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Us3r
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Posted Thu Nov 10, 2011, 1:24pm
Subject: A good coffee maker with little no no plastic/water contact
 

Hey Guys,

So Im in the market for a new coffee maker, I just bough a Cusinart Keurig machine just to find that the internal hot water reservoir is plastic and so leeches all sorts of stuff into the water, and as I dont enjoy plastic with my coffee Ill be taking it back.

Anyways, Im looking for a coffee maker with as little contact with plastic as possible, and also one that makes great coffee obviously, Im not interested in french press or chemex as they are just too much hassle, I just want to put coffe in, hit a button and coffe comes out, simple.

Im not opposed to commercial machines but my budget is $300 max, preferablly less would be better as my wife is alread not keen about the prospect.

Would love a single cub brewer as my wife does not drink coffee and brewing a pot is a waste but I dont think there actually are any asside from keurig and other pod brewers.

Any advice you could offer would be great,

Thanks guys!
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Posted Thu Nov 10, 2011, 2:50pm
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The Bunn Phase Brew has a stainless steel filter basket, but the water tank in which the water is heated is plastic.  The Technivorm passes the water through a copper heating coil, but the filter basket is plastic.  The only coffee makers out there that I am aware of that completely eliminate contact with plastic are percolators.  Many people misunderstand how percolators actually work, and think hey burn the coffee by boiling it.  Farberware's percolators (the only brand I would recommend that is currently made) heat the water to a perfect 200 degrees, and most older brands/models heated at a lower temperature.   You can get very good coffee from a percolator, as long as you're not trying to brew up something with a lot of complex "bright" flavors, especially floral and spice.   When it comes to getting a great cup of something like a Yergecheffe, percs fall flat.
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Posted Thu Nov 10, 2011, 3:07pm
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Thanks for the reply, I was looking at the Technivorm machines, they look good despte the plastic filter holder although for that price I dont understand why they are not stainless, same goes for these keurig brewers, the cusinart machine is $250, for that price the heating tank should be steel.

Anyways, I had a bunn brewer, one of the original ones with the hot water tank, but I didnt like it that much honestly, and after a while it developed a really sour taste and cleaning it was near impossible, I was interested in the phase brewers but if they have a plasti heating tank then thats out, kinda disappointing too as I thought bunn was committed to quality.

Personally i enjoy a bold or extra bold cup of coffee, I like the deep rich coffee, would one of the Technivorm brewers be good for that?

My only issue with percs is...well whenever I think of a perc I think of the awful swill you get from catering or events brewed in thoes big urns, nasty stuff, but if what you say is true then perhaps one of thoes might be a decent option.
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 8:07am
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Us3r Said:

Im not interested in french press or chemex as they are just too much hassle, I just want to put coffe in, hit a button and coffe comes out, simple.

Posted November 10, 2011 link

If you want good coffee and you can't find anything other than a percolator in your budget that doesn't expose you to plastic, why not a tea kettle and a filter system like Chemex or one of the ceramic cones that hold filter paper or a metal screen? How hard is it to heat water, pour it through paper and stir? If you want to get really lazy, don't stir. It'll still be better than a percolator. You'll also save more than $250 of your budget. And if you're concerned about health effects, use filter paper.
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 10:23am
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You should look at the Krups Moka Brew (468) if you can find one.  Metal reservoir (stainless) and glass carafe.  It's known for making rich brews.  They pop up on ebay and a few other places every so often.     Also look at Yama vac pots which are all glass, reasonable, and make excellent coffee (Sweet marias sells them).Michael
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 10:51am
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One bad experience with one product wouldn't put me off plastic per se. There are many many different types and quality of plastic with quite varied properties including heat resistance.

I've used a Melitta cone and an Aeropress with excellent results. Indeed I prefer the plastic Melitta to ceramic because it takes less hot water to heat the cone.

What exactly was leaching from your Cuisinart into the water? Have you considered taking this up with the firm concerned?

Since you don't want to go the stainless steel kettle/Chemex route I'd probably go for the Technivorm with it's quality plastic components.
One person use probably rules out commercial brewers since these tend to be optimised for a quart or two of coffee at a time.
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 11:22am
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Let's see....No plastic contact, and no hassle. I'd recommend an electric mokapot.

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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 12:26pm
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Vacuum/syphon coffee maker.  Any with a fabric or paper filter, or (preferably) glass rod filter.

Look for Yama, Hario or (in my opinion the best) Cona.

They make the best non-espresso coffee anyway, but are a little more hands on to use compared to drip machines.

No plastic, and if you get a Cona or other device with a glass rod filter, coffee is only ever touched by glass (apart from whatever you stir it with, but you can get glass spoons if you're really serious).
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Posted Wed Dec 28, 2011, 6:37am
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Vac-pot indeed, or manual pour-over. Glass, metal, filter. That's it!

 
--Josh
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Posted Wed Dec 28, 2011, 8:12am
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You could add the Eva Solo to this list as well.
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