You may want to consider putting a sheet of plastic or something on the underside of the cabinet. I did that for a setup some years ago. Just a sheet of acrylic or thin plexiglas type of material. That kept steam from ruining the cabinet above it. One tip, pre-drill any holes you need for mounting it. Hard plastics like this don't expand and will crack if you just try to screw straight through them. I also put a bead of caulk between it and the cabinet. This largely eliminated the problems steam was causing.
I don't have to move ours to fill it. I got a sink faucet that has a hose built into it. I just pull out the spout and snake it over to the coffee machine. MUCH easier than dealing with filling the carafe.
For when I do have to move it (for cleaning and the like) I put the machine on a single piece of floor tile, which has some teflon furniture slider feet on the bottom of it. This way the tile just slides right out, machine and all. I used a piece of nice black marble. I find a black tile hides the inevitable crud a little longer...
Most tile places have single tiles as samples you can purchase, so pick something that works for your decor. I have to buy a slightly larger piece for the HT. With my previous machine I had it and the grinder on the same 12"x12" piece of tile. The HT is about an inch wider and now the grinder doesn't fit. I plan on picking up a longer piece and cutting it to size. I have a wet saw left over from remodeling the whole bathroom ($70 cheapie from Harbor Fright). But I'd imagine a tile shop could trim one down for you for a few bucks.
purpledew88 Senior Member Joined: 19 Jan 2011 Posts: 2 Location: Las Vegas Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Wed Jan 19, 2011, 10:33am Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
I rec'd mine HG on Dec 1st. and it's stop working already. It read "Heating Water" and a moving "racetrack" graphic displayed but nothing happend. Rec'd the replacement unit yesterday and run a batch with water only to check out the spray heat. I see only 2 steady streams of water and the third one is dripping pattern. What's the deal with these new Bunn machine ?
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 6:07pm Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
mario57, I've been holding off on posting as I test my replacement HT, but...
I tend to agree with you, but (1) Bunn makes a point that you should get this "spray pattern" and (2) twice I've found patches of dry ground coffee in the filter after brewing a 30oz pot. If there is *dry* coffee in the basket, then there can't possibly be good extraction throughout, no? The basket only seems to fill with water when brewing a full 40oz pot. Perhaps I need to grind *really* fine?
I also get better "spray" results with a 40oz pot. I've never seen anything more than two streams and a drip with 30oz (for what that's worth). I can't imagine what a 20oz pot does in there. Perhaps I'll have to check.
wkearney99 Senior Member Joined: 8 Oct 2010 Posts: 36 Location: Bethesda, MD Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 6:41pm Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
I switched to a very fine grind. I always brew a full pot. I've had fully saturated grounds each time. I still get the feeling it's not getting quite as strong a brew as I'd like. I'm wondering if it's letting the water out of the basket too quickly. I hesitate to start making modifications but would a gold filter slow the process more than paper? Or just the opposite?
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011, 7:38pm Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
Do you mean a gold filter for Bunn basket or the zmeister mod (see above). I"m not sure it would be any slower. I was wondering about making the hole smaller too, but that might make 40oz overflow the basket! Not much room for error in full pot.
Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 5:41am Subject: Re: Bunn Phase Brew™ - New Bunn Brewer
wkearney99, You may give Bunn a call and see if they will send you a replacement filter basket. If they are willing to send you one for for free, then you're really not out anything if you do the cone filter mod. The only reason I went ahead and did it is because I was grinding quite a bit finer than with a cone filter, and was still getting a weak flavored cup. I do think that you will get better results with a gold-type filter. It won't slow the process, but should let more oils and fines through. Of course, the cost is you get a little bit of sludge at the bottom of the cup. Has anyone out there tried any other type of basket style paper filters besides Bunn brand?
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