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kschendel
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:03am
Subject: Re: Newbie shopping for an auto drip machine
 

Personally, the only drip machine I'd buy used is the Melitta BCM-4, and that's because it's not made any more.  It's a great little dripper but it's basically a one or maybe two cup machine (small).

While I don't think that there's anything terribly wrong with a used machine, for me the uncertainty wouldn't be worth the possible savings.  Plus, the current "usual suspects" (Bunn, Brazen, Bonavita) have very good customer service reputations and if you get a stinker they should take care of you.

If you're brewing coffee for one, I'd seriously consider a BCM-4 off of ebay or craigslist, plus a hand grinder such as the small Hario.  (Or, go all the way and get an OE Lido 2...)  For me, 45 seconds of turning a crank is worth it for fresher coffee.
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Lindsey
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:32am
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Bonavita and a Capresso burr grinder are on order.  I'm having them shipped over night (I love Amazon Prime), just can't drink the swill coming out of the Black & Decker any longer.

It was a tough decision between the BV and the TV, but in the end, decided that we were probably getting just a little more for our money with the BV.

Thank you for the advice, it was very helpful.  

PS: I have been informed that all bets are off with regards to grinding rules, that I can expect to be woken up in the middle of the night.  Thanks for helping me create a monster :P
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CMIN
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:36am
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Lindsey Said:

We keep different schedules, waking someone up while grinding coffee beans would start WWIII in our house.

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Get a hand grinder, I have a Hario Slim (they make another one called a Skerton). Doesn't take long to grind for coarse, and quieter then an electric grinder. Drinking preground out of any of these machines won't do it justice (no sense in spending all that money without fresh beans/grinder as you'll be better off buying a cheap machine at a store), beans need to be ground right before use, trust us... you'll see a massive difference. Plus tons of roasters online you can order from that'll ship right to the house for pretty cheap. Just weigh how many beans (grams) you need, dump in, and grind away.
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msboo
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 11:42am
Subject: Re: Newbie shopping for an auto drip machine
 

Is your ordered grinder a Capresso Infinity 560 or 565 (same exact grinders, 1 plastic housing the other stainless) If so be sure to clean every time after grinding, they retain a fair amount of grinds. Post and let us know how all goes.

Enjoy your brew!
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CMIN
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 12:15pm
Subject: Re: Newbie shopping for an auto drip machine
 

Lindsey Said:

Bonavita and a Capresso burr grinder are on order.  I'm having them shipped over night (I love Amazon Prime), just can't drink the swill coming out of the Black & Decker any longer.

It was a tough decision between the BV and the TV, but in the end, decided that we were probably getting just a little more for our money with the BV.

Thank you for the advice, it was very helpful.  

PS: I have been informed that all bets are off with regards to grinding rules, that I can expect to be woken up in the middle of the night.  Thanks for helping me create a monster :P

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Shoulda gone with the Encore, after having a Capresso Infinity, the Encore was much better for coarse grinding. Quieter, better grind quality/consistency (Capresso produces a lot of dust in comparison) and almost no grinds retention. But either way it'll be much better than pre-ground. Just make sure you weigh your beans on a gram scale that way you know what your dose  should be and ratio to water for amount of grinds. If you just use measuring scoops you'll be all over the place for weight as beans can be all different sizes and weights. My scale was like 10 bucks

Does your shop roast themselves or carry beans from local/known roasters? If it's just normal grocery store type beans, you can order from plenty of places online to ship to the house, or google/yelp your area for real coffee shops, might be surprised at whats around maybe even some roasters ;)

I too love Amazon Prime, had it for years and has far paid for itself pry 100x over in shipping cost alone if I had had everything shipped 2nd day without it lol.
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TheRealScubaSteve
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:07pm
Subject: Re: Newbie shopping for an auto drip machine
 

If you just use measuring scoops you'll be all over the place for weight as beans can be all different sizes and weights. My scale was like 10 bucks.x]

Very good advice. This was the thing that held me back initially. Dosing with a scoop that came with my EC155 yielded up to 5 gram variances depending on beans and freshness. I was using a super-sensitive scale to measure gun powder that I had on hand. I bought a cheap small and compact scale on Amazon that is just as accurate - even less than $10.

 
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