The Braun KF6050WH Brew Sense drip coffee maker hits the right spot between value and quality. With its small footprint and attractive design, it cuts a fine figure on any worktop. It does take some time and patience to use them properly, but it’s definitely worth it.
Priced at just under $100, the Brawn Brew Sense is a great choice for anyone who wants great-tasting coffee on a budget, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to tinker with a variety of settings. That’s not to say she doesn’t have a few nifty tricks up her sleeve, but her main goal is simply to brew a good cup of coffee.
In addition, it is not particularly large, so it can be placed on any worktop. This combination of affordable price and compact design is also suitable for students or graduates moving into their first apartment.
We even put the Braun KF6050WH Brew Sense at the top of our list of the best coffee makers. After a few weeks of careful testing (and plenty of caffeine), we’d like to give you our take on why this highly acclaimed coffee maker earned its #1 spot.
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Complete Review of the Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH Drip Coffee Maker
The Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH was launched in 2018 with an MSRP of $120.95. It’s available today on Amazon for $89.95. This makes it one of the cheapest Brew Sense drip coffee makers on the market – the cheapest being the Braun KF7000BK at $15 less. Aside from the all-black finish, the KF7000BK is functionally identical to the KF6050WH.
A permanent gold-colored filter is included to reduce running costs. You can also use #4 paper filters if you want. Just don’t forget to wash the reusable filter well after each use to avoid build-up in your drinks (it’s dishwasher safe).
The Braun Brew Sense is a relatively uncomplicated coffee maker. It can brew enough coffee for up to 12 5-ounce cups or a single 11-ounce travel mug.
There’s a programmable 24-hour timer if you want to wake up in the morning with a fresh pot of coffee. If you don’t need a full carafe, the 1-4 cup setting lets you brew up to four cups of coffee – great for solo drinkers (like me most mornings) or couples.
The machine shuts off automatically after two hours, but you can program the shut-off time in 5-minute increments if you want to keep your coffee warm longer. I always appreciated this feature when I had company or wanted to space out my morning cups of coffee.
The brew-pause feature allows you to pour a cup of coffee at any time during the brewing process when you need a caffeine boost as soon as possible. The coffee maker will shut off if the carafe is removed from the base for up to 20 seconds, so you’ll need to pour quickly.
When it’s time to descale the coffee maker due to limescale build-up, a cleaning warning will appear. When you press the “Clean” button, the descaling process is activated, which takes about 45 minutes. If you press and hold the “Clean” button, you can set the water hardness level.
What I personally miss on the Braun KF6050WH is a selector switch for the brew strength and temperature control for the hotplate. However, these features are present in the slightly more expensive Braun Brew Sense KF7150BK.
The Braun Brew Sense measures 7.9″ x 7.9″ x 14.2″. With its small dimensions, it is perfect for kitchens with limited countertop space, but also for the break room of an office or a student residence. A coffee scoop is included, but you have to store it yourself.
The non-removable 60 oz water reservoir is hidden from view, giving the KF6050WH a clean, seamless profile. Atop the coffee maker is a stainless steel lid that lifts to reveal the removable brew basket, gold-toned permanent filter, and water tank – complete with a charcoal filter and an unmissable neon green water-level indicator.
The Braun KF6050WH Brew Sense fits perfectly on my countertop, and while there was plenty of room under my cupboard, I had to pull the unit forward to add coffee and water – a minor inconvenience, actually, but still.
On the front of the Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH is the control panel with an on/off button and seven buttons for different functions. Above the control dashboard is a digital display that shows the time. Unfortunately, this display is quite small and not backlit, making it difficult to read in dim or strong light. This can be problematic for people with poorer vision, like me.
At the bottom is a warming tray that holds a 60 oz glass carafe. The carafe is dishwasher safe and has a plastic lid that is sometimes difficult to snap back on.
Ease of use
The Braun KF6050WH Brew Sense espresso machine takes at least 20 minutes to set up if you install the included carbon filter, which needs to be soaked before use. This step is optional but recommended if you are using tap water or just want your water to be as clean as possible for optimal brewing. (The filter will need to be replaced every two months.)
In addition, the operation of the Braun KF6050WH is quite simple. Just turn it on, fill the water tank, add coffee grounds (for me, the medium ground is best) and press the “brew” button. Braun recommends adding one tablespoon for each brewed cup to suit your taste. Over 15 tablespoons will cause the brewing basket to overflowing.
It takes around eight and a half minutes to brew eight cups of coffee, which is much slower than the high-end Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select and closer to the “classic” setting of the Ninja Specialty espresso machine. The Braun KF6050WH does not have an end of brewing alarm, but a loud beep at the end of the brewing cycle is an obvious indication.
There are a few caveats that you should be animate of. First, filling the non-removable water tank can be a hassle, especially if you’re using a plugged-in water supply. In addition, the setting for 1-4 cups is a convenience that I would gladly use, especially since I was making coffee for myself most of the morning. However, I couldn’t choose how many cups I wanted to make, so I just filled the tank with enough water to brew as much as I wanted this morning.
For a filter coffee machine for less than PLN 100, the Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH makes quite tasty coffee. Of course, this is not the Moccamaster level, but thanks to the proper grinding consistency and a properly cleaned permanent filter, my coffee was balanced and aromatic, whether it was a light nutty-fruity coffee or a stronger one with a hint of dark chocolate.
The hob is great for keeping coffee warm, even after several hours. There were mornings when I had a long break between the first and second cups of coffee – and the second was just as warm as the one poured for me right after brewing it.
The night before I woke up in the morning, I set a programmable timer for the automatic brewing function of the KF6050WH espresso machine. The function worked flawlessly and as soon as I got out of bed I was greeted by a pot of fresh coffee.
The brewing pause function worked quite well as I was able to pour myself a cup of coffee halfway through the brewing process with nothing dripping onto the hot plate. However, I had to be careful with the 20-second window to prevent the machine from resuming the brewing process without the decanter being replaced.
Note that the Brew Sense KF6050WH makes quite loud noises during the brewing process, with a distinct popping noise at the end of the cycle. (Instead of an actual alarm, listening to this sound will help you remind you when your coffee is ready.)
Should You Buy the Braun KF6050WH Brew Sense?
The Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH is one of the best drip coffee makers you can buy if you need a basic, inexpensive coffee maker. Its attractive appearance and small size make it fit anywhere, from a tiny kitchen in an apartment to a cramped room in a dormitory. But Braun Brew Sense is about more than just looking good – it can brew a delicious, balanced cup of coffee.
This will appeal to people who don’t want to be overwhelmed with a myriad of features, like the Ninja hot and cold coffee brewing system. If you’re willing to overlook a few of its downsides and willing to show a little patience, the Braun Brew Sense KF6050WH machine will give you amazing value.