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Posted Wed Jan 29, 2014, 6:41pm
Subject: Melitta BCM-4 for Gevalia - questions
 

Greetings, CoffeeGeekers!

I recently started a new job (yay!) which requires me to wake up much earlier than I'm used to (boo) for a long commute.  I've been spoiled by my little Combi Duo cappuccino maker (I posted earlier about it), but I find I need an easy coffee maker for my daily brew that doesn't require much time or attention.  I was lucky to find a nice little Melitta BCM-4 at the local thrift store for a mere $5!  I've read good things about it, so I'm looking forward to a new adventure on my morning commute!  (LOL)

Of course, it did not come with an instruction guide filled with suggestions for type of coffee and grind.  *sigh*  

Can anyone here please help me with recommendations regarding (1) a good coffee bean blend for this type of brew, and, (2) the proper grind to use for the best infusion?

I typically use a dark roast blend from Sumatra, Kenya, and/or Guatamala for the stove-top pot, but I'm not sure how that will do in the Melitta.  I prefer a rich, full-bodied brew as I usually take it light and sweet (latte style, even if I don't have steamed milk).

Thanks for your kind recommendations!

 
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 10:03am
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Hi,
I think the machine handles any type of coffee pretty well.
As far as the grind goes, you could start with an automatic drip grind.
Then adjust finer and coarser at different times to see what you like.
I used mine today, putting in pre ground local roaster coffee from a store, and it made a great cup.
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 12:00pm
Subject: Re: Melitta BCM-4 for Gevalia - questions
 

Thanks, sumatraman, but I ended up tossing the machine. I won't return it to the thrift store for another clueless customer to experience.

It worked fine through a cleansing cycle (with 50% vinegar), then two 'test' cycles with water only (no coffee); but when I added a filter with coffee, the water WOULD NOT COME OUT! I could hear it boiling and hissing and steaming, but nothing dripped over the coffee and nothing landed in the carafe! Very strange. The failure has nothing to do with whether or not there is coffee in the machine, as it fails before the point of reaching the coffee. I gave it two chances with coffee to see if it was a fluke, but it doesn't work.

I ended up using just the carafe and the attached cone similar to a regular pour-over and poured hot water from my kettle manually, trying to get a reasonable pot of coffee. It was disappointing, but you get what you pay for, right?

I finally ordered the Aroma Hot Moka X-Press Electric Moka Maker from Amazon. I've only had it one day, but it makes a fairly generous mug of rich coffee. Not espresso, but I think it will work for my daily commute.

 
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