kschendel Senior Member Joined: 7 Nov 2008 Posts: 280 Location: Pittsburgh Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Maestro Roaster: Freshroast
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.
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.
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.
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.
TheRealScubaSteve Senior Member Joined: 22 Feb 2014 Posts: 97 Location: Massachusetts Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Delonghi EC155 Grinder: Baratza Encore
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.
"But it is not a perfect world and none of us are god-shots. As for me, I am a little over extracted and therefore slightly bitter and my crema is thin..." -Buckley
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