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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:05pm
Subject: My new coffee machine.. Bunn VPR Series
 

Wow, I haven't posted here in a while. I guess my coffee geekery is not as strong as it used to be. :o

Anyway, I got myself a Bunn VPR commercial pourover coffee maker. I thought a commercial coffee maker would be the best bang for the buck, and I wasn't wrong. It's probably the best coffee maker I've ever owned. It only gets the water to about 180-190 degrees, but it has stable heat management, and a showerhead type pour-over head. It also works with my melitta pour-over funnels. The small 2-cup funnels need to be put on top of a little box or something to be tall enough to reach the head, but the regular 12-cup funnel with carafe fits nicely under the head. It has very even water distribution and seems to make better coffee than when I was using just the simple electric kettle. At $150 with shipping, in used condition, it's the best investment I've made thus far in coffee gadgets. Too bad it doesn't get to 200 degrees, otherwise this would be a perfect coffee maker. :)

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:07pm
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Hi JD,

Have you tried adjusting the tank thermostat temp? It's adjustable from something like 195 - 205F..

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:10pm
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Yeah I've adjusted the thermostat, but it doesn't seem to get as hot as it says, or my digital probe is broken.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:15pm
Subject: Re: My new coffee machine.. Bunn VPR Series
 

Craig is exactly right and it's a snap with just a screwdriver (best I remember). Are you measuring the temperature using the styrofoam cup method? If you are reading from the stream coming from the basket then 180f-190f is normal. Try the cup method for a truer reading but be careful, burns are easy to come by.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:18pm
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I switched the probe to a different reader and I'm getting 220F degrees from reading the inside of the melitta funnel.. that's uhm.. too hot.. :o

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:32pm
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BUNN VPR model (CAN) Page 8, part #3   Click Here (www.bunn.com)  Adjustable dial rheostat for the capillary bulb thermostat. {;-)

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:37pm
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Yeah I know.. I've already said I changed the thermostat.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009, 1:43pm
Subject: Re: My new coffee machine.. Bunn VPR Series
 

??  I don't see that in your OP or follow ups.. (you said you 'adjusted' it, not changed it). Sorry to bother you!...


P.S. ahh, now I see., you meant changed it as in changing the setting., not changed it as in changed it out.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 5, 2009, 8:16am
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I have been shopping for a home machine.  Sam's club carries the VPR at $218.78 - Click Here (www.samsclub.com)

I have been reading reviews of the Technivorm, but really didn't want to spend that much.  I have 3 of the bodum French presses and like them.  Wanted something a little more automated and easier to entertain.  Even at this good price, it's within a few bucks of a Technivorm and it's big.  Wish they would sell a single burner with the same type of construction at a more reasonable price.

Like you said, if I look at the top of the line home machines, they aren't built as nicely and don't cost that much less.  I keep staring at this thing in Sams club.  But if I bring home this monster the wife will kick me out of the kitchen - ha.

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Posted Tue Jun 9, 2009, 1:13pm
Subject: Re: My new coffee machine.. Bunn VPR Series
 

JDHarding Said:

I switched the probe to a different reader and I'm getting 220F degrees from reading the inside of the melitta funnel.. that's uhm.. too hot.. :o

Posted June 3, 2009 link

Umm unless you are living at the bottom of the ocean I promise you that your probe is way off. Water is steam at 212 std pressure at sea level.
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