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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010, 3:18pm
Subject: Decent 4-cup drip brewer?
 

Does anyone make a decent (as in hot enough brew temperature) 4-cup drip machine?  Capresso used to make one of these small ones.  I suspect this is a small market (no pun intended) but I never make more than 24oz of coffee at a time using a single cup pour over.  I'd like to be able to make a little more than that so I don't have to keep emptying, rinsing/washing, and refilling the filter to make enough to take to work.  Are the Mr. Coffee, Cuisinart, etc. 4-cup machines any good?  

Thanks.
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010, 3:36pm
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emergencee Said:

Does anyone make a decent (as in hot enough brew temperature) 4-cup drip machine?  
Thanks.

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This Melitta is the only decent 4 cup drip machine I know of and they are getting hard to find. Brew @~200f. CLICK

 
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 7:57am
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I picked up a Melitta BCM-4 at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $6.  Of course Goodwill is hit or miss, but sometimes you get lucky.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 8:00am
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the clever coffee dripper is the first thing that comes to mind.  a melitta would be great as well

 
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 9:53am
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s0ckeyeus Said:

I picked up a Melitta BCM-4 at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $6.  Of course Goodwill is hit or miss, but sometimes you get lucky.

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These MG BCM-4's brew hot and tasty auto drip coffee. I spent $5 bucks at our local Goodwill a couple months ago for a white one - a cheap no name Chinese made 4 cup brewer priced at $8 sat next to it, but it was Hunter green...

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 10:46am
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The BCM - 4 is more than just decient.  Mine fared well against a frend's TV in a brew-off a while back.

There are a couple of caveats however:

  1. The excelent shower head is difficult to clean. I recomend grinding a bit off the tips of the tabs which hold it together to make it easier to dissassemble.

  2. The hotplate will burn the coffee. Turn it off after the coffee is brewed.

Phil

 
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 11:17am
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Phil, you're promotion of the Melitta is why I picked up my unit.  My wife was giving me a hard time (about $6), but I persisted.  It's such a simple little machine.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 11:36am
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If she is a coffee drinker she will forgive you when she tastes the coffee from it.

Phil

s0ckeyeus Said:

Phil, you're promotion of the Melitta is why I picked up my unit.  My wife was giving me a hard time (about $6), but I persisted.  It's such a simple little machine.

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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 1:01pm
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s0ckeyeus Said:

Phil, you're promotion of the Melitta is why I picked up my unit.  My wife was giving me a hard time (about $6), but I persisted.  It's such a simple little machine.

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I can't give Phil the credit for mine since my mother used one for years till her son needed a coffee pot.  I offered to return it long ago but she knows where to find the Melitta and me.  I now have two of these and I can attest that cups from the Clever Coffee Dripper might equal what I get out of the Melitta, but they are not superior.  Same for my Capresso MT-500 - nice, but not better than the BCM-4 either.  I turn the brewer off as well after the boiling completes which keeps the coffee from cooking.  

I use the #2 brown or white Melitta filters - these work well (fold the bottom and side seams for tear free service) with a decent price from Amazon at less than $20 for 6 100 count boxes.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010, 1:43pm
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Great!  Thanks, everybody.  I'll be looking around for one.  Thanks for the heads up on the "burner" plate, too.  

I googled "Melitta 4" and got a link to a currently produced Melitta 5 (yes, five) cup coffee maker.  Anybody have any experience with this?  Is it hot enough?  It is $20.  https://shop.melitta.com/ itemdy00.asp?T1=66+334&Cat=

For those of you with the 4 ... I saw, a couple of days ago, a coffee warmer plate with a piece of basically bent up spring steal a little smaller in diameter than a coat hanger that sat on the plate to keep the coffee from scorching if it sat too long.  You guys might be interested (or for free you can just keep turning it off after it brews).  Don't know where to get one of those things, though.
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