"OXO’s main aim when creating the On Barista Brain is to make a coffee machine that produces the best coffee on the market."
The OXO On Barista Brain is an elegant, intelligent coffee machine that uses advanced scientific methods to brew the perfect cup of coffee. The On Barista Brain uses a microprocessor to control temperature, time and volume meaning that a great cup of coffee is only is yours at the push of a button. Despite some minor flaws such as its brewing speed, the On Barista Brain is a great value coffee machine priced between $150 and $250.
The On Barista Brain has a very elegant style, consisting of brushed stainless steel and black plastic. There is a stainless-steel carafe and brewing pot and a transparent water tank giving it the look of scientific equipment, but other than that there are no other adornments giving it a sleek, professional look. Some have commented that this coffee machine is a little too tall with a height of 15 inches, especially as most kitchen cupboards sit 12 inches above the countertop, however in most kitchen there will be a suitable space for it to go. The On Barista Brain has an LED display with a backlit screen which is handy when you’re making coffee in the early hours of the morning. This display sits flush against the curved surface of the machine which is a nice touch and adds to its smooth aesthetics. The screen displays the status of the brewing process and the freshness of the brew which can come in really handy. There is a simple dial in the centre of the main body of the machine, creating a much simpler look than most coffee machines which have a number of buttons and other triggers. The 1.3L water tank allows you to make either a 2-4 cup batch or a 5-9 cup batch making it ideal for just yourself or a larger party if you’re entertaining. All in all, this is a very attractive coffee machine.
OXO’s main aim when creating the On Barista Brain is to make a coffee machine that produces the best coffee on the market. They have certainly achieved this and it's shown by the fact this coffee machine is certified by the SCA. The Speciality Coffee Association recognize quality brewing, and the On Barista Brain is one of only a few coffee machines that have achieved this certification. OXO use scientific methods to create coffee, for example a microprocessor which takes control of time, temperature and volume throughout the brewing process. The Rainmaker shower head evenly disperses water over the coffee grounds for uniform saturation, which results in full flavor extraction. The water is held at the perfect temperature of 197.6-204.8 degrees Fahrenheit and is pumped out to the coffee grounds in carefully timed cycles, ensuring that time and temperature collide in just the right way to extract rich flavors and aromas from the grounds. Once the brew has been created, the insulated double wall stainless-steel carafe keeps it warmer for longer. The fact that this coffee machine takes on so many of the responsibilities of making the perfect brew, leaves very little for you to do, which is great.
Ease of Use
All you need to do with the OXO ON Barista Brain coffee machine is fill up the water reservoir and replace the paper filters when needed. The water reservoir is very easy to fill by simply lifting the flip- up lid, and most people prefer to use paper filters as they are fresher than a permeant, removable filter. Other than that, it is the simple twist and push of a dial that triggers the brewing process. You programme the number of cups you’d like by rotating the dial and start the brewing process by pushing it in once. OXO have even included a feature which allows you to programme the On Barista Brain to begin brewing in time for when you wake up. The thermal carafe that OXO have chosen to use with this coffee machine is a great time-saving device as it means one brew will last much longer and you won’t have to keep making them again and again. Some have commented that the brewing process is a little slow with the OXO On Barista Brain which probably is the case compared to most coffee machine, however with this kind of filtration coffee machine you do always have to sacrifice a little time in order to get a higher quality brew. The water reservoir in the On Barista Brain is 1.3 liters which is another time-saving device as you don’t need to keep topping it up to get a good number of cups, up to 9 to be precise. One thing to note is the fact this machine doesn’t have the ability to weigh how much water is in the tank, so it is your responsibility to make sure there is enough for the amount of cups you have asked it for. The On Barista Brain is also very easy to clean with simple, wipeable surfaces.
In conclusion, the OXO On Barista Brain has some really great features which make it one of the best coffee machines on the market. For example, its backlit display that lets you know the status and quality of the brew, the microprocessor which control the time, volume and temperature during the brewing process, and the simplicity of the user interface. Despite a couple of flaws like its height, the OXO On Barista Brain really is a top-quality coffee machine.