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brooklynfishy
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 7:46am
Subject: Need some guidance on a new drip machine
 

Hello all, my first post here, if I'm way off base be kind (but remain brutally honest, please).

I've been getting by on espresso and a Keurig for the past couple of years, but I need a coffeemaker.  Can't really stand the Keurig much anymore, whether I use cups or my own beans in an ecobrew.  I've been through more drip machines over the year than I care to recall, and I'd like to buy one now that put out a solid cup of coffee and have some longevity.

Problems:
  •  Wife's requirements - has to be reasonable sized (nothing very wide or tall), black or stainless steel
  •  Has to brew a pot of coffee, no single cup brewers.  I was thinking of the Bunn Trifecta, she told me to think again

Looking around, I've seen good reviews on units from Technivorm, Bonavita and Bunn.  I have a grinder, so there's no need for an all in one.  We are not coffee aficionados by any stretch, the average cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee works most of the time, so I'm thinking that the money spent on the Technivorm might be overkill, plus it looks a bit large which might land me in trouble (see Problem #1).

Anything else I should be looking at?  Anyone have one that I should consider as well?

TIA for any recommendations
-J
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jliedeka
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Drip: Technivorm, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor, heat gun
Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 11:55am
Subject: Re: Need some guidance on a new drip machine
 

Another possibility is the Behmor Brazen.  It, along with the Technivorm brews at the correct temperature that you find in very few consumer brewers.

If you don't think it's too big, I would highly recommend the Technivorm.  I bought one for my girlfriend a couple of years ago and finally broke down and bought one for myself recently.  The thing I like best is that the brew chamber is easily accessible for stirring the grounds while brewing.

    Jim

 
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 12:00pm
Subject: Re: Need some guidance on a new drip machine
 

Which Bunn, as there are couple over that price range. The Bonavita and Techno are excellent, never used the Brazen. The Bonavita kills it on price though, very cheap vs the others.

Do you have a grinder though? If not, you have the Encore which for it's priced is great, but the Baratza Virtuoso is one of the best coarse grinders around as it has the same burrs as my Preciso, which means awesome "fines" control" and very consistent.
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brooklynfishy
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 5:57pm
Subject: Re: Need some guidance on a new drip machine
 

Thanks all.

I looked into the Bonavita and the Brazen.  Footprint is still a bit bigger than I'd (she'd) like on the Bonavita.  The Brazen was the one that fit the space the best, but it seemed to have the same flaws recurring in the reviews as the Bunn but at twice the price.

I ended up ordering a Bunn Phase Brew maker that I'm going to pick up tomorrow.  I'm a little put off by some of the reviews about longevity, but it seemed to be closest to fitting in the small space currently free on our counter.

As far as grinders, I've got a Kitchenaid Proline burr grinder.  I'm sure it's nothing spectacular, but I've used it with our drip machines and managed to get decent performance.  Our espresso is a superauto, so I don't need to grind there.

The Bunn is here on a trial basis.  If I don't get the performance I need, it's going back and we're going to have to revisit how big this sucker can be.
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