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NJRonbo
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Location: Central NJ
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Posted Sat Nov 5, 2005, 10:22am
Subject: The PERFECT coffee machine in the $100-$200 range? Possible?
 

I know there is no answer to this question.

You know why I know this?  A reviewer on
this forum recently had this to say about a
coffee maker he was evaluating....


Search remains for affordable ($100 or less not $500) competent home coffee brewer with insulated carafe that puts out 200 deg water and brews within 5 minutes and does not splash grinds and is simple and easy to operate.  


For me, and I imagine all of you, this is would be
the holy grail of coffee makers.

After all, we all want a maker that brews piping hot
coffee, does it quickly and effectively, and is easy to
operate and clean.

In all my years as a coffee drinker, I have not found
that machine.  My present coffee maker, a Mr. Coffee
deluxe model, can't deliver coffee above lukewarm
temperature.  If I try to make more than 4 cups it
somehow mixes the grinds into my brew.

So, the question I pose to all of you (since I am looking)....

From your experience, what is the best rated coffee
maker in the indicated price range that will perform
as close to what may be considered the "holy grail"
of coffee makers?
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JonR10
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JonR10
Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 10,376
Location: Houston, Texas
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: E61 Legend, Livietta,...
Grinder: Robur, B-Vario-W
Vac Pot: Hario Tabletop, Yama...
Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: 1-lb US Roaster, Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Nov 5, 2005, 10:38am
Subject: Re: The PERFECT coffee machine in the $100-$200 range? Possible?
 

Buy the Presto Scandanavian machine and an insulated carafe.

Total cost to you: about $50

If you need to spend $200 go ahead and buy a Technivorm.

 
Jon Rosenthal
Houston, TX
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windowrx
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Grinder: Capresso Infinity
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Roaster: FreshRoast+8 and Hottop
Posted Sat Nov 5, 2005, 10:43am
Subject: Re: The PERFECT coffee machine in the $100-$200 range? Possible?
 

I have a Capresso MT500 that I've been very pleased with. I think it was about $170.
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PeterG
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PeterG
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Posted Sat Nov 5, 2005, 11:39am
Subject: Re: The PERFECT coffee machine in the $100-$200 range? Possible?
 

I know you said "coffee machine", and I don't want to be snarky, but...

In my mind, the perfect drip coffee machine is a good thermal carafe ($20-$50) a melitta or (better) flat-bottomed brew basket ($5-$20), a kettle (which I bet you already own), and a good grinder (maestro plus, bodum antigua, etc.)

Alternatively, french press or eva solo and thermal carafe.

All of these options are oodles cheaper and brew better coffee than any home machine available.  Remember: the only thing an automatic machine does is pour the water for you, almost always worse than you would do it yourself.  Only a few commercial machines have the temp stability, spray pattern, brew flexibility and basket capacity you want.  And that would cost upwards of $1K.

Almost every coffee professional I know brews manually at home.  In my view, every appliance is trying to imitate the "holy grail": manual pourover or french press.

My advice always is: save the money you would have spent on a brewing appliance and spend it on your grinder, or better coffee.

Peter G

 
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JonR10
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Location: Houston, Texas
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Espresso: E61 Legend, Livietta,...
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Vac Pot: Hario Tabletop, Yama...
Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: 1-lb US Roaster, Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Nov 5, 2005, 12:06pm
Subject: Re: The PERFECT coffee machine in the $100-$200 range? Possible?
 

PeterG Said:

Almost every coffee professional I know brews manually at home.  In my view, every appliance is trying to imitate the "holy grail": manual pourover or french press.

Posted November 5, 2005 link

Heh heh

I'm no professional, but at home I use a kettle and a Melitta cone pourover setting on a carafe or a FP.  My money is invested in the grinder and the good coffee beans.  At work I use a Melitta Clarity and an airpot (after the coffee has brewed I pour it into the airpot).  The Clarity is discontinued.

 
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