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Offline BrickStoneOven

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Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:41:32 PM »
I'm a complete noob when it comes to anything about coffee in general. I know there are a lot of hardcore coffee drinkers here so any help would be nice. I have no idea what to look for but I know I don't want to grind the coffee everyday myself(because I don't know how course or fine it should be, how much I would need for the amount I want to drink and so on) but do want fresh ground.

I was looking at this one but have no idea if it's good or not. What should I be looking for in these types of machines? I like that it has a hopper for the beans and does everything automatically which is basically what I'm looking for, a "set it and forget it" type maker. http://www.wholelattelove.com/JuraCapresso/capresso_coffeeteam_ts.cfm


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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 04:31:03 PM »
Careful... you may want the simplest possible solution now but coffee has a wormhole effect similar to pizza. I've maintained some control just due to the costs of brewing equipment, but I have plans for the future already.

Since we're on the topic, does anyone have an old used burr grinder they want to sell? Please PM me. Nothing fancy please.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 05:20:00 PM »
I don't think I'll get into coffee as I have pizza. The reason I've started drinking it now(past month or so) is because I use it as a preworkout instead of taking the usual caffeine pill. The amount of caffeine that I'd take with a pill would go right through me(if you know what I mean) and that instant caffeine kick would have my heart racing faster than I'd prefer. This way with the coffee I'll be getting a slow trickle effect of caffeine which has been working for me so far. Plus I kill two birds with one stone with the amount of water I have to drink.

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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 06:48:36 PM »
I love a good cup of coffee but am far from a connoisseur, some decent whole beans ground fresh and some filtered ice cold water in my Cuisanart drip maker is fine with me. I do however happen to own an old Wearever Popcorn Pumper, an older hot air corn popper which is said to be "the" best for roasting whole beans on the fly. Anyone ever roast their own coffee in a hot air popcorn popper?
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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 11:19:41 PM »
Careful... you may want the simplest possible solution now but coffee has a wormhole effect similar to pizza. I've maintained some control just due to the costs of brewing equipment, but I have plans for the future already.

Since we're on the topic, does anyone have an old used burr grinder they want to sell? Please PM me. Nothing fancy please.

Absolutely correct about the wormhole effect.  I went through 3 or 4 machines before I settled on the one I love.  This is it:
https://www.chriscoffee.com/La_Spaziale_Mini_Vivaldi_II_p/m-vivaldi-ii.htm

Of course, you need a grinder.  Here is mine:
http://www.wholelattelove.com/Mazzer/mini.cfm

I have had this particular setup about 5 years and use it every day.  When it decides to die, I will replace it with something very similar.

So, that is how to spend $3k and have great coffee - americanos, lattes, capuccinos that will ensure you never go to a Starbucks again.

Now, if you want something more practical and cost effective that makes absolutely great coffee - buy a french press and a good grinder.

If you want to step up to something that makes great coffee, machine-wise, I would suggest you look at a Technivorm.  I have seen many writeups that all say these machines are excellent.

Look here:
http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/technivorm-brewers.html?source=grid

I would also reccomend you surf around this website, Sweet Maria's for information about home roasting, etc.  That is their thing. Super nice people and great choices.  If I remember correctly, they sell or educate about popcorn poppers for roasting.

Yes, I have been in this vortex for years.  Pizza is my newer obsession!

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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 11:43:23 PM »
Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013, 11:22:26 AM »
I would also suggest going with separate grinders and coffee makers. The main issue with the type of machine you're looking at is that many people fill the bean reservoir and let the beans sit for several days, assuming that they will still be fresh enough to produce a good cup of coffee (which is a moving target, just like a good pizza). Air and light are the enemies of freshness for beans, so it is best to keep the beans in an airtight dark canister. I use a Planetary Design Airscape  http://www.amazon.com/Planetary-Design-Airscape-64oz-Mocha/dp/B00167TT94/?tag=pizzamaking-20). I have both the 32 oz and 64 oz versions.

My setup for brewed coffee (not espresso) has evolved through many stages. I now have an Orphan Espresso Lido hand grinder ($175... how crazy am I? It's a thing of beauty and grinds really evenly and quickly) http://www.orphanespresso.com/ESPRESSO-COFFEE-GRINDERS_c_279.html and a Bonavita Immersion Coffee Dripper http://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV4000ID-Porcelain-Immersion-Dripper/dp/B00C0NZWT4/?tag=pizzamaking-20 ($40).

I upgraded from a Hario Mini Coffee Mill http://www.amazon.com/Hario-MSS-1B-Mini-Coffee-Grinder/dp/B001804CLY/?tag=pizzamaking-20 , which was good but didn't grind as consistently and a Clever Coffee Dripper (same principle as the Bonavita but didn't work as well for me) http://www.amazon.com/Abid-New-Clever-Coffee-Dripper/dp/B008LXDSE8/?tag=pizzamaking-20 . The Hario/CCD costs around $50 all in and will make a good cup of coffee. Grind the beans while the water is coming up to temperature (I like around 200 degrees), and it takes around 6-7 minutes from start to finish.

And I agree with the comment about the wormhole... maybe not quite as bad as the pizza wormhole, but it has potential.

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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2013, 12:17:25 PM »
If you really don't care, go for a Keurig. Very convenient and you'll be happy with the coffee I'm sure.
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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 12:49:31 PM »
If you really don't care, go for a Keurig. Very convenient and you'll be happy with the coffee I'm sure.

JD which model do you use. I am looking into buying one for my wife.
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Re: Brew/Grind coffee makers.
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2013, 02:07:20 PM »
JD which model do you use. I am looking into buying one for my wife.

I don't use it much anymore because I use a french press now, but when I'm in a rush I'll use it.

Basic model:
http://www.target.com/p/keurig-elite-single-cup-home-brewing-system-k40/-/A-10174593#prodSlot=medium_1_1

To give credit where credit is due, this is probably my favorite iced tea, ever: http://www.target.com/p/keurig-celestial-seasonings-half-and-half-perfect-iced-tea-k-cups-16-ct/-/A-13660597

Josh