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Topic: drip coffee maker reviews (15 msgs / 327 lines)
1) From: Thomas Pfau
My company has an award program.  Employees can earn points by completing
projects or doing something special.  Points can be used to buy products
from an online catalog.
I have a few points and I'd like to get a new drip coffee maker.  There
are several in the catalog but the reviews I've found on them aren't the
greatest or I can't find reviews at all so I'd like to get the list's
opinion.
Does anyone have a Saeco Renaissance XX, a Cuisinart Brew Central, a
Capresso MT500?  Are any of the Krups drip machines any good?
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tom_phttp://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/

2) From: Kevin
Tom,
I purchased the Cuisinart Grind and Brew from the awards program (we work
for the same company).  I don't use the auto grind feature because it just
makes boulders and EXTREMELY light coffee.  The nice thing about it is you
can turn off the grinder and it has a preheat (double heat) cycle to bring
the water up to temp if you make 1-4 cups.  The manual stated this was
because the water will not get hot enough when brewing 1-4 cups.  I use this
feature no matter how much coffee I brew.  It's definitely not as good as
the technivorm or cona's that SM offers but it works better (if you use the
preheat cycle) than generic drip brews.  (eventually I'll save for one of
the technivorms for daily use)
On another topic, I'm ordering my Silas Maestro burr grinder from SM today!
No more boulders from my GE blade grinder!!  This Silas weighs 9 lbs packed,
can it be shipped hold for Harvey?
Kevin
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3) From: Brett Mason
No Harvey for You!
It's not beans or bags.
(Actually it won't fit in the flat rate box...)
Brett
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4) From: Jon Rosen
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Kevin,
Do you recommend the Cuisinart for 1-4 cups? I usually make 3 cups (2  
mugs) of coffee in the morning and I've been using a small Mr. Coffee  
drip coffee maker. I've tried some larger coffee makers, like the  
KitchenAid, but got terrible results (very weak coffee) making 3 cups  
in a 10+ cup machine. I"d like to upgrade to a significantly better  
drip if I could find one that works well for just a couple of cups.
Thanks,
Jon
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Kevin,
Do you recommend the = Cuisinart for 1-4 cups? I usually make 3 cups (2 mugs) of coffee in the = morning and I've been using a small Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. I've = tried some larger coffee makers, like the KitchenAid, but got terrible = results (very weak coffee) making 3 cups in a 10+ cup machine. I"d like = to upgrade to a significantly better drip if I could find one that works = well for just a couple of cups.
Thanks,
Jon O= n Oct 17, 2006, at 3:30 PM, Kevin wrote:
Tom, I purchased the Cuisinart Grind and Brew from = the awards program (we work for the same company).  I don't use the = auto grind feature because it just makes boulders and EXTREMELY light = coffee.  The nice thing about it is you can turn off the grinder and = it has a preheat (double heat) cycle to bring the water up to temp if = you make 1-4 cups.  The manual stated this was because the water will = not get hot enough when brewing 1-4 cups.  I use this feature no = matter how much coffee I brew.  It's definitely not as good as the = technivorm or cona's that SM offers but it works better (if you use the = preheat cycle) than generic drip brews.  (eventually I'll save for one = of the technivorms for daily use) On another topic, I'm ordering = my Silas Maestro burr grinder from SM today!  No more boulders from my = GE blade grinder!!  This Silas weighs 9 lbs packed, can it be shipped = hold for Harvey? Kevin On = 10/17/06, Thomas Pfau <pfau> = wrote: My company has an award program.  Employees can earn points = by completing projects or doing something special.  Points can be = used to buy products from an online catalog. I have a few = points and I'd like to get a new drip coffee maker.  There are = several in the catalog but the reviews I've found on them aren't = the greatest or I can't find reviews at all so I'd like to get the = list's opinion. Does anyone have a Saeco Renaissance XX, a = Cuisinart Brew Central, a Capresso MT500?  Are any of the Krups = drip machines any good? --- tom_p http://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/homeroast mailing = list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to = =">http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
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5) From: Kevin
I'd recommend the Technivorm from SM.  Not because this is Tom's list serve,
but from what I read on the site and this list serve, it truly is the
Bentley of drip brew machines.  I haven't used one but I have found the
guidance given by those who participate in this list to be spot on. Many
people in this group use it as well.  I bought the Cuisinart before I
roasted my own beans and it was ordered through an awards program offered by
my employer (so it was free).  Otherwise I would have stuck with my Mr.
Coffee until discovering SM. Now I have more coffee knowledge and have seen
the light.  Thank you SM!  Paul and I work for the same company so I know
the coffee makers he has to choose from and they're not impressive.
BTW just ordered my Silas today!  It's not the granddaddy of them all, but
it beats my GE whirley blade!  Can't wait for it to arrive!
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Kevin

