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#1 gfweb

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:56 AM

Just had a 2 yr old Cuisinart die. Bottom rusted out. Shite.

Checking Amazon isn't encouraging. Every unit has a significant number of terrible reviews. The Cuisinart model I'm scrapping apparently has a habit of catching fire (now I can see how that happens). Others just die young. And these aren't cheapo units.

I hate the K-cup type brewers. Too pricey/cup, can't make a pot for a dinner party, too slow for impatient me.

Any suggestions (other than drinking tea)?

#2 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

Honestly, I buy really cheapo odd-brand drip units ($22-25 range) and use them 'till they die, then replace them without much weeping. They make good coffee quickly, and the brand name isn't that important to me. I've never had one blow up, melt down, or otherwise cause a hazard - usually I replace them because I've dropped the caraffe in a moment of slack-handedness.

I think my current one is an UMCO. It makes a nice big pot in about 6 minutes, and I paid less than $20 for it.
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#3 ElsieD

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:11 AM

http://coffeegeek.co...vormmoccamaster

This is the pot that we have. We are very happy with it. The above is the link to some reviews.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

Another vote for the moccamaster. We have the 1l. thermal carafe model. Most consistent cup of coffee ever.

Also when feeling the need for more earthiness I'll break out the french press..that is a soulful cuppa joe.

#5 Joe Blowe

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

http://egullet.org/p1293549

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#6 rotuts

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

for drip: technivorm

http://www.sweetmari...rm-brewers.html

not cheap. only auto-drip that gets the water hot enough.

can accomplish the same with a pyrex measure in the micro to boil the water, add the fresh ground, stir and put through a melita filter that the Manual technivorm.

#7 andiesenji

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

My best friend had a Keurig but after having to send it in for repairs - it stopped heating the water - she gave up and bought one of these
Cuisinart coffee makers, at Lowe's.
They use freshly ground dark roast coffees and say the results are excellent.

She said that Kohl's also had them on sale a couple of weeks ago - just before Thanksgiving so if you have a local store, check there.

Edited by andiesenji, 15 December 2012 - 12:18 PM.

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#8 Ashen

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

I like my keurig for a quick cup and out the door to work . It can be a challenge to find decent coffee for it though. A cup that brews strong enough , and isn't so stale that you might as well be using woodchips. I was very happy to find that Presidents choice brand Great Canadian pods work in the keurig and generally have a much fresher taste and stronger brew than just about any k-cup I have tried.
Given time to fuss around a bit I prefer to use my plungepot and fresh roasted coffee from a local roastery.

I keep looking at the Aeropress and wondering if it would be a good upgrade to my plungepot . Has anyone used one? How does it stack up to a plungepot?
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

I like my keurig for a quick cup and out the door to work . It can be a challenge to find decent coffee for it though. A cup that brews strong enough , and isn't so stale that you might as well be using woodchips. I was very happy to find that Presidents choice brand Great Canadian pods work in the keurig and generally have a much fresher taste and stronger brew than just about any k-cup I have tried.
Given time to fuss around a bit I prefer to use my plungepot and fresh roasted coffee from a local roastery.

I keep looking at the Aeropress and wondering if it would be a good upgrade to my plungepot . Has anyone used one? How does it stack up to a plungepot?



I use an Aeropress daily.

It's quite quick and produces a pretty clean cup, though not clean as you would find with a Chemex, I think. I assume by "plungepot" you are referring to a French press? If so, it's not really a question of upgrading, but rather preference for the type of cup you are trying to achieve. One bean may work better in the Aeropress while another will taste better in the French press. I tend to find coffee brewed in a French press quite oily and intense for a daily brew, but that is just personal preference. The Aeropress is so cheap and easy I'd say just buy it and give it a try. The one thing you'll need to think about is that the Aeropress and French press will require different grinds.

#10 rotuts

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

look here:



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#11 Ashen

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

thanks for the info folks.. loved the video.. I will be asking for one for christmas now. :)

I have a low end burr grinder that I believe will work well for it.

oh and yes I meant a bodum style french press.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

Mi French press each morning. Have most devices to make coffee but doing the FP most often for a basic cup of coffee. The aeropress is good but single cup. I use it for travel most often


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

Bunn A10.

Bunns are "pourover" machines, which gives them the advantage of not having to boil water to propel it over the grounds.

This lower temperature water extracts fewer undesireable compounds from the grounds, resulting in a better tasting brew.

They also brew a pot much more quickly than any regular drip coffee maker.

Lastly, Bunns are built to last a lifetime.

#14 andiesenji

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

Bunn A10.

Bunns are "pourover" machines, which gives them the advantage of not having to boil water to propel it over the grounds.

This lower temperature water extracts fewer undesireable compounds from the grounds, resulting in a better tasting brew.

They also brew a pot much more quickly than any regular drip coffee maker.

Lastly, Bunns are built to last a lifetime.


