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Most Versatile Coffee Maker Ever?

Postby EricBNC on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:40 am

What is considered the most versatile coffee maker ever made? Here is one that gets a vote from me:

The Melitta ACM-12. This 1385 watt 12 cup beast comes in a stylish gold with brown trim that should look at home in any modern kitchen (that hasn't been remodeled since the 1970's). What I like most is the clearance. I think I could fit another coffee maker in the space between the carafe warmer and the shower head. An on/off toggle switch on the side allows the user complete control of power to the unit.

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A more productive use for this clearance would be to insert a Chemex and Kone, or a V60 and carafe - maybe a Kalita/Tiamo Wave style dripper on top of a carafe even. All of these will fit. No need to try a different V cone filter on a carafe - this set up is already included in the package and, like the Bonavita, the filter sits on the carafe and is not attached to the machine.

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The water is hot enough to send a cloud of steam up out of the filter cone with the first pulse coming out in less than 30 seconds from the time the machine is turned on. It too a little over three minutes for my 500 ml of water to disburse over the grounds, so it is a really fast brewer too.

It is going to be fun experimenting with this brewer over the next couple weeks. :D
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Postby Randy G. on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:43 am

Moderartors - This post is misplaced . It should be in "The Craziest %$@! Thing I've Seen." :wink:
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Postby dustin360 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:26 am

I hope it included that can of Melitta brand coffee shown in the picture!!!
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Postby squaremile on Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:29 pm

lol how old is that thing??
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Postby EricBNC on Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:34 pm

squaremile wrote:lol how old is that thing??

I can't find much information on this brewer but a Melitta commercial from the 1970's found on youtube shows a cone and carafe that look identical, so the 1970's or maybe very early 1980's would be my best guess.

dustin360 wrote:I hope it included that can of Melitta brand coffee shown in the picture!!!

Unfortunately it did not. :cry:

As a consolation I still have some vintage green (actually now they are light brown) gourmet blend coffee beans from 1982 that came with a Melitta coffee roaster I found a while ago at Goodwill:

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Anyone have a profile recommendation for these? :wink:

squaremile wrote:lol how old is that thing??
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Postby mivanitsky on Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:49 pm

I would suggest roasting those beans to just past third crack.
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Postby EricBNC on Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:08 pm

mivanitsky wrote:I would suggest roasting those beans to just past third crack.

I think they already petrified past third crack... :wink:
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Postby Randy G. on Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:40 pm

Those beans, while a bit more on the tan side, look exactly like that batch of old Yemen Mocha I had. There were about 4 sacks of it, purchased by a local commercial roaster in a "back corner of the warehouse, I'll make you a deal" bargains. It was like a chocolate bar with coffee flavor when brewed. Except the last time I got some, when I roasted them, listening for some second cracks, there were none and when ejected they ignited!

So, yes, by all means roast them, but please, have a video camera running! :wink:

Seriously though, I was just kidding about roasting them.
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