Many thanks to the folks at Oxo Coffee for sending us this brewer to review.
And yes, we tried it first. We always familiarize ourselves with the coffee equipment we are reviewing.
In this case, we used the Oxo Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker as our morning brewer for a full week.
Before we get into our experience of making coffee with this brewer, allow me to share some first impressions.
The Oxo Brew coffee maker has an excellent build quality.
I’m a bit of a design snob, and a stickler for build quality.
Let us take them in turn.
The design of this coffee maker is super simple. It reminds me a bit of our brewer Bonavita in this regard.
Simple lines, nothing fancy. As you will see, the functionality of the brewer is also quite simple.
The build quality is also good. Brushed steel and black plastic.
With many brewers, plastic is thin and cheap. You see this especially on baskets, lids and hinges. It all feels like it’s one shot to break.
This is not the case with this brewer. Everything seems solid. I like this.
The Oxo Brew 8 cup coffee maker is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association.
This is a big deal. In many cases, this certification is awarded to brewers in a much higher price range.
What the certification means is that the brewer can brew gourmet quality coffee.
In practical terms, this means that it heats the water to the exact right temperature and gets the right brewing time, so that the hot water is in contact with the ground coffee for the correct amount of time.
It sounds simple. But a lot of brewers fail this simple test… temperature, timing and immersion.
The Oxo Brew also offers a single cup brew option.
As I mentioned, this is a simple brewer with no fancy functions. It just makes great gourmet coffee.
As an example to keep things simple, it infuses whatever amount of water you pour into the tank. If you want a carafe full of coffee, you pour a carafe full of cold water.
On the other hand, if you want to brew a single cup or cup of coffee, you can do that as well. And you start by filling your cup or mug with water and pouring it into the tank.
But here’s the trick.
While a full-size, flat-bottomed filter basket is great for brewing a decanter of coffee, it’s not so good for making one cup at a time.
How come? Because when you add just a teaspoon or two of coffee to the filter, it results in a very thin layer of coffee. The water drains too quickly and you get bad flavor extraction.
This is why the OXO Brew comes with a second basket which nestles in the first. The second basket is more cone shaped and takes a smaller filter paper.
Because it’s smaller and cone-shaped, those one or two teaspoons of coffee form a deeper layer of coffee, and the timing and extraction of the brew is as it should be.
In addition, the infuser has an infusion button for the carafe, a second for brewing a single cup.
Final thoughts …
We really liked this brewer and have no problem recommending it.
This is a great choice for a household of one or two coffee drinkers for whom 8 cups will hit the stain.
And, of course, you can use the single-cup brew option if you want an extra cup later in the day.
If you can’t find one locally, you can get the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker from Amazon.