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pupfoster1
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 1:39pm
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Hi all,

I stumbled upon this great forum while researching for a new drip machine.  My Bunn has serviced us well for many years, but has been banged up and we'd like to update.  After reading I like the idea of a thermal carafe so the coffee doesn't "cook" on the burner (which with my Bunn, the 2nd cup definitely didn't taste like the 1st) and am having a terrible time narrowing down the options.  The Consumer Reviews here are all over the place and some quite dated.  I do use a burr grinder and use fresh beans (I am lucky to live close to a local Roaster too :)).

So any current suggestions on a good machine under $200 would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Sharon
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 3:50pm
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Under $200, thermal carafe - Behmor Brazen.
Now... If you were looking up to around $300, then the choice would be Behmor Brazen...   ;-)

I have a lot of brewing choices here at home; from a pourover cone to a double boiler espresso machine. Something like four or five vac pots, two Espro presses, three dripolators, three drip machines, etc. When I go on a working weekend away from home and the wife is forced to make her own coffee, she chooses the Brazen. Great customer service as well.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 4:00pm
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Wow, you DO have a lot of choices!  I have 2 French presses as well, but like a pot for the am, lol.  Thanks for the recommendation.  I'll check it out!
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 4:49pm
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frcn Said:

Under $200, thermal carafe - Behmor Brazen.
Now... If you were looking up to around $300, then the choice would be Behmor Brazen...   ;-)

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+1
I've had a Brazen for about six weeks and LOVE it. It has exactly the right features and the manual release function is extremely convenient if you want to make a pour over as it will provide the hot water at a precise temperature.
There had been some reported quality issues in the past but these seem to be resolved (I would advise caution and consider a different machine if you plan to use hard water).

I've never had a Technivorum and defer to those who do, but I can't imagine how it could be better and it actually has fewer features at a higher price (though I do think they're reputed to last a very long time).
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 4:53pm
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Hey, Thanks!  That's 2 votes so far for the Behmor.  I've been online looking at it and it seems like a good machine with a lot of adaptability!
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 7:19pm
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PS: As you may have surmised from this site a good quality Burr grinder and good beans are the other crucial ingredient to great coffee.

Are you covered in that regard?
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Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014, 5:11am
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I have a Bodum Burr Grinder and live close to a local (Mayorga) coffee roaster so I do have access to freshly roasted beans.  I know there's more accurate burr grinders than the Bodum, but for now my main need is the new maker.
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