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  1. #11
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    I have a Capresso Coffee Team +, thats 3+ years old and you couldn't pry it out of my cold, dead hands. This machine has a conical burr grinder built right in. You can program it for different cup strengths and different pot sizes, to make the perfect coffee in the morning. Set the timer, add the water, put in fresh beans and in the morning, at the set time the machine turns on, grinds the proper amount of coffee for the programed strength and pot size and starts brewing your fresh coffee. 8 minutes later your fresh pot. Turns itself off after 2 hrs.

  2. #12
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    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Bunn Home Brewer!?

    It produces the fastest consistent cup of coffee I've ever had. It is Starbuck's recommended home brewer of choice.I got one then my sister had to have one, my parents bought one, one of my friends bought one. They all love them!

    Yes its low on features and doesn't have pause `n' serve but who needs it when a 5 cup pot is done in less than 2 minutes!
    Coffeemaker: Bunn Home Brewer GR10-B
    Grinder: laPavoni PGC
    Roaster: Fresh Roast +8
    Favorite Coffee: Indonesian Celebes (the more earthy the better!)

  3. #13
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    I have used this Bunn drip machine before.
    It is the fastest I've ever seen and makes great coffee. there are a few problems I think with it, but I plan to wait until I have the time to give it a full review.
    The man with the many Coffee hats.

  4. #14
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    Best Coffee Makers

    Ok, so you want a machine that has a thermal carafe? Good Idea, ever since I got one for my dorm room I can never go back. Krups and Starbucks are the best two I have found and I have never had problems with service with either company. Starbucks big claim is that thier coffee machine does not take out all of the beans natural oils leaving a better tasting coffee, think french press. I know this is true because I actually sat down with both machines, brewed coffee, and compared it (yes, I am sick). The only problem with the Starbucks one is that sometimes the oil is so strong it upsets my tummy ... simple solution: use two filters. Also, my friends mom got this awesome machine that would grind the beans in the morning and brew the freshest coffee ever! Down side: it was not a thermal carafe and it scared the heck out of everyone when the grinder turned on in the morning ... hehehe. Just some suggestions ...

  5. #15
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    This brings up a problem I have with thermal carafes -- I can never keep them clean! They are hard to get inside and stuff. Eventually mine end up with gunk in there and my coffee doesn't taste so good.
    I must admit that occasionally I'll forget to empty it out overnight and that doesn't help any :/
    Coffeemaker: Bunn Home Brewer GR10-B
    Grinder: laPavoni PGC
    Roaster: Fresh Roast +8
    Favorite Coffee: Indonesian Celebes (the more earthy the better!)

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    Hand in a cookier jar

    Oh, that's easy, either buy one that you can fit your whole hand in or get a long brush for cleaning.

  7. #17
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    Everyone is talking about french press coffee makers and how simple they are. Ask yourself this. How fresh is the coffee for your french press. If it real fresh did your grind it yourself? How did you heat your water? Where did you put your carafe? Did you pre-heat your carafe? All this you have to clean up afterwards. All this takes time and space. I love the french press when I am on vacation, because I can pack it in my suitcase. Stove top espresso makers are OK too.
    At home I prefer the Capresso Coffee Team. It’s easy, just add water, put in a filter (I like the brown paper) slide the basket under the grinder and 8 minutes I have fresh coffee. Its not the cheap grind n brews that are made in China. These are made in Europe, and they last. If your growing stuff in your filter you had better check your water supply. Had to get that in! Just kidding.

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    Best coffee maker

    First you have to start with fresh beans. I mean you either roast them yourself or get someone to do it for you and they must not be more than a week old or they are stale.
    Secondly you have to have a good grinder. Not the whirlyblade type that pulverizes the beans.That creates landlslide rubble of boulers to fine powder.No good. You must have consistent size particles. They are about 50 - $100.
    A good cuppa starts with fresh beans, ground properly for the type of maker (coarse for french press etc,) fresh filtered water with the minerals left in,and taken to 195-205 f degrees.(most drips dont get there). 6 oz of water for each tablespoon of ground coffee.
    A vacuum pot is the best coffee I have ever had. The french press is my second choice only for the fact that the coffee is dirtier.Drip is last choice because the filter traps too much flavor.

    Stewart

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    Best coffee maker

    It is always funny for me to read about someone trying to find the best coffee maker. Best of course means different things to different people. Some want a stylish pot, others want one that functions seamlessly, while still others want speed. Personally, it is all about taste to me, taste and ease of use.

    My preferred taste pot is a Faberware $19 Linens N Things stovetop percolator. I do not think that any technology available has improved upon this simplest of coffee brewing methods.

    As a biologist, I am keenly aware of the extensive use of plastic elements in all automatic drip coffee makers. It seems that if you heat plastic it bleeds into the coffee. Some people can even taste it. I can, but that is not my main worry, my concern is the healthful nature of the coffee I am drinking. I don’t want the chemicals that are given off when the plastic is over heated or when it is old. The engineers understand this oh too well also, so they design the auto drips in such a way as to keep the temperature lower. Their heat restricting designs tend to undercook coffee, giving a bland, less than full bodied weak cup of java. The all popular Starbucks taste came as a result of over cooking African beans which are naturally bitter. The same result can be had in a fool proof way with any modern stovetop percolator. I do not like the plug ins because the elements are cheap and heat unevenly leading to poor coffee. A stove on the other hand is designed to do a much better job, taking advantage of the stove technology. My own stove, and electric, has auto simmer and does a perfect job in the 7 minutes required for the perfect cup. What I like most is that I can get the worst coffee and it tastes like the best auto drip, or better, it tastes as good or better than starbucks! Oh, and I love this, the whole room smells like coffee as it brews.

  10. #20
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    Turn to the Dutch

    A percolator? A PERCOLATOR??? Go to your room, young man!

    My personal choice in a drip machine is a Technivorm, which can be bought with either glass or thermal carafe. I use a glass one (KD741) but tip the coffee into a Zojirushi thermal pot as soon as it is done.

    Or you could use a Chemex but it will take you some time to learn to do for yourself what a good dripper will do for you.

    Or a french press if you like rich flavor and don't mind the cup being a little muddy.

    But never...Never...NEVER a percolator.
    The human capacity for self-delusion is nearly boundless

 

 
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