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Topic: Recommendations: Brewed Coffee Maker (28 msgs / 541 lines)
1) From: Eddie Dove
My mother-law wants to purchase a new coffee maker, but wants to spend about
$100.00.  I already suggested the Technivorm, but she wouldn't go for that.
Do you folks have any other suggestions?
Respectfully,
Eddie

2) From: Barry Luterman
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If still available Presto Scandinavian

3) From: Alchemist John
I looked around and finally decided on a Brew Central by 
Cuisinart.  It is one of the few that gets hot enough.  Mind you, NOT 
the Grind and Brew but Brew Central.
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4) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
What about the grind and brew? is it really bad? (I got one about a year 
ago as a gift)
Dennis
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5) From: Alchemist John
My main take is that it is a whacky blade and does not hold as much 
as I would like to use.
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Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

6) From: Robert Adams
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Kick in a c-note and get her the TV. Never a bad thing to make the =
mother-in-law happy. Then charge her for your homeroast that she will =
really enjoy brewed by the TV. Ahead of the game within a year.
Bob

7) From: Eddie Dove
I have already thought of that, and offerred that suggestion to my wife, but
I need to find out why she doesn't want the TV ... it actually may be the
looks.  As far as mother-in-laws go, I could not have been blessed with a
better one!  She is a wonderful person!
Eddie
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8) From: Terry Stockdale
I like the Cuisinart DCC-1200 "Brew Central" -- this is the model 
WITHOUT the built-in grinder and WITH the glass decanter.  You can 
usually find it for about $99, although Sam's and Costco have it for about $70.
There are also models with or without grinder and with a glass 
decanter or a thermal decanter.
Terry
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9) From: John F Coffey
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On Aug 19, 2006, at 1:21 PM, Alchemist John wrote:
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Tried one of these a few years ago.  Found them to be a pain.  The  
coffee when ground could tend to clog up the works and I spent way  
more time cleaning it than a traditional drip machine.
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My main take is that it is a whacky blade and does = not hold as much as I would like to use. At 13:13 = 8/19/2006, you wrote: What about the grind and brew? is it really bad? (I = got one about a year ago as a gift) DennisTried one of these a few years = ago. Found them to be a pain. The coffee when ground could tend to = clog up the works and I spent way more time cleaning it than a = traditional drip machine.
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10) From: Brett Mason
I gave my Grind-N-Brew to the GoodWill.  Got tired of steam in the grind
chamber.  I had to clean it after every use - might as well have the
machines I want.  It's a whirley-gig blade grinder, lots of fines.
For the person who doesn't mind clean up - there's something nice about an
automated fresh-ground coffee on a timer...
Foor the last 2 years, I have a 1950's Cory Electric Burr Grinder and a
Melitta Clarity Brewer.  Great Coffee.  Every Time.
Brett
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Brett Mason
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11) From: Eddie Dove
Did you modify your Clarity?
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12) From: Scott Marquardt
LOL
Reads the list, apparently, too.         ;-)
Did you mention what she has for a grinder? IMO that matters. One of the
bizarre ironies of life is that people who aren't coffee freaks -- by which
I connote anyone who critically engages all aspects of coffee preparation,
and is willing to bend over backwards to do even minor tweaks in such
preparation -- have a greater need for a consistent grind. They just want to
grind and brew -- not "Hmm. This Panama was a bit over-extracted last time;
I think I'll grind a notch or two coarser." In fact, you could say they're a
lot like "customers."
- Scott
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13) From: Eddie Dove
That's funny!  LMBO ... but no, she doesn't read the list.
I am working on the family ... she does not have a grinder.  I sometimes
grind for her with my KitchenAid ProLine.
When I got the Technivorm, my sister-in-law was excited about the prospect
of getting my several year old Mr. Coffee coffeemaker ...
Thanks for the laugh!
Eddie
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14) From: Vicki Smith
I use the "move-em-up" strategy. If I am trying to entice someone who is 
just beginning to get interested in good coffee, I give them one of the 
Bodum-C mills that SM sells and recommend (or gift them with) a French 
Press. When KMB pots were available, I'd recommend that along with a 
Solis Classic grinder. I also give folks 6 cup moka pots, from time to time.
Vicki

15) From: Brett Mason
Yes, the mod is simply turning the drip hole into a drip screen.  Was very
simple, done with both pliers and a small drill...http://www.homeroaster.com/tedmod.htmlBrett
On 8/20/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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Brett Mason
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   Zassman

16) From: Eddie Dove
Thank you, everybody!
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17) From: Wesley Simon
The Bunn home brewers are pretty good and in that price range.  Just make
sure to get the optional shower head and ALWAYS use Bunn filters.
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18) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/19/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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Eddie -
As we are moving back into a house from our RV in late Sept, we had
the same question about coffee pots.  We wanted:
  - Good Brew temp
  - 12 c capacity
  - brew into a thermal carafe
  - about $100 was the budget
We bought:
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