6) From:
Since the TV isn't on the list, you might consider the MT500.  We've had
one for over a year and we've been happy with it. Like the TV, it's top
feature is getting the water hot enough.  It's a conventional
thermoblock design, but has a SS element.  Outside of the higher
temperature, it's a conventional brew-into-a-thermal-carafe autodrip.  I
run it similar to the method our host describes for the TV: letting the
brew basket fill up without the carafe in place to get better
extraction.  It comes with a "gold tone" screen filter, which I've
replaced with a Swiss Gold #4.  I think there's reviews available on
CoffeeGeek.
Bruce

7) From: Lynne
OR - get the one that has the highest value (check Amazon & eBay), sell 
it on Amazon or eBay, then put your earnings towards a TV.
Lynne
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8) From: Eddie Dove
Now that's using the noggin'!!!
Eddie
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9) From: Thomas Pfau
Lynne wrote:
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Now that's an idea!  Maybe I can suggest to the company that runs the
awards program to offer Sweet Maria's gift certificates....
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tom_p
pfau --http://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/

10) From: Lynne
Cool - that's even better!
Lynne
(who is always working on a way, where there is none)
On Oct 17, 2006, at 9:13 PM, Thomas Pfau wrote:
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11) From: Vince Doss
Tom,
I have the Capresso MT500, I took it to work. It is an acceptable machine
since you will get it for free essentially. It brews hot enough (195-200)
and is convenient. It has a built-in water filter (12.00 for a 3-pack) each
good for 30 pots. You can also use Tom's Technivorm method on this machine
by removing the pot to restrict initial flow and stir the slurry a bit after
the first 2 cups of water fill the filter basket. I also like the
brew-through Thermal carafe too as there is no hot plate to cook your
coffee. It is also programmable if you really have to do that.  it also has
a 3-5 cup setting that pumps the water slower.I paid 150.00 on eBay a few
weeks before finding Sweet Maria's. I quickly purchased the Technivorm KBTS
and would have nothing else...now. I just took my Rocky to work and am
getting another for home. I was using a cuisinart burr grinder from Costco
temporarily (creates too much powder)
HTH
Vince
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12) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jon,
If you are making coffee at home, it's pretty hard to go wrong with a
French press. You can get the water exactly the temperature you want
for a given varietal/blend at a given grind, and extract for exactly
the length of time that best suits the other variables.
Brian
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13) From: Brian Kamnetz
Again, in some settings, the convenience of a drip machine is worth
the trade-offs. But especially if you need to "fiddle" with the drip
machine in order to control the temp or the length of steep, you are
saving very little in terms of convenience over a press pot, and that
may be a more utilitarian extraction method.
Brian
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14) From: Vince Doss
Bruce,
I didnt read carefully here, I didnt mean to repeat what you posted...guess
I wasnt paying attention.
Vince
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15) From: b cook
Out of those choices I would take the MT500 simply because it's the only one
of those that I know from reviews gets up to 200 degrees.
brad
On 10/18/06, Vince Doss  wrote:
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