casualcoffee Senior Member Joined: 23 Feb 2014 Posts: 1 Location: new england Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sun Feb 23, 2014, 5:44pm Subject: pour over coffee maker
new to the forum but not new to coffee :) Anyhow, I have killed many a home grade coffee maker and am ready to make an upgrade to a used pourover. I am looking at either a Bunn vp17-1 or a Bloomfield 8542/3 the bloomfield has a shorter profile which makes it more attractive, but the bunn seems to have a smaller secondary coil to hold water temperature. Is this a crucial difference, or will both essentially use the same amount of power to keep a similar amount of water at a similar temperature. I am only a pot a day drinker, but am sick of buying cheap plastic coffee makers.
StarMFG Senior Member Joined: 4 Mar 2014 Posts: 4 Location: St Louis Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 8:26am Subject: Re: pour over coffee maker
I will check with Bloomfield's tech service department and see if they have an answer. It may take a day or so.
Edited to add: This comes from one of the sales team:
'There is one tank heating element in both brewers. The Bunn “secondary” coil is a 50 W wired insulated “blanket” made of fiberglass and sporting a foil jacket. It surrounds the tank and helps hold the temperature of the tank so that the unit has reduced cycling time. In theory a great idea. Does it save money? Doubtful, as it has to run power to the auxiliary coil, and the tank still will lose heat over time.
When the Bunn tank inevitably pinhole along the weld, it first saturates the blanket making a mess. I know of service people (OCS) who remove the blankets before installing the machine.
I would call it a non-feature, although Curtis also insulates their tanks.'
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