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Date: 30 Nov 2006 16:54:50
From: JC Dill
Subject: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
Melita and the drip machine.

Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
here knew of a particular model we should look for.

Thanks!
--

"The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
of different horses without having to own that many."
~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA




 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 19:48:25
From: dcrehr
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
Personally, I don't thing the Consumer Reports people know what they're
talking about even though I happen to agree that the Braun is very
good.

That aside, the Braun has a removable basket. I think it also usually
comes with a gold filter which, itself is removable.

DR

pltrgyst wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Dec 2006 12:46:15 -0500, yetanotherBob <yetanotherbob@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Unless they've changed the design recently (unlikely), the Presto has a
> >removeable filter basket. Don't know about the Braun.
>
> I've never seen a Braun that didn't.
>
> The last several times Consumer Reports has tested drip coffee makers, they've
> recommended Krups and Braun. I've had both, and they're excellent. I wouldn't
> buy anything else for home use.
>
> -- Larry



 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 19:47:06
From: dcrehr
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
Personally, I don't thing the Consumer Reports people know what they're
talking about.

That aside, the Braun has a removable basket. I think it also usually
comes with a gold filter which, itself is removable.

DR

pltrgyst wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Dec 2006 12:46:15 -0500, yetanotherBob <yetanotherbob@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Unless they've changed the design recently (unlikely), the Presto has a
> >removeable filter basket. Don't know about the Braun.
>
> I've never seen a Braun that didn't.
>
> The last several times Consumer Reports has tested drip coffee makers, they've
> recommended Krups and Braun. I've had both, and they're excellent. I wouldn't
> buy anything else for home use.
>
> -- Larry



 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 08:16:16
From: dcrehr
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
I had a Presto and was pleased with it briefly, until, after two weeks
use, the thing shut off prematurely, after about two cups dripped
through. Went back to the Braun. Frankly, I don't really notice much
difference in the brew. However, I am not a fan of super hot coffee as
many others are.

As an aside, I recently got a used Capresso Aroma Classic - the
rebranded Philips that boils the water up top before releasing it into
the coffee below. A very good cup. But that, too, is flawed...
because the thing is so TALL it's very hard to actually use on a daily
basis. It doesn't slip back under your cabinets. Would be good for a
kitchen with a center island, I suppose.

DR


VicTek wrote:
> "JC Dill" <jcdill@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:8avum2dbocauh8q2bh6jp52uqvpfd26g0u@4ax.com...
> > The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
> > the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
> > soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
> > whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
> > many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
> > Melita and the drip machine.
> >
> > Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
> > down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
> > here knew of a particular model we should look for.
> >
> > Thanks!
>
> I have both the Braun KF400 and the Presto Scandinavian coffee machines and
> I think the Presto makes a better cup. The KF400 can be found for around
> $20 in my area. The Presto can be ordered from www.sears.com for $35 with
> no charge for shipping if you can pick it up at a local Sears store. The
> Presto potentially has a problem with the carafe leaking - it depends on
> whether or not it comes with the new lid that was designed to fix the
> problem. Mine came with the old lid, but a quick call to Presto customer
> service and the new lid was sent to me free of charge. If space is an issue
> the KF400 has a very small footprint. If you want the best cup of coffee go
> with the Presto. All IMHO of course.



 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 15:17:56
From: VicTek
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted

"JC Dill" <jcdill@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:8avum2dbocauh8q2bh6jp52uqvpfd26g0u@4ax.com...
> The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
> the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
> soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
> whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
> many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
> Melita and the drip machine.
>
> Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
> down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
> here knew of a particular model we should look for.
>
> Thanks!

I have both the Braun KF400 and the Presto Scandinavian coffee machines and
I think the Presto makes a better cup. The KF400 can be found for around
$20 in my area. The Presto can be ordered from www.sears.com for $35 with
no charge for shipping if you can pick it up at a local Sears store. The
Presto potentially has a problem with the carafe leaking - it depends on
whether or not it comes with the new lid that was designed to fix the
problem. Mine came with the old lid, but a quick call to Presto customer
service and the new lid was sent to me free of charge. If space is an issue
the KF400 has a very small footprint. If you want the best cup of coffee go
with the Presto. All IMHO of course.




  
Date: 01 Dec 2006 09:13:47
From: JC Dill
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 15:17:56 GMT, "VicTek" <abc@xyz.com > wrote:

>"JC Dill" <jcdill@gmail.com> wrote in message
>news:8avum2dbocauh8q2bh6jp52uqvpfd26g0u@4ax.com...
>> The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
>> the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
>> soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
>> whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
>> many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
>> Melita and the drip machine.
>>
>> Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
>> down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
>> here knew of a particular model we should look for.
>>
>> Thanks!
>
>I have both the Braun KF400 and the Presto Scandinavian

I looked at both of these models online and they both look good - I
may get one. However I discovered a feature that both of these models
lack, a removable filter basket. I use that feature daily - I remove
the filter basket to dump the grounds, rinse, put in a new paper
filter, and then to transfer the ground from the grinder to the
filter. I like that feature a lot. Are there any budget-minded drip
coffee makers similar to these two that also have a removable filter
basket? (We also need the Pause-and-serve function function which
both these models have.)

