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jjposh22
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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 11:28am
Subject: Please help me decide- New percolator or Bunn Phase Brew
 

Hi! I was hoping someone could help me decide on which to buy a new percolator or a the Bunn phase brew. Here's a little background:
I make 3-4 pots per day and I have found that regular coffee pots, no matter if I buy cheap ones or expensive ones, plug up in an average of a month. constant cleaning (vinegar) seems to prolong the life only about 1-2 more months but needs to be cleaned almost constantly until it gets to the point of not working anymore either. About 6 months ago after a $60 coffee maker lasted me a whole 2 months, I decided to buy a percolator. I bought the Presto percolator and I LOVE it! Makes awesome tasting coffee and nothing plugs up on it or slows it down. Unfortunately, the bottom heating unit is getting lose on it and even though I can tighten it, I don't know how much longer that will work.
So I am looking to buy a new one and came across a Bunn Phase Brew and it looks as though there are no tubes that will get plugged up but its a little on the high price side of what I want to spend. I also cannot go back to the taste of coffee maker coffee as percolated coffee tastes sooo much better (in my opinion anyways) so I am really up in the air on buying it or not. Does anyone have any experience? I do love my perc but wouldn't mind something a little easier to set up every brew as its a little bit more consuming putting it all together. Anyways, thanks for reading this, and I really would love some opinions on the best route too take. I swore I would never again buy a coffee maker but the Bunn is enticing me lol. THANKS!!!!!
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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 1:24pm
Subject: Re: Please help me decide- New percolator or Bunn Phase Brew
 

Hey Jamie - welcome to Coffeegeek! Not a lot of us here that are into "perc" coffee. If it has to be 1 of the 2, go with the Bunn!
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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2013, 12:24pm
Subject: Re: Please help me decide- New percolator or Bunn Phase Brew
 

Welcome to CG
It sounds like your problem is your water. You can get around that by buying bottled water to make your coffee with.

Most all the brewers that are inexpensive, brew too cool and a perc brews warmer as it depends on the hot water to push up through the riser tube from the pressure generated by the water starting to boil.

The problem with perk brewers though is that they over heat the coffee as it is pumped up through the tube over and over again, thus burning the coffee.

The least expensive way to make great coffee is a manual drip cone and a pot on the stove to heat the water. This also will never plug up as there are no tubes involved. To this you will need a grinder and fresh (no more than 2 to 3 weeks (for drip coffee) from the day it was roasted)

Honestly, a whirley blade " grinder" will be better than canned pure ground but a proper grinder would be SOOOOOOO much better, for one with a motor, they start at about $150 or so, look at something like the Encore as a non espresso starter grinder.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: Please help me decide- New percolator or Bunn Phase Brew
 

Thank you everyone! The problem with bottled or distilled water is that I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have room to stock up that much water for weeks at a time (the joys of living in the country lol). But I think I am going to look into a few of the other options you all gave  before I decide. I do really love the percolator but maybe I just got lucky with a good one that doesn't overheat it. Ive thought about ordering the same one, but I don't think its meant for the amount of use I need from it, maybe that's why it didn't hold up so well. Although I think my favorite part is the smell, reminds me of being young and at my grandparents house :) Anyways, thanks for all the reply's! I just want a dependable way to brew coffee that doesn't taste like plastic or burnt.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 2:18pm
Subject: Re: Please help me decide- New percolator or Bunn Phase Brew
 

This is the result of a Google search and I know nothing about them but something like this may help more than you might think and the prices look better than the home box store too. AGAIN I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE VENDOR, IT IS JUST AN EXAMPLE.
http://www.titanwaterpro.com/

I also live "out in the sticks" but I do get into town on a regular basis, a 2.5 gal bottle of water is in nearly every supermarket and they do not cost much.  You do not say how much water you use but two of those a week would be enough for most people, that is 5 gallons of water. I love coffee but I could not drink 5 gallons in a week!

YMMV!

 
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