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Topic: repeated:drip vs. automatic drip (4 msgs / 72 lines)
1) From: MS
I  have sort of been in the market for a new automatic drip coffee maker.  =
I went to SM's, confident that it had the best stuff, but the item I really=
 would want is the Technivorm, which is out of budget for the moment. After=
 reading the reviews on the Scandinavian Presto I have decided that too man=
y people have had problems with it .  It seems to be great while it works b=
ut does not work for that long.  So I have turned my attention to the Cuisi=
nart 975, recently reviewed here, which I can get for $50.  But now, I see =
that a local store has a pretty good water boilerer on sale for $9, and I h=
ave an old Melita plastic filter holder from back in the days prior to auto=
matic drip, when it was pour thrugh drip coffee.  
 
My question is, wh=
y use the automatic drip in the first place? Seems to me that with a rapid =
boiler we can quickly get the water more consistently to the proper temerat=
ure and pour it, with coffee entering into a good sealed pot.  Is it really=
 that much slower than automatic drip? What is the advantage of the automat=
ic drip coffee maker over the pour through drip coffee maker?  Can we get t=
he water too hot for the coffee with the pour through drip?  Does the autom=
atic drip give you more precise control?  Or, is it just a matter of progra=
ming and having the warming plate that comes with the auoptmatic drip?
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2) From: Eddie Dove
That Cuisinart is a good coffee maker.  Your other proposed method is good
as well and you can exert all the control you wish, even water temperature
with a thermometer.  You asked, "... why use the automatic drip in the first
place?"  I guess for convenience and choices to satisfy the mood, which is
why I have 2 French  Presses, a Melitta pour over, a Technivorm, a Krups
Moka Brew,  a Bodum Santos Electric and continue to add to the collection.
Now the real reason most people buy automatic drip coffee makers is that
they desperately need that 17th clock in the kitchen.  ;-)
Eddie
On 10/15/06, MS  wrote:
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3) From: Tim Wat
Eddie Dove wrote:
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I also have a Cuisinart 975, wife bought it about 1.5 years ago after 
the old glass carafe machine died.  It's convenient due to the fact it 
brews into a thermal carafe with a specialized lid, but the only way I 
can drink from it is if I brew with a swissgold filter, no paper 
filters.  With the gold filter it brews an acceptable cup of fragrant, 
flavorful coffee.
However, due to the config of the carafe lid (you normally brew with the 
lid on, and the lid/filter holder mechanism allows you to interrupt the 
brew to pour a cup in the middle), I can't place the gold filter in the 
normal filter basket.  I have to take the lid off the carafe and tip the 
swissgold into the receptacle that normally holds the Cuisinart filter.
What killed the 975 for me was the ability to A/B compare the exact same 
beans between it and my presspot.  I can't stand the muting of flavors 
that paper filters cause versus my FP.  The swissgold gets it closer, 
but brewing freshly roasted coffee in paper drip in this 975 is, for me, 
a little like unlocking all these rich complex flavors and then throwing 
a blanket over them.
YMMV.
Tim

4) From: Eddie Dove
Remember, I said good ... not great, not stupendous ... good for $50.00.
Eddie
On 10/16/06, Tim Wat  wrote:
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