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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 6:26pm
Subject: Bunn commercial Trifecta: reviews from long time owners?
 

Hi,

I have been thinking for a while now of buying a commercial Bunn Trifecta machine (even though I am a home user) because it looks like a fun toy that might provide good coffee.

Can I get input from anyone who has had one for a long time now so that the new owner glow has worn off.

Would you still buy it again?  How has it held up?  Does it have too much plastic in it?  What are its quirks?  What is your overall impression of it?

Thanks!
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 7:52pm
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I've never had coffee from the commercial Trifecta, but there's a long thread here on the home version (the MB):

"Bunn Trifecta MB Owners' Thread"

It has a condensed feature set relative to what the commercial machine offers; however, the settings are well-chosen. FWIW the one person I know who's tried both versions prefers the MB.
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 3:45am
Subject: Re: Bunn commercial Trifecta: reviews from long time owners?
 

There aren't any "long time" owners, the machine is not much more than a year old. Well time may be moving quickly for me but it is a new machine.

 
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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!

Take care!

Jim

 
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 7:17am
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Hi Jim,

Thank you very much for the very thorough run down and summary.  I appreciate it!
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 4:30am
Subject: Re: Bunn commercial Trifecta: reviews from long time owners?
 

nennafir,

No problem! Let us know if you eventually purchase it. I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on it's use in the home. Email me if you want. Take care!

Jim

 
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