How to Prime a Bunn Coffee Maker?

How to Prime a Bunn Coffee Maker?

Are you curious about why BUNN is consistently a preferred choice for coffee machines? It’s because BUNN delivers an expertly balanced combination of timing, heat, and movement, ensuring the coffee’s flavor is extracted to the fullest in the ideal timeframe. This commitment to excellence is what we term the BUNN advantage. Originating in 1957, BUNN has earned its reputation as the go-to coffee maker among many restaurants and coffee shops. For more than 60 years, their objective has been clear: to enhance the coffee-drinking experience by producing the finest coffee machines available. This dedication to quality from their beginnings continues to this day, ensuring that every cup of coffee is a testament to their commitment. That’s the reason why your coffee has been consistently better, year after year.

How much Power does a Coffee Maker use?

It’s a fundamental rule of physics that to do work, we all need energy. The same goes when it comes to the working of coffee makers. They need power too to perform what they created for. But do you know how much energy a coffee maker uses to make coffee? You must be thinking, why is it necessary to know that. Well, you have to pay for the electricity bills when you use machines. So to purchase a machine, you must consider whether it suits your budget or not. Also, different coffee makers use different amounts of energy. So to know about their energy consumption, we need to look at each of these individually.

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers:

An electric-resistance warming plate is typically used to heat the water and keep your coffee warm in this type of model. It takes 75 – 1,200 watts of electricity before you shut it down. The energy consumption amounts to about 730 kWh over a year.

Single-Serving Pod-Users:

This coffee maker is BUNNs signature model. A heating element is mounted in the water reservoir and is being used to keep the water warm. This dramatically reduces the time needed to heat your next cup of coffee, but this requires a lot of electricity in doing so. The energy usage can be reached to  60 watts per hour.

Espresso Machines:

These machines use a lot more power as compared to other coffee makers. Statistics have shown that they can consume about 25% of what you budget for your electricity per year. Espresso machines typically use about 230kWh per year. When you switch them off when you’re done making coffee, it uses 30 kWh per year that is 3% of your budget.

Setting Up the BUNN Coffee Maker:

To enjoy a ravishing cup of coffee in your new Bunn coffee maker, you need to learn how to set it up. To do that, you have to follow these guidelines so that you won’t end up in a disaster.

  1. First thing first, you’ll need to fill the hot water tank with two full carafes of cold water. To do this, smoothly slide the empty funnel into the brewer.
  2. Second, you have to fill the carafe with cold water and then pour it into the brewer. Now reposition the carafe with the lid closed on the warmer plate. Wait for three minutes, then again, fill the carafe with cold water and repeat the process. Keep waiting until all of the water flows into the carafe, pour the water out and reposition the carafe on the warmer plate. It is instructed in the Bunn manuals not to plug in your machine during the entire setup process. Plugging it in before might result in damage to your coffee maker permanently.
  3. Now the maker is ready to be supplied with the electricity. Now turn on your Bunn coffee maker by plugging it in and press the switch “on.” Wait at least 15 minutes for the water to get warmed up.
  4. Please note that you only have to wait during the setup. If you’re using it regularly, you keep your coffee maker on, and there is no need to shut it off. But if you have to be away for an extended period, you should switch it off.


Here is a list of indicators that might help you in your day-to-day encounters with your coffee maker.

  • If the brewer button flashes red, that means your maker’s internal hot water tank is filled with water.
  • If the brew button is red, that indicates that the machine is brewing. To stop the brewing process, press the same button again.
  • Green indicator light means water is hot and ready to brew
  • Red indicator light means water is heating
  • If the light flashes red, that means the brew button was pressed, but the water is heating. Wait for Indicator Light to turn green and press the brew button again to stop brewing.
  • The indicator light flashes both red and green and show that the drawer is not inserted correctly. Press the drawer in to lock in the place.
  • The pulse button is red indicates that the pulse button is activated; press it again to deactivate.

Troubleshooting tips:

  1. Slow dripping Make sure that there is no clogging in the spray head holes. If unclogging doesn’t work, repeat the setup process.
  2. It takes a longer time to brew. This can happen due to the presence of minerals. So first, clean out your brewer and spray head.
  3. Off-tasting coffee. Permanently remove used coffee or tea from the drawer after each brew. Do not leave used coffee or tea inside the drawer.
  4. Bitter or weak taste coffee adjusts the ratio of coffee to water so that you won’t get an off taste or weak coffee next time.

Bottom Line:

BUNN coffee makers are so easy to use and are versatile in making. Their efficient machinery ensures the perfect cup of coffee every time you perform brewing. Now it’s your job to keep your coffee maker clean, unclogged, and mineral-free. Because the presence of these elements can reduce the efficiency of your coffee maker and eventually result in damage, SO keep cleaning your coffee maker and keep brewing tasteful coffee from your BUNN coffee maker.