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Topic: Utopia - first use report (3 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: Robert Cantor
Liking vac pots a lot, the Utopia sale plus a housemate's discount made the
utopia not much more than the Hario Super Technica.   So I bought it, let
hot water run through it twice and tried it with real coffee.  With a
housemate who brings home a pound of coffee each week, I don't roast as much
as I used to, and there is only some *$ Ethiopian Sidamo around.  I'm not a
big African fan, nor a big *$ fan, so this coffee was not my favorite.  I
made a 30 oz pot with 5 scoops ( TBSP).  It was by far the best taste
(richer, smoother, still with character but not overbearing) ever from these
beans.  As far as I'm concerned *$ has hit a home run with this.  It's much
easier to use than the Hario, will make coffee for a houseful of guests,
cleans easily and is automatic and faster.
I do agree that the plastic must be prevented from picking up coffee
flavors.  I clean it with Windex as soon as it's done.  It had a scant
amount of sediment which politely stayed at the bottom, not entering
anyone's cup.  My personal opinion is that it's ugly, but it's the best
coffee that can be had without sediment and although fast cleanup is
essential, it's not at all hard to do.
Bob C.
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2) From: Gloria Hoover
Hi
We, also, took the "plunge" and purchased the Utopia yesterday. As the kids that
work at Starbucks said "It is cool". Very easy to use, not so hard to clean with
a dish brush and wonderful coffee! Can't wait to try some coffee that I roasted
yesterday after it rests.
Used the Alpenroast again and the temperature seems to be one notch below what
it was before I cleaned it. Really just vacuumed it and cleaned the doors so it
is very strange. Finally had time to re-roast the Brazilian so that should be
interesting after it rests - took it to where the crackling was and a little
smoke - then forced the cool down. Have the fingers and taste buds crossed that
it will be drinkable.
Question - won't Windex add a flavour to the coffee? I just used plain soap and
water as I would with glass.
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3) From: Monty Harris
I hope you used the Windex on the OUTSIDE of the unit!  Windex is not food
safe.  May I suggest dish soap rinse and then a teaspoon of baking soda and
30 ounces of water, brew again and rinse.  No more flavor.
Frankly, this will insure no flavors remain and as much as it is maligned
here, polycarb does not take on flavors.  The residue that is not cleaned
off of the poly is what taste bad not the plastic.
What can happen is if you scratch the heck out of it while cleaning it you
will create places for residue to hide and then you could have a harder
time keeping it clean.
Moral to the story:
Don't use an abrasive cleaner or scrub brush.
Keep clean with a dish soap.
Flush with baking soda and water once a week or more if you like.
Monty
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