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boots
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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2012, 8:57pm
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I got mine Friday from Buzz in Chicago.  Only took a few days, quick shipping.   Love it.  I think it is very hot.

Don't care for the last bit of coffee that stays in cone till you tilt it.  Would love the ability to seal the cone to infuse for 30 sec.  So far not quite as good as pour over or clever coffee, but close.

I am still getting the amount just right.  I love the fact that it is incredibly fast and hot, and I feel the thermal carafe is nice.  I also love the small footprint. Easy to pour water in

Main reason I bought this is for speed in the morning, allowing me time for a couple of cups in the am.  REally makes a big difference in speed.  I use my hario filters for 4 cups.
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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2012, 3:46pm
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Also wanted to add that I've come across some posts talking about all openings of the shower head not spewing water. Upon close inspection, I noticed some of these openings to have just a bit a plastic cutout around the edges...after removing that last bit of plastic remnant, all openings are flowing smoothly.

My previous question still remains...

TheHolyCannoli Said:

I'm wondering what is the best orientation for the filter holder? It seems like, for best saturation, the "long" part of the filter should be aligned with row of 5 drip holes, rather than with the row of 3 drip holes. I haven't seen any mention of this on the forums or in the manual, so I assume it likely doesn't make much of a difference...however, I've seen discussions about equally trivial topics.

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Posted Sat Jun 30, 2012, 2:27pm
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Click Here (drinks.seriouseats.com)

Good little write up.  I wonder if the 185 size Kalita will fit?  I tried brewing with an extra Bunn filter basket I had and I thought it was better than the normal brew basket.  The problem is you have to hold it the whole time because  it will not stay level just sitting on top of the carafe.  It seems like I almost always get a very v shaped bed with the normal filter holder with a lot of the coffee ground pushed high up the sides.
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Posted Sun Jul 1, 2012, 6:10pm
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I haven't really had a close look at that, although you bring up an interesting point.

The main reason is because the grinds are getting thoroughly saturated, and so I don't feel the need to interfere, especially since Bonavita did say it would be coming out unevenly.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 2, 2012, 6:29pm
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The grinds all look wet it just looks like the grounds in the center are a lot more wet.  I usually end up with about a 1/2" ring around the outside of the filter basket and a pretty big hole in the middle.  I just wonder if it would be better with a flat grounds bed fr a more even extraction.
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Posted Mon Jul 2, 2012, 10:05pm
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mwright Said:

The grinds all look wet it just looks like the grounds in the center are a lot more wet.  I usually end up with about a 1/2" ring around the outside of the filter basket and a pretty big hole in the middle.  I just wonder if it would be better with a flat grounds bed fr a more even extraction.

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Hmmm. On mine, all of my coffee grounds look equally saturated. There is a cone like shape, but they are all equally wet.

Mine makes fantastic coffee. No complaints here. I don't see how you can get a flat grounds bed with a cone-shaped filter basket and a cone-shaped filter. For me the coffee is outstanding.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 17, 2012, 8:44am
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After looking through this topic as well as around the internet I am still not entirely sure what the optimal brew method is for the Bonavita.  I am looking for a good place to start and then I can make adjustments from there.

I have been using 1L of water and 60grams of coffee ground on a Capresso Infinity although I do not know what grind setting to use.  Does that sound right?

Thanks so much!
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Posted Tue Jul 17, 2012, 9:02am
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Try this chart http://www.blackbearcoffee.com/Brewing%20Ratio%20Charts.htm


I like full-bodied brew and use the ratios in the bottom chart-- works for me.
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Posted Tue Jul 17, 2012, 9:13am
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TGlode Said:

After looking through this topic as well as around the internet I am still not entirely sure what the optimal brew method is for the Bonavita.  I am looking for a good place to start and then I can make adjustments from there.

I have been using 1L of water and 60grams of coffee ground on a Capresso Infinity although I do not know what grind setting to use.  Does that sound right?

Thanks so much!

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Hi TGlode, and welcome. I am not an expert, but I will try to help. Hopefully others will chime in.

In the "Bonavita Brewing Perfect Coffee Everytime" manual that comes with the coffee maker, it states under "Recommended Tips,"

  • The ideal brewing for perfect coffee is to brew 8 cups of coffee. For ideal extraction levels, brew your coffee in 6-8 cup increments, and fully enjoy the best coffee from this machine.

(My notes here: Although if you brew in 6-cup increments, you will not get the proper brew times, so the suggested 8 cups will get you the proper brew times for the best cup of coffee.  That means 1.2 liters of water, I believe. Someone please let me know if that is an accurate conversion.

On coffee, the manual states: "One key issue to reach grams per 5 ounce finished cup. Typically, standard drip coffee uses 5-6 grams per finished cup. The average coffe shop serves coffee using 7-9 grams of coffee. Use the amount of coffee that brews your preferred coffee flavor and strength."

The only information I found regarding grind setting stating to "coarsely grind the beans as close to brewing time as possible."

Good luck!

 
Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised. -- Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager

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Posted Tue Jul 24, 2012, 5:14am
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I'm glad I found this thread.  My 5 year old Technivorm bit the dust, and I got some sticker shock when I saw their price had increased $from $205 to $300 since 2007.  Ordering a Bonavita from Amazon today.

Thanks, everyone!

 
Gary
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