Tough Time Deciding on a Drip Coffee Maker

Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.
callegro

Postby callegro » Jan 09, 2019, 11:06 pm

Hi guys...new to the forums,

Lately my cousin and I have been getting more and more into brewing coffee. I went from my old Cuisinart to a Bonavita. The Bonavita brews a great cup, however the carafe is not great, leaving a good amount of coffee and I am unable to pour the remainder. So now, I am in search of a better drip coffee maker. I'm not a fan of the single serve, just because I will most likely do more than one cup of coffee in the morning. My budget is ~$300. So if you guys have any suggestions, let me know!

FYI- I have been looking at the Breville Grind Control..the reviews are so so. Also the De'Longhi combo espresso/drip machine.

Thanks!

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Eastsideloco
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Postby Eastsideloco » Jan 09, 2019, 11:22 pm

Here's a list of SCA-certified home brewers:

https://sca.coffee/certified-home-brewer/

nrh

Postby nrh » Jan 10, 2019, 12:52 am

callegro wrote:Hi guys...new to the forums,

Lately my cousin and I have been getting more and more into brewing coffee. I went from my old Cuisinart to a Bonavita. The Bonavita brews a great cup, however the carafe is not great, leaving a good amount of coffee and I am unable to pour the remainder. So now, I am in search of a better drip coffee maker. I'm not a fan of the single serve, just because I will most likely do more than one cup of coffee in the morning. My budget is ~$300. So if you guys have any suggestions, let me know!

FYI- I have been looking at the Breville Grind Control..the reviews are so so. Also the De'Longhi combo espresso/drip machine.

Thanks!


I have the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG-741, and I really like it. It also has a 5 year warranty. They have a variety of models to choose from depending on your preferences.
Nick H.

Capac

Postby Capac » Jan 10, 2019, 3:51 am

I'd go with moccamaster myself... It probably isn't the best brewer now that brevilles and such exsist, but that heritage and reliability just seal the deal for me.

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Postby baldheadracing » Jan 10, 2019, 12:09 pm

callegro wrote:Hi guys...new to the forums,

Lately my cousin and I have been getting more and more into brewing coffee. I went from my old Cuisinart to a Bonavita. The Bonavita brews a great cup, however the carafe is not great, leaving a good amount of coffee and I am unable to pour the remainder. So now, I am in search of a better drip coffee maker. I'm not a fan of the single serve, just because I will most likely do more than one cup of coffee in the morning. My budget is ~$300. So if you guys have any suggestions, let me know!

FYI- I have been looking at the Breville Grind Control..the reviews are so so. Also the De'Longhi combo espresso/drip machine.

Thanks!

Bonavita makes optional double-wall glass carafes for the BV1900 and BV1500 ranges of brewers. There were a few complaints about the thermal carafes in these models - I think that they need pre-heating to retain heat effectively, and they sacrifice pour-ability (that last bit of coffee) for better heat retention. The double-wall glass design is (supposed) to get the last drop out, but won't be as effective at retaining heat http://bonavitaworld.com/product-categories/glass
What I'm interested in is my worst espresso being fantastic - James Hoffmann

SeaRizz

Postby SeaRizz » Jan 11, 2019, 7:56 am

I've had the same Technivorm Mochamaster Clubline for somewhere near 17 years! Used nearly every day. I don't know the exact date of purchase only that it was around the time that I bought an old hobby farm and we used to joke that it drew so much power the lights dimmed. They did! I have replaced the basket a few times and the carafe has been dropped and survived but tapped on a corner and smashed to bits several times. The Mr. Coffee carafe from a thrift store is a good replacement and cheap. I have since moved back to the city of Minneapolis but still have the Mochamaster. It sees much less action these days but still puts out 203 degree water.

RyanJE

Postby RyanJE » Jan 11, 2019, 9:18 am

Breville precision brewer or maybe OXO Barista brain.

The carafe on the Breville is probably one of the best carafes tho.
I drink two shots before I drink two shots, then I drink two more....

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TomC
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Postby TomC » Jan 11, 2019, 10:03 am

My Brazen brewer (that has seen very little use, but is now 6+ years old) has been crapping out on me the last few months. So frustrating because everything on it works perfectly fine except the solenoid that opens the valve into the basket. It's not a serviceable part. I've been weighing the options of getting the newer Connected model, versus dusting off the Bunn Trifecta. I only started using these kinds of drip brewers at work in the past 2 years, for home it's generally just a manual brew method, Kalita, etc...

I've had and sold a MoccaMaster. Built like a tank, I just wanted more control. The drip head wasn't the best and I got tired of sitting there stirring the grounds to saturate evenly.

OP's thread comes at a good time for me, since I'm trying to rationalize the newer Brazen since it's price has dropped quite a lot since it's release. I hate their carafe though.

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redbone

Postby redbone » Jan 11, 2019, 10:10 am

TomC wrote:My Brazen brewer (that has seen very little use, but is now 6+ years old) has been crapping out on me the last few months. So frustrating because everything on it works perfectly fine except the solenoid that opens the valve into the basket.........


Friend had the same issue. Brazen replaced their known solenoid issue free of charge and he's had no issue since. Try giving them a call it maynot be free fix at this point but it may be a nominal fix.

callegro wrote:Hi guys...new to the forums,

Lately my cousin and I have been getting more and more into brewing coffee......

FYI- I have been looking at the Breville Grind Control..the reviews are so so. Also the De'Longhi combo espresso/drip machine.

Thanks!


Why not just use a standard Melitta carafe as opposed to replacing the entire unit if you're otherwise happy with the brewer?
Between order and chaos there is espresso.
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Rob
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TomC
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Postby TomC » Jan 11, 2019, 10:35 am

redbone wrote:Friend had the same issue. Brazen replaced their known solenoid issue free of charge and he's had no issue since. Try giving them a call it maynot be free fix at this point but it may be a nominal fix.


Already did. They won't support it at this point. They offered what looks like a $30 discount towards a Connected Brazen.