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Topic: Need Drip Pot Help (12 msgs / 190 lines)
1) From: Hugh Solaas
I brew a lot of drip pot coffee.  Yesterday, my old Starbucks (which made
excellent drip coffee) bit the bullet and I returned it for a refund.  The
problem was a leaking seal on the water storage container, which I fear
might be a design defect.  Anyway, the SBUX machine only makes 40 Oz., and I
would prefer 60 oz., since we often have visitors.
I need to get a new pot right away and I'd appreciate hearing some responses
and suggestions from people on the list on their favorites.  Any suggestion
for web sites that have reviews would be nice, too.
Thanks!!  --Hugh

2) From: Ken Mary
Two 1 liter french presses will brew 60 oz. However, if you insist on drip
coffee, Mark's  a.c. post of Aug 4 recommends
the Saeco Latte but it is only 40 oz.
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Ken Mary - Aromaroast - whirlyblade - decanter
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3) From: coffenut
Hugh, I'm using the Braun 12 cup Flavorselect and have very good results
with that drip brewer (use it daily).  Mine is the one that has a clock,
left side view window for water level, built-in water filter, etc.  The
clock is largely not needed and I don't use the automated timer (for stale
coffee lovers), but the side water level window is useful.  As for the
built-in water filter, it's ok, but I've since moved to an under sink PUR
filtration system that does a very nice job for the whole family (not just
the coffee brewer).
I've noticed that I get the same good results whether brewing 6 or 12 cups.
I understand that some drippers don't so well unless you use the full
capacity, but the Braun does a nice job with lesser capacities too.  I also
have a large thermos that I move the brewed coffee into as soon as the brew
cycle is complete.  Coffenut  :^)

4) From: TFisher511
I too am using a Braun drip coffee maker and am quite satisfied. It uses #4 
cone filters and was rated very high by Consumer Reports. Not that I rate 
Consumer Reports experts on a lot of things, but my $25 Braun does just as 
good as several more expensive models I have owned. It is also convenient to 
use.
Terry

5) From: Gary Zimmerman
 
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Personally, I like the control my large Melitta gives me.  Once you get the 
quantities right for an automatic machine like the Braun, it's fine, but 
with every new coffee you roast, you might need to figure it out again, 
since different coffees can take different amounts of water.  Whatever you 
do, aim for brewing it stronger than you like, then dilute with hot water 
to taste.  If you brew too weak, you've wasted the pot.
-- garyZ
Whirly-drip(paper)-black
        & vacuum

6) From: Tim Culver
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coffenut> I'm using the Braun 12 cup Flavorselect and have very
coffenut> good results with that drip brewer (use it daily).  Mine is
coffenut> the one that has a clock, left side view window for water
coffenut> level, built-in water filter, etc.  
Is this the one with the tiny adjustment that lets you choose black
coffee, white coffee, or anything in between?
What does it do?
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Tim Culver
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot

7) From: coffenut
Tim, it has a small round green dial on the top called the "flavorselect"
that I believe is supposed to adjust the way the water is dispersed on the
ground coffee.  The selection is supposed to adjust from a strong cup to a
weaker cup.  Coffenut

8) From: Tim Culver
tim> Is this the one with the tiny adjustment that lets you
tim> choose black coffee, white coffee, or anything in between?
tim> What does it do?
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coffenut> Tim, it has a small round green dial on the top called the
coffenut> "flavorselect" that I believe is supposed to adjust the way
coffenut> the water is dispersed on the ground coffee.  The selection
coffenut> is supposed to adjust from a strong cup to a weaker cup.
Thanks Coffenut.  If it actually controls the brew cycle time, then
this knob could alleviate the main problem I have with auto-drip
makers.  Usually the only way to control extraction is with the amount 
of coffee and the amount of water, and you need to get both right (not 
just the ratio) to get good coffee.
That's why I use a French press.  But I'd be interested in a drip
maker that didn't have that limitation.
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Tim Culver
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot

9) From: TFisher511
In a message dated 8/8/00 3:16:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
culver writes:
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The flavorselect just diverts some of the hot water beside the filter 
directly into the pot instead of flowing it all through the coffee. It is no 
more than a gimmick and you can accomplish the same thing by adding less 
coffee. That being said, I still like my Braun.
Terry F

10) From: Tim Culver
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tf> The flavorselect just diverts some of the hot water beside the
tf> filter directly into the pot instead of flowing it all through the
tf> coffee. It is no more than a gimmick and you can accomplish the
tf> same thing by adding less coffee. That being said, I still like my
tf> Braun.  Terry F
Actually, I think that sounds interesting.  I have a small Krups drip
pot that is very sensitive.  In order to make 2 "cups" (12 oz total),
I have to put at least 25g of coffee in it to avoid overextraction.
(I should only have to use maybe 16g.)  But by that point, the coffee
is too strong, even for me.  I think a hot water bypass could help
this situation.
OTOH, it puts out water at about 160 F, which is probably the root of
the problem.
-- 
Tim Culver
Chapel Hill, NC ... popper ... solis ... press pot

11) From: Bob Norton
That's not what it does. It diverts a part of the hot water to the outside
of the filter rather than the inside. Consider it a way to turn down
overextraction. I find mine makes the best coffee with the diversion about
20% engaged.
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On 8/8/2000Tim Culver wrote:
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12) From: Robert Cantor
If you like full body, smooth coffee, nothing beats the bunn.  For those who
favor acidity a lot of coffee makers will work fine.  The krups is what I
have for that purpose.
Bob C.
rcantor


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