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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007, 7:00am
Subject: Bunn BX-B Inital Impressions, Some Questions, Have Comments?
 

Howdy group,

I just unpacked and brewed my first two pots with my new Bunn BX-B brewer.  I've found the typical Bunn issues (fast flow, weak coffee) but what I really like is that the temp is at a steady 195F from start of brew to finish.  My old Mr. Coffee took almost the entire pot to break 190F.

Anyways I have already emailed Bunn for the Restrictor Head and look forward to getting that.  The coffee is pretty good just a little thin for my tastes.  I've been using fresh home roasted beans and my Mazzer Super Jolly.  I used 50g for a full pot.  The grind was pretty coarse to avoid overflow (which still occurred but just a little bit).  The flavors are there but just a little weak.

Has anyone plugged a hole or two in the standard spray head?  I'm curious if I could do that in the mean time?  Does the Flow Restrictor help that much? (I tried a site search and re-read a lot of the old threads but didn't see much on this).

Other than that my initial experiences have been quite positive.  I can see my self using this brewer for a long time.  Yeah some minor flow issues but the Flow Restrictor should help with that.  The carafe lid is cheap as heck so I removed it and the hot plate is plenty powerful (I love the ability to manually turn this off and on) and since the hot plate heater isn't used to heat the brewing water you can brew the pot (at the correct temps) with the carafe heating plate off.  That's nice.  I went with Bunn over Technivorm because of cost (Bunn is half the price).  I was aware of some Bunn issues mentioed above but now having used this brewer I feel confident that I will be able to dial in this brewer to deliver exceptional coffee.  The temp is dead on and soon when I correct the flow I should get excellent coffee.

So far so good, soon to get better.  Any other Bunn users out there?

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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007, 10:47am
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TimEggers Said:

Any other Bunn users out there?

Posted September 20, 2007 link

Hey Tim, check my posts & profile., I have the BUNN  BTX-B (BT10-B) Thermal brewer,  & have the restrictor head. The brew time with the Tim Hortons 3 hole restrictor head (brown one) increases the brew time over the standard 5 hole brew head from 3 minutes to 3:30 - 3:45 mins. Awesome coffee! I use diff filters too, in my posts.
I use 8, 7g coffee scoops of beans (56g) or 2 oz of coffee.

I'll link when I get time.. Click Here (www.coffeegeek.com)

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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007, 11:54am
Subject: Re: Bunn BX-B Inital Impressions, Some Questions, Have Comments?
 

Yes thanks Craig!  I did search and read your posts.  Is the Tim Horton spray head the same as the one Bunn is sending me?  If not what's the difference and where can I get the TH?

I was going to go with the thermal brewer but read too many reviews of the carafe dripping/leaking.  Besides I consume what coffee I make in 30-35 minutes anyways.

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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007, 1:06pm
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TimEggers Said:

Yes thanks Craig!  I did search and read your posts.  Is the Tim Horton spray head the same as the one Bunn is sending me?  If not what's the difference and where can I get the TH?

Posted September 20, 2007 link

Hi Tim, on my link above & 9 posts down; "Re: HELP! I need a coffee Sherlock!" Oh, & my carafe doesn't leak or drip..


Thanks again!

Of course, anytime! {;-)

 
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Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007, 9:36am
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Hi Guys,

Thought I would offer up an update on my progress with the new brewer.  After a few days I feel like I'm getting a good handle on using this brewer.  I've found that I like 70g of coarse ground coffee (number 6 on my Super Jolly).  The coffee is pretty coarse in fact far more coarse then any other grind I've used in the past.  The coffee comes out fantastic.  The Flow Restrictor flow head has really improved the brewing.

I've had great joy in using the Bunn in the mornings.  With my schedule (and need for caffeine) the Bunn delivers exceptional coffee with that pick my up I tend to need (average 5 and half hours sleep a night).  I still recommend this brewer to anyone looking for great drip coffee in the neighborhood of $100.  Its great to have a drip brewer again for its sheer convenience and clear clean cup (paper filter).  Works great with breakfast!

I did notice that with 70g of coffee I did have some dry grounds in the basket after brewing.  I'm going to pre-moisten the grounds with a spray bottle tomorrow to see if that keeps them from floating.  All in all like I've said this has been a great brewer to use.

I did write a review for anyone interested here.

 
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Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007, 9:43am
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TimEggers Said:

The Flow Restrictor flow head has really improved the brewing.

Posted September 25, 2007 link

Which one do you have Tim, one or 3 hole? Did you try plugging just one or 2 holes up with a couple of toothpick pieces in the standard 5 hole sprayhead to test?

 
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Posted Wed Sep 26, 2007, 9:51am
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CraigA Said:

Which one do you have Tim, one or 3 hole? Did you try plugging just one or 2 holes up with a couple of toothpick pieces in the standard 5 hole sprayhead to test?

Posted September 25, 2007 link

Hi Craig,

No I haven't plussged the stock head yet.  I think I am going to try it though.  I would like the coffee even stronger.  Here is a photo of the spray head that Bunn sent me, is this the one hole?

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Posted Wed Sep 26, 2007, 9:51am
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Another view:

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Posted Wed Sep 26, 2007, 10:04am
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TimEggers Said:

Here is a photo of the spray head that Bunn sent me, is this the one hole?

Posted September 26, 2007 link

Yep, one hole spray head that splits the water stream into a 5 star pattern. I have that one also, & upon testing with just a filter in the basket & no coffee, is was painfully slow at something like 7 minutes plus just to complete the cycle.

I just had a heavenly pot 10 minutes ago. The 3 of us in the family just had 3 cups, & now to finish it off right after I submit this post. {;-)

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Posted Wed Sep 26, 2007, 10:24am
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CraigA Said:

Yep, one hole spray head that splits the water stream into a 5 star pattern. I have that one also, & upon testing with just a filter in the basket & no coffee, is was painfully slow at something like 7 minutes plus just to complete the cycle.

I just had a heavenly pot 10 minutes ago. The 3 of us in the family just had 3 cups, & now to finish it off right after I submit this post. {;-)

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One hole spray head (just filter in basket): 3:30 minutes

Original spray head with 2 holes plugged (just filter): 2:45


Maybe they changed the spray head Craig?  I'm going to get some tooth picks and plug the original head better (my times above may not be from a properly sealed spray head).  I'll update tomorrow when I learn more.  I'd like to slow this down a bit.

 
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