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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 3:13pm
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psychobrew Said:

Does the Cuisinart unit add any of the false crema?

Posted May 22, 2011 link

Nope. The Senseo does, though, and it's easy to find cheap gently used on craigslist, etc. Also, it's durable. I do like the Clever idea, however. Couldn't be simpler to use with most any type of cup as long as you're willing to deal with ground coffee.
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 3:29pm
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jbviau Said:

Nope. The Senseo does, though, and it's easy to find cheap gently used on craigslist, etc. Also, it's durable. I do like the Clever idea, however. Couldn't be simpler to use with most any type of cup as long as you're willing to deal with ground coffee.

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Will the Clever work with paper cups?
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 4:11pm
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Sure, why not? If you really want to be 100% certain, just post the diameter of the cups you'll be using so we can check. As for weight, my Clever weighs in at just over 8 oz. (without water/coffee). Don't know how much it would take to crush the particular cups you plan to use.
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 4:29pm
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psychobrew Said:

I'm just kind of concerned about the convenience factor.  This is a work environment so the ideal solution is quick and easy with minimal clean up.  I also want cheap as possible from an operating standpoint.

After reading many reviews, it doesn't seem like any of the single serve coffee machines are very reliable so maybe I just go ahead and order the Cuisinart.  The SunCafe unit also looks interesting and adds false crema which is nice from a visual perspective.

Does the Cuisinart unit add any of the false crema?

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I wish I could vote for the CCD since I do agree with Sweaner about the cup quality, but measuring, grinding, and boiling the water and the control you have over these variables contributes greatly to the quality of the cup.  At work, unless you are on a coffee break, monitoring these variables would be less than ideal from a convenience standpoint. I can be doing 10 things and still have time to pull a pod out of a wrapper, pop it into the holder, and hit brew.  The brewed cup is waiting for me, I am not waiting for it.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 4:48pm
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EricBNC Said:

I wish I could vote for the CCD since I do agree with Sweaner about the cup quality, but measuring, grinding, and boiling the water and the control you have over these variables contributes greatly to the quality of the cup.  At work, unless you are on a coffee break, monitoring these variables would be less than ideal from a convenience standpoint. I can be doing 10 things and still have time to pull a pod out of a wrapper, pop it into the holder, and hit brew.  The brewed cup is waiting for me, I am not waiting for it.

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So with that in mind, I'm leaning towards a pod system (they are much cheaper in operation than the Keurig, Dolce Gusto, etc. right?).

So far, I've seen the Seneo, Tru, and SunCafe.  I'm leaning towards the SunCafe though wouldn't mind saving quite a bit of money with the Tru.
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 5:09pm
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EricBNC Said:

I wish I could vote for the CCD since I do agree with Sweaner about the cup quality, but measuring, grinding, and boiling the water and the control you have over these variables contributes greatly to the quality of the cup.  At work, unless you are on a coffee break, monitoring these variables would be less than ideal from a convenience standpoint. I can be doing 10 things and still have time to pull a pod out of a wrapper, pop it into the holder, and hit brew.  The brewed cup is waiting for me, I am not waiting for it.

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I can agree the CCD is a good idea depending on your job if you have the time and resources. I personally have a CCD, a pino kettle and a hario slim mill at work but I can see how someone else may not have the time or resources. The pino was a must have for this set up before I got it I was close to giving up coffee at work. I start the kettle and then go back to my work station where I grind using the hario. Once I'm done grinding the water is close to being ready I get the CCD and filter ready, pour, steep and drain the whole process doesn't take very long.
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 5:50pm
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psychobrew Said:

So with that in mind, I'm leaning towards a pod system (they are much cheaper in operation than the Keurig, Dolce Gusto, etc. right?).

So far, I've seen the Seneo, Tru, and SunCafe.  I'm leaning towards the SunCafe though wouldn't mind saving quite a bit of money with the Tru.

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Yes, you'll save some $$ on pods in the long run relative to k-cups and other pricier formats. The SunCafe makes a decent cup, but I've read of a few reliability problems with it. The Tru is one I'd never heard of, a riskier choice. The Senseo is the most time-tested of those 3 pod machines you mentioned. You might also consider a Bunn MC Home or a Grindmaster GPOD in this price range.
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Posted Sun May 22, 2011, 8:15pm
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For something low hassle, maybe an Aeropress would work out well.  I've loving mine lately with the Coava Coffee (Able Brewing) metal Disk and if you have a hot water tap at work you could get away with not bringing in a kettle and clean up really is fast and easy.

Personally, I've got a Kyocera grinder and Mypressi Twist for espresso at work, but don't always find the time to use it.  I usually make a 200 ml cup in the morning before going in that gets me through to the afternoon or often all day.

I've also used Aeropresses, Clevers, and Chemexes at work but I think the Aeropress is probably the easiest and least intrusive.

 
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Posted Mon May 23, 2011, 10:22am
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I'm starting to think I should up my budget and get a super automatic.  Seems they have the same convenience factor as single serve brewers and the difference in cost would quickly be made up by the lower cost of beans.

A good coffee maker is $150 (I prefer coffee from pressurized brewers).  A rebuilt (from a place I trust) super automatic is proximately $300.  Wouldn't I be better off just waiting a month and purchasing a super automatic?
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Posted Wed May 25, 2011, 7:46pm
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Superautos have super reliability problems.

Here is an idea.  Get a Keurig.  With it you can use K-cups of course.  However, you can use pods with a Pod Holster, and ground coffee with a Solofill.  That way, depending upon the time you have, you can have it any way you want it.

 
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