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, 1:15pm 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.
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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