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EricBNC
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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:36am
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redkiosk Said:

Eric,

The stainless steel one on the right is the KF-600 and that's about the same coffee ratio were were using. You are correct about the SwissGold filter too. I miss it when we have a group of people over. Even though I can make the same amount of coffee, in the same period of time with my Trifecta MB and three brew chambers, I'm a slave to the brewer when I'd rather be sitting at the table with my guests. Take care!

Jim

Posted December 2, 2012 link

That one is one of my favorites - It does a great job making a pot of coffee - you take care too.

msboo Said:

Hello Everyone,

I'm new, this is my first post.  I grew tired of so-so coffee so when my latest mass marketed w/universal guts brewer started making luke warm coffee I decided NOT run out to my nearest retail store.  Many times, even back in the 70s, I'd stand there looking at all different makes/models thinking "aren't they all just the same on the inside?"  Nov 16 I googled "copper heating element" in coffee brewers and my search/research began.  First discovered Kevin Sinnott's CoffeeCompanion site---Nov 12 article (his current A List) on coffee makers: Technivorm, Bonavita, Behmor Brazen, Bodem Bistro and Bunn Phase Brew--very informative, good start for me here.  THEN I found CoffeeGeek and couldn't stop reading.  By 11pm, Sun Nov 18, I decided on the Bonavita (although no copper element), placed the order and my new brewer was in my kitchen ready to go on Wed, Nov 21.  Of course I'm interested in/curious to try other brewers (especially Brazen) but for now I'm very happy drinking some great coffees---trying out different single origins and so on.  Love this Bonavita---easy, quick, small footprint.  Due to the small footprint....  leaves room for the burr grinder I'm now thinking about AND so it goes.

Yes, I made a fairly quick decision but had to make a purchase and was NOT going to repeat history.  Also went to my local roaster for quality coffee, buying enough fresh ground for 3-4 days at a time WHICH has now created the desire to buy beans and grind myself.  Looking at Baratza Preciso..  then maybe a scale?  I know about the Esatto to combine w/grinder--it's 12" long so not sure about space.  Their most expensive grinder has the scale integrated, therefore the ultimate spacesaver BUT $$$.  Kitchen real estate can be $$$ when weighing space vs how much more you can do in that small space with THE right appliance--once that appliance occupies that space the value increases BUT so does productivity.

Thanks to all of you here for your honest input---a great help and joy!

Posted December 2, 2012 link

The Baratza Encore or Virtuoso (not Virtuoso Preciso) will both work fine for auto drip brewing - glad to hear you are loving the Bonavita too!

 
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 Dec 2, 2012, 12:50pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome, IMAWriter..  much appreciated.  

And thanks to mgWolf for the scale tip---I actually have an OXO that's within 1/8 oz accurate but would be nice to have something smaller that's accurate.  I'm currently within 59-62 g per 1.2 pot--measuring ground, not weighing, and so far so good.

Also thanks to Eric for grinder tip.. I'll continue using drip brewer for the most part but was a little concerned with better OA performance/results from Preciso after seeing (oops, here we go) SCG demo the Baratzas.  That being said, I never rely on any single source when researching.  The Preciso burrs are a step up from the other two but I'm always open to good advise before decisions made.  I'm checking out other other threads on grinders and scales---Sorry for the drift here, IMAWriter.

Hey...  w/Bonavita I saw someone remark how they turned it on for 1 min or so to pre-soak THEN turned off for how long (?) THEN back on to complete brewing---any comments appreciated.  I had very much considered getting Technivorm due to control on the filter basket but was impressed with better OA ground saturation results from Bonavita AND @ 1/2 the $$.  Some stir the slurry in their TVs while others don't--I could see myself becoming little OCD.

Becky
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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:36pm
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I had recently bought the Bonavita for the office and it is an absolute success!!!! everyone is happy with the simplicity and the small footprint. Now the best part, my officemates are coming up to me a saying that they definitely notice a difference in the cup! sweeeet! They notice the difference with good beans and they even notice the difference with some cheap supermarket beans that some of them buy. One workmate has decided to purchase one for his home.

I'm just stoked that they noticed the difference between the Bonavita and the random 30$ hardware store machine we had before. Feels good to nail the right purchase for the right environment.

Anyway, I'm not saying that this makes the Bonavita the best machine.... heck, I wouldn't have a clue because I have not tried the others (although I would be stoked to play with the Brazen, but that is because I like to play and tweak). But I do believe that it ranks up there as one of the better machines with bonus points on the price.
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012, 1:54pm
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Hey JohnLyn,

What brand, blend or origin are you using in your Bonavita at the office?  Just wondering since I need a good crowd pleaser for Christmas brunch.

Thanks, Becky (luv my Bonavita too)
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:54pm
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msboo Said:

Hey JohnLyn,

What brand, blend or origin are you using in your Bonavita at the office?  Just wondering since I need a good crowd pleaser for Christmas brunch.

Thanks, Becky (luv my Bonavita too)

Posted December 5, 2012 link

Actually, I have been roasting for the office and have been through a few single origins. recently I brought a Yirgacheffe back from Coava coffee in Portland. If I were you I would find a good local roaster and get something fresh. My office tends to appreciate ethiopian coffees.
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 7:02pm
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Thanks, JohnLyn. I've been enjoying some Ethiopian I got from a local roaster, my favorite now. Tried blending it the other day with a little Colombian, was very good as well. Nice blend for the family Christmas morning.

Thanks again & Merry Christmas!
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Roaster: Toastess popper
Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012, 8:22pm
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msboo Said:

Thanks, JohnLyn. I've been enjoying some Ethiopian I got from a local roaster, my favorite now. Tried blending it the other day with a little Colombian, was very good as well. Nice blend for the family Christmas morning.

Thanks again & Merry Christmas!

Posted December 17, 2012 link

my pleasure. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
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Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 9:17pm
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The more I use them (rotating pots lately) the less I can tell the difference in the coffee from my TV and my Bonavita - both are making great coffee.

 
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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