frogetteincanada Senior Member Joined: 29 Jul 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Somewhere Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013, 1:28pm Subject: Automatic drip for small quantities /grinder
I'm looking to replace my old El Cheapo automatic drip with something better (another automatic drip, though; hand-brewed coffee tastes wonderful but I'm not dedicated enough to do that at 6 AM while trying to get an uncooperative toddler ready for the daycare).
It needs to be: - under 200 dollars (preferably under 150) - able to handle small quantities:I basically never brew more than 4 cups at a time
So far I'm eyeing either the Zojirushi Zutto, or the Cuisinart Brew Central (because of the 1-4 cup feature). I've considered the Bonavita, but since they recommend brewing a full pot each time, I find it's not worth paying that kind of price for a machine I won't be using as recommended. The Bunn Phase Brew seems to have a failure rate that's too high for my taste. Any other suggestion?
Also, I want to get a burr grinder, which will only be used for drip coffee and the occasional French press. Something relatively inexpensive, reliable and easy to use (I've never used one before).
Ah, and if you'd have a recommendation for an easy to come by coffee brand, it would be perfect. I can't find one I really like since I've moved from Europe.
knisse Senior Member Joined: 25 May 2013 Posts: 8 Location: Denmark Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 9:33am Subject: Re: Automatic drip for small quantities /grinder
I have the Zassenhaus Brasilia which is good looking and make a decent grind, i would definitely recommend it. Otherwise i would go for the Hario slim mill. Both hand grinders.
Just a thing for you too consider, the Hario V60 manual dripper. (the reasons i have not bought a automatic coffee machine yet, as i am in similar situation as you) *The coffee machine will eventually break, or something will go wrong - every one of them. Could end up costing you some cash, or ruin a morning if it breaks/something goes wrong that day. *Most of them require some form of cleaning - some every day - the Hario is just a quick wash.
The Hario V60, combined with boiling time(where you can grind coffee in the meantime) and a very quick drip takes approximately 5-7 minutes if you just want one cup. If you still want to gind your coffee beans, the coffee machine will not do it much faster - and if you buy a coffee machine with grinder then your cleaning time and risk of failure goes up.
with the Hario V60, you have no use for the french press - if you have a heat containing device, then the Hario (if you learn some technique) will make better coffee than the french press - less space in the kitchen!
Otherwise a Moccamaster from (Technivorm) should make decent machines, i have not tried one in a long time.
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