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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 9:33am
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This is the one I was talking about just for the record-
Click Here (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)
Any Bunn is going to give you a good cup of joe IMHO.
I don't remember paying this much for it, but can't remember now where I got it, or what I did pay.
On this one I like that it doesn't start to brew until you turn the lid closed. Seems there are so many models now it gets a bit confusing.
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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 9:37am
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CoffeeRon Said:

This is the one I was talking about just for the record-
Click Here (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)
Any Bunn is going to give you a good cup of joe IMHO.
I don't remember paying this much for it, but can't remember now where I got it, or what I did pay.
On this one I like that it doesn't start to brew until you turn the lid closed. Seems there are so many models now it gets a bit confusing.

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Yes, that's one that IMAWriter recommended, too. I like it, but wow! About $180 with a coupon, after tax. Ouch.

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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:47am
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Bunn Velocity brewers all have hot water holding reservoirs and brew the same way. The NHS has a glass carafe, BTX and STX (reservoirs look little different) both have thermal carafes. At BB&B the BTX is $128.00 w/20% off (retail 159.99) and the STX is $160.00 w/20% off (retail 199.99).

If your brewer has a glass carafe you can get a glass-lined thermal carafe (for decanting) for 15.00 w/20% off.
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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 1:16pm
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JR Said:

Is the Bunn® Velocity Brew™ 10-Cup BTX Thermal Coffee Maker the same as the NHS, but with a thermal carafe? I'd pay the extra for that, especially with a 20% off coupon.

Bunn seems to like the idea of keeping the water hot all the time, ready to brew.  I'm not crazy about that feature. On the other hand, their Phase Brew system would test my patience (six minutes to heat the water, and ~4 minutes to brew).  I'm still attracted to the Bonavita because it doesn't do either, and it just LOOKS better.  Some of the Bunn machines look pretty industrial. Yeah, I know that's a weird thing to say, coming from someone who has a Cunill Tranquilo on the counter. ;)

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Stay away from the BUNN Phase Brew.  Best to read all the reviews you can on it.  Although it looks neat, it is truly a piece of junk.  Does the Bonavita have 10 cup capacity?  I thought it was 8 cup.

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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 2:10pm
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

Stay away from the BUNN Phase Brew.  Best to read all the reviews you can on it.  Although it looks neat, it is truly a piece of junk.  Does the Bonavita have 10 cup capacity?  I thought it was 8 cup.

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Len, the reviews already had me leary of the Phase Brew machines.  I'm under the impression that the Velocity Brew is not the same. The Velocity Brew system keeps the water pre-heated. The Phase Brew system has a heating phase, then a brew phase.

You're correct, the Bonavita is 8 cups. Since I wasn't able to meet all my original "requirements", I was looking at some that came close.

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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 2:19pm
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JR Said:

Len, the reviews already had me leary of the Phase Brew machines.  I'm under the impression that the Velocity Brew is not the same. The Velocity Brew system keeps the water pre-heated. The Phase Brew system has a heating phase, then a brew phase.

You're correct, the Bonavita is 8 cups. Since I wasn't able to meet all my original "requirements", I was looking at some that came close.

Jack

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I had the Phase Brew for 2 days then sent it back full refund.  I had read the reviews but still wanted to give it a chance.  I did not want to get the Velocity as I did not like the always on feature.  I ended up getting what I always wanted and that was the Technivorm Mocccamaster KBT 10 cup.  It is outside of your $100 price requirement, though.

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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 3:31pm
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

I had the Phase Brew for 2 days then sent it back full refund.  I had read the reviews but still wanted to give it a chance.  I did not want to get the Velocity as I did not like the always on feature.  I ended up getting what I always wanted and that was the Technivorm Mocccamaster KBT 10 cup.  It is outside of your $100 price requirement, though.

Len

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Isn't it still the standard domestic Technivorm 1.25l capacity though, so the same as the Bonavita ?

My Technivorms and Melitta (bonavita) make exactly the same amount.

"Cups" aren't really used as a measure in Europe, so there's no standard size. Technivorm seem to work on 125ml

Excellent brewer though.  As with many things, quality - especially long terms quality - costs but is worth it in the long run.
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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 5:07pm
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__________ Said:

Isn't it still the standard domestic Technivorm 1.25l capacity though, so the same as the Bonavita ?

My Technivorms and Melitta (bonavita) make exactly the same amount.

"Cups" aren't really used as a measure in Europe, so there's no standard size. Technivorm seem to work on 125ml

Excellent brewer though.  As with many things, quality - especially long terms quality - costs but is worth it in the long run.

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I have the Technivorm KBT-741.  You are correct, it has 1.25l capacity and is marketed as 10 cup.

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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 6:32pm
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Well, the judges have reached a decision.  I went to Bed Bath, and Whatever this evening and got a close-up look at the Bunn STX. It's a VERY large machine, and my coffee corner is already crowded. So that's a decision factor that I wasn't even thinking about. And since it will be nestled under the cabinet when not in use, I don't like the idea of it being on all the time.  So, I'm opting for the Bonavita BV1800, with the thermal carafe. And the SCAA certification is a plus, too.  I'm ordering it My wife is ordering it tonight, from Amazon.com for $169.95 (free shipping, and I assume no tax).

Thanks for all the good input.

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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 9:49am
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JR Said:

Well, the judges have reached a decision.  I went to Bed Bath, and Whatever this evening and got a close-up look at the Bunn STX. It's a VERY large machine, and my coffee corner is already crowded. So that's a decision factor that I wasn't even thinking about. And since it will be nestled under the cabinet when not in use, I don't like the idea of it being on all the time.  So, I'm opting for the Bonavita BV1800, with the thermal carafe. And the SCAA certification is a plus, too.  I'm ordering it My wife is ordering it tonight, from Amazon.com for $169.95 (free shipping, and I assume no tax).

Thanks for all the good input.

Jack

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Were you aware that a very large percentage of the 1, 2, and 3 star user comments about the Bonavita BV1800 listing on Amazon focused on its thermal carafe glass liner "exploding"?  Alot of those comments appear to be recent.  I had thought about buying the Bonavita and wanted a thermal carafe, but that issue was something I did not want to have to think about.  Here on CG there also is a thread about the exploding carafes:
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/597724

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