I've always been a big fan of coffee. Having spent most of my working life on the night shift, I've probably consumed more coffee than I should. I've had several Bunns over the years - some with hotplates, some without. I tried the Philips Senseo. I've also had commercial versions of a Mr. Coffee and of a Bunn brewer. Until recently, the Wife and I had even been consuming some instant coffees, just from the standpoint of speed and convenience.
This whole quest started out with her asking me about signing up for the Gevalia coffee club. She told me we would even receive a free coffee maker. I, being the person that drives her crazy with my research, began scouring the internet for reviews and advice. My searching eventually landed me on the CoffeeGeek website.
After a few days of reading this site - both the reviews and the forums, I came to the realization that most of my knowledge on the topic of coffee was complete and utter hogwash. I was intrigued by the reviews and opinions of all you wonderful people on this site. I decided that I, too, wanted to become a geek!
I read several of the reviews, and after some consideration I decided to purchase a Technivorm KBT 741. Many of the members here had great things to say about the Technivorms. I also checked out the brewing tips on Sweetmarias.com. On the day that I decided to place my order Sweet Maria's did not have the thermal model in stock, so I purchased it from Boyd's Coffee.
I knew from reading this site that I would need a burr grinder if I truly wanted to achieve coffee nirvana. I ended up buying a Cuisinart DBM-8 locally as I anxiously awaited the arrival of the Technivorm. I also picked up some bags of whole beans from various stores so that I would be ready for some testing once my unit arrived. Much to my chagrin, the Technivorm was sitting outside my door when I came home from the store.
I unpacked the unit, read through the instructions, and followed the water-flushing procedure. I was so tempted to go ahead and brew the first pot, but my Wife was getting off work shortly, so I figured I'd just wait until she arrived home so that I could show her how to use it.
When she arrived, I brewed our first pot utilizing the suggestions of the Sweet Maria's web site. Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com) The smell was fantastic and we watched as the water bubbled up through the tube. When the unit finished it's brew cycle, I stirred the brew and then poured my Wife and I a cup. Wow! I've got to tell you, out of the countless gallons of coffee that I had consumed during my lifetime, I had NEVER tasted anything like this. My Wife oohed and ahhed over the flavor and aroma, and she even drank another tumbler full - which is something I've never seen her do.
We're sold. This unit is worth every penny we paid for it and it has allowed us to experience coffee at a level that neither one of us had ever imagined. We like it so much that I have noted that we are going through far much more coffee in a week than we ever had before. Since purchasing the Technivorm, I've also upgraded the grinder to a doserless Rancilio Rocky. That addition was just the icing on the cake as we both felt that the grind consistency of the Rancilio brought out even more flavors than the Cuisinart grinder. No more boulders and dust! The unit is easy enough and quick enough to use that I don't mind brewing her a pot when I arrive home in the morning and she is getting ready for work. I've paired it with a 2 Qt. Nissan Stainless Vacuum Bottle so that I don't waste any of the Technivorm's precious offerings.
On a comical side-note, the Wife and I visited family out of state this past weekend. The last time we visited, they sang the praises of their Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker and their Starbucks beans. As my Wife and I consumed our first cup on this visit, we both looked at each other with a look that said "ugh". We couldn't wait to make the 6 hour drive home and consume the far superior brew that the Technivorm/Rancilio combination makes. Looks like we're on our way to becoming not only CoffeeGeeks, but CoffeeSnobs also. It's fascinating how once you've tasted a fine cup, most everything else tastes like swill.
In closing, I would like to thank you all for your great insight into the world of coffee. On a negative, now that I have tasted the possibilities, my mind now looks towards espresso and the home-roasting of beans. While great for the palate, my wallet is going to be the worse for wear:-)