electronic clock module also serves as a timer that will start the brewer at a specified time. Thecarafes lid is designed to be on during brewing, with a small cap to
Comments379 of 395 people found the following review helpfulSo very much to love about this coffee maker, August 3, 2004ByHappy Catholic Mom "HCM" (Friendswood, TX)-This review is from: Zojirushi EC-BD15BA Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker (Kitchen)We purchased this machine last month, after much research, to replace a 6 year-old Cuisinart basic model.We were looking for a well-made thermal carafe machine at a reasonable price.We found it!We cant find enough good things to say about it!Of course it is very stylish looking and it fits nicely on our counter under our standard size cabinets.Yes, you have to move it out to fill the water chamber and basket, but big deal!I can do that!It is extermely easy to program with just enough controls to make sense.It makes good hot coffee that stays nice andhot for a good while.While it may not keep it scorching hot like a model with a hot plate, which also continues to cook and burn your coffee, it isdefinitely hot enough!We made some coffee one morning and didnt finish it.We purposely left it in the pot while we were gone and upon returning home at 5 pm, the coffee was still amazingly warm.It was not hot enough to want to drink it, but we were amazed at the heat it had retained.We think this model is extermely easy toclean and doesnt have lots of parts that look as though they might break.Not only does the basket where you place your filter and grounds come out, but so does the container which holds the basket.It lifts up and you can rinse it out.The slots that hold this container also have holes in the bottom so junk doesnt collect.The lid on the carafe works easily and the secondary lid is nice too.We also think this machine makes the coffee extremelyquickly!We have seen absolutely no leakage problems or overflow troubles.And for sure this model can use the standard #4 cone filters.I called the maker before purchasing it to make sure.It sticks up a hair over the edge of the basket, but it has made no difference and has caused no problems.Overall, this is a great buyso far!We went back and forth on which model to buy and finally decided on this one.We love it!Was this review helpful to you?| Comments (6)109 of 109 people found the following review helpfulBetter than Krups,Braun, DeLonghi, or Cuisinart, February 12, 2005BySaracen (Portland, ME)-Amazon Verified Purchase(Whats this?)This review is from: Zojirushi EC-BD15BA Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker (Kitchen)I have owned A LOT of coffeemakers over the course of my 50 years (alright I didnt own many the first 15 years or so,) and I evensold them back in 2000 when I worked in the housewares department of my local Filenes department store.As I stated in the title of this review, I believe that the Zojirushi Fresh Brew is better than any of those other brands; not because ithas more bells and whistles (it doesnt), not because its better looking (it is), but because it makes the best cup of coffee I have everhad.The unit heats the water to a near perfect brewing temperature of 185 to 190 degress.The brew time is also just about ideal; it brews a 50 ounce carafe in 9 1/2 minutes (Zojirushi calls it a 10 cup carafe, I call it 2 1/2cups, but I use a 20oz mug).The coffee comes out nice and hot, and neither too weak from too short a brewing time, nor scalded from too long a brewing time.The Fresh Brew uses either #4 paper filters or a #4 gold filter.
