Posted Mon Jan 9, 2012, 6:24am Subject: Re: need new coffee maker any suggestions??
Posted by hankg You will see other brewers such as the Zojirushi:
Besides zojirushi, Melita has two models on Amazon that received many positive reviews. Melita is a german company similiar to Braun . I also agree Bunn also makes good coffee makers because the Bunn coffee maker we had at work was used for 20 people & multiple cups of coffee daily I was shocked when the Newco rep. wrote me back to inform me that the Newco OCS8 is no longer manufactured & not updated with something else.
The Bonavita 1800 series has been sold overseas as the Melitta Aroma for years with decent results and reviews - I recommended checking it out based largely on this international track record and my personal results with mine. It performs like brewers (maybe better IMHO) that cost much more money.
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?
hankg Senior Member Joined: 29 Dec 2004 Posts: 64 Location: California Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Saeco Titan Drip: Technivorm Thermal
Posted Mon Jan 9, 2012, 10:49am Subject: Re: need new coffee maker any suggestions??
The one that was a big hit around here a few years ago from Melita was the Clarity. Cool looking and did things right.
My biggest beef with the Bonavita is not it's capabilities but that it is only an 8-cup (40 ounce) brewer. That's been the one frustrating thing about the Technivorm as well. "10 Cups" but seem like small cups. Actually, it is since 1.25 Litres is about 42 ounces. If you have friends over, that extra 8-10 ounces can make a difference, Of course, if you were used to a 12-cup model...
But given the price difference between the Bonavita and the Technivorm, and about the same capacity, I'd probably save the extra money and put it towards a better grinder if needed. I have a setup with my Technivorm so that I can brew directly into a travel mug. Fill the water up to about the 5-cup level and good to go. That's half a pot! Granted, I'm the only one in our house that drinks coffee so not a big deal. For my home, the Bunn doesn't work well but at the office it's perfect (with the shower head replacement and the taller filters).
I too was shocked that they discontinued the OCS brewers. The one I have in the studio works great. I have the OCS-12 so it's nice to have the extra coffee ounces. Hopefully, the Bonavita (Melita) will find some staying power in the U.S. and not disappear like they have in the past.
They basically are all variations on the same machine when talking about the home versions, with the exception of the Phase Brew. The trick with the Bunn units is to, as soon as you buy one, to get online and order the flow restrictor or also known as the high altitude spray head. What it does is slow the flow rate of the water. To get an idea of how well it works, many of us have done the toothpick trick, filling a couple of holes with the spray head that comes stock. I ordered one for a machine that was over 10 years old. They sent 2 for free.
Excellent advice. You could also substitute a $36 Yama Siphon Brewer for the french press. These give an equally good brew with a cleaner taste, totally lacking in sediment. If you follow the directions exactly, you'll get great coffee from the git-go. I use mine daily and love it.
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