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Topic: Unexpected Christmas Gift (4 msgs / 160 lines)
1) From: Walter R. Basil
My blog today was about my new coffee brewer, and a little history of  
my coffee addiction.  Figured I'd share it with the list:
Normally I can gauge what my gifts are. It's kind of a game. I can  
shake, rattle, and roll the gifts and try to guess what they are. Of  
course this leads to the wrapping party to come up with some creative  
ways to wrap the gifts in order to throw me off.
One gift this year totally took me by surprise. And it was just plain  
ol' wrapped in the original box. It was another Bunn coffee brewer!  
Now I have one to take to the office. Usually I just brewed another  
pot before I left the house and threw it in my thermal pump thermos.  
Now I guess I'll just be grinding some extra beans in the morning to  
take to work with me.
I wonder why Tom (of Sweet Maria's  )  
doesn't mention the Bunn at all? Maybe because he doesn't sell it, or  
maybe he can't sell it (due to some marketing requirements of Bunn)?  
Is there some caveat to a Bunn that I'm not aware of? It's all about  
what he talks up the Technivorm (TV) to be. It preheats the water to  
200 degrees. It has a shower head, contrary to what the site says  
about the Technivorm being the only household brewer to have a shower  
head. I've enjoyed the showerhead for the last 8 years. The biggest  
difference I see is that the TV preheats water for the current pot of  
coffee whereas the Bunn preheats for the next pot of coffee.  Which  
would explain why the TV needs such a powerful heater. Because you  
want to hurry up and have your coffee. Since the Bunn preheats for  
the next pot, it doesn't need such a powerful heater. It can take its  
time (15 minutes from pure cold water - the initial fill; 8 or 9  
minutes thereafter since it's mixing with water that is already  
heated) heating the water. That way, it can give me my pot of coffee  
in less than 3 minutes from the time I pour the water in the reservoir.
There are actually a couple caveats I could think of. The water has  
the possibility of becoming stale since it preheats it and keeps it  
in the tank. For someone like me who brews two or more pots a day I  
don't have to worry about my water becoming stale.
The other caveat is the mineral and calcium build up in the holding  
tank. My first Bunn (1997) was used daily with straight tap water. I  
didn't clean it out like I was supposed to every 3 months or so.  
After a couple years, it started slowing down (taking longer than 3  
minutes). I opened it up and saw the mess. I learned my lesson. My  
current bunn I've used for a couple years now and has no buildup. I  
run all the water through a Brita pitcher filter.
My old home brewer, which will now head to the office:
My new home brewer (Christmas gift):
Can't leave out my grinder:http://www.bunn.com/pages/windows/BCGB.html>This baby grinds coffee just like the big bunn grinders you find in  
the coffee isle of your favorite grocer, just takes a little longer.
So here I am talking about the brewing experience so I should mention  
the roasting as well. I started out as a regular coffee drinker. You  
know, drinking Folgers and Maxwell House from a Mr. Coffee or the  
equivalent. In 1997 I moved to El Paso and tasted the coffee at my  
church. Well, the coffee that my priest drank, not the coffee that  
was made in the big "silver bullet" used at the parish functions. I  
saw that he used the same coffee and amount of water that I did, but  
it tasted totally different than what I made. I asked him why and he  
introduced me to the Bunn experience.
I immediately went out and bought myself the old version of this  
  Bunn. The only major  
difference being the carafe was the old "spherical" carafe that you  
see in many restaurants. I thought I was in coffee heaven, and for  
what coffee I was using I was.
Then I began wondering what it would be like to grind my own beans  
and bought a cheap blade grinder and some Millstone beans. I thought  
it was the best, and let's face it, for 95% of the population (yes,  
95% of all statistics are made up on the spot) who never experience  
coffee that is freshly roasted, this is the best coffee that they  
will ever hope to experience. From that point on, my coffee consisted  
of Folgers ground packets (each packet contains a pot's worth of  
coffee), Millstone beans, and Maxwell House coffee.
That is until this year when I began roasting my own beans using the  
I-Roast 2  . I eventually upgraded  
my blade grinder to a Black and Decker burr mill, to the Bunn grinder  
that I use now.
--
Walter R Basil
Website:http://www.basilweb.netBlog: http://blog.basilweb.net

2) From: Brett Mason
Quite a story!
Please provide your address and directions - the next meeting of Sweet
Marias Home Roasters USA is at your house!
Brett
On 12/28/05, Walter R. Basil  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
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   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

3) From: Lynn Kerby
On 12/28/05, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Trust me, if Walter is still in El Paso there are only a few days a
year when you might want to be there!
I spent 18 years of my youth there and it can be a beautiful place for
a few days at a time - like a week or so after a good rain in the
spring when the desert is in bloom. I lived way out on the east side
with the desert at the end of my block most of the time - yes we had
to keep moving east :-).  About the only things I miss there are the
wonderful late summer storms where you get to sit out on the front
porch and watch the lightning strikes out over the desert into the
night and *good* tamales.
--
Lynn Kerby
San Martin, CA

4) From: Chuck the Coffee-Geek
Just my thoughts on the Bunns, and I do have one.  The Bunn's are 
inconsistent.  Some brew close to 200F and some brew close to 150F.  I 
have one and hate it because 177F is the hottest temp I have ever 
recorded comming out of it.  As far as I can tell they are "luck of the 
draw".  Thats why I don't think Tom carries them, and why I do think he 
carries the Technivorms.  Very consistent!
-Chuck
Thats why I love my KMB.
Walter R. Basil wrote:
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