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« on: April 08, 2013, 06:38:05 AM »
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What better place to ask this question than the Coffee Corner.   I am looking for a new coffee pot and would like recommendations.   I bet there are a lot of coffee aficionados in Lula.

Here are my requirements:

Size needs to be smallish.  I have a small countertop and need to conserve space.
I usually want only a single cup before I head out in the day, would love to brew single servings but do NOT want one of those premade cup devices.
I like to grind my own.   Having a separate grinder is fine but having a built in one is a bonus.
Easy clean up. 

One would think this is an easy buying decision.  I've been looking for several weeks yet can't seem to decide. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 07:03:14 AM »
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This is my favourite small coffee maker:

http://www.blackanddeckerappliances.com/products/coffee-and-tea/coffee-and-tea-makers/5-cup-switch-coffee-maker-dcm600w.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 08:11:57 AM »
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I wish to nominate the Bialetti Moka Crystal.

http://compare.ebay.com.au/like/261132528565?ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 08:38:27 AM »
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Why don't you simply buy a jar of Nescafé?

We have had several different percolators, and over the decades tried umpteen types of beans. At the end of the day, you realise that it's all a huge con - a game of brands designed to lighten the load of your wallet from off your shoulder. At least, nobody (as far as I know) talks about 'nose' or it being a 'good traveller' or anything quite like that - yet; but give it time.

If you want good coffee, you won't make it at home. And you won't find it in a franchise, either. But you will find all manner of froth, which might really be someone's thing; can be quite cute when your girlfriend raises her head with a tiny bead of creamy foam on the tip of her nose. The danger of the dreaded cappucchino, what had you imagined?

The battle is already over. You never stood a chance.

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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 08:46:12 AM »
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If you get one that steams you must be sure to either use distilled water all the time, or run one of those demineralization packets through it now and then.
It is the way they always go to the trash can here.
All mineralized and unable to allow water through the ports
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 09:02:41 AM »
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Hot water kettle and an Aero Press. Small, cheap, simple and great coffee.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 09:25:04 AM »
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One of my GO TO places for such info and unbiased reviews is Cooks Illustrated. They just did a review of coffee makers (brewers).

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/video/default.asp?newVideo=y&docid=42138

Not sure if you'll be able to see this without logging in (sorry I have an account and subscribe to the mag).

What they consider critical is the water temp! How consistent and at the 'correct' temp. As such, here's the winner and best buy:

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Technivorm Moccamaster 10-Cup Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
Certified by the SCAA, the updated version of our old favorite (the KBT 741, now also $299) meets time and temperature guidelines with utter consistency. As a result, it produces a “smooth,” “velvety” brew.

BEST BUY
Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
Simple to use and SCAA-certified, this brewer spends most of the cycle in the ideal temperature range. Its coffee had “bright,” “full” flavor that was a bit more “acidic” than the Technivorm’s.

That said, I'm a big fan of 'manual' coffee made from Chemix and different but equally good (strong and flavorful) a French Press. But for an automatic coffee maker, I've heard other great reviews for the expensive Technivorm machine.
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 09:32:40 AM »
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Why don't you simply buy a jar of Nescafé?

;-)

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 10:16:15 AM »
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Get a Bunn. Not the smallest or the cheapest (around $100 US), it brews a damn good cup of coffee. My apologies for the muddy monochrome photo.
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2013, 11:22:37 AM »
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Thanks everyone but I have to be honest and say that I'm still stuck.    I guess I want something that's not yet on the market.  None of the above choices grinds the coffee and sends it to brew.   I have a machine at work that does this but it's hugh and expensive.   There doesn't seem to be one on the market that makes 1-4 cups.

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2013, 11:54:34 AM »
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Thanks everyone but I have to be honest and say that I'm still stuck.    I guess I want something that's not yet on the market.

I used to care about all that stuff but I've actually settled on a different approach, I make Starbucks VIA French Roast. Yeah, I know...it's not fresh ground and brewed...and if you like that sort of process, Via will prolly not suit you. But I'm really only interested in a really good cup of coffee with as little hassle as possible.

I first started getting Via for travel...when you're out in the middle of nowhere you can rarely find anything other than brown water so I started packing Via to use either as fortification or simply ask for hot water. I got to actually like the taste–the French Roast is really nice and strong depending on the water amount you add. Heck, I've even eaten the darn stuff directly from the path when I was out in the Australian outback with no hot water! (it will sorta dissolve in cold water but I though I would give eating it with some sugar a try–I prolly won't do that again).

At $9.95 for 12 servings, it's a bit pricy...but still cheaper than buying a cup of coffee from Starbucks...and it's real easy–just boil water. Nothing to clean and only the package to throw away.

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2013, 12:10:03 PM »
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Thanks everyone but I have to be honest and say that I'm still stuck.    I guess I want something that's not yet on the market.  None of the above choices grinds the coffee and sends it to brew. 

This does everything (and I use it to make Coffee as well as expresso etc):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009314RQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You want a Super-Automatic. I've had this unit since 2006, still going strong. I know the French Press makes better, but if you want really good coffee after pressing a single button (which is configurable), this is for you.
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2013, 12:19:59 PM »
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Why don't you simply buy a jar of Nescafé?...

To stay within the usual stereotypes, shouldn't Brits (and Scots?) refrain from giving advice on coffee or food? Grin

Any tea advice would be, however, highly appreciated.
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2013, 01:15:12 PM »
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Ouch!!   Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2013, 01:16:21 PM »
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Hiya Andrew, it seems like it's taken quite a price drop sine I got mine a couple of years back!
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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2013, 01:29:37 PM »
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To stay within the usual stereotypes, shouldn't Brits (and Scots?) refrain from giving advice on coffee or food? Grin

Any tea advice would be, however, highly appreciated.



But, this one is part-Italian and has lived abroad a lot of his time.

Poor old Maggie went today; a great lady who by killing off the Dollar Premium made it possible for impecunious muts like me to buy abroad. Had I a hat I'd take it off.

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2013, 01:31:39 PM »
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Hiya Andrew, it seems like it's taken quite a price drop sine I got mine a couple of years back!

I think I paid like $1200 for it so yes. Worth it however. With well over 10K cups brewed and still going strong.
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2013, 01:43:29 PM »
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... Poor old Maggie went today; a great lady..

Oh, uh... get ready for a storm of different opinions... or shall we say a tempest in a teapot? Or is it coffee pot, to stay within the topic Grin
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2013, 02:14:41 PM »
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2013, 03:16:36 PM »
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Oh, uh... get ready for a storm of different opinions... or shall we say a tempest in a teapot? Or is it coffee pot, to stay within the topic Grin



They already started earlier today. A mining union chappie was interviewed... Whilst seeing his point pefectly clearly, it made me think of film v. digital and the utter hopelessness of trying to Canute a tide. In the end, everything changes and wishing things were ever as they were doesn't work. I know this. The great problem is in how to adapt, and not many of us really can unless we are still very young when confronting the enormity of life-changing forces. It's often simply too much to handle and we crumble.

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