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alcahuetej
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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014, 5:58am
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msboo Said:

Check out the last 2-3 pages of the thread titled Bonavita bv1800th (thermal carafe) 4 down from this current thread. I've had no trouble with my thermal carafe, had since Nov 2012. I don't know of, nor have heard of any changes Bonavita has made to the carafe.

Posted January 10, 2014 link

Great, thanks for the reply!  

Another question.  I've only been using this for about a month, but starting last week I began having stomach issues/headaches only when drinking coffee from this coffee maker.  Could I be grinding too fine, and creating a cup with excessive caffeine?

Or am I just not cleaning it correctly.  I clean the lid, carafe, and basket with mild soap after each use.  Then I run 6 - 8 cups of water through the machine.  How is everyone else cleaning it?  

Could it possible be my grinder too?  I have a Baratza Encore I've used for over a year without cleaning the inside of it.
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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014, 8:30pm
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Alcahuetej....  Wo, clean your grinder! Don't know what most here do but I clean mine wkly, sometimes go 2 wks when lazy. I clean manually, but you can do it like monthly with Grindz. A clean grinder will make a big difference since you've gone a year BUT if you're having stomach issues & headaches what kind of coffee beans are you using?
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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014, 10:24pm
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alcahuetej Said:

Great, thanks for the reply!  

Another question.  I've only been using this for about a month, but starting last week I began having stomach issues/headaches only when drinking coffee from this coffee maker.  Could I be grinding too fine, and creating a cup with excessive caffeine?

Or am I just not cleaning it correctly.  I clean the lid, carafe, and basket with mild soap after each use.  Then I run 6 - 8 cups of water through the machine.  How is everyone else cleaning it?  

Could it possible be my grinder too?  I have a Baratza Encore I've used for over a year without cleaning the inside of it.

Posted January 21, 2014 link

Alcahuetej...

   Your symptoms sound just like the ones I had several  years ago when I started grinding my own coffee -- headaches, stomach burning.  The caffeine was doing me in.  
I switched to 50% caffeine/50% decaf-- used same grinder and same coffeemaker, and symptoms went away. I buy ready roasted beans online , half decaf and half regular, and mix them.
I know the quality of the coffee isn't at its best with addition of the decaf, but better than all decaf (ugh!) or no coffee  at all  (really bad.)

Oh-- and PLEASE take your grinder apart and clean it . I'm not a cleaning fanatic, but I take my Baratza apart once a month and there's always pieces of bean stuck inside.

Hope this helps.  
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alcahuetej
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Posted Wed Jan 22, 2014, 8:23am
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msboo Said:

Alcahuetej....  Wo, clean your grinder! Don't know what most here do but I clean mine wkly, sometimes go 2 wks when lazy. I clean manually, but you can do it like monthly with Grindz. A clean grinder will make a big difference since you've gone a year BUT if you're having stomach issues & headaches what kind of coffee beans are you using?

Posted January 21, 2014 link

I doubt it's the beans.  I've been buying locally roasted beans from Barismo or George Howell very fresh for quite some time.  And I've gone through three pounds since the issue started.  Sounds like I should clean my grinder!  I can simply put Grindz through it?
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Posted Wed Jan 22, 2014, 8:24am
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SarasotaLady Said:

Alcahuetej...

   Your symptoms sound just like the ones I had several  years ago when I started grinding my own coffee -- headaches, stomach burning.  The caffeine was doing me in.  
I switched to 50% caffeine/50% decaf-- used same grinder and same coffeemaker, and symptoms went away. I buy ready roasted beans online , half decaf and half regular, and mix them.
I know the quality of the coffee isn't at its best with addition of the decaf, but better than all decaf (ugh!) or no coffee  at all  (really bad.)

Oh-- and PLEASE take your grinder apart and clean it . I'm not a cleaning fanatic, but I take my Baratza apart once a month and there's always pieces of bean stuck inside.

Hope this helps.  
SarasotaLady

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I don't believe it's the caffeine since I have no issues when I have coffee anywhere else but work.  So it's either the Bonavita or my grinder.  Since the Bonavita is only a month old, I'm leaning towards the grinder.
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Posted Wed Jan 22, 2014, 9:02pm
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Hey Alcahuetej...  After brushing out your burrs and dumping out all the residue, use compressed air to blow out stuff that gets inside (where you can't physically get to---even if you use Grindz instead).  I go outside in good weather OR do it over a big trash can in the garage in bad weather. Some here use small attachments on their shop vacs instead of compressed air. A soft toothbrush is handy for cleaning the O-ring around the your ring burr. A handy thing for manually brushing grooves in the lower burr is a very small bottle brush, about 1/4" diameter---Dr. Brown's Bottle Cleaning Brushes - 4 pack (Walmart, BabiesRUs).

Using Grindz you'll need to run some beans thru after the Grindz to assure all Grindz residue is out.

Sorry about your stomach & headaches. Hope it's not the caffeine---that would be a real bummer. Some coffees are more acidic than others so hope you find a solution. Good luck!
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 5:11am
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msboo Said:

Hey Alcahuetej...  After brushing out your burrs and dumping out all the residue, use compressed air to blow out stuff that gets inside (where you can't physically get to---even if you use Grindz instead).  I go outside in good weather OR do it over a big trash can in the garage in bad weather. Some here use small attachments on their shop vacs instead of compressed air. A soft toothbrush is handy for cleaning the O-ring around the your ring burr. A handy thing for manually brushing grooves in the lower burr is a very small bottle brush, about 1/4" diameter---Dr. Brown's Bottle Cleaning Brushes - 4 pack (Walmart, BabiesRUs).

Using Grindz you'll need to run some beans thru after the Grindz to assure all Grindz residue is out.

Sorry about your stomach & headaches. Hope it's not the caffeine---that would be a real bummer. Some coffees are more acidic than others so hope you find a solution. Good luck!

Posted January 22, 2014 link

Thanks for the advice (all of you)!  I took it apart and cleaned it as best I could this morning, but not as thorough as msboo suggested.  I'll do that after my Grindz come in this week.  

Now the final piece is trying to figure out what grind setting to use for this machine.  After a month, I'm still playing around with it.  I can't quite get a cup as good as what I get from my Aeropress/Hario V60.  Like I said, I have a Baratza Encore, I took it apart a month ago and saw it calibrated to the coarsest setting.  Does anyone have pictures of what the grind size is supposed to look like for this machine?
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