Just be sure to have the carafe in place before you pour. We had a big double one in my office and I can't tell you how many times someone would use the "working" carafe to fill the tank with water, only to have it begin to instantly start dispensing...
I finally had to put up a LARGE sign to READ the directions if one was not familiar with the machine. It had two dispensers and two keep warm plates up top. We went through a lot of coffee when my boss was working full time and we had 10 employees, besides me.
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#15 Bill Klapp

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:44 AM

I have been everywhere a person can go with coffee machines over the past 50 years, and presently own a Gaggia Platinum fully automatic, a French press and multiple sizes of the Bialetti moka pot. I will confess to having access to an extraordinary artisanal coffee from Asti, Italy, which surely makes a difference, but nothing that I have ever used makes better coffee than the Bialetti. Most Italians will tell you that it is the "true" espresso. If I want a barrista-style espresso with a great crema, I will use the Gaggia now and again, but if you use a good 100% Arabica coffee, I find that the moka makes a rich, strong, smooth cup of coffee suitable for drinking by the mug, American-style...
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:20 AM


Bunn A10.

Bunns are "pourover" machines, which gives them the advantage of not having to boil water to propel it over the grounds.

This lower temperature water extracts fewer undesireable compounds from the grounds, resulting in a better tasting brew.

They also brew a pot much more quickly than any regular drip coffee maker.

Lastly, Bunns are built to last a lifetime.


Just be sure to have the carafe in place before you pour. We had a big double one in my office and I can't tell you how many times someone would use the "working" carafe to fill the tank with water, only to have it begin to instantly start dispensing...
I finally had to put up a LARGE sign to READ the directions if one was not familiar with the machine. It had two dispensers and two keep warm plates up top. We went through a lot of coffee when my boss was working full time and we had 10 employees, besides me.



It's happened to me a few times when making coffee while half asleep. Still, I love my Bunn for American style coffee, and my Nespresso for everything else (I know I could get better results with a non-capsule machine, but the convienience is unbeatable and the espresso pretty good and consistant).

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:48 AM

I use an Aeropress daily and a Chemex for special occasions.



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#18 pyrguy

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

I have a Bunn made for home use it has a SS Thermal pot that keeps the coffee without 'burning' the brew. It also has a valve that keeps the water in the filler till the pot is in its place and the cover closed. My older Bunn did not have ths feature and I had coffee on the counters at least once.

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#19 jmolinari

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

Behmor Brazen.
adjustable brew temp, calibration by altitude, and many many amazing features.

#20 gfweb

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

Great advice. I see a couple trends!
Thanks.

#21 rotuts

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:00 AM

you might take a look here;


Compare: Behmor Brazen Brew vs. Technivorm KB741




#22 jmolinari

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:37 AM

good stuff Rotuts. The brazen is quite a bit cheaper at $199, and the adjustability of brew temp and pre-infusion is great.
Granted, this is all meaningless without a quality grinder :)

#23 rotuts

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

and of course, those beans you put through those paces!

:wink: I do 95% espresso so these are of little use for me. when I do drip I do the Pyrex/stir/goldfilter/Melita.

the techinivorm does have a long and trusty Hx though, not to say the Brazen makes its appeal.

#24 rotuts

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

sweet maria's carries both:


Brazen 8 Cup Brewer by Behmor

http://www.sweetmari...-by-behmor.html

Technivorm
http://www.sweetmari...rm-brewers.html

pretty interesting copy/paste, huh?

Ive trusted them for a long long time.

their business is 95% green beans.

#25 jmolinari

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

:wink: I do 95% espresso so these are of little use for me. when I do drip I do the Pyrex/stir/goldfilter/Melita.

the techinivorm does have a long and trusty Hx though, not to say the Brazen makes its appeal.


Me too. Use a Duetto II, 95% of my coffee..but for work i make a brazen pot and bring it in a thermos... great stuff

#26 rotuts

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

Wow! GFY jm. I use an AlexiaPID with a K3 doserless grinder. I Roast My Own (RMO)

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

Add me to the Bialetti moka stovetop list, with Chemex as an "after dinner" or weak dessert coffee. But it's usually a shot of espresso from the Breville machine, though my better half wants desperately to trade up. The Bialetti makes a nice cup with substantial body, without any moving parts or stuff to break. Do get a "real" Bialetti, though: the cheaper moka pots aren't as nicely fitted.

#28 radtek

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:12 AM

You can't beat a French-press for speed and quality- especially if making coffee for 1-2 people.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

I recently bought a Clever Coffee drip cone ( http://www.sweetmari...pper-large.html). It's like a regular coffee cone, except it has a valve at the bottom that allows me to control how long it steeps before running into my cup(s). I prefer french press, but don't care for cleaning it and taking the screen assembly apart. This cone gets me close to french press with the ease of tossing filters rather than the cleaning associated with a french press. My french press works well too--it has a stainless steel thermos-like build and maintains the temperature much better than the fragile glass ones.

#30 lindag

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

I've been using my Technivorm every day for more than two years now. I just de-scale it regularly.
Best coffee I've ever made at home.