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Bunn Pour-o-Matic - Jim Kingsland's Review
Posted: March 4, 2006, 9:57am
review rating: 5.8
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Arrow The Bunn Pour-o-Matic has been rated 7.85 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Richard Makelky 8.50
Maggie 7.20
Murray Zaharia 7.14
JP Cordill 5.83
Jim Kingsland 5.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 0.0
Product Reviewed: Pour-O-Matic
Manufacturer: Bunn Quality: 0
Average Price: Varies Usability: 0
Price Paid: $95.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: Target Aesthetics 0
Owned for: 1 year Overall 0
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: If You're Expecting Commercial Quality Bunn Coffee... FORGET IT.  Design Flaw Means Lousy Coffee
Positive Product Points

I would put, 'brews quickly', but fast is not always good.

Negative Product Points

Brews a very mediocre cup of coffee
Water evaporates from tank if not regularly used, then takes forever to warm up

Detailed Commentary

I bought this Bunn on the theory that the good tasting Bunn coffee in restaurants would mean good tasting Bunn brewed coffee at home.  I also liked the theory of having a reservoir of hot water at the ready for quick brewing.  

Boy was I wrong.

Just for fun, i measured the temp of the brewed coffee... only 164 degrees... no wonder it made a lousy tasting cup. The big flaw with this machine is that while the water is electrically pre-heated and ready in the reservoir to brew a pot in minutes, you have to pour cold water into the tank to displace the previously heated water out of the reservoir in order for the brewing process to take place.   So when you pour 10 cups of cold tap water into the reservoir of course it's going to lower the temp of the water in the reservoir that's being sent to brew the 10 cups of coffee.   I suppose you could boil a seperate pot of water and pour that hot water into the tank, but that would be a ridiculous extra step to remedy the problem.  The other problem is that since the water is not heated in real time by a pump steamer, you are limited to brewing about 2 pots at a time.   And... if you go away for four or five days, the water in the reservoir evaporates from the constant heating process and you then have to pour new water in and wait for more than an hour for the unit to be ready to be used again.  

On demand hot water in the unit is great idea in theory, but is flawed in reality.   And that just makes for a downright lousy coffee machine.  

I wonder if the people who make the commercial Bunn machines have licensed the use of the Bunn name to some other company that has come up with a truly inferior consumer model?

I replaced this machine last October, and put it out on the deck picnic table where's it been sitting all winter.. waiting to be discarded in the spring.

Buying Experience

No problems.. purchased at store

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