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Topic: Drip maker for work (7 msgs / 180 lines)
1) From: Spencer W. Thomas
We're expanding our office, and will be putting in a new "kitchen."  So 
we'll be getting new coffee makers.  I'm looking for recommendations for 
a 20 person office.  Usual office caveats apply: nobody takes care of 
it, coffee sits "on the burner" for hours, etc.  We have a couple of 
carafes, which helps relieve the "burnt coffee" situation.
I'm thinking a Bunn "pour-through" would be good.  Or, one that brews 
directly into a thermos?  
(And no, the company won't spring for a super-auto! :-)
Thanks for any recommendations.
Spencer Thomas
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
I'd go with an air-pot system (directly into a vacuum bottle).  I believe
Bunn makes them. The great advantages are no more burnt coffee, coffee lasts
longer, and you can take one into a meeting room our outside from breaks.
Get their grinder, too, which grinds directly into the filter holder. That
way, you can bring home-roasted when they treat you well.  :)

3) From: EuropaChris
A Bunn pour-over airpot brewer would be excellent.  If you can persuade it, get a direct-plumb model so you don't have to hassle with pouring water.
Fetco makes some really nice brewers, too.  They have HUGE brew baskets and a gigantic shower head that works amazing for fresh roasted coffee.  Bunn brewers tend to have smallish baskets for the 'proper' amount of fresh roasted coffee, and the saturation of the grounds can be uneven.  Fresh coffee foams up so much that it just floats on top.  Fetco brewers plaster the entire coffee bed with water from the shower head (looks like a giant espresso maker shower screen).
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4) From:
On Tue, 01 Oct 2002 09:29:38 -0400
 "Spencer W. Thomas"  wrote:
Too bad.  The Solis Master 5000 would be perfect, since no
 one takes care the office coffee.  The non-digital is only
 around US$500-$600, IIRC.  Compared to the possible
 liability when some jerk blows up the glass carafes, that
 isn't bad.
Alternately, do something really odd, like put in a hot
 water tap that reaches 196F or so, and hand out either
 Swiss Gold one cup thingies or little press pots.  Rather
 than buying the Bunn, get a decent grinder.  That would be
 cheap, result in good coffee, and, if you could get people
 to clean out the one cup thingies or press pots, could be
 a lot less hassle.
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5) From: Jack Berry
Go with the thermos type. I worked at an office where we brewed directly
into tall thermos bottles and the coffee was always good - at least it was
as good as office coffee can be.
Check this link at Chris'http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/office/ocsequipment/cafe98it looks like
a really good piece of equipment.

6) From: Ed Needham
Don't go with a Bunn unless you will be making multiple pots of coffee every
day.  Otherwise, the two to three pots of water sitting in the boiler will go
flat over time.
Bunn makes acceptable coffee if convenience is the goal, but there are better
choices if total flavor is what you are after.  A restaurant supply could
probably set you up with a commercial Bunn (or Ebay), and it would be better
for a large office.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

7) From: Gary Zimmerman
Hi Spencer,
I have nothing to add except a hearty "yes" to the posts below.  I worked 
in an office that had a Starbucks brewing system for the employees (ah, the 
glory dot-com days...).  Unfortunately, the coffee was preground, but it 
was delivered in five pound plastic sacks every week, and was a large cut 
above the standard "diner-style" puff packs of ground stale stuff they 
usually have in offices.
The drip brewers were direct-plumbed, which was a real convenience, and 
there was an inline filter cartridge - probably just activated 
carbon.  They brewed directly into thermos-style carafes, and had no 
warming burners, which was great.  If the coffee wasn't piping, we could 
always make another pot, or simply warm it in the company microwave, which 
does little harm to coffee flavor (compared to heating over a flame).
Because it was Starbucks, it was expensive, but I'm sure you could set up 
something similar, without the Starbuck's coffee deliveries, that was more 
affordable and still pretty good - get whole beans and a grinder.
Good luck!
-- garyZ
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