redkiosk Senior Member Joined: 13 May 2012 Posts: 236 Location: Chicago Metro Area Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 9:32am Subject: Re: Bunn commercial Trifecta: reviews from long time owners?
It's funny that this thread popped up, for just yesterday I was talking with Rusty from Bunn at Ch'ava Cafe in Chicago about the commercial Trifecta. Over a commercial Trifecta brewed Brazil, he explained all the differences with it and the Trifecta MB home unit. Actually, the commercial Trifecta has been out for three years, while the home version (Trifecta MB), came out about this time last year. I've had my Trifecta MB for almost a year and wouldn't trade it for anything, well, almost anything except MAYBE the commercial unit. After being teased by having certain "automated" control over my brewing, I'm feeling like those little kids in the ATT commercial… "I want more, I just want MORE!".
I had lots of questions from general use, daily maintenance and long-term problems, thinking that the commercial unit was just TOO much for home use. Maintenance-wise (both daily and monthly), it's no different than what I do with my home unit now. Definitely less check valves to clog and clean and there's even a back flush program to clean out the valves that in my home unit's shower head, get clogged from repeated large volume brews of fresh coffee. The filter screen is the same as the home unit, but much easier to remove and clean. There are lots of features that I would welcome with open arms over the home unit, such as the ability to brew 16 oz, having it plumbed in to my water filter, the ability to adjust the water temperature along with a list of other parameters (some which I might not use). The ability to adjust the press-out pressure and time is a big deal, especially if you brew larger volumes, of freshly roasted DENSE beans. Right now, I border on the edge with brewing 12 oz. with fresh African beans and not blowing by the shower head seal. A slower and and less powerful press-out would solve this problem. Another nice feature is the maximum press-out pressure is 12 psi . With the home version, to receive UL approval, they had to limit the press-out pressure to 4.5 psi. Heck, I could even prep it for the wife to use with a pre-set "House Blend" setting.
Right now, I wish Bunn would come out with Version 2 of the Trifecta MB, with a few additional parameters or at least the ability to adjust the water temperature. That would be nice. In the meantime, I'll keep salivating like my two dogs until upgradeitis becomes systemic.
Oh yeah, for those fellow Trifecta MB owners wondering why there is no real multi-hole shower head in it, well I asked. They were too far along in the design process when someone brought it up. Ooops!
The pathologically precise are annoying, but right!
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