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wtxdrummer
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Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 7:54am
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Hey guys, new to the forum. Been lurking for years but finally signed up! Had an question for you experienced auto-drip people. I'm currently a Cuisinart DCC-1200 to brew with. Would it be worth it to upgrade to a Technivorm? I'm just not sure if I would be able to taste a substantial difference between the two machines. I use RO water, grind right before brew with a Kitchenaid Proline and buy fresh roasted beans once a week. The only thing I can think of that could use improvement is the machine. Thanks for the input!!!!
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jliedeka
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Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 9:37am
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I haven't used your brewer but think there may be potential for improvement.  The Technivorm brews at the correct temperature for a good extraction (between 195 and 205F).  What I also like about the TV is that the brewing area is accessible so I can stir the grounds.  I usually only do that early in the process and then replace the cover.  

I'm really happy with the coffee it produces.  Prior to getting it, I did manual drip because I didn't like the underextracted coffee I got from most drip machines.  Hope that helps.

    Jim

 
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Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:15am
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jliedeka Said:

I haven't used your brewer but think there may be potential for improvement.  The Technivorm brews at the correct temperature for a good extraction (between 195 and 205F).  What I also like about the TV is that the brewing area is accessible so I can stir the grounds.  I usually only do that early in the process and then replace the cover.  

I'm really happy with the coffee it produces.  Prior to getting it, I did manual drip because I didn't like the underextracted coffee I got from most drip machines.  Hope that helps.

    Jim

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+1.  I concur, I also have the Technivorm (KBT-741).  I stir 15 seconds into brewing for 15 seconds, then another 15 seconds  2 minutes into brewing.  I make on the average 9 cups at a time.  I put the basket on "stop" setting (no coffee drips through) the 1st 30 seconds, then set to 1/2 open.  I use the freiling gold filter.

I feel the TV is well worth the investment; it will last you a lifetime.  I can see no reason to ever go to another brewer after having the TV.

Len

 
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rmongiovi
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Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013, 11:46am
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Yes, I think the key to the TV is being able to stir the grounds.

That being said, I make only a single cup of coffee.  I find that the combination of the Bonavita variable temperature electric kettle and a pourover cone like the Bonavita or Clever Coffee Dripper that allows the water flow to manually turned on and off gives me even more control and a better cup of coffee.  If you look at the Technivorm and squint a little bit, that's all it really is.  It's a pourover cone with a manual on/off switch and an automatic hot water source.  The only thing it lacks is actual control of the water temperature.  The electric kettle gives me that at the expense of completely manual operation.
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Posted Thu Oct 10, 2013, 10:15am
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I also like the Technivorm for the manual control on the filter basket AND easy access to stir (if desired). The manual control is a real plus when making partial pots.

When looking on the TV website don't be blown away by all models shown, as I was at first. If you're looking to brew directly into a thermal carafe that will narrow your choice down quickly. I prefer brewing into a glass carafe BUT always pour fresh brew into a glass-lined thermal carafe to keep hot. I chose the KB741AO for (1) drip control on the filter basket and (2) Auto Off (AO) on brewer. Some other models do not have that manual drip control on the filter basket so look carefully.
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