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TheVito
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 9:38am
Subject: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

I have a Cuisinart Coffee-on-Demand that holds the coffee in it that we've had for a good 5 years or so, at least. I think it's dying though (on switch almost didn't work this morning). I've been planning on researching and replacing it eventually, but now must do so on much shorter notice and on more of a budget than I would have had next year. Last year I bought a stainless steel insulated carafe from Starbucks, so I already pour the coffee into that right after it's made, making the reservoir not important. I also wouldn't necessarily need one with an insulated carafe.

I don't need one that grinds as I have a pretty good grinder (Virtuoso Preciso) that I invested in after getting a Gaggia Classic espresso machine a couple years ago.

I would like something that makes decent drip coffee but is affordable and is aesthetically pleasing enough for my wife to allow it on the counter.

Any advice?
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 9:50am
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inexpensive and affordable are such subjective terms...what's your budget?

 
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 9:55am
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I would really prefer $60 range, but could possibly convince my wife to go up to the $100 range.
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 10:40am
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I'm not the best one to give you a good answer, as I haven't done drip in maybe 10 years.  I currently only prepare press and espresso. However...

Your budget won't get you any of the SCAA certified units.  I suspect there are people who can help you get something decent though...and I hope that happens.

Maybe you can get Wayne (calblacksmith) to sell you the Bunn airpot he picked up from Sam's Club last week?

Have you considered doing pour over (Chemex, Hario, etc)?

 
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 11:37am
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

Have you thought about a large manual drip set up?  The Chemex is a beautiful brewer and makes outstanding drip coffee.  Or even a syphon brewer?  Both don't brew into a steel carafe tho but you would have top notch brewed coffee. Another great brew maker would be a stainless steel press pot.  add coffee, water, wait a few and press.  

Chemex

Hario Syphon

Bodum 8 cup

IMO manual brewing gives you the edge to make the coffee more tasty. ;p

I brew espresso, press and drip all the time and nothing beats manual for me taste wise even beats out our $250 commercial brewer.
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 4:47pm
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

Gee Ron, the box doesn't even have dust on it yet!

Perhaps one of the best ways to make drip costs the least. A cone, paper filter, and a tea kettle. It is called manual pour over:-)

 
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 5:19pm
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Just pick up a Clever.  Inexpensive and makes a great up.  I use a gold filter with mine as I like the extra body it adds, much like a press.

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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 6:58pm
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calblacksmith Said:

Gee Ron, the box doesn't even have dust on it yet!

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Well you said you didn't know what you were going to do with it...and you even said you might sell it :)

 
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 8:28am
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

Yes I did LOL!

 
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Posted Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:57am
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

Today I bought a Clever Drip to add to my Moka pots which will increase the coffee blends I can use. It comes across as logical to me - a mix of Cafetiere steep and pour-over drip. I had a Chemex but it went to a charity shop. I don't see the point of a Chemex when I could just drip straight into a cup.
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