Thanks again. This group is great!

jc

--

"The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
of different horses without having to own that many."
~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA


   
Date: 02 Dec 2006 03:24:13
From: VicTek
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted

> I looked at both of these models online and they both look good - I
> may get one. However I discovered a feature that both of these models
> lack, a removable filter basket. I use that feature daily - I remove
> the filter basket to dump the grounds, rinse, put in a new paper
> filter, and then to transfer the ground from the grinder to the
> filter. I like that feature a lot. Are there any budget-minded drip
> coffee makers similar to these two that also have a removable filter
> basket? (We also need the Pause-and-serve function function which
> both these models have.)
>
> Thanks again. This group is great!
>
> jc

The Presto has a removable filter basket which sits inside a hinged cone -
the cone swings out so you can remove the basket. The KF400 doesn't have a
separate basket, but functions in essentially the same way - after you swing
out the top piece which contains the basket you can easily remove it from
the machine to empty and clean it. As you say, they both have "pause and
serve". Also, the KF400 makes very hot coffee. I didn't get the Presto for
hotter coffee, but because it claims to heat the water to a more optimal
temp right before pouring it over the grounds. I do notice a difference in
taste and prefer the Presto, but it's not dramatic.




   
Date: 01 Dec 2006 12:46:15
From: yetanotherBob
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
Unless they've changed the design recently (unlikely), the Presto has a
removeable filter basket. Don't know about the Braun.

Bob
=======================
In article <8eo0n255mg5vqabqrm6l7m4vmcruc44qf7@4ax.com >,
jcdill@gmail.com says...
> I looked at both of these models online and they both look good - I
> may get one. However I discovered a feature that both of these models
> lack, a removable filter basket. I use that feature daily - I remove
> the filter basket to dump the grounds, rinse, put in a new paper
> filter, and then to transfer the ground from the grinder to the
> filter. I like that feature a lot. Are there any budget-minded drip
> coffee makers similar to these two that also have a removable filter
> basket? (We also need the Pause-and-serve function function which
> both these models have.)
>


    
Date: 01 Dec 2006 13:30:12
From: pltrgyst
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
On Fri, 1 Dec 2006 12:46:15 -0500, yetanotherBob <yetanotherbob@gmail.com >
wrote:

>Unless they've changed the design recently (unlikely), the Presto has a
>removeable filter basket. Don't know about the Braun.

I've never seen a Braun that didn't.

The last several times Consumer Reports has tested drip coffee makers, they've
recommended Krups and Braun. I've had both, and they're excellent. I wouldn't
buy anything else for home use.

-- Larry


 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 09:14:30
From: yetanotherBob
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
If you can find a "Presto Scandinavian Design" drip pot, go for it.
It's a decent auto drip maker for little money. The thing that sets it
apart from the crowd is an second heating element that gets the water up
to proper temp just before spraying it on the grounds.

I read somewhere that the model has been discontinued by Presto, and I
see it's no longer available on Amazon. But I think I saw them
advertised in a Kt flyer last weekend for less than $20.

Bob
========================
In article <8avum2dbocauh8q2bh6jp52uqvpfd26g0u@4ax.com >,
jcdill@gmail.com says...
> The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
> the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
> soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
> whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
> many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
> Melita and the drip machine.
>
> Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
> down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
> here knew of a particular model we should look for.
>
> Thanks!
>


 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 00:28:21
From: dcrehr
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
Braun KF400-BLK Aromaster

Usually about $20-25 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Use their often-issued 20%
off coupon and you save. No frills, easy to clean. I keep coming back
to this one for everyday use. I like the taste of the coffee it makes,
though you know how subjective that can be. Can't beat it for value.

DR



JC Dill wrote:
> The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
> the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
> soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
> whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
> many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
> Melita and the drip machine.
>
> Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
> down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
> here knew of a particular model we should look for.
>
> Thanks!
> --
>
> "The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
> of different horses without having to own that many."
> ~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA



 
Date: 30 Nov 2006 19:37:13
From: Luke
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 16:54:50 -0800, JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com > wrote:

>The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
>the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
>soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
>whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
>many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
>Melita and the drip machine.
>
>Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
>down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
>here knew of a particular model we should look for.

My 3 is least expensive and best quality is to be had from a Melitta
manual drip pour over <http://www.melitta.com/search.asp?SKW=MACM >,
and if budget allows an electric kettle and a hot plate. (You may also
want to consider when you can replacing the Braun grinder with
something better like the Bodum Antigua, a Solis, Kitchenaid Pro Line,
Baratza Virtuoso, or other.)

--
Luke
___________________________________________________________________
"We're losing to them there so we don't have to lose to them here."
-- George W. Bush, November 27, 2006


 
Date: 01 Dec 2006 01:18:14
From: Robert Harmon
Subject: Re: Budget drip coffee maker recommendations wanted
JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com > wrote in
news:8avum2dbocauh8q2bh6jp52uqvpfd26g0u@4ax.com:

> The power switch on our ~15 YO drip coffee maker is starting to go on
> the blink, literally. We will be shopping for a new drip coffee maker
> soon. We have an espresso maker (Melita Cafe Express) and both a
> whirleybird grinder (which has been paired with the drip maker for
> many years) and a Braun burr grinder which works well for both the
> Melita and the drip machine.
>
> Budget is tight (under $50). My housemate's temptation is to just go
> down to Target or Costco and pick something. I was hoping someone
> here knew of a particular model we should look for.
>
> Thanks!

Any of the drip machines will work well for you. The advantage of getting
it at Costco, as you probably know, is their 100% satisfaction gaurantee -
if you're ever dissatisfied (it breaks, you no longer like the color, or
maybe you've found another model that suits your fancy) with your purchase
return it for a full refund.

Robert (duck & cover) Harmon
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