The original design used a #3 filter, and the filter holder is a little small for a #4.If you moisten the filter (as you really ought to anyway) before putting it in the holder, it fits perfectly.Ive tried brewing coffee in this machine with both a gold filter and an unbleached paper filter; personally I prefer the coffee brewedwith the paper filter (the gold filter allows more particulates to get into the coffee).To get the best cup of coffee possible, you will want to grind your coffee finer than you probably have been.I have found that one step up from Espresso gind gives me the best flavour.Also, the single biggest reason people get a bad cup of coffee out of any coffee maker is that they dont use enough coffee.In this machine, I use 1 3/4 scoops of coffee for every 6 oz of water, so for a full pot I use 14 scoops.On other machines Ive owned (Krups and DeLonghi in particular), the water reservoir was so long and narrow, that it was difficultto fill it without flooding the counter top.Not so with the Zojirushi, the reservoir has a nice, wide, opening.Also, unlike some other coffee makers, the thermal carafe of the Fresh Brew has a pouring spout, so the coffee goes in yourcup/mug, not all over the counter.The carafe itself is an insulated, double-walled, stainless steel, thermal carafe.Absolutely no heat is transmitted to the outer surface of the carafe, which of course means your coffee stays hotter.Also, since it is a thermal carafe, there is no heating element in the base of the Fresh Brew.This means that there is no chance of the coffee being "burned" from sitting on a heating pad for too long.Dont leave the carafe on the Fresh Brew if you plan to leave coffee in it for any length of time.The carrafe has a top which you can put on, closing the opening where the coffee runs into the carafe.Sealed like that, the coffee will stay hot and fresh all day, but the top prevents the carafe from sitting on the coffee maker.As for the bells and whistles, the Zojirushi only has a digital clock and a programmable auto brew feature.On top of everything else, the Zojirushi sells for about half to two-thirds the suggested retail price of the other brands.How can you go wrong?With the Zojirushi Fresh Brew, you get the best possible cup of coffee (in my opinion) for about half the price of other coffeemakers.Was this review helpful to you?| Comment (1)1,301 of 1,336 people found the following review helpfulAmong the bestauto-drip brewers. See tips, below..., April 30, 2005ByDoug Cadmus "Coffee Aficionado" (Waterbury, Vermont)-Amazon Verified Purchase(Whats this?)This review is from: Zojirushi EC-BD15BA Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker (Kitchen)Ive spent several weeks week getting to know the Zojirushi Fresh Brew... and for the most part, Im quite pleased. It has somefoibles [which Ill get to in a moment] but on the whole its a very capable coffee brewer. More, its one of the very few home modelsI know that can brew 8 cups of just-roasted coffee at a proper 2 tablespoons per cup ratio without fuss, and - this is important! -maintain proper brewing temperatures throughout the entire brew cycle.The details...Zoji has been making vacuum pots and the likefor nearly 100 years, and theyve been making an assortment of rice-cookers, tea brewers and hot water dispensers for decades.While this is, I believe, their first home coffee brewer, theyve got more than a little experience in kitchen electrics. Theyve put thatexperience to good use.If youve ever brewed up a thermos full of coffee using a big Melitta filter cone then this setup will lookpretty familiar. For all intents and purposes, the Fresh Brew simply adds an automated hot water delivery system to the mix... with afew improvements.Improvement number one: not only does this system brew into an all-stainless thermal carafe [no hot plate here,thankyouverymuch] but it also insulates the brew basket. What good is it, after all, to heat up all that water if its just going to getcold while youre brewing? This is huge! This is important! This is... well, Im excited about it, okay?Improvement number two: theFresh Brew features an accurate gauge of water volume. When it reads that youve got 8 cups of water in the brewers reservoir, itmeans it. Mind you, were talking 6 oz. cups of water -- thats the way the coffee world measures a cup [unless youre Bodum andthen its 4 oz.].Improvement number three: the Fresh Brew is patient. The biggest pain about the manual pour-over method is thatyouve got to wait to add more water, especially if the coffee is really fresh. Fresh coffee blooms with its charge of CO2! Faced with
a full basket of coffee that was literally fresh from the roaster the Zoji didnt overflow, nor did it heave grounds into the waterdispensing shower-head. More, the grounds were thoroughly saturated; no dry spots.So wheres the foibles?Like a great manyautodrip brewers the feeder tube that comes from the Zojis heating element to the shower-head takes a straight path right throughthe water reservoir. For most brewers this is a game-over situation... the heating element simply cant overcome the heat exchangethat occurs en route to the brew-head. On the Zoji, the heating element *does* get hot enough... provided that the water youveplaced in the reservoir is not *too* cold.Example A: In the office using the "unchilled" spigot on the water cooler, I draw off 48 ounces of water for the reservoir and brew apot. Throughout the brew cycle water temperatures in the brew basket range between 195 and 200 degrees F. The result is a lovelypot of Ethiopian Yrgacheffe that is sweet, floral and lemony.Example B: At home I draw off 48 ounces of water from the water filter in-line with the refridgerator. The temperature of the waterin the reservoir is about 40 degrees F. and the resulting temperature in the brew basket never tops 185 degrees F. The result is anicky pot of the very same Yrgacheffe that is bitter, murky and flat.The moral: mind your initial water temperature and youll do justfine.All in all, the Zojirushi Fresh Brew is capable of making 8 cups of coffee thats on a par with manual pourover methods. Better,really, as it insulates the brew-basket to better maintain water temperatures.Was this review helpful to you?| Comments (35)