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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 8:04pm
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Raise your hand if you're on Twitter?!

Lately I've been spending more time there (@jbviau), mostly for coffee-related discussion. Here's some Trifecta chatter I found interesting (with context before and follow-ups after):

https://twitter.com/SoundGuyAndy/status/359330803953569792

A few MB users mentioned a sort of chalky finish in their coffee, and Rusty Angell chimed in. Has anyone else experienced this chalkiness? Honestly, I think what they're describing is just the effect of fines/suspended solids, but it got me curious. Meanwhile, I continue to be happy with this brewer.
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 9:32pm
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Josh, you know I've had my share of chalkiness when I brewed using the Sowden Softbrew without first sieving the grounds.  I use a Preciso grinder and had always set it to a fairly coarse grind for the Sowden.  But I never encountered chalkiness with the trifecta, which I attribute to its orderly press-out and finer mesh screen than the Sowden.  This is despite the fact that I grind finer and don't use a sieve for the trifecta.  I personally think the Twitter poster's results may be largely due to some range of beans and roast, which likely cause a lot of fine chaff under the right conditions (note the poster said their grinder is a Vario, not a Preciso). For the trifecta, I grind close to drip, near the middle range of the dial.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:53am
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I am sure it is from the fines. I am on vacation this week, and have chosen the Impress as my vacation brewer. It produces more fines and a "chalkier" brew, but does a great job with easy clean-up.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 6, 2013, 10:35pm
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I just set this machine up in my office paired with a Breville Smart grinder.  And, I am very happy with the quality of the cups that I have been brewing.   As an added bonus,  I have been surprised by how much fun it is to play with and use this machine.  I bungled an attempt to order the filter removal tool through the Bunn website last night.  Imagine my surprise when I received a phone call from Amanda today.  She realized I messed up my request so she called me to find out what I really needed and arranged to send me the items straight away.  Needless to say, I was blown away by the amazing level of customer service Amanda provided.  Thank you Amanda!
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 5:43am
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Amanda has made me a customer for life.

The MB brews a great cup, but the customer service blows the brewer out of the water.

Thanks for everything you do Amanda.
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 4:27pm
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I am getting my Trifecta tommorow.  I currently have some Ethiopian Yirgacheefe roasted a few days ago.  Any recommended settings to start with?  I know it comes from Bunn with some suggested settings but I was wondering if anyone has found some they really like.  Also I have a Lido.  It is one of the newer ones that seem to grind a little finer at higher settings.  Any recommendations on a ballpark grind setting to start with?  Thanks.
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 7:49am
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Just got my Trifecta last night and started experimenting with it today.  I notice the instructions recommend against using RO water.  They say the minerals in the water are important for pulling flavors out of the coffee.  I've always used RO water since our local water is so high in calcium.  I do it to save the machine rather than for flavor.  I'm curious what others have found using purified water (RO, demineralized, etc.).  Do you notice a difference in flavor?
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 7:24pm
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Made my first cup this morning.  Turned out really good.  It will be fun trying out some different settings.  I have noticed though that the blue light on the brew button never seems to dim.  I know the directions say it will after 6 hours but mine does not seem to.  During the press out I noticed it seemed like it was done and then it started to spit a little more.  It did it at least twice.  I am wondering if I ground to fine.  Does anyone's make a little pop noise when they first put the brew chamber in?  I am assuming it is just the sound of it sealing.  Either way looks like a great machine.
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 8:52pm
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Congrats to you both! Quick mash-up reply...

Re: water, why not experiment by doing a little straight RO vs. "RO + tap" blend? The dimming on the blue light can be subtle; maybe listen instead for audible heating when you push the button after a long period of inactivity? I'd describe my grind as coarse drip, i.e. about 1.5 turns CCW from zero, and that's with the newer, expanded setting range on the LIDO. If the press-out is complete, it's a good sign you're not too fine IMO. My default brew setting is B-0:50. Not sure about the pop. I get a little burp.
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Posted Sat Aug 10, 2013, 5:01am
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Yeah I guess a little burp would be the better way to describe it.  I do hear it heating back up so all most be fine.  I have to hit the bre button to get it to do that.  The instructions say lifting the latch will wake it up by mine will not.  Thanks.
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