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Posted Fri Apr 13, 2012, 7:03pm
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The Bunn has a great reputation as being a good coffee maker line.

I do have a question about this line, however. One of the keys to making a good cup of coffee is starting with cold water. A lot of the Bunns  (such as the Velocity Brew) rely on a system in which the water sits preheated in a tank for 24 hours or more. I would think that would affect coffee flavor and the end result?

I've heard that regardless of one's brew method, in order to make the best brew, start with cold, fresh water (or room temperature bottled/filtered water, but on the colder side).

All the Bunns I have seen as of this writing rely on pre-heated water tanks. It seems they make great equipment but I'm not sure about that design concept.

(Edited to add: Later I found the Bunn Phase Brew, which does not rely on a pre-heated tank.)

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2012, 3:16am
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I gather the bit about cold water is about getting the cleanest water from your tap; that is, not the water that's gone through the water heater, or is more likely to have picked up strays in your plumbing. That said, all coffee makers heat your water at some point, so the Velocity is just getting a jump on the process so that when you're actually ready to brew, it's less of a wait.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2012, 1:34pm
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JPDyson Said:

I gather the bit about cold water is about getting the cleanest water from your tap; that is, not the water that's gone through the water heater, or is more likely to have picked up strays in your plumbing. That said, all coffee makers heat your water at some point, so the Velocity is just getting a jump on the process so that when you're actually ready to brew, it's less of a wait.

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I agree that an electric drip coffee maker has to heat water in order to make hot coffee. But it doesn't have to be heated 24 hours in advance; that leads to stale-tasting coffee.

Cold, fresh water from whatever source one is using is ideal. I personally would avoid tap water. I would use filtered or bottled water. By "room temperature" I meant more around 60 degrees, not 80 degrees. So on the colder side.

Water which has been warmed by an electric drip coffee maker (warmed in advance, as in a day or hours in advance) will not produce the same quality coffee as coffee which made with cold or room temperature water. It is okay for the machine to heat water in the few minutes prior to making the coffee, as that is part of the brewing process. I believe the Bunn Phase Brew makes coffee in this manner.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 23, 2012, 2:24am
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I noticed on Bunns website that they have a model that is made expressly for high altitude brewing. That means to me that it probably heats the water to a higher temperature than the normal Bunns. I was thinking if you would possible get a hotter cup of coffee by buying a bunn from one of the mountain state cities such as Denver?
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Posted Mon Apr 23, 2012, 5:11am
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pogo Said:

I noticed on Bunns website that they have a model that is made expressly for high altitude brewing. That means to me that it probably heats the water to a higher temperature than the normal Bunns. I was thinking if you would possible get a hotter cup of coffee by buying a bunn from one of the mountain state cities such as Denver?

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It's the other way around - high altitude brewers produce lower temps since water boils at lower temps the higher up you are.

 
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Water at 5,280 feet high (mile high Denver city) will boil at 202.5F @ 24.6" of murcury.

 
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