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jwoodyu
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Posted Tue Sep 17, 2013, 7:17pm
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

Since the topic is drip machine - Black and Decker - no laughing :). I sh** you not I have a $20 black and decker drip maker we take on road trips with us for the hotel rooms. Great coffee, ground fresh in a good grinder and that dumb black and decker makes a very respectable drip brew. I think the brew temp is the deal the hot plate keeps it hot.

At home if it ain't the Duetto it is pressed. There is a Moka pot in there some place that has not seen the light of day for years.

 
Yes i have a reason for leaving SCG off my list, yes it is my opinion, yes it is subjective as opinions are by definition, no don't start a flame war because you disagree.
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Posted Sun Sep 22, 2013, 4:51pm
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jwoodyu....  Wow, Black & Decker---I've read somewhere on here of someone who said their B&D brewer had a decent brew temp, was that you maybe? What model do you have for travel?  That would be great for when I stay with my grandson (I'd only need to take my grinder).  My daughter & SIL have a Keurig type setup---YUK, so I take my stuff with me.
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Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 4:50am
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I picked up a $20 B&D Basic model.  I think it's the same one.. Does make a good brew. It surprised me.  I picked it up for free from a neighbor. It's used as an office back up in case our Curtis Cafe ever goes down.  I hate the hot plate tho.. I have a thermal carafe that I transfer it to right away.  Also got free from a neighbor. :D
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Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 5:56am
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Happy endings :D

 
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LindaWhitenton
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 2:50am
Subject: Re: I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive drip machine . . . any advice?
 

I'll start by apologizing because I'm a mod on a pet forum and we hate when the newbies ask standard, basic questions without reading the whole site.  That said, I'm in kind of a hurry because my husband and I are desperate.

My 15-year-old Mr. Coffee (yes, you read that right) is just about dead.  This pot has brewed incredibly good coffee since 1998 (on 1025 watts, and made in the US).  I could not have quit smoking without it.  Goes without saying that I'm not going to be able to replace it with anything comparable.

So what do you think I should buy?  I'd like to keep this under $180.  I reallyreally need to stay under $200.  (Okay, maybe $220.)

One of the Bonavitas, maybe?

Requirements (feel free to groan out loud at some of them) --

  1.  Auto drip, flat-bottom filter.  (I use preground Starbucks French Roast.)

  2.  Needs auto timer.  Both my husband and I work nights and I really need to be able to put the coffee and the water in the morning before and set the pot.  (Sorry.  :-p)

  3.  Needs at least 8 cups.  12 would be better.

  4.  Thermal pot is probably better, but a warmer plate with auto shutoff will be acceptable.


Help!

Any and all recommendations, comments, suggestions will be very much appreciated.  And thank you for your patience.
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 3:53am
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Bonavitas have a conical filter and no timer, so you can rule those out if requirements 1 and 2 are non-negotiable, although you could use a separate timer.  I won't comment on how desirable or otherwise this might be ;o)

"Cups" is unfortunately meaningless as different manufacturers have different ideas on cup size. Better to specify it in ml or fl. oz.

You could look at the SCAA website for their tried and approved brewers available in the USA click here  You can't be sure that a brewer not listed by them is no good - it just may never have been submitted for testing which isn't cheap - but on the other hand a manufacturer with confidence in the quality/performance of its machines who wanted to promote it to discerning coffee drinkers probably would submit it.  The SCAA doesn't identify those tested which fail, unlike the European Coffee Institute which does !
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 1:52am
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Thanks very much for your response.  I would definitely trust an SCAA approval ... which points me back to the Bonavitas.  The Bunn looked great until several folks on Amazon said they had them die within months.  The other two are way out of the price range.

The filter/basket shape really isn't an issue; I was dumb to mention that.  The five or so packages of filters I have can be donated to my office.  The timer is more of an issue but I think I can work around that.

I should have thought of the inconsistency of the term "cups" before posting -- right up there with the inconsistency of "sizes" in women's clothing.  ;-)  Looking for 1300-1500 mL (1.3-1.5 L, we both sip on this all day, take it to work etc.), but 1000 to 1200 would probably be manageable.

Somewhere on here there's a recommendations thread I ran into while lurking once before.  I'll take another look at it as well.

Thanks again and any more thoughts, recommendations etc. will be welcomed.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 6:01am
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Good luck in the quest.
Amazon is not always a great place for information. Bunn has a very good rep but if you are not comfortable, do look other places.

 
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Wayne P.
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