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dbrown
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 8:51am
Subject: Help picking new drip machine.
 

Up until now I have always used a really cheap machine ($30-$40) from the local stores Target/Walmart/Kohls.......

Looking to buy a better quality machine, but am trying to keep about $100 budget for it. My coffee usually comes from the local roasters and is ground by a Baratza Maestro usually on setting 20.

My only real requirement is 5 - 8 cup.

After searching around here is what I have found.

Within Budget
Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup   $69.99
BUNN HG Phase Brew 8-Cup         $99.99

Over budget - but you can try to convince me why they would be 50-100% better (based on price).
Bonavita BV1800TH 8-Cup            $149.99
Behmor Brazen                             $199.99
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TLW
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 9:37am
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

My choice would be a Chemex 8 cup for $39.00. How about that for coming in under budget? I have one of these and it makes better coffee than all of electric coffee makers I have owned. It is a fun and very easy way to make wonderful coffee. If you have a good grinder and use local roasted beans you will be amazed at the flavors you will taste by brewing on the Chemex.  You can use an electric kettle to keep your water at the perfect temp for brewing if you don't want to heat on the stove probably about $20.00. Here is some info from Stumptown Coffee
http://stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/chemex/
Good Luck
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dbrown
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 9:59am
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While the Chemex looks interesting, I wouldn't put it to use on a daily basis. It might be something to look into for weekend coffee.

I need something for my daily morning routine.
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TLW
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:06am
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

I can make a pot of coffee with the chemex faster than my cusinart can make a pot. The final product is much better than the electric. The only thing you can't do is set the timer so your coffee is ready when you get into the kitchen. I had to teach my wife to make the coffee with the chemex. This is the same as having a timer. LOL
Good Luck and happy brewing.
Tom
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Iluvdabean
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:12pm
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

I have one of the MT-500's and its a great machine...heres the newer model,I guess.... for 129.00 normally 180.00.

Click Here (www.jlhufford.com)

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TheEther
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:02am
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Hey, I'm a noob but I'll vote one for the Brazen.  I own one, and really like the thermal carafe and the ability to schedule the coffee for the morning.  It's a quality machine, I'm pretty blown away by the build quality.  Not sure if you have a wife factor here from the perspective of aesthetics, but mine thinks it looks like an alien from war of the worlds, but she's pretty much gotten over it at this point.

Good luck in your journey to great coffee!
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Roaster: Toastess popper
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:48am
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

I can only speak for the Bonavita. I bought one for the office with a glass caraf. I can only say that even the less sophisticated palates noticed an immediate difference. the key is proper and consistent temperature and this is one of the machines that has been approved by the SCAA. Others will do just as well, I just haven't used them. I chose this one based on simplicity and quality. The only question for me is durability.

That being said, for home I prefer a pour over of some type but that is because I am usually making espresso.
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dbrown
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:55pm
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

I want to be able to easily brew a consistent quality cup. Purchase will not be based on looks, mainly function and price. I guess the 2 real contenders are the Bunn and the Bonavita.  

Timers don't matter as I do not put the grounds in until I'm ready to brew even though I do grind 2-4 days worth ahead time and keep the in an air tight container even though I know this isn't ideal.
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 2:50pm
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

Of all of the drip coffee makers very few brew at the right temperature.

"Capresso MG600 Auto Drip Coffee Maker - $75"

http://www.scaa.org/?page=cert2


dbrown Said:

I want to be able to easily brew a consistent quality cup. Purchase will not be based on looks, mainly function and price. I guess the 2 real contenders are the Bunn and the Bonavita.  

Timers don't matter as I do not put the grounds in until I'm ready to brew even though I do grind 2-4 days worth ahead time and keep the in an air tight container even though I know this isn't ideal.

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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013, 6:18am
Subject: Re: Help picking new drip machine.
 

Well, I finally settled on and ordered a Bonivita.

I found a pretty good price on one from Amazon.
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