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aryayush
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 10:30am
Subject: Absolutely new to this; which coffeemaker should I buy?
 

Hello.

I have never brewed my own coffee so far and only ever had non-instant coffee about five times in my life, so I am completely new to this. I want to start drinking coffee because I feel sleepy during the day (even after getting eight hours of sleep every night) and figure that a cup or two might help me stay awake.

I want to buy a coffeemaker that will allow me to brew coffee with the least amount of hassle and only intend to brew a single cup (or two, at maximum) per day. Can someone here tell me what the best option for me would be?

Thanks.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 11:49am
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The best options for small brews are:

Manual pour over drip cone
Aero press
French press

With these brewers, you use a tea kettle or a pan on the stove or you use the microwave to heat the water.

You need a grinder, a hand grinder is the least expensive.

You also need fresh coffee. Two weeks from the day it was roasted is the norm but for drip, you may get away with coffee as old as a month. Super market coffee on the shelf and pre ground is just nasty. If you are going to drink coffee, it might as well be good coffee!

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 12:36pm
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Good suggestions.
A variation of the cone is the CCD (clever coffee dripper)
It's full immersion (coffee and water mingle together) and after a few minutes of extraction the unit is placed over the cup and a valve opens and the coffee falls thru a paper filter into cup.
Full flavor and a (literally) clean cup.
Some use a permanent mesh filter.
About 15 bucks for ccd.
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 7:05pm
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I have the Black and Decker Brew and Go, and it makes great coffee.



Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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Posted Fri Sep 23, 2011, 3:50am
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franky Said:

I have the Black and Decker Brew and Go, and it makes great coffee.
Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Posted September 22, 2011 link

The filter doesn't periodically overflow? I have an older version of that coffeemaker but quit using it because it seemed to overflow sometimes. Very annoying & messy situation that caused me to quit using it. It did make good coffee though.

Am now looking for a coffeemaker for my office cube. Wish I could use my old Brew&Go but cleaning coffee grounds off my desk is unappealing. Could set it on a tray but am still left with the periodic mess. So I've rejected the idea. If the newer model has corrected this problem I'd consider getting one. Right now though I'm thinking of a Bee House cone.
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Posted Fri Sep 23, 2011, 4:07am
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Thanks for all the replies. I donít want to go with an Aeropress because itís too manual for my taste. If it requires me to do much much than press a button, I know that Iíll eventually just stop doing it and itíll lie around unused. (Yes, I am horribly lazy and I have no excuse.)

The Black & Decker thing sounds more interesting. Is it the ideal choice? Or are any of the following better, perhaps?

Melitta 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Brewer: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Black & Decker DCM18S Personal Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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Posted Fri Sep 23, 2011, 6:10am
Subject: Re: Absolutely new to this; which coffeemaker should I buy?
 

aryayush Said:

Hello.

I have never brewed my own coffee so far and only ever had non-instant coffee about five times in my life, so I am completely new to this. I want to start drinking coffee because I feel sleepy during the day (even after getting eight hours of sleep every night) and figure that a cup or two might help me stay awake.

I want to buy a coffeemaker that will allow me to brew coffee with the least amount of hassle and only intend to brew a single cup (or two, at maximum) per day. Can someone here tell me what the best option for me would be?

Thanks.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

If you feel sleepy during the day even after 8 hours rest then coffee might be a lower priority for now.  Do you have sleep apnea?  Do you have Anemia? Lethargy and lack of energy in an otherwise healthy adult merits investigation.

Caffeine is available in many soda and energy drink products as well as tea, but the pick me up effect is short lived.  Drink for taste and your coffee experience will be more rewarding.

 
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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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Sep 23, 2011, 6:59am
Subject: Re: Absolutely new to this; which coffeemaker should I buy?
 

EricBNC Said:

If you feel sleepy during the day even after 8 hours rest then coffee might be a lower priority for now.  Do you have sleep apnea?  Do you have Anemia? Lethargy and lack of energy in an otherwise healthy adult merits investigation.

Caffeine is available in many soda and energy drink products as well as tea, but the pick me up effect is short lived.  Drink for taste and your coffee experience will be more rewarding.

Posted September 23, 2011 link

+1

Caffeine is also available in tablet form. The brand NoDoze is nothing more than caffeine in a pill, about 200 mg worth. Click Here (www.amazon.com)

It is interesting that you ask about making only 1 or 2 cups of coffee yet you are asking about 10 cup auto drip machines. The machines work best at "full pot" brewing cycles. Most home auto drip machines don't get hot enough, 195 to 205f to brew good tasting coffee. You will get the caffeine out of the grounds for sure but it just may be too nasty to drink!

We like the taste of coffee and the caffeine is a side effect. The caffeine in soft drinks and over the counter pills, comes, for the most part, from coffee. Ever wonder where the Caffeine in DECAF coffee goes? YEP, they take the caffeine out of the beans, filter it out of the processing chemicals and sell it to soft drink makers etc.

 
In real life, my name is
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Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

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franky
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011, 7:21am
Subject: Re: Absolutely new to this; which coffeemaker should I buy?
 

aryayush Said:

Thanks for all the replies. I donít want to go with an Aeropress because itís too manual for my taste. If it requires me to do much much than press a button, I know that Iíll eventually just stop doing it and itíll lie around unused. (Yes, I am horribly lazy and I have no excuse.)

The Black & Decker thing sounds more interesting. Is it the ideal choice? Or are any of the following better, perhaps?

Melitta 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Brewer: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Black & Decker DCM18S Personal Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

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I picked the Black and Decker because you would be making only a pint or so at a time, so it would be the best choice. The DCM185 seems like the same thing. The good thing about these is they do brew at 200 or so, and that makes the coffee taste much better. I don't believe the Cuisinart or Mr Coffee do. Don't get these. The Melitta 10 Cup does, but is meant for brewing full pots. The Black and Decker ones are so cheap that you could start with that, and get the Melitta later on if you want to brew more, or for company.
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