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Topic: Biggest bang for the coffee buck? (6 msgs / 162 lines)
1) From: Scot Murphy
Well, silly season is almost here, and that means buying presents. A  
friend just asked me if I knew a good grinder/pot combination to ask  
for from her in-laws. She's no connoisseur--she has a little 4-cup  
drip right now and doesn't grind her own coffee. I told her that a  
good grinder for her range would be the Capresso Infinity, for range  
and evenness; its main problem seems to be static. But as far as  
brewers... She wants to be able to make a large pot for, say, dinner;  
she wants good quality; she wants a minimum of fuss; I told her I'd  
ask and see what the biggest bang for her buck is.
I told her that her best brewing methods would be french press or  
vacuum pot, but there are drawbacks to each. French press: mess. Also  
difficult to find one that makes a large pot. Vac pots: complicated,  
not too much volume, breakable glass. As far as drip goes, I told her  
that most were trash, and explained how they operate; the only good  
drip brewer I know of is the Technivorm, but it's $200.
Any suggestions?
Scot "starting her off small...then introducing her to espresso" Murphy
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2) From: Gary Townsend
Scott,
After 3 years of checking out different brewers, I keep coming back to a
Chemex. Combine that with a quality cordless electric kettle ( I have a SS
Krups ) and a couple of boxes of bleached white filters, and it's now part
of my morning routine.
OK well I have 2 Chemex pots and I use a 6 cup version combined with a
1970's Norelco Ready Brew that brews 195 to 202F that is no longer being
made, but is the ticket for that 1st pot of coffee in the morning before
work. I transfer the contents directly to my pre-heated thermos and head off
to work, and the Norelco keeps the Chemex warm while the brew is completing
it's cycle. There are work-arounds to keeping the Chemex warm without a heat
plate and that's the only flaw that I know of. I love my vacpots, and a
brand new Yama is actually a great everyday way to make coffee, however I
know the rest of America is not as infatuated (as I am) with getting the
most out of a great coffee anyway.
Gary
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3) From: Brett Mason
She may like a Cuisinart Grind-n-Brew.  Many of us had them for years.  They
are a decent bridge prior to becoming a coffee-snob like me...  You can put
in the beans, and hit start when you're ready...  You'll get fresh ground
coffee, and immediately brewed...
Eventually I wanted more - and came here....
Brett
On 11/7/07, Scot Murphy  wrote:
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I agree about Chemex, but for the last 3 months all my weekend 
morning coffee is made on the small size Yama vac brewer using a Cona 
Filter rod. The results are really excellent, and the cleanup is not 
that bad. In terms of the actual preparation, I am sure I can 
actually beat a normal electric drip brewer in ease of use, and 
nearly the same time. I use a bodum electric water kettle to heat my 
water, fill the bottom bowl, put it on the stove and insert the top 
funnel/rod/coffee. Siphoning is immediate with pre-heated water. I 
stir, then I steep only 2 minutes once the water is in the top. turn 
off the burner and it vacuums down completely within a minute. 
Anyway, I am doing other kitchen things between steps.
Tom
Scott,
After 3 years of checking out different brewers, I keep coming back 
to a Chemex. Combine that with a quality cordless electric kettle ( I 
have a SS Krups ) and a couple of boxes of bleached white filters, 
and it's now part of my morning routine.
OK well I have 2 Chemex pots and I use a 6 cup version combined with 
a 1970's Norelco Ready Brew that brews 195 to 202F that is no longer 
being made, but is the ticket for that 1st pot of coffee in the 
morning before work. I transfer the contents directly to my 
pre-heated thermos and head off to work, and the Norelco keeps the 
Chemex warm while the brew is completing it's cycle. There are 
work-arounds to keeping the Chemex warm without a heat plate and 
that's the only flaw that I know of. I love my vacpots, and a brand 
new Yama is actually a great everyday way to make coffee, however I 
know the rest of America is not as infatuated (as I am) with getting 
the most out of a great coffee anyway.
Gary
On Nov 7, 2007 3:38 PM, Scot Murphy 
<deppitybob> wrote:
As far as drip goes, I told her
that most were trash, and explained how they operate; the only good
drip brewer I know of is the Technivorm, but it's $200.
Scot "starting her off small...then introducing her to espresso" Murphy
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
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5) From: Bryan Wray
It's certainly not the cheapest option out there, but the Capresso CoffeeTeam Therm is really the best brewer (IMO) out there right now in terms of quality and ease of use.  You really can't beat it if you can spring for it.
HTH
-Bry
 
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee Place
Kalamazoo, MI
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Get a Zojirushi and you won't have to even wait to heat the water to jump
start the process! (Both our 5L and 3L models have timers, the low end 2.2L
does not.) And great for cupping too, more consistent more precise water
temp and always available water compared to using Bodum style hotpot.
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first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
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