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K-cup coffeemakers

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by 4HiMarks, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. tgater

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    A quick note here, the "K" type brewers give you a better brew than the common drip type coffee makers. DD and SB brew their coffee between 196 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Some “K” cup models go up to 197 degrees Fahrenheit. I usually drink DD or SB while the rest of the household is like whatever. I was on the fence about the system up until this past December when I got one from a DD at no cost to me. I use that one in my office and my wife bought me one for the house. We have had no problems with either unit so far and easily brewed over 700 cups in the one at the house since January of this year without any issues. I will say that we only use bottled water being we have a well at the house and the office. I know people in our area that have complained about the scaling and I can see in the posts here that is an issue. The “K” type system allows you to brew tea and hot coco as well. When the nieces and nephews come over in the winter to go sledding or skating it’s pretty nice to have.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    Those are several important points.

    We use the filtered water from our refrigerator door and have no scaling effects whatsoever.

    Tap water might be different, depending upon the part of the country you live in and the quality of your tap water. Calcification comes from the water, not the coffee maker - the heat simply evaporates the water and leaves impure water residue.

    The quality of the water also impacts the taste of any beverage made in these units.

    Yes, our unit gets the water temp very hot (197), and does so pretty quickly.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    I use the Behmor 1600, here's a link to their site : http://www.behmor.com/behmor-1600.php

    It is available at a lot of the green coffee suppliers and usually comes with some greens of various types. It works very good and will do 12oz of greens at once to about any roast level you'd care to take it to. They claim it will do a pound, but that really only worked for some lighter roasts, which isn't what I want.

    My espresso machine is a Izzo Alex HX type machine. Here's a link to the newest version of it:
    http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/espresso/alex

    Mine was one of the first sold in the US and didn't cost nearly as much as the new one. And I was moving up from a different machine that I got a good price for and allowed me to purchase that one.

    A good place to read more than you ever wanted to know about all things coffee is the CoffeeGeeks site. Here's a link to them :
    http://www.coffeegeek.com
     
  4. Laxguy

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    That's a beauty! I am wondering if I'll ever give up my lever machine; I feel it gives a lot of feed back in my feeling the pressure I use to pull the arm down. If I had a household where a lot was consumed each morning, I might be tempted towards a fully automatic one, like the Juras.

    And I've practically memorized the coffeegeeks site. Now I cannot imagine ever ordering a cafe latte! :nono2:
     
  5. lparsons21

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    Thanks. I have a review of it on Coffeegeeks that you could look at. When I got it, it had a normal power relay in it that went out once a year at about $80 a pop, then they offered me a solid state one for a shade over $100 and that has been in it for about 3 years now with no problems. I wanted an HX for the hot water availability and would have taken a dual-boiler but there weren't many in that price range at the time. Mine runs about 12 hours a day, every day and is on a timer. I have it fully plumbed in with well filtered and de-ionized water.

    I drink mostly Americanos, but often just coarsen the grind to get a 5oz pull of very strong delicious coffee which is called a Cafe Crema`.

    I've looked at the automatics and decided I don't like them for no real reason.
     
  6. SayWhat?

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    I can probably buy 4 Mr.Coffees for that and each one of them would last far longer than a year.
     
  7. lparsons21

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    True! But then you're stuck with drip coffee! :lol:

    Better coffee takes a better machine, freshly roasted beans, proper grind, proper water temp and proper timing of a shot pull.

    I like great coffee and the best I've ever had is what I roast and brew myself in equipment that is made to provide the best in preparation. Others don't care for the hassle, cost or even the stronger coffee. I have no problem with that.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    Then again....I can pop open a quenching cold beer in seconds and save all that laborious work. :D
     
  9. SayWhat?

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    Same reason I'm not into whole lobster or crab legs. I don't like to struggle with my food or drink.

    Five minutes and I've got a pot that will last a couple of hours at least.
     
  10. lparsons21

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    Very true. But if you were a real beer fan, you'd be brewing your own!! :)

    And I don't drink, so beer doesn't do it. Coffee does, and it is good for you according to today's thinking about food products that are good or bad depending on day of the week, year, month or how the scientist is holding his/her mouth...

    Remember cranberries can give you cancer? Turned out it took about a ton a day to increase your chances a miniscule amount. Well, that is unless you were the mouse they tested on! :lol:
     
  11. Laxguy

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    Heh.... Just left an all morning coffee seminar in nearby Beserkley. Am over caffeinated right now, and on an iPhone. Report later.
     
  12. jdskycaster

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    Still have the Mr. Coffee I purchased back in 1988 for $10. I guess it has paid for itself.
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    I'm here to enjoy beverages, and let the labor to others. These newer devices make that feasible.
    No wonder the FDA is looking at regulating Caffeine as a drug. :D:lol:
     
  14. Laxguy

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    Indeed. I can't remember the last time that's happened; thank God there was no heavy machinery involved.....

    The seminar was interesting, but mostly about specialty coffees. The rest was tasting coffees and eating sweets. No wonder my head exploded!

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    TEA

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  15. phrelin

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    There are times when I miss being closer to the Bay.
     
  16. TBlazer07

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    He and the Misses must be on Social Security by now.:lol:
     
  17. Laxguy

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    It's occurred to me there is some competitiveness in this thread over coffee consumption.

    Categories:

    1. Most daily consumption
    2. Cheapest per ounce production
    3. Cheapest maker
    4. Strongest coffee
    5. Most special coffee
    6. Least special coffee
    7. Easiest operation

    Did I miss any?
     
  18. heathramos

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    I know this is off topic but has anyone tried one of those Nexpresso machines?

    I make lattes at home but something like the nexpesso might be interesting for work if the coffee was good.
     
  19. 4HiMarks

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    Wow, I really opened a can of worms!. Definitely some good advice here. I will certainly check out Staples once we pick a machine. For now, we're going to stick with the Cuisinart drip machine with a thermal carafe until we can get to BB&B to compare models. We haven't gotten into roasting our own beans, but I do understand the importance of the water (chemistry and temp.), the beans, and the grind.

    I do brew my own beer, so I am not averse to tinkering with food products, and have toyed with the idea of roasting, but our counter is too cluttered already, now. Perhaps when our kitchen is remodeled.
     
  20. Laxguy

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    Hey, worms are good! Though not in most roasts I like....

    I think that a fresh grind is more important than a (very) fresh roast. So, whole beans from a supplier that can tell you the date of the roast and you're on your way to a great cuppa. —That rules out Starbucks and virtually anything you can buy in a supermarket, though I am betting there are regionals where that's not true- anyone got any candidates?
     

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