19) From: Justin Marquez
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Eddie -
As we are moving back into a house from our RV in late Sept, we had
the same question about coffee pots.  We wanted:
 - Good Brew temp
 - 12 c capacity
 - brew into a thermal carafe
 - about $100 was the budget
We bought:
    Cuisinart DCT-975
  And about Sept 2 I'll tell you how it works.  We aren't gonna unpack
and try it in the RV - just not enough space to make it worth the
trouble!
 Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

20) From: Eddie Dove
Thanks Justin ... I look forward to it.
Eddie
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21) From: Eddie Dove
Thanks Wesley ... optional shower head ... I'll have to look that up ...
Eddie
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22) From: Tara Kollas
One brief comment about the Bunns - I had one with the thermal carafe and
had no problems with it running over with the optional spray head.  I
replaced it with the Bunn NHB and was never able to brew more than half a
pot, even with the different spray head.  I would recommend the model with
the stainless thermal carafe.
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23) From: Justin Marquez
I promised y'all a review of the Cuisinart DCT-975 coffee pot after
Sept 2.  Here 'tis.
Overall impression  It is a nice mostly black plastic auto drip
machine.  It has a 24-hr clock, is programmable to come on
automatically, beeps when it is done brewing.  It brews up to "12
cups" directly into a thermal carafe which is touted to keep coffee
hot for hours.  It uses #4 cone filters, and the box came with a
sealed pack of about 6 filters included  which I though was a real
nice touch. And, it makes real good coffee, too.
Details 
Brew Temp is always a serious question to be answered for a consumer
grade drip machine. This unit attained the following temperatures
during a 12-cup brew cycle:
After 	    TEMP, Deg F
2 min200
6 min               204
7 min               206
9 min               207
10 min+          208
The tip of the thermometer was slipped thru the top lid cover into the
brew mix and left there the entire cycle.
As a cross check on my new digital thermometer obtained at Wal-Mart, I
zapped a cup of water in the microwave until vigorously boiling,
pulled it out and measured it as 209 Deg F here in Rosehill, TX,
elevation about 135 ft.
It took between 10 and 11 minutes to brew all 12 cups. And, "12 cups"
means about 66 ounces of fluid on this unit.
The thermal carafe performance was measured as well. I pre-heated the
carafe with hot tap water measured at 122 Deg. The initial coffee temp
in the carafe was measured as 187 Deg right after brewing finished.
One hour and 40 minutes later, the carafe contents were at 172 Deg F.
Seven hours after brewing, the carafe contents were measured at 143
Deg and the coffee still was plenty hot to drink. The carafe lid has
"pour" and "close" markings, which work as anticipated.  The pouring
is accomplished without dribbling. The lid unscrews completely for
cleaning.
The flavor of the coffee was excellent. We brewed using 20 gr of SM's
Harrar DECAF + 40 gr Panama  Carmen1800+ Meter.  It was excellent
immediately after brewing and 7 hours later as well.
Cleanup is easy.  The cone holder swings straight out in front and
slips out for cleaning.
Cost  Cuisinart lists the coffee pot for about $200, but it is
readily available at about $130. I found (and bought)  a factory
refurb with new Cuisinart warranty for about $90, including shipping.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez

24) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Thanks for the Review! Looks like it might even be better than the Capresso
MT500, which is counter-intuitive, since it has slightly less wattage than
the MT500. Great review. Next time I'm in the market for an auto-drip, I'll
know what to look for. Now I can also recommend a good, inexpensive pot to
those that I roast for. The MT500 was usually too expensive a
recommendation...

25) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Sounds like brew temps may be good for a dripper but what I found most
interesting about the post was it reminding me how much people's palates
vary. Grinding the night before and or holding brewed in a carafe for hours
are things my palate have never been able to handle. I mean no offense, just
seriously how different people's palates are so very different to tastes.
Personally I taste flavor degradation coffee held for even an hour in any
carafe let alone 7 hours. Oh it may be hot, but that doesn't make it taste
right for me. But that's what makes the World go 'round, different strokes
for different folks!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

26) From: Justin Marquez
On 9/3/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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 No question that it was different 7 hours later.  My palate is not as
discerning as others may be. (I have never gotten blueberries out of
Harrar, for example.)  The main thrust of the experiment was to see if
it really would keep the coffee warm enough to drink without reheating
for 6+ hours.  Whether or not you want to drink it is a purely
subjective question!
My impression of the 7-hour old coffee was that I could certainly tell
that it was not the same as it used to be, but that it was still MUCH
better than non-homeroasted stuff freshly brewed. I tried a couple of
sips before adding my usual cream and sugar and the impression was
that it had more brightness than usual.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

27) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 9/4/06, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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Justin,
Did you say the carafe was stainless steel? If so, I'm reminded of the
discussion on this list a few months ago regarding the effect of
stainless steel on coffee after a few hours. Seems that there was
general agreement that sitting in stainless make the coffee
"brighter".
Brian

28) From: Justin Marquez
On 9/4/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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Yes, it is stainless steel, and I do think I recall that comment now
that you remind me of it.
BTW - I saw the same coffee pot in a Best Buy today for $99.